Fitness and exercise is popular, however, the days of bulky workout machines jammed into spare rooms has long gone. People continue to visit the popular stores which stock sporting goods to build their own Home gyms. The majority of people who enjoy exercise want to design a gym, which encourages cardio workouts and other exercise activities.
Various types of gym equipment are not designed to offer the ultimate workout. Large and bulky machinery invariably ends up as a clothes hanger and a few carefully designed workout rooms ends up being used as laundry rooms.
However, trends change. The latest workout machines used in home gyms are much like those used in typical gyms. Jim Kirwin is an experienced triathlon coach and a great promoter of home gyms. He recommends indoor Cardio machines and recommends this type of equipment to the athletes he trains. Kirwin feels the machines used for aerobic activity are of no use to disciplined individuals. Keen athletes soon tire of aerobic workouts.
Home gyms should be fitted with strength machines. People like weight training, resistance workouts and freestanding weights. Treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes remain popular, but growing numbers of fitness experts endorse road circuit training.
Juice fasting is an excellent way to lose weight and detoxify the body. The key to sticking through your fasting goals and coming out the other side refreshed and cleansed comes down not just to discipline but to preparation.
In other words, the key to a successful juice fast is planning!
In this article we will review what this means and how you should effectively plan for a successful juice fast.
Understand your Goals and Reasons for Fasting The first thing I’d advice you to carefully look at are your reasons for doing the fast in the first place. Is your number one goal to lose weight? Is it symbolic of a personal change in your life and wanting to start fresh? Is it connected to the seasons? Is there perhaps a spiritual connotation to your fast? Alternatively, or additionally, are there any specific health goals you have in mind, such as wanting to see how a health issue reacts to a juice diet?
Clearly identify the reason or reasons for fasting. It’s okay if it’s as simple as “to feel good.” The idea here is that any actions we make will stand on stronger ground when we know why we’re doing them.
Plan Your Diet While fasting on nothing but vegetable and fruit juices is a simple rule to follow, we benefit enormously through planning what our diet will consist of beforehand. A sample juice fast diet should incorporate your favorite juice blends while taking care to mix things up and eat a variety of foods.
To this end I’d suggest you incorporate in your diet greens, such as spinach, kale, and wheat grass, along with carrots, tomatoes, and your favorite fruits as staples to stock up on. Plan out an entire days worth of blends and then buy at least that much for many days so that you will a good stock available for your fast.
You’ll also appreciate having ginger on hand to vary the flavor of many of your blends.
Take Stock Of Your Kitchen Tools Obviously you will need a juicer in order to complete this fast. Ideally a nice masticating juicer will work best, but even a food processor and juicer machine will do the trick. If you’ve never used a juicer before I’d advise you to purchase one and get comfortable using it before starting. However, they are a breeze to operate. You’ll quickly learn the only trick involved is to clean it as soon as you’re done using it!
Beyond this, you will need a good knife and a cutting board and that’s it!
Planning for Obstacles at Work and in your Social Life How will you fast while at work and how will you deal with dinner invitations and being out in general? These are often the hardest parts of completing a fast. Ideally at work you could have access to a juicer to make fresh blends but of course this is not practical for many situations. In this situation you’d be best to prepare your foods before hand and bring them in tupperware cups to have on hand. The same goes for your social life – have your blends prepared. Better yet – go to a juice bar with some friends at least once during your fast!
Ready, Set, Juice! Once you feel you’ve identified your reasons for fasting, planned your diet, made sure you have the right kitchen tools, and have planned for how to make it through any obstacles at work and in your social life, you are ready to go!
Let me suggest one last tip to make the most of your journey: keep a log or a journal of some kind and track your food and energy levels. This will make it easier after the fact to assess the diet and make the most of any future endeavors.
Each year thousands of people start with the best of intentions and join a gym. Yet most of those people will only go to the gym a few times before they get bored, and their goal of loosing weight and becoming more fit fails as they have lost their motivation. A lot of people feel like they are putting so much effort into their exercise but not getting much in return. This causes them to loose the motivation they originally had as they feel it’s not fun any more and it feels like hard work. On top of the disappointment of not managing to stick to an exercise plan, there is the additional frustration at the money wasted on paying for the gym membership.
The most common reason for people loosing motivation is that they simply start to get bored. If you find exercise fun you are more likely to stick with it and reach your fitness goals. It’s for this reason that many people are seeking an alternative to the gym, but with so many options out there where do you start. I have put together my favorite ways to stay in shape to help you get started.
You may not have skipped since you were at school but it is actually a fantastic way to burn calories and shed a few pounds, (you can burn up to 300 calories in 30 mins). It also provides a great workout for your shoulders, thighs, calves and bottom as well as being a good cardio workout. Even if you haven’t skipped for yours it shouldn’t take you too long to pick it up again and with a bit a practice you’ll be surprised at how good you get.
Skipping is a really versatile workout, all you need is a rope, some supportive shoes (tennis shoes are good) and somewhere to skip. You can skip pretty much anywhere insite our outside. It is best to avoid skipping on concreate or any surface where you could injure yourself if you were to fall. Grass, carpet and wood make good skipping surfaces.
Begin by practicing skipping on the spot. When you can manage 70 skips in a minute then you are ready to move on and try out some of the more fun and advanced moves. If you can’t remember them, here are a few to refresh you memory:
This is one fo the more basic advanced moves and a great one to move onto when you have got your skipping to to speed. Jump forwards then backwards as you skip. This move will do wonders for your thighs.
This move it great for working you abs. As you skip simply pull up your legs.
When you have got the hang of the moves above then you will find it easier to master some of the more advanced moves. A good one to start with is double-unders. For this move you need to pass the rope around your body two times for each jump.
As the name suggests, in crossovers you have to cross over your arms while the rope passes over your head. As the rope does this you jump though the space that is left.
Pole fitness is becoming more and more popular as a way to work out and get in shape. The sleazy stripper image is long gone and pole fitness is now thought of as a type of gymnastics. It is a great method of building up your strength and giving your muscles a good workout. To get started you will need a pole. There are a wide range of pole dancing poles on the market today to suit every budget and level of ambition. The x-pole dance poles very easy to put up and are probably the most popular choice across Europe and the US. Once you have installed your pole you are ready to get started and there are lots of free lessons on YouTube. There are also lots of pole dancing DVDs that will take you from beginner level to advanced. Just remember to take it at your own place, some of the moves can be difficult to master. Make sure you put your safety first and stay inside your comfort zone.
This is a fantastic zero impact workout and considered by many to be the best exercises you can do. It is much gentler on your body than jogging and running that can damage your joints and tendons. If you think about it why would you pay good money to sit on an exercise bike in a gym going nowhere, when you could be riding through the countryside taking in the scenery. If you are nervous about riding on roads in the city or countryside then get a mountain bike and enjoy cycling in parkland and countryside trails.
Dance games like the renowned Dance Dance Revolution provide a fun way for you to exercise and keep your motivation. They are especially good as you can compete against your friends and family so it won’t even feel like your working out. Most dance mat games let you select from a range of music. It can be a lot harder than it looks and will take a lot of practice to master. But most games will have beginner levels, so you can start off slow and work your wau up to learning the faster paced songs
This article was written by Caitlin, a fitness fanatic who hates the gym with a passion and writes for . When she is not blogging she can most often be found spinning upside down on her X-Pole Xpert
Sometimes weight loss is as simple as adjusting what foods you choose to replace your habitual eating practice with. It may be easier than you think and end up giving you not only a chance to slim down but possibly more energy and an overall better quality of living as well. Like asparagus which increases circulation and contains the fat burning property, asparagus or beets, an excellent vegetable for stimulating the system into flushing out fat. Take a step back and assess these five great food choices below that you can add to your diet to encourage weight loss and more.
1. Apples with the Peel
Apples with the peel still on has the chemical component to be able to limit the production of fat cells by reducing the amount of fat your body absorbs. It also is capable of creating water binding activity to enhance the discharge of fat deposits. As a bonus, eating an apple before anything else in the morning can be as stimulating to the mind as a cup of coffee.
2. Hot Peppers
Capsaicin is an element found in many hot peppers, especially jalapenos, which naturally stimulates the metabolism into a fat burning frenzy. The high heat release from the peppers increases heart rate which increases circulation which can remove and/or burn fat from the system.
3. The C in Citrus
Vitamin C is hailed for many bodily attributes including weight loss. The system uses this vitamin to process fat breakdown which can encourage a weight loss program. Citrus fruits like pineapples, oranges, lemons, kiwis, limes, and grapefruits are all high in vitamin C and should be incorporated into your daily diet for not only weight loss but antioxidant activity and tissue repair. The above mentioned hot peppers are also high in vitamin C.
4. Trick Your Appetite with Fiber
Fiber has the ability to send a message to your brain that you are full and that you should stop consuming food. By instilling more fiber rich foods into your diet you will be able to get through the day without reaching for those dreaded hip widening snacks. Instead, seek out high fiber cereal, whole grain wheat breads, beans, carrots and fruit.
5. Salmon and Flax
Fish and flaxseed contain omega 3 fatty acids that are an excellent source of reducing the levels of the hormone leptin which is essential for calorie burning. Prepare your fish clean such as broiling or baking and refrain from frying in butter or oil which will end up adding calories that are more difficult to breakdown. Flaxseed can be sprinkled on cereal or, as well as fish, can be taken in an oil filled capsule supplement daily. Omega 3 is also beneficial in joint mobility and brain enhancement.
About the Author: Angela Quint is a registered ultrasound tech by day and an avid writer and blogger by night. She enjoys writing about health and wellness, particularly when it comes to encouraging others to explore careers within the health care field.