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Sometimes you just can’t make it to the gym every time you want to-meetings run late, traffic gets backed up, the car breaks down or something else happens that stops you from getting in your workout. The next time that happens you might want to consider working out at home rather than skipping your training session entirely. Have you not trained at home because you don’t believe you can get a decent workout? Well, think again because you’re dead wrong-you can. At-home workouts, if done with reasonable intensity, can be extremely effective. A good in-the-house workout session can be made even better if you add in a pair of dumbbells.
While depending on your fitness goals, training in the home might not be right for every person all the time, and nothing will ever replace weight lifting for building mass, for even the most dedicated gym rat, working out at home can be a nice break from the routine at the gym once in a while. Plus, it’s always a good idea to keep your muscles guessing by challenging them. There are a few other advantages to working out at home too: you can listen to your favorite music, there’s no waiting for machines, there’s no one to hassle you, no worries about cleaning up after others and you don’t have to drive. It can also be a great way to dodge the inner escape artist every once in a while when you just don’t feel like going to the gym or need a change of pace. If you’ve got kids, at-home workouts can help get them on the right track early on.
The question is though, “Is working out at home effective and can I see results?” The answer is yes! The key though to an effective home exercise program is to include exercises that work three key areas: cardio, strength and flexibility. Even if you don’t have a fully-equipped home gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do using just your bodyweight. Keeping a set of dumbbells around the house can give your in-home workout some teeth and get your muscles pumped. Plus, they don’t take up a lot of space and help in stabilizing and developing muscles that are important to strength, balance, and posture. Some strength training exercises you can do at home using just your bodyweight and dumbbells include:
Chest: Push-ups are great for working the pecs. Vary the spread of your hands to work different parts of the chest. For even more punch, place your feet on a chair or your bed and try some decline push-ups. Do some chest presses with dumbbells lying on the floor and dumbbell flies (flat or incline if you happen to have an adjustable bench at home) to round things out.
Shoulders: Shoulders are little tougher to work out using just your body weight so you’re better off using dumbbells. These are all great exercises that are easy to do in the house: seated press, side raises, front raises, bent-over reverse flies and shoulder shrugs; upright row.
Arms: There are plenty of effective exercises you can do at home to pump up your arms using just a chair and a set of dumbbells. Biceps: Just like at the gym you can do standing or seated bicep curls, concentrated curls, standing or seated alternating curls and hammer curls. Triceps: Doing push-ups with your hands close together is an excellent way to beef up your triceps. Or, sitting on a chair, do some one-arm behind-the-neck extensions with a dumbbell. Using a chair you can also do bent-over kickbacks and lying flat on the floor you can do a couple of variations of triceps extensions using a dumbbell.
Back: For your back, try dumbbell rows, dumbbell dead-lifts and if you’ve got a spot where you can do pull-ups, holding a dumbbell between your ankles will really give you an extra punch.
Legs: There are plenty of exercises you can do in the home to work your legs but add dumbbells and they’ll be even more effective. Here are a few examples: squats with dumbbells, lunges with dumbbells and standing calf raise (holding a dumbbell in one hand).
Adding dumbbells to your out-of-gym or at-home cardio routine can help you make the most of your time. Carry a set of dumbbells with you when you walk, alternating between curls and just carrying them at your side. If you do this though, be careful not to swing your arms around too much, you can injure yourself easily. If you’ve got access to a set of stairs, walk up and down carrying a couple of dumbbells at your side-you’ll get your heart moving in no time.
If you don’t want to skip the gym in favor of an at-home workout but do want to kick your metabolism up a notch while you’re hanging around the house, set aside some times throughout the day to spend a few minutes moving around using dumbbells. A University of Missouri (Columbia) study found that when we spend too much time sitting on our rumps, the body’s fat burning mechanisms slow to a near halt. No surprises there but the study also found that moving around whenever possible can jumpstart the fat burning process again. So instead of just lying around on the sofa for hours at a stretch, get up, pick up the dumbbells and get your ass moving-even if it’s only ten minutes at a time. You’ll burn some extra calories and you’ll do your body good.
Mike Westerdal is the author of “Dumbbell Exercises and Lifting Routines” To Help You Gain More Muscle, Lose Weight, or Just Get Yourself in Better Physical Shape… WITHOUT the Hassles, and Expenses of Health Clubs. Increase Your Muscle Size And Improve Your Physical Fitness In 90 Days – Guaranteed.
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The best type of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from organic apples and is unfiltered, unrefined and contains “the mother”. The mother appears in the ACV as a cloudy weblike substance and it contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes. The mother is thought to be the substance that gives ACV it’s health benefits, and this is why it is important to get ACV that contains “the mother”. You can normally tell if ACV contains “the mother” by it’s cloudy appearance, but manufacturers will also make it clear that their ACV contains “the mother” on the product label, because it is a positive attribute that increases sales to people who are health conscious.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid. It is believed that small amounts of acetic acid can help to activate the metabolism and assist the body to use fat as an energy source.
Apple Cider vinegar seems to help a person feel less hungry and when taken before a meal, a person may eat less and feel more satisfied after the meal. Some studies suggest that the ACV causes feelings of nausea and this is why it works as an appetite suppressant. I have been taking ACV for a while and I have never experienced nausea after taking it, so the reaction to ACV is probably unique to each individual.
Studies on mice have found that the mice who were fed a daily dose of ACV had lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol than mice who were not given ACV. There is a connection between blood sugar levels and obesity and it has been found that it is much harder for people to lose weight when they have high blood sugar levels. Do high blood sugar levels cause weight gain?, or does weight gain cause high blood sugar levels?. Studies are still working on this, but if ACV can benefit both, I think that it may “kill two birds with one stone”
A suggested amount is 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water 2-3 times a day before meals.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be mixed with cold water, or warm water with honey to sweeten it. You can also use ACV as a dressing on salad, either straight or mixed with olive oil. There are many drink recipes out there that contain ACV, but be careful not to mix it with ingredients that are counterproductive to weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to have many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. I think that at a minimum, it could be a very good supplement to a diet plan. With all of the other benefits that ACV gives us, I think that it is worth a try.
Apple Cider Vinegar does not look like a quick fix for weight loss, but can be seen as more of a supplement to a diet plan. My advice is to not take too much ACV, moderation in all things is good and too much of a good thing usually leads to counterproductive results.
No Equipment Required
If you have limited time or limited motivation to exercise, the following workout routine may be good for you. This post is a suggested method of either getting toned, getting started with weight training or it could be used to keep yourself ticking over until you have more time and energy to get serious about exercise.
Weight training is very intensive and you will feel it either on the day following your training session or two days after the session. Even training with light weights and just using body weight exercises will be draining if the exercises are performed properly.
I have noticed that as I get older, my recovery time increases and It is harder to stay motivated, but age alone should not stop a person. If you have the age issue or just a motivation or time issue try the following routine for a few weeks and see how you feel.
The body can be split into various part from a weight training perspective, these are
Serious bodybuilders split these body parts into further subgroups, but for this routine, it is not necessary. Be aware that you will not look like a competition bodybuilder by using this routine but it will strengthen and tone your muscles and they will increase in size if you eat properly.
Routine using body weight only, no gym required.
Day 1 – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
Push-ups: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete properly in each set. (chest)
Incline Push-ups: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete. (shoulders)
Dips: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete. (triceps)
Day 2 – Rest/sit ups (abs)
Day 3 – Legs, Back and Biceps
Squats: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete. (legs)
Full Body Drag: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete. (back)
Chin Ups: 3 sets of as many repetitions as you can complete. (biceps)
Day 4 Rest/ Planks (abs)
Day 5/6/7 Rest
This routine requires only one piece of specialized equipment, a pull-up bar. If you feel energetic, you can repeat Day 1 exercises on Day 5 and Day 3 exercises on Day 7, or just follow a day on/ day off pattern. If you feel very stiff after the first week, drop down to two days of rest between each exercise session.
The exercises can be improved by using some equipment such as push-up bars and dumbbells for bicep, tricep and shoulder exercises. An exercise bench is also useful for several different exercises.
The only muscle group that is hard to do without any equipment are the biceps. A simple inexpensive set of dumbbells with a selection of weight plates would make things much easier and the dumbbells can be used for several different body part exercises.
This exercise routine is convenient and inexpensive because you don’t need to spend much time on each session, 15 – 30 minutes and you don’t need to go to a gym to do it.
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Maybe you have heard of affirmations. The word can conjure up several images in the mind but this post is specifically about self help and self improvement. The dictionary definition of AFFIRMATION is – The action or process of affirming something – A formal declaration by a person who declines to take an oath – Emotional support or encouragement.
This post is going to look at the type of affirmation used to improve or change a person’s thought process. The habit of negative thinking is unproductive and can become a habit, almost an addiction. Positive affirmations can be used to break the habit. The affirmations can be specific to a particular aim, or more general, such as “ I am always happy and contented”. The positive affirmations can be written, spoken or listened to and can be produced by the individual or another person.
Most people have similar aspirations, happiness, wealth, health, happy relationships etc. and so it is easy for one person to create an audio file with multiple affirmations that would be useful to many people. The one important point when using affirmations is to repeat them. Affirmations are also used by many business and sports people to improve performance in whatever field they may be involved in, sales, soccer, MMA, running etc. Sometimes they don’t even know that they are using the technique.
Subliminal affirmations work by bypassing the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious. I have found these are very good for changing habitual negative thought processes.The affirmations are usually embedded in music or other sounds and cannot be consciously heard by the listener. This allows the subliminal messages to access the unconscious mind in a powerful way.
Another method is to repeat the affirmations to yourself as as many times as you can throughout the course of the day. The theory is that the repetition will eventually encourage you to believe the message and embed the thought in your mind.
I have heard of people who place Post-It notes with a written affirmation in prominent places throughout their home so that they will read the message frequently every day.
It is the repetition that gets the message across to you. There is software that allows a person to write or create an audio file of positive affirmations that will play in the background on the computer while you are working or browsing. The text and audio is not noticable, it is subliminal and can be very beneficial if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen.
It could be seen as brainwashing yourself, (for positive effects of course). Some messages are paired with binaural sound beats for a more powerful effect. Binaural audio can be simply described as 3D hearing, binaural beats are basically two different frequencies,one to the left ear and one to the right.The brain will process the two frequencies and perceive the sound as one new third frequency. There are several frequencies that are said to allow the brain to accomplish things such as relax, concentrate, sleep, meditate etc. The binaural beat is thought to help the brain/mind absorb the message of the affirmation(s).
You can buy affirmation software which allows you to record your affirmations and then play them back to you throughout a session. To test the power of affirmations, there are plenty of free resources on sites such as YouTube, just search for the affirmation that you want and play it.
There is also the theory, mixed in with stuff like quantum physics, belief systems and the like, that suggest we all have the power to create everything that we need and want and that thought itself is the creating force. In general terms, it suggests that everything that exists is energy, or a frequency and that if we concentrate our thoughts on a particular outcome, item, wish and so on that we send out our intentions into the world, and because of this, the desired result must materialize. It is said that this takes a concentrated effort over time. It is also believed that what we think about most will materialize, so it is very dangerous to think negative thoughts all of the time because if this is true, you will ensure that negativity materializes.
Whether you think that this is all hippie nonsense or not, it is more healthy to think positive thoughts than negative, so experiment and see what happens. If you wonder why you see or hear the same advertisement over and over again on every TV commercial break then you may now begin to see why. The same goes for political messages and more. People are attempting to influence us to take a certain course of action by repetition. The same is true of pop songs. The first time that you hear the song, it may sound unremarkable but by the time that you have heard it 50 times in the last 2 days, is begins to “grow” on you and you start to think that it is great, has that ever happened to you????.
Positive things can’t occur without action from the individual. Affirmations and positive intentions that are embedded in the subconscious tend to move a person toward taking actions that will lead to the desired outcome as stated in the affirmation, so there is a more down to earth element to affirmations that may be attractive to people who have no interest in anything other than what their senses convey to them.
As long as you are in control of your affirmations and intentions, and you make sure that they are positive in some way, there can only be 2 outcomes, either nothing or a good outcome. We are exposed to many influences and influencers in the world, some of these may not be too interested in improving us as a person, many just want to sell us something. Why not use these techniques to improve your life.
Flaxseed is considered a “superfood” as it is nutritionally dense. It has been used for nutrition since ancient times. Flaxseeds contain high amounts of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, These are the fats that are considered beneficial. Lignans, which contain plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed has 75 to 800 times more lignans than many other plant foods. Fiber, flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Studies have suggested that flaxseed may protect against:-
Breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
Cardiovascular disease and promotes lower blood pressure.
Lowers LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol.
Helps regulate blood sugar.
Reduces the incidence and severity of hot flashes.
The studies are not conclusive, but seem to hold a lot of promise.
55 calories for each tablespoon of whole seeds.
This breaks down as 42% fat, 29% carbs and 18% protein.
It is generally considered more effective to take flaxseed rather than flaxseed oil and it is also better to take ground flaxseed as the whole seeds can pass through the body in their whole form. This results in the flaxseed being unable to pass on it’s beneficial components to the body.
Flaxseed can be bought in ground form or you can grind it yourself using various methods. The simplest method is to grind the seeds in a blender or coffee grinder for a few minutes.
The ground flaxseed is sold under various names such as milled, ground or flaxseed meal, they all mean the same thing.
As always, buying organic is preferable.
At this time the suggested dose is 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed 2-3 times per day.
Taking large amounts of flaxseed could block the intestines due to the laxative effects of flaxseed. Flaxseed should be taken with lots of water to prevent this from happening. It is best to check with your doctor before taking flaxseed if you are taking medications for any condition. For a full list of possible side effects and drug interactions, CLICK HERE
Benefits of Flaxseed For Weight Loss
Inflammation hinders weight loss and flaxseed can help reduce inflammation. Flaxseed is high in phytochemicals including several antioxidants. The fiber content in flaxseeds can help to regulate the digestive system and possibly make you feel fuller for longer. Fiber can also help to regulate blood sugar, which has an effect on weight when it is not stable.
Flaxseed promotes good nutrition, which is essential for healthy weight loss.
How To Take Flaxseed
Ground flaxseed can be added to whatever foods you wish, but would be a useful component in a meal replacement shake, combined with other ingredients such as Chia Seeds, Protein Powder, fruit etc. You can also take flaxseed oil.
Flaxseed is another supplement that can assist you in losing weight. Like anything else, it is not a solution on it’s own. Flaxseed may help with weight loss due to the theory that proper nutrients balance the body, and when the body is in balance, it will be much easier for you to lose weight naturally and safely.
There is a method of manifesting your desires called the 2 cup method. The method is based upon the idea that we have many different parallel realities running at the same time and the idea that in quantum physics, a particle can be in more than one place at the same time.
There is also the strange situation that the outcome of a quantum experiment can change, depending on whether or not the person decides to measure some property of the particles involved. This suggests that it is the observer that is exerting control over the behaviour of particles. Quantum theory also hold that an entity can be particle and wave at the same time.
Dr Masaru Emoto conducted studies on water for a long time He published a series of photographs in his book which are said to be frozen water crystals that have been subjected to human intentions/thoughts, some positive and some negative. The crystals subjected to positive thoughts appeared attractive and intricate. The crystals subjected to negative thoughts appeared ugly, polluted and unhealthy. This finding led Dr Emoto to conclude that thought can affect matter.
I have seen several variations in the manner of conducting the 2 cup method. The consistent factors are:-
one should get 2 cups, fill one cup with water and think about your present situation regarding what you want to manifest.
One should then pour the water slowly and deliberately into the second cup.
Once the water is in the second cup, the person should then concentrate on what he/she wants to manifest regarding the situation.
Once a person thinks that they have projected the positive outcome into the water, drink it all in one go.
Other variations include writing the current situation on a sticky note and putting it onto cup number one. Write the desired outcome on another sticky note and put it onto cup number 2 and then continue as above.
If you are going to do this, I would suggest using glass cups and use spring or purified water. I haven’t found these suggestions mentioned, but it makes sense to me that if you want the best results, you should do your best to ensure that impurities in the water and the receptacles are minimized.
Does it work?
I have tried it once recently, and while the immediate result wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I did get a communication the following day, that will lead to the desired manifestation. Without that communication, the manifestation could not hope to come true. I had been waiting for such a communication for several weeks. I can’t say for sure that the 2 cup method brought this about, but it certainly appears that way to me.
The information that I have seen on this method generally states that you shouldn’t expect immediate results, although it is possible that you could get them. Be patient and don’t keep repeating the 2 cup method too frequently, give it a few weeks to manifest first.
The theory is that by transferring thoughts of your current situation into one glass of water, and then pouring the water into another glass and stating your desired outcome of the situation, you have completed a shift into another parallel reality where your desire does exist, a quantum leap.
Make of this what you will, it won’t hurt to try it and the least you will get is a positive………one of your eight, eight ounce cups of water that you should be drinking every day for health.
As I have mentioned before, the major principle for weight loss is to expend more energy than you receive. In this post I will look at some consumable substances that may aid healthy weight loss. None are proven to be effective for every individual because each person’s body responds to different inputs in a unique way.
Not a consumable, but very important, exercise has always been a major component of weight loss programs, in combination with diet. The practice adheres to the major principle, as it burns off large amounts of energy. A person who is significantly overweight may have to start with an exercise regime that is not too severe at first. Walking, swimming and light weight training is ideal, and build up to more strenuous exercise if desired.
For a person who only wants to lose a few pounds and is reasonably fit, jogging (progressing to running) aerobic classes and weight training should produce good results.
It is not necessary for a person to drive himself/herself into the ground with exercise, the main function of exercise when considering weight loss, is to help get the right balance of energy input/output by following the major principle of expending more energy that one receives.
The chosen exercise program should be used in conjunction with a sensible diet plan that contains healthful supplies of all of the main components, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. I advocate a diet that is not so severe that it completely cuts out one of the three elements although such diet plans have worked for some people, and as always you will have to experiment and see what your particular body likes. One of my concerns for such diets is the fact that they may not be sustainable in the long-term which is why I prefer the more traditional approach. There is a great Diet plan called “Beyond Diet”, it is not really a diet plan as we think of them, it is more of a total long term eating lifestyle change. I am not an affiliate of Beyond Diet, I just think that it is very sensible and one of my family members uses it to good effect.
Your food should be as healthy and natural as you can possibly get it, and be sure to double-check the claims of “Organic” and “Non-GMO” on all of your food.
Diet and exercise should be the foundation of any weight loss program. The following is a list of extra assistance that may or may not be of use to you, depending on your psychological tendencies and things that your individual body responds to.
The major active ingredient of ACV is acetic acid. Drinking ACV diluted in water, is said by some to reduce hunger pangs and reduce fat storage. Studies on rats that were given acetic acid seems to have shown a reduction of belly fat. ACV is said to have many benefits, I personally use it as a treatment for spots and it works great. The reader will need to experiment with ACV to see if it works for them, but remember to get the natural unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar containing “the mother” . The mother is a cloudy weblike substance within the vinegar which is believed to hold the key to the substance’s properties.
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Green tea is said to have several health benefits, and it is believed to be very effective for losing weight. Green Tea has a high level of catechins, natural antioxidants that can improve metabolism and increase the burning of fat.
It also contains the substances caffeine and EGCG, which can have a positive effects on
metabolism. Other components in green tea increase the levels of hormones that are responsible for fat burning in our system and they release more fat into the bloodstream.
Fenugreek, believed to reduce appetite and food consumption.
Cumin, believed to accelerate the burning of fat and thus assist weight loss.
Cayenne Pepper, a form of chili pepper containing capsaicin, which is believed to increase metabolism, it may also reduce hunger and calorie intake.
Cinnamon, made from tree bark, this popular spice is high in antioxidants and could reduce blood sugar levels, resulting in appetite and hunger suppression.
Ginger, may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning and may also decrease fat absorption and appetite.
Ginseng, frequently used in traditional Chinese medicine for many complaints. It may encourage weight loss, slow fat absorption and modify fat formation.
Oregano, This herb contains a substance called Carvacrol. Animal studies have suggested that mice taking Carvacrol showed less weight gain and less fat gain than mice who were not fed the substance.
Black Pepper, is a common kitchen ingredient. It contains a compound called piperine which is believed to have a positive effect on weight loss.
There are many pills on the market that claim to promote, assist or cause weight loss. The wise potential buyer would research each brand to discover the ingredients and read reviews. Some pills contain herb extracts and some contain a lot of caffeine. There are prescription pills for weight loss and they may be effective but the ingredients and side effects should be reviewed before taking them.
Real butter from grass-fed cows, full fat dairy products and beef (preferably grass-fed) all contain high amounts of a compound called conjugated linoleic acid, CLA, which is a polyunsaturated fat. The human body does not make this substance. CLA is believed to be beneficial in weight loss because it may decrease body fat mass and increase lean body mass. These food also find approval with myself, as I believe that some full fat foods have gained an undeserved bad reputation over the last 30 years or so. People who lived 100 years ago were eating all of these full fat products and there was not an obesity problem like there is today. The CLA found in food is thought to be superior to supplements containing it. AS always, try to eat organic and natural products.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids and it can help the body burn fat for fuel and use up more energy. Coconut oil have also been found to be very satisfying for hunger and may support thyroid health, which is important for keeping your metabolism working correctly. I use coconut oil exclusively when I need to cook food in oil. The oil comes in a solid form but melts under heat and can be used for frying. I cook my burgers and eggs in coconut oil and they taste wonderful.
Foods High In Protein
These foods make the body work harder to break them down than low protein foods and that requires more energy. As you are eating you are also burning energy. High protein foods also help to make you feel full so you may eat less.
Water is essential for everyone, so you are going to have to drink it regardless. Most studies suggest that a normal healthy water intake is 8 ounces, 8 times a day. If you are exercising, then you may need more.
Water is said by some, to be a nutrient in it’s own right and it performs various functions, such as eliminating waste via urination, perspiration and bowel movements. Water keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints and protects sensitive tissues. Water is also believed to boost metabolism. If you are in a weight loss program, all of the above functions of water are extremely useful to you.
I believe that the type of water that is consumed is also important. Distilled water has its uses but I would not recommend it for a weight loss program. Despite the fact that in general, plastic bottles are used to supply us with the natural spring water found in stores, I believe that this is the best option for drinking water. Filtering your own water is probably the ideal, but the equipment is very expensive if you want to do it right.
So, what can you do with all of this information? Here’s a suggestion:
If after a few weeks, the plan isn’t working for you, add something to it or replace an element of the plan.
It takes a lot of effort and knowledge for a person to effectively devise their own weight loss plan. The easy way is to buy a diet plan, buy an exercise plan and incorporate the herbs and foods (all or some) discussed above, into the plans.
The bottom line is that whatever you do, you have to follow the plan. You will also have to tweak the plan to fit your body, expenses and schedule.
Yoga is believed to have originated in India several thousand years ago, before any religious systems. The word Yoga is said to be Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a language of ancient India with a documented history of nearly 3,500 years. It is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, and the main philosophical language of Hinduism. Some Buddhist and Jainism texts are also in this language.
The word Yoga means to join, yoke, unite, referring to the unity of mind and body and also that of man and the universe.
Most people associate Yoga strictly with Hatha Yoga and the Asanas, but these are only components of Yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a collection of 196 sutras or general truths/principles. Yoga is a very large subject and many people have written books on this subject alone.
Hatha Yoga is the term for physical Yoga practices, most popular in the West.
A slow style of Yoga that grows strength, flexibility and awareness.
Practising stillness or slow movements and mindfulness for therapeutic purposes and to center the mind and body. Props are used to assist the body in each pose.
Carried out in a heated room, normally in a class situation. The heat encourages detoxification by sweating out the toxins. Hot Yoga is said to increase the heart rate and ease arthritis and joint pain.
Flowing movements of the body, synchronized with breathing, producing a type of moving meditation sequence. There are no set sequences.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga created by K. Pattabhi Jois in modern times. It is considered as an up to date form of classical yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana/physical yoga posture is only one branch, breath/pranayama is another. All eight limbs are practiced in six set sequences and have various stages.
Is both spiritual and physical and is supposed to release the kundalini energy in your body that is trapped in the lower spine. This style works your body and breathing with fast paced postures and breathing exercises. The practice can also incorporate chants, mantra, and meditation.
A slower style of yoga with seated postures that are held for longer periods of time. Each posture can be held for up to two minutes. As this type is slower, meditation can also take place while practicing the postures.
Bikram Choudhury developed this type of yoga. Classes are held in a heated room. You will work through a series of 26 poses. Bikram always follows the same sequence, although a Bikram sequence is different from an ashtanga sequence. Bikram is very popular and is an easy class to find.
At the heart of Patanjali Yoga Sutra is the eight-limbs that create the framework for the practice of yoga. No one element holds more importance than another . Each limb makes up a system which is said to bring a completeness to the practitioner as they find their connectivity themselves, nature and the universe.
Yama: Universal morality
Niyama : Personal observances
Asanas : Body postures
Pranayama : Breathing exercises
Pratyahara : Control of the senses
Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana : Devotion and Meditation
Samadhi : Union with the Divine
Yoga can be practiced by people of any age and can be completed in a class setting with a teacher, leader or guide or you can study the topic and become your own guide and maybe even adapt the principles to create your own system.
There is no doubt that people who have practiced Yoga, feel that they have derived great benefit from the practice.
Most of the hatha Yoga programs seem to be aimed at women, especially the class based Yoga sessions, but they can be practiced just as effectively by men.
Here is the one major principle for weight loss, “ expend more energy than you gain from your food and drink”. I have a suspicion that modern food additives don’t particularly help a person keep to a healthy weight.
What is a healthy weight?, a weight that you feel good about, doesn’t cause any health problems and also makes you feel positive about the way that you look. The way a person looks is important and it is not just vanity, because looking good helps confidence, and therefore encourages psychological health. The normal quoted height/ weight ratios found in medical journals and websites do not tell the whole story, especially for males who work out. A 6ft male who weighs 190lbs with a 33 inch waist is considered overweight according to the Mayo Clinic BMI calculator. If the male works out however, this weight is on the low side and doesn’t take the exercise into account. I would not consider such a person as overweight, I would expect that this person looks good and has an attractive muscle tone. Generally, the average suggested weight range for a 6ft male is 155lbs -170lbs, which appears to be on the light side to me.
For the ladies, the average female height in the U.S.A. is said to be 5ft 4 inches with an ideal weight of 120lbs. The height quoted, seems to be somewhat less than I would expect, but it is an average of several different races of people. Ladies tend to concentrate on their looks over health when considering weight. This does not matter, as a healthy weight will result in both good looks and health. A woman can carry more weight than the height/weight and BMI charts quote and still be very attractive, so don’t stress out over ideal weight charts and media publications on perfect weight and body type and such things.
Men lose weight more easily than women for several reasons,
These are physiological facts and nothing can be done about it, however, studies show that after a few months of a dedicated weight loss program the different results between men and women begin to even out, so at the end of the day it is possible for both men and women to lose as much weight as they wish, just don’t get into a weekly weight scale competition with a man in the early stages of a diet plan.
The three body types commonly used are the Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph.
As with everything, most people can be a some of one type and a little of another, but identifying your body type in general terms can sometimes assist you in your choice of weight loss program, including physical exercise, and will help you to know what to look out for during the course of your program.
The basic body types are very generalized and only give a person a simplified guide as to their natural tendency. Most people have a mixed body type that only favors one of the major types to a greater extent but also has qualities of other body types to a lesser extent such as a man with mainly ectomorph qualities who also adds muscle to his body reasonably easily. Nothing is absolute, and it is perfectly possible for an ectomorph to gain muscle and an endomorph to lose weight. Good eating habits and the correct physical exercises can achieve whatever result that you wish, to a large degree.
Many people gain more weight as they age and there are many possible reasons. It could be that they are less active. This is an easy fix, just be as active as you can. I have noticed lately, that I see more older people who look slim and fit and more younger people who look like they have been on a diet of chips, soda and candy for their whole lives. We could also speculate that younger people generally don’t get a full serving of exercise anymore during the course of a normal day and the fit looking younger people are the people who have to expend energy at the gym in their own time after work to stay fit.
Some scientists suggest that age effects our eating habits and that older people can become less perceptive about their body’s nutritional needs , specifically effecting the mechanism that stops us from continuing to eat when we are full.
As we age, our metabolism slows and this leads to fewer calories being burned. Burning calories can be achieved by exercise, so older people who don’t want to gain weight can take as much regular exercise as their health allows.
Loss of Muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat and as we age, we lose lean muscle if we don’t exercise.. Weight training can counteract this aging effect and also boost strength and flexibility.
Food quality is as important as the type of food eaten, this should be remembered when selecting your diet plan ingredients. The best approach if you haven’t got a diet plan yet, is to minimize highly processed foods, drinks and anything that states that it is a diet or low-fat product unless it is naturally low in fat, make your meal size smaller than your usual size and cut out the snacks. The grocery stores are normally laid out with the fresh foods around the perimeter and the processed foods in the aisles, so minimize eating foods found in the aisles, which are normally canned or dehydrated.
Organic foods should be chosen over anything that does not state that it is organic. Non-GMO labelled products are preferred. If you wish to grow some vegetables, make sure that you buy Non-GMO seeds.
Studies on groups of animals have suggested that GMO foods caused them to gain weight when compared to groups that were fed Non-GMO foods over a period of months. Studies have also shown that GMO crops are between 10% to 25% lower in nutrients than they were 50 years ago, so a weight loss diet with a high level of GMO ingredients is counter-productive. Even if you don’t trust the studies, do you want to risk sabotaging your diet by ignoring the possibility that the studies were correct?.
I would not advise this approach unless it is the only option in a life threatening situation. I don’t believe in any surgery that is not for emergency purposes. The surgery itself is not necessarily dangerous, but It is tempting fate to allow someone to perform invasive surgery for a problem that could probably be solved by dietary change, exercise and determination. Surgery is also very expensive as it is usually considered cosmetic.
There are people who can lose significant weight without exercise but I believe that exercise should be an integral part of any weight loss program. Weight training is ideal because it builds muscle and muscle burns more calories than fat. This results in a win-win situation, you get to look more toned and lose weight more effectively. A whole body approach is advisable for weight loss, meaning that you should exercise every part of your body in each session, chest, shoulders, arms, back, legs and abdominals. A body builders approach can be used, where you break the training sessions into two or more body parts per session, such as chest/back one day, legs/shoulders another and arms on another day but this requires more dedication. A full body approach to weight training ensures that you keep your muscles in balance and you can’t skip the less appealing exercises such as legs for the men and upper body for the ladies. Don’t worry ladies, you won’t end up looking like Arnold, (it takes a huge amount of effort, among other things, to produce those results) but you will look very toned. With weight training, the body continues to burn calories long after completing the session.
Cardiovascular exercise is also good for burning calories and it keeps you fit. The exact exercises will have to be a personal choice, but running is good, circuit training in a gym class is good, including the popular boxercise and martial arts inspired classes.
The bottom line on this is that it is wise to include an exercise plan along with your diet plan for best results. Pick an exercise regime that you enjoy because this will help you to stick to it.
Determination is needed to be successful in weight loss, this is why I suggested earlier that it would be beneficial to experiment with finding the diet that suits you, psychologically and physiologically.
A desire to succeed and a positive approach are needed. Aids to this can be visualization techniques, affirmations and meditation. I believe that many high performing athletes use some or all of these techniques to perform at their best, as do many high performing people in all walks of life. It might sound New Age, Hippy, Weird etc, but it can’t hurt, and if you discover that it works, you have found a new assistant, one that was in your own mind all along.
There are many diets available, the trick is to discover which diet your body responds to best. I would also suggest that a weight loss diet does not have to be boring, painful or debilitating. The expert official advice is not always the best advice to take and I believe in researching and experimenting for yourself, because where diet and exercise are concerned, you are the expert regarding your own body. The saying that “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” is very apt here, and it should be considered when choosing your diet plan. Find out what works for YOU, keep notes and use the information to improve the quality of your life and achieve your goals.
If you have known medical issues, I would advise checking with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
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