Things to Consider Before Investing in Expensive Gym Equipments

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Gym equipment is not cheap by any means, and just for start up at home equipment can cost you a few hundred dollars. No one wants to invest a huge amount of money and then see it waste away on equipment you rarely use or equipment that has to be upgraded. Here are a few things you should consider before choosing to invest in any expensive gym equipments.

Budget

Before you choose to even start looking into workout equipment you should always set a budget for yourself. Gym equipment can range from high to low prices for the exact same features, thus making it difficult at times to choose between models.

For example if you plan on buying a treadmill, you can find many that are cheaper and offer less functions than others, however you can also find higher end models that offer LED screens with TV, apps, etc. These are some examples of cheaper treadmills that still are effective.

Features

Before even beginning to look at all the type of fancy features offered in recumbent bike models, make sure to have a good idea of which features you value more. Do you want basic functions with minimalistic features? Do you want a higher end equipment that includes extras like a fan, HD screen, and app customization and tracking?

Remember the most important aspect of gym equipment is going to be its effectiveness, not its features. There’s no point in investing in a piece of equipment because it looks fancy and can perform more functions than it’s meant to do. It’s no use to buy a piece of equipment if it’s going to fail at what it’s meant to do.

Gym membership

Sometimes investing in equipment for at home use can be more trouble than it’s worth. Getting a monthly gym membership might be more ideal for your individual needs.

If you keep racking your brain struggling to decide what budget you have, and which features you want, you can easily take these considerations out by purchasing a gym membership that includes a variety of different equipment.

Gym memberships can also range from high end to low end, but are most likely going to have a range of workout equipment options for you to use. An added benefit with a gym membership is that you may even be opening yourself up to a bigger variety of equipment than you would originally have if you were to personally invest, and also open yourself up to classes.

Usage

There’re almost 0 reasons to invest in a piece of gym equipment you’re not even going to use it on a regular basis. Think about your fitness goals, are you going to want to prioritize cardio over strength training? Does the equipment you want to invest in have a longer or shorter time span use?

Maintenance

Not all equipment is going to require maintenance, however occasionally you’re going to run into gym equipment that will have to be replaced or maintained.

A few examples of this is like a recumbent bikes band need to be replaced depending on the make and brand. Stretch bands can lose their effectiveness and resistance over time. Basically, if the equipment has any bolts or screws, those also may need to be tightened on a regular basis.

So just make sure before you purchase equipment that you know what type of maintenance it needs. Sometimes these fixes will have to be sent in instead of being manually done by yourself. These issues are always going to end up in extra time, effort, and money.

In conclusion

Thinking about all these expectations before you purchase any equipment is going to save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Many people fall victim in believing that spending more money is better, more features result in better longevity, and that every equipment is built equally as long as they fall in the same price range.

Taking all these factors into consideration will not only save you a bunch of struggles and frustrations, but will also save your wallet from falling victim to many commercial gimmicks that try and tempt you to shell out more money for what something is not worth.

I’m James Hood from FitnessAbout.com. I’m a vegan bodybuilder. I believe in holistic development. I believe in workout body and as well as mind

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Feeding Your Fitness: The Definitive Way To Eat For Physical Performance

Reaching the peak of your physical fitness takes much dedication and hard work, and good choices on what to fuel your body with. After all, you wouldn’t expect the best performance from your car if you put the cheapest gas in it now, would you? So why should you think anything different to about your body? Of course, this depends on you already knowing what is best for your body regarding food for when you are trying to reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, with health and diet foods being an industry in itself, it can be pretty tough to decipher what is good for you when you are training and what is not. Luckily, for all you searchers you will find some info on this very subject below. So keep reading to find out the definitive answer on how to feed your fitness.

Balanced diet

First of all, going back to basics to achieve peak physical fitness you have to have a balanced diet. That means it should include all of the four main food groups as described in this video at Youtube.com. These include vegetables, carbs, dairy, and protein. All of these are needed in different amounts to create a healthy and fit body, and although your calorie consumption may go up a bit if you are training hard every day, working out is certainly not an excuse to eat whatever you want.

 

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Instead, you should be aiming for a healthy diet that consists of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, two portions of protein, three to five portions of carbohydrates, complex ones made from whole grains, and two to three portions of dairy including things like egg, cheese, and milk.  

Of course, you can decide for yourself how to arrange these through the day and what meals to create from them. However, hitting these basic amounts is pretty important if you want to work at the peak of your physical fitness.

Supplements

In addition to the basic nutritional load, some folks when working out choose to use supplements to enhance their fitness and performance. In particular, protein seems to be the watchword in fitness right now, with a protein shake being one of the trendiest gym accessories to take with you for your workout. Checkout out the post at greatist.com for some more information on this product.

 

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Supplements tend to fall under one of three two categories. The first is the pre-workout, designed to improve performance and give you a boost. The second is the post-workout often designed to help you recover faster from your efforts. The third type are anytime supplements. These are designed to add to your healthy balanced diet and supply you with more of the nutrients you need to maintain your progress.

 

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Such supplements can be bought in regular supermarkets, pharmacists, and even online, although many that would argue that they are unnecessary because you can get the same benefits from eating real, natural food that hasn’t been processed into powders or shakes. This is especially relevant about protein, and you can learn more at Mobilityguardian.com about which foods are great to eat if you want to avoid the whole supplement trend completely. Something that could not only save you money but may actually be healthier for you and your body in the long run.

Exclusion diets

Next, let’s take a look at exclusion diets. These include programs such as Paleo, Atkins and the like. The idea of these plans is that you eliminate a particular food group, carbohydrates in this case and this triggers weight loss, something that many people often try to achieve alongside their physical fitness goals.

The problem is that these elimination diets can negatively affect your fitness levels because they do not contain all of the energy that you need to complete a regular effective workout. This is typically the case with ones that cut out all form of carbohydrates as they can leave you sluggish and tired, ultimately comprising your physical performance goals. Something that makes them a bad idea if fitness is a top priority.

 

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When to eat

Lastly, it’s not just what we eat that can affect our physical performance but also but when we eat. Food is fuel, and as such should be consumed in small amounts throughout the day to keep your energy steady.

 

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That means great big heavy meals are out of the picture, especially if you do your fitness regime in the evening, as no one can effectively workout on top of this. So instead split your allowances down into 5-6 small meals, evenly spaced out through the day, as the post at wsj.com suggests. Perhaps with an unrefined carbohydrate 30 mins before your workout, such as a banana, as this should help you feed your fitness session and over time achieve peak physical performance while maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.

Don’t Get In Your Own Way, Tackle Your Motivation Issues

Some people occasionally feel like the wind has been taken from their sails. Others feel like it has never been there to begin with. Motivation is a key factor in life, one that we don’t always take as seriously as we should. If we’re motivated, we might not find it easier to work through the strain in life, but we find ourselves more equipped to dig in and keep doing it. So, if you feel like you have the get-up-and-go that others do, what do you do to get it?

 

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Make your goals clear

Naturally, finding what motivates you is key to your motivation. You might very well have a sense of what kind of life you want to lead and what aspects you don’t like and want to change. But if you don’t take the time to actually create actionable goals out of them, it’s very easy to treat them like something nebulous and far away. Whatever your long-term wants are, start taking them seriously. Break them up into goals and give yourself a place to start even if you don’t know the whole journey yet. Actually writing them down, reading them aloud, and acknowledging them is important, too. It gives you the sense that you’re laying out something concrete rather than dreaming up a what-if scenario.

Find your mantra

When you write them down, they can also become something more valuable. You can call it a mantra, you can call it inspiration, you can call it support. Finding a source to replenish your motivation over time is crucial. It can come from all kinds of places. A supportive group of friends to help keep you accountable. A role model or mentor who inspires you to keep going. You might even serve as your own mantra. For instance, you can create a journal in which you recount every attempt and every bit of progress you make towards your next goal. Seeing how far you’ve come and getting a positive emotional kick for seeing what you’ve accomplished can keep you engaged with the goal.

The body matters

Motivation isn’t all mental, either. Our physical reserves of energy, the balance of hormones in our body, these are also important. For instance, exercising helps you not only become more physically active. It also sharpens the mind. Carb-heavy foods are well known to make people feel mentally sluggish as well, so they might be worth avoiding. There are even supplements that can help you improve your energy and motivation, too. Testosterone might be considered a “male hormone”, but even women can benefit from balancing their body with a Tongkat Ali dosage. The body and the mind are intrinsically linked. If you make changes to one of them, you’re going to feel some effect on the other as well.

Motivation is vital to exercise, to career, to your personal pursuits and development. It helps us focus on what’s important in life and the feeling of using that motivation to get a “win” is the kind of fulfillment that can stop us from getting in a rut. Take your motivation seriously.

The Three P’s Of Getting Into Fitness


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Getting into a healthy fitness routine can be tricky, but the payoffs are worth it. Staying healthy is something you need to do for yourself. Getting into fitness isn’t something that you can only do if you’re in your 20s, or that you can only do if you can afford a personal trainer at the gym, or have time to workout for three hours every day. It doesn’t work like that – there is no particular time in your life where you shouldn’t be working on your fitness, the earlier you start, the better your health will be, but getting into a good routine is just as important later in life too.

But being fit and healthy doesn’t happen overnight with minimal effort. One rep of sit-ups won’t give you a six-pack, here are the three Ps to getting into fitness

Patience

You need to dedicate time to get healthy. You will need to find some time in your busy life to workout, whether it’s a 20 minute home gym session or a half-hour run. Find the time and book it in like an appointment that can’t be missed. You have to wait for your body to get where you want it to be, but remember that it will get there and the journey is just as important as the goal.

You may get setbacks through illness or injury, but don’t rush into getting back to it too soon. If you need to take some time and a step back, then do so. You need to listen to your body, learn it’s limitation and work with it, not against it, to get to the new healthy you.

Perseverance

It will seem hard and impossible at times, but you can do it. The pain you feel is your body tearing to remake itself stronger. It sounds brutal, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. And the flood of endorphins exercise gives you helps to wipe out that pain.

You might find one of the hardest things is staying away from temptation with your food. Working out isn’t enough you need to eat the right things, and that does mean cutting out a lot of your favorite foods, and eating stuff, you’re not that fond of. However, you do get used to it. Feeding your body the right stuff eventually stops it craving the bad stuff. And after a while, treating yourself to a greasy burger will make you feel ill rather than satisfied.

Protein

Your biggest food-friend when getting fit is protein. You need to eat a balanced diet, but if you are geared towards building muscle, that scale does tip towards protein. This doesn’t just mean throwing a steak onto your salad – you need to mix up the meat. Red meat in large quantities isn’t great for you, so mix it up with chicken and fish. Salmon is high in Omega 3 which is one of the more vital vitamins your body needs. You can also use things like nuts for a non-meat option. Things like Sportsfuel supplements are a great way of getting that extra protein without upping your meat intake. You can get a one-a-day shake, or ones that you take before and after your workout.

Prevention Or Attention – Which Approach To Health & Beauty Is Right For You?


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Looking and feeling great is a priority for us all. Unfortunately, for most people, it doesn’t come naturally. Achieving the best health and image requires a lot of hard work, and there are various ways to handle it. One of the key questions, however, is whether to prevent issues or attend to them once they surface.

In truth, there is no one size fits all solution. As such, it’s imperative that you analyze each of the key elements on their individual merits. Focus on each of the key points below, and you won’t go far wrong.

Skincare

 

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The skin isn’t only the largest organ of the human body. It’s also a central focus of all beauty rituals due to the fact it’s something that people continually see. Sadly, time will eventually take its toll on your natural appearances. Thankfully, the best anti-aging creams can slow the process. While it doesn’t prevent the effects altogether, it does stop this from becoming an issue prematurely.

Preventive care is essential for long-term healthy skin. However, it’s equally vital to identify and rectify any current issues. Overcoming dryness and similar issues can be achieved via simple ideas like a better night’s sleep or increased your water intake. Meanwhile, foundations and other makeup choices can be used to cover spots and other blemishes for short-term beauty.

Ultimately, skincare is one of the most complex elements of all. As such, it should embrace elements of both prevention and attention. More importantly, though, those routines must extend beyond the face. They can range from treating the feet to wearing sun lotion when it’s hot. Either way, those tasks can make all the difference for immediate and long-term health and appearances.

Physical Fitness

 

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Size matters and staying in good shape is crucial for ongoing health. Furthermore, it can have a telling impact on our body image too. After all, physique is the one element that you will be judged for on a daily basis. From friends and work colleague to complete strangers, everyone will form an opinion about you based on this one factor.

 When choosing an exercise plan, you must appreciate your personal requirements and limitations. Only then will you find a mix of cardio and strength training that works for you. In reality, items such as injury management fall into both prevention and attention. Quite frankly, that’s the way it has to be.

For those with an active need to lose weight or increase their fitness, a reaction is required. This can also include fixing postural problems with office back braces. If you are already quite fit, though, maintaining your health and fitness is an ongoing prevention of future problems. In reality, the exact strategies utilized will vary from person to person.

Oral Health & Appearance

 

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The mouth plays a key role in all human communication as well as eating. Therefore, keeping your in the best possible shape should be a priority from health and image perspectives. A winning smile is one of the greatest things that anyone can ever possess.

 A white smile is acquired through a combination of reactionary treatments and preventive methods. Professional whitening should be coupled with daily cleaning and flossing. This will give you the very best results for both immediate and sustained benefits.

Misaligned or chipped teeth can be even more problematic. Not only do they look bad, but they can cause problems for speech and eating. Invisible braces are a great solution without impacting your appearance. There’s not much that can be done to prevent teeth growing in bad positions. But you can at least help them remain healthy with daily care and regular dental checkups. Make sure that you do.

Mental Health   

 

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Falling into the trap of focusing solely on physical elements is very easily done. However, mental issues are just as vital to your overall health. Perhaps surprisingly, they also hold a significant influence over personal appearances too. Overlooking this key factor is no longer a solution.

Spotting the signs of depression or other mental health conditions is the hardest but most important task. Treatments are available, both medically and from psychiatric experts. A problem shared is a problem halved. As such, the sooner you act upon the issue, the sooner you’ll find a winning solution. Whatever happens, you needn’t feel alone in this fight. And simply knowing that support is available can restore that smile.

As for preventing mental health issues, simply living the life you wish to lead can help. While it is a far more complex situation than this alone, happiness is the greatest weapon against those problems.  Use this as another incentive to take greater care of the physical aspects, and you will not regret it.

 The Final Word

 By now, you should realize that the title question has no black and white answer. The human body is the most complex thing imaginable. Keeping it in the best condition requires preventive treatments as well as response to all problems that surface.

 Only then will it gain the comprehensive care that you deserve.   

 

Feeling Confident With Fitness: How To Learn To Love Exercise


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Working out is something that we all know we need to do, but don’t always want to do. And it’s the latter than tends to hold us up. Because exercise can be hard, and there’s nothing like being faced with something difficult and that we don’t feel all that confident with to just stop doing it altogether. Or worse – just not even start.

So when you’re a little intimidated by the idea of exercising, you tend to put it to the back of your mind and just forget about it altogether. But when you realize that you never have any energy, or that you’re starting to put on a bit too much weight, you know that you need to take action. And fast. So let’s take a look at how you can get your confidence back and learn to love exercise.

Start Off Small

The best way to do this, is to start off small. Because if you try to get out there and take on anything too big, you’re likely to find that you’re just going to burn out and scare yourself again. So, forget about going to the gym or joining a scary boot camp, just get out there and do something. Go for a walk or attend a fun dance class with friends. The idea of this is to get your fitness levels up and get you used to the idea of exercising regularly.

Dress To Impress

Now that you’re exercising a little more regularly, you need to think about wearing the kind of clothes that are going to make you feel confident. Although you think hiding in those baggy clothes cover you up, they can actually make you feel worse. Instead, you need to find the right sports bra, workout leggings and shirts that are going to help you move and feel comfortable. Because when you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll feel 100 times more confident.

 

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Challenge Yourself

Do you enjoy a challenge? If so, then you’re going to want to think about pushing yourself when it comes to your fitness. If you want to be able to improve your strength, or increase your cardiovascular fitness, set yourself a challenge or two. You may find that you fall in love with the results and it spurs you to go on.

Take A Friend

You could also think about working out with a friend. Because when you have a fitness buddy, it can often motivate you to stay on track, to push yourself in terms of your abilities and how hard you work, and it can be a lot of fun too!

Find Your Feet

But at the same time, you should also be working out for you, and not for anyone else. Maybe the reason you’ve struggled in the past is that you’re doing things that others do – like going to the gym or running, when they’re not what you really love. So, whether it’s doing something active and adventurous like watersports, or trying belly dancing, you need to do the kind of exercise and workouts that you’re going to love!

Sculpting Your Strength

Running, aerobics, and team sports are all great for building up your fitness level and helping you to lose some weight, but there is a missing ingredient if you’re hoping to build your dream body; weight training. Underneath the layers of fat in your body, is a lot of muscle just waiting to be sculpted. Most women leave out strength training because they don’t want to look like body-builders, but this isn’t as likely to happen as it is with men. According to the Women’s Heart Foundation, high levels of estrogen make it very difficult for women to become overly muscular. All that awaits you at the end of the strength building tunnel is a lean, strong, and well-toned body. Here are a few exercises to help you achieve this goal.

Yoga


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When you first sign up for a yoga class, you might be expecting a lot of sitting, emphasis on breathing, and working to improve your mental health. However, any seasoned yogis will know that yoga can be a really intensive exercise. When your posture is correct, and you engage all the correct muscles, even the most basic poses can leave you feeling breathless and weak after 30 minutes. But each time you hold a pose for a few more breaths, you can feel yourself getting stronger. After a few months of yoga, you find it easier to support your body in Downward Facing Dog, or stay upright when doing Eagle pose. Every plank lasts a little longer, and sooner or later you will see that your biceps and abdominal muscles are a little bit more defined in your body. The best part about yoga is that you don’t have to do it for an hour each evening. Just 10 or 20 minutes will provide an effect strength training workout.

Weights


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A more obvious way to incorporate weight training into your workout is to actually use weights. One piece of equipment growing in popularity are rep fitness kettlebells, because they can also improve motion and stamina, and they have a better grip for beginners. However, if you want to gradually increase your weight training, adjustable dumbbells give you a lot of different weight selections for less money than a bunch of individual weights, and they take up a lot less space than a full set. If you can’t afford dumbbells yet, a resistance band will provide the same effect in a full-body workout.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


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Even with your added weight training, you should make sure you don’t neglect your cardio. An excellent way to combine the two is through HIIT classes, which combines 30 seconds of weights and 30 seconds of cardio in three minute increments for a 30 minute workout. It’s intense, but it can fit into even the busiest schedules, targets all your muscles, and has been shown to zap more belly fat than steady-paced moderate workouts. HIIT also helps to boost your metabolism, so you keep burning fat even after your workout is complete.

 

The Essential Bikini Babe Beauty Routine

When you want to look good on the beach, it’s time to force yourself to trim and tone your body to the exact standard you want it. Many women around the world, know full well they’re not superheroes or some kind of Hollywood movie start with about ten different personal trainers to help them. It’s hard work to get the body you want, and it always takes dedication and consistency to get the results you want. It can be irritation looking at other women, who fit perfectly in their skimpy bikinis and have bodies which not only are they confident in, but willingly flaunt. But it’s time to wake up and realize, that they’re not special or have something that you don’t. You too can achieve that sexy beach body; bikini babe looks if you want to. All you need is little guiding principles that will point you in the right direction.

 

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Begin the grueling schedule

You’re not going to get those toned abs, by sitting on the sofa. What puts most people off from working out, is the fact that, we all have jobs, and we also have lives that fill up our time in between shifts. Fine, time to work around the feasible time, by making room in your schedule. By waking up a mere 15 minutes earlier than you normally do, you can perform 1 or 2 exercises every day before you go to work. A simple 10 minute sit up routine, with a minute or so break between sets is incredibly effective if you stick to it, day after day, week after week. Change it up to hit the areas you want, with body weight squats or lunges with light weights. You could also develop a yoga routine which tones all the muscles. It may be grueling the first couple of weeks, but soon your body will adapt, and your aches will be fade away. 

Like a lady

Self-grooming is incredibly important to feel comfortable in your own skin when wearing a bikini. If your skin is often inflamed and you have spots in some places, attack them directly. If you have spots on your shoulder or your back somewhere, get a cream that will combat the bacteria, and use it twice a day, before your day has begun, and once before you go to bed. What will make the sun lotion gleam on your skin is a smooth surface, with healthy clear skin? You should look through the plethora of bikini trimmer reviews to find the best kind of product that will match your needs. You can trim your hair in the wet or dry, and find the right kind of blade and smoothness you want for your skin type.

 

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Glistening in the sun

Your hair stands out more when you’re on the beach because normally your hairstyle compliments the clothes you’re wearing, but in a bikini, your hair plays a more active role. Far from being in the background, your hair is going to be the sign of youth and desired beauty. Nutrient-rich shampoos and conditioners will help your hair shine in the sun and fight off the heat. Dry hair will become frizzy and tangled, so a little nourishing conditioner with natural ingredients will protect the natural oils made by your hair, under the heat of the sun.

Looking gorgeous takes a lot of hard work as it’s nothing like the airbrushed magazines portray it to be. But when you know you’ve put in the effort, gotten up in the morning to do your crunches and lunges, together with clearing your skin of any blemishes, it’s going to be all worth when you get all the attention on the beach.

 

Seizing The Opportunity Is All About The Attitude You Have


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With winter approaching, the time for self-help motivational guides has come. Not only because winter is the most difficult season to motivate yourself in, but because in 2017 in our society, there should be no reason to feel down about yourself when such abundance surrounds us. Luckily, no matter and in spite of the external circumstances of our life, a solid set of behaviors and attitudes can mean all the difference when meeting the challenges of life, not least our aptitude to bearing the weather.

Stay Fit 

Everyone knows you should do exercise, but how well are you switching up your routine? As with anything, you’ll need variety in order to make things interesting and to prevent you from being dulled to them. Many people begin an exercise regime believing that they’ll stick to it, only to give it up a month later because they haven’t treated it with the priority it deserves. Stay healthy and fit in your life, and many of your life circumstances will be met with a vigor and strength which would have seemed impossible before. A difficult situation in the day is much better to cope with when you’ve worked hard in the gym that morning.

It sets us up for the best day we can have, and in that instance gives us the time we require to relax into our routine with a much clearer mind. If you’re used to lifting weights or running outside, why not push your limits through HIIT workout classes at your gym? If you’re tired of your standard spin class, why not try an accessory to your workout such as yoga or adding in more bodyweight exercises?

Not all variants in a schedule mean you need to add more volume, either. Taking a deload week when lifting weights where you do nothing but light walking can help de-stress your system so you can come back to the routine with a fresh, rested perspective. You are much more likely to seize the opportunities surrounding you, regarding career, relationships and social events if you take these measures to prevent feeling lethargic, especially in cold, dreary weather.

Self-Help

It’s easy to forget the progressive mentality required to help you keep going in the direction of your goals. Luckily, it’s not hard to re-establish, even if you’ve been lethargic and close to depression for some time. To overcome this feeling, you need to introduce yourself to new habits and new ways of thinking. This sounds easier to declare than to do, but that needn’t be the case. There is a prevalence of inspirational material out there, and it all depends on what you bring into your world.

What do you allow your mind to be drawn to? In the age of almost freely available content and information, there is so much out there to be inspired by. If you find yourself reading celebrity magazines or looking at the Instagram pages of people who are better and happier than you, you might be putting yourself into a hole of negative thinking. Instead, listen to inspirational, nourishing podcasts. Believe it or not, but the soundtrack that carries your life through your music tastes also says a lot about your personality. Listening to upbeat, inspirational music, even though it can seem cheesy to those who aren’t used to it can help overcome your current lethargic moods, as the music speaks to us on a level more profound than mere rationality.

Over time, you will become the person you want to be. Who says it has to be sooner rather than later?

Control Your Hunger for a Healthier You

 

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Why is it that most diets fail? I’d wager that it’s down to nothing more complicated than simple hunger. So many people believe that, if they want to lose weight, they have to seriously restrict their diets until they’re eating little more than small portions of fruits and vegetables with a little lean meat thrown into the mix. This might cause the weight to drop off, but it’s hardly sustainable; eventually, hunger will get the better of them, and they’ll rebound in spectacular style, going on the mother of all binges. This is most definitely the wrong way to go about things.

Fortunately, there is another way. It is perfectly possible to lose weight without falling into a pattern of extreme hunger followed by almighty binges. Here are some tips to help get you there:

Eat Only ‘Real’ Foods

By real foods, I mean natural whole foods. If it comes in a package with a list of ingredients longer than your arm, many of which you couldn’t even guess what they are, avoid them. Heavily processed pre-packaged foods are weird in that they contain a lot more calories than the same portions of healthy whole foods, but they do not fill us up anywhere near as much. So, if you do nothing else, cut out the junk food at least 80 percent of the time and concentrate on nourishing yourself with whole grains, legumes, and beans, fresh fish, chicken, turkey, and eggs. You’ll be able to lose weight without feeling so hungry that you can’t help but binge.

Eat Slowly and Mindfully

If you wolf down your food, your body won’t have time to register the fact that you’re full, which means it won’t be long before you’re hungry again (and tempted by the cookie jar). So, take the time to slow down and savor every bite, chewing each piece at least 20 times, so that your meal lasts at least 20 minutes (when fullness will register). You should find that, even though you’re eating less, you’ll feel fuller and you’ll enjoy your food a whole lot more too.

Try Lovidia

If you need a little extra help, Lovidia – a natural supplement which helps to keep hunger under control could help. It tells your gut’s food sensors that you’ve had enough so that you can go about your day without feeling the urge to snack between meals or eat too much for lunch.

Keep a Food Journal

Keeping a food journal of everything you eat might seem like a lot of effort, but if you do it, and you do it honestly, writing down not only what you eat, but how it makes you feel, you can identify foods which make you feel fuller and those which spur you to eat more. This enables you to make a few tweaks to your diet so that you’re less likely to get hungry and overeat.

Once you learn how to better control your hunger, it’s actually pretty easy to eat healthy most of the time, and you should be able to lose weight. You’ll also be able to have a little treat now and again, knowing that it won’t set a vicious cycle in motion.