Wednesday, February 25, 2009

3 Stress Butt-sters

It's a lifestyle in the modern society. We got everything powered, so convenient. We (or most of us) don't need to do heavy labor work to make a living. Oftentimes, we sit and sit all day in front of computer, in meetings, on the desk.

Our butts are getting really lazy to move around. Guess what, all the calories accumulate and pile on our mid section.

That in turn causes more stress to your body and mind. And stress leads to potential weight gain from cortisol and stress- eating.

Here are 3 stress-butt-sting tips in the workplace.

If your work schedule allows, take 5 minutes break every hour and do the following in order.

#1 Do 30 bodyweight air squats followed by 30 bodyweight pushups.
#1a Do as many squats as possible in 30 seconds followed by as many pushups as possible in 30 seconds.

#2 Drink a glass of water.

#3 Walk around the hallways for 3 minutes.

It's that easy to get your exercise, water intake and stress-relief in 5 minutes.

You'll feel much pumped up, rejuvenated, and relieved to get back to work.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3 Small Changes to Your Big Workout

Most people in the gym are doing the same stuffs in their routine. No wonder they don't see any results or stop seeing results after a while.

Here is a typical average Joe & Jane's routine:
- Hop on the treadmill for a few minutes while watching TV or reading magazines
- Do some Cybex machine, a few dumbbell biceps curls, pump up a few chest press
- Hop back on a different cardio machine, elliptical or bike while chi-chatting with neighbors

Here is a typical gym-rat's routine:
- Load up weight plates on the barbell for bench press - trying for the "max" - pressing until screaming and yelling to death. Almost always, they're stuck in the weight.
- Use crazy heavy dumbbell weight to "cheat" their biceps
- Abs, abs and more abs

I have provided many ways to change up your weight trainig routines. Read more >>

Essentially, you can have infinite combinations of workout routines. You shouldn't be bored by the same old workouts that don't work for you.

For beginners, these can be very confusing. Here are 3 things you can try in your next few workouts. Don't try them all, but one at a time.

#1 Change the rep range.
You'll need the weight you're using for different rep ranges. If you've been doing 3 sets of 10 reps, try 4 sets of 8 reps, 5 sets of 5 reps.

#2 Change the order of exercies.
Simply reverse the order of exercies in a workout. If you've been doing chest first followed by back, try doing back first then chest.

Also try to reverse the order of training routines in a week schedule. For example, your training schedule in a week is Chest for Monday, Back for Wednesday, Legs for Friday; try Legs for Monday, Back for Wedneday, Chest for Friday.

#3 Slow down the rep speed.
Most people are lifting weight too fast or cheating with momentum unless you're a powerlifer or Olymic lifter. Take at least 3 counts (seconds) on the returning (negative) phase. Lift for 2 counts (seconds). You'll feel much better contracted muscle tension.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

3 Nutrition Tweaks to Help You Cut Calories

Many people are "trying" to lose weight and stuck in last 5, 10 or 25 pounds. A lot of people don't know exactly what's working and why it's working and NOT.

Here are 3 quick nutrition tips that may help you:

#1 Cut your unhealthy carbs.
Cut off sugars and high starch carbs for a week and see how your body responds. Reduce your portion of food by a quarter. The best way to do this is take your normal portion of food and put back one quarter.

#2 Eat more raw vegetables.
Raw vegetables are the best source of energy you can give to your body. Eating more fresh, raw vegetables will improve your health, increase your energy level, and help you burn a bunch more bodyfat.

#3. Limit juices and sodas.
Real fruit juices may be nutritious but they're loaded with calories. Soda's are also loaded with calories. These are the hidden calories you don't realize that may add extra a couple of hundreds of empty calories you don't need. Drink at lease 1 glass of water for every 14 - 20 pounds of body-weight you now carry around, which is what your body really needs. Cut other liquid consumption down as much as possible.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

3 Motivation Boosters

The truth about weight loss is that anyone can lose weight. The truth behind the truth is that how long one can sustain the weight loss and keep it off.

The real-person testimonials in product and program advertisements are indeed powerful and inspiring. However, most show only the before and after pictures. They rarely show what happens to the subject or model after 3 or 5 years. In addition, read the fine prints at the bottom. It typically reads,"xxxx's results are not typical." What a bummer!

This is the time frame for long-term adherence of a successul weight management program including healthy lifestyle change, regular strength training and cardio exercise, and proper nutrition plan.

Many people are so fired up after New Year that could actually serve them no good. They start strong and begin to wane after a few weeks. It is how strong you finish it that matters.

Here are 3 motivation boosters that will help you put things in perspective when you're stuck.

1. Be realistic. Dreaming about the body of your dreams is exciting. Dreaming without a realistic plan is fantasy. Compare only to yourself, not the celebrities or models.

2. Shift your focus. Women, in particularly, are constantly on the diet. It's the most guarded open secret in the company cafeteria. Foods and dieting cracks are the gossips of the queen. Divert your attention in foods for losing weight to the good cause of staying healthy for youself and for your family.

3. Treat yourself. Allow your favorite treats in small portion so that you don't feel deprived. Otherwise, you may binge whenever you get a chance.


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Monday, February 16, 2009

3 Keys to Muscle Up!

There are tons of books, programs, gurus out in the universe teaching you how-to's, what-to's and all the Not's.

In fact, they are probably all good. Like I say all the time, "Everything works. But nothing works ever."

Another problem for people not getting results is that they want is they don't stick with the program - so called "program hopping." Change is good. But changing too much too often without strucutre and planning could be defeating your own body.

If I can condense the 1001 or more tips out there into just 3 strategies to help you muscle up, they are:

#1 Eat your food according to your goal.
We all know that nutrition is #1 key to build muscle and lose weight. Follow the law of caloric balance before dialing in the nitty-gritty of nutrient contents, portion and ratio.

Simply put,

Weight = Quantity
Health = Quality

Take note, it means you can eat pizza and still lose weight if you create a calorie deficit. It may not be healthy or balanced if you eat only pizza all day.

Conversely, although it's less likely, you can eat salad and fruit and still gain weight if you have a calorie surplus.

Learn how to eat healthy in economic recession. >>

#2 Train consistently but change up periodically.
New Year's resolutions for health and fitness start to fade away after February. I can tell by the traffic in the gym. Change takes time. People shouldn't look at weight loss or gaining muscle as an one-time event. It is a process. It should be an integrated part of your whole life compass. Health and fitness is fountain of your life.

Plan your workouts ahead. Pencil down your workouts as you would do in your business. Set up an alarm, a reminder. Log your workout routine. Review your progress every 4 to 6 weeks. Change up the routine according to your goal.

Learn how to change up your training routine. >>

#3 Have enough rest and sleep to recover from your workouts and stresses.
Your body and mind need to rest and recover the stresses from various sources. Sometimes, your muscles recover from prior workout, but your mind doesn't. Your central nervous system could still be stressed or your energy level is down.

Some people wing it and still go to do some "half-xxx" workouts half-heartedly. It could stress their body and mind even more. It would potentially lead to overtraining. You may see diminishing performance and results.

Learn how to avoid overtraininig to improve performance and prevent injuries. >>

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Friday, February 13, 2009

3 Relationship Traps to Your Weight Loss

As much as you love your partner, there bounds to be some differences that make you unique. The unique difference could cause tension between you and your partnership on your quest to weight loss and fitness.

Generally speaking, people start to get lazy and slack off once they're in a steady relationship and after they're married. According to a Minnesota Study, women add nearly 1 point to ther BMI (or about 7 pounds) while men put on an extra 0.7 (or roughly 5 pounds) during the early years of marriage.

One may be the meat-and-potato type. The other may be a vegetarian. One likes to eat pizza or cheeseburger and the other could be a soup-and-salad craze. One could be a gym rat while the other is a TV couch-potato.

Blaming and arguing with each other won't get you closer in your relationship and to your goal weight. Here are 3 relationship fat traps and strategies to overcome them so that you and your partnership can maintain or even improve harmony in your relationship and shrink your waistline.

#1 Stop criticizing and teasing each other. Find the common ground and support each other. Instead of bashing on eating junk food, focus on healthy food choices and portions. Allow some occasional treats for satisfaction, not deprivation.

#2 Find fun activities and exercise together. It helps find quality time together and improve your relationship. Give the other the motivation.

#3 Make peace with foods. A calorie is a calorie. Calories do count. Calorie quality and nutrient density is just as important as calorie quantity in health and weight loss. Food is the source of energy to fuel your body and mind. Make friend with food, not enemy.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

3 Simple Tools to Help You Lose Weight

Many people make their weight loss plan so complicated that they quit at the first sign of obstacle.

A well design weight loss plan without diligent follow-through execution is like no plan.

Here are 3 simple tools you use every day to help you lose weight:

1. Use Your Scale: Weight yourself every morning at the same time (after bathroom release, before breakfast). It will help you set your today right from the start. You can track your weight fluctuation.

2. Use Your Table: Tune off TV or other distractions. Mindful eating can help you eat less, enjoy the foods more and feel fuller.

3. Use Your Measuring Cup: Weight loss is about calorie/energy deficit. Portion control can be easily over-estimated. Use the measuring cup to make sure you're not eating more than planned.


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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

3 Cardio Mistakes to Avoid

I'm not a hard-core cardio guy. To me, in addition to maintaining a healthy heart, cardio is a tool to help achieve what I want - a lean and fit body.

But I'm often suprised or amazed by how people in the gym do their cardio.

Here are 3 mistakes you want to avoid when doing your cardio exercise. Since you take up the time, make the time worth spent.

#1 Leaning on the handlebars of the stairclimber or elliptical trainer.
The handlebars are there to help you re/gain balance, not for you to lean on all the time. By doing this, it takes off the workload from your legs and core. It may stress your shoulders, back and arms more.

#2 Looking down on your feet or on the moving belt of the treadmill.
It's very dangerous not to keep your posture right while walking/running on the treadmill. At the blink of your eyes, you may trip over, run into the console or "fly" off. Keep you chest high, your head and spine aligned.

#3 Only pushing pedals on the bike.
Your lower body is missing out the powerful hamstring and butt-sculpting benefits. Use the foot strap or wear cycling shoes. Try to make a circle with your feet.


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