Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Eliminate Stress to Lose Weight

Stress and being overweight are intimately interconnected. When faced with stress, your brain releases the hormone cortisol, which regulates energy by moving your fat stores from one place to another. Cortisol also helps your fat cells to grow up and mature. 

Therefore, when being in high stress conditions, this cortisol hormone can stand in the way of your success toward weight loss success.

Here some tips to help you reduce the stress and lost the weight

Weight Loss Program and Stress

Don’t let your weight loss program  be the source of the stress. Losing weight should be about enhancing your life quality, not the other way around. Unfortunately, many embark on this quest for weight loss with extra enthusiast and unrealistic expectations only to get frustrated and disappointed when hitting a setback. This will only lead to stress and further weight gain. 

Therefore, you should strive for realistic and achievable weight loss goals and be flexible enough to change course when what you’re doing is not yielding the desired results.

Breathe Easily 

A big sigh of breath can help you steer clear of the stress. If you used to breathing form your upper chest, then no wonder why you been feeling all stressed out. In stead, you should aim at breathing from your diaphragm  to fully oxygenate your blood; this can help you relax almost instantly. 

To breath deeply, start by putting your hand on your lower abdomen. Then inhale slowly through your nose and watch your hand move out as your belly inflates. Hold the breath for couple of seconds, then repeat it several times until you feel the stress slowly leaving your body

MotivationTips for The Cold Season

Keeping your workout motivation running high during the cold season can be a daunting challenge. People are more reluctant to exercise under cold conditions and instead prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes and enjoy the warmth. 

Nonetheless, falling on excuses is not the best health decision you can make. Therefore, if you’re loosing the incentive to exercise, here are some useful tips:

1-         Peer up with friends or family members

One thing you should realize about the fitness path is that it’s not a solo path, you are not in this alone. Your friends and family members can serve as company and partners along—especially when you feel that you don’t want to go any longer or have lost the mojo for the training  due to the cold weather or any other reason. And if your out of options and no one agreed to peer up with you, then head to your local gym and hunt for a potential partner.

2-         Keep your eyes on the big prize

One of the big whys of losing motivation during the cold season is not the harsh conditions, it’s actually a failure to see the big picture. Losing this oversight sets the stage for sluggishness and lack of motivation for the training. 

Therefore, if you want to keep your mojo up, you should always know why you are doing what you’re doing and your overall vision. In other words your goals. Some exercise to lose weight, other to just look good. I don’t know your reasons, it’s your job to find out.

3-         Be flexible with your training schedule and methods

If you loved going for a morning run during the summer but can no longer withstand the frenzy morning of the cold season, then this is no reason to drop out your cardio session at all. Instead ,you ought to be flexible and opt for an alternative. Running on a treadmill or joining an indoor cardio class are good options.

How to Develop Sculpted and Stronger Arms

Most fitness enthusiasts embark on strength training path in order to develop more sculpted arms and show off the bulk whenever possible. Therefore, to sculpt stronger and leaner triceps and biceps, it helps to arm yourself with right know-hows about the right things to doing so.

Here are 3 tips for more sculpted and bigger arms :

1-      Train the Arms a Maximum of Twice Per Week

Your arm muscles are more prone to suffer  from overtraining than other muscles of the body, since they are working extra hard during pushing and pulling  movements—especially if you cross train.
 Nonetheless, many fitness enthusiasts think that aiming for 4 arm strength sessions per week is the best way to doing so. Unfortunately, you will be shooting yourself in the foot and running the risk of overtraining and injury. 

In stead, you should stick to 1 to 2 arm workouts per week so you can allow for enough rest time they need to grow stronger and bigger. Recovery is key.

2-      Train Them to the Overload

If you want your arms to grow and strengthen, you need to train them hard and reach overload by pushing them to failure and beyond. The more intense your session is, the better results you get. Don’t be mindless and just go through the motions, instead you should focus on every set and squeeze out every last rep.

3-      Never sacrifice form

As soon as you notice your form starting to go south, you should stop and reevaluate your weights and training methods. Bad training form will only lead to bad training consequences and mediocre results.
If you are using too heavy weights (and want to be show off at the gym), you are only training your ego and actually be sacrificing form for performance. And this wont help you develop stronger and bigger arms. 

As a result, you should keep a keen eye on your training form throughout the session and use the feedback you get from other training partners or just the mirror; it’s there for a reason.