Follow an Eating Routine

Apr 09

What time do you normally eat?  Are you a creature of habit and try to stick to the same times or do you go with the flow of the day?  I’ve found out that going with the flow of the day makes it extremely difficult to stick to an eating regimen.  We either lose track of time and eat too late or get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and eat something bad.

When it comes to eating healthy, most people have a fairly good understanding of what they should or should not be eating.  The problem is time management.  What I’ve found out is that the healthiest eaters are good at preplanning and time management.  They are also creatures of habit.  They stick to certain foods and snacks.  They also keep the same cheat day each week.  Many of us run into problems when we try to switch our cheat days around.

Let’s say you always use Saturday for your cheat day, but you got pretty busy at work one day and ended up cheating on a Wednesday, are you really going to eat clean on Saturday?  What if you had multiple busy days during the week?  Your intentions may have been in the right place but it can be extremely difficult to stick to a clean eating routine, unless you plan out your meals.

Try sticking to the same thing for breakfast for a week.  Something quick and simple like oatmeal.  It will keep you full and the preparation isn’t too difficult.  Prepare your lunch the night before and plan for your dinner the night before as well.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be surprised how easy it easy to have a good eating routine.

Written By: Gminski Stubbs

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How To Squat

Nov 08

One of the best work outs anyone can do is the old fashioned squat.  When doing squats, the main thing to remember is make sure that you are using good form.  As a youngster, I was told to keep my eyes on a spot near the top of the wall and keep them there until I was done.  That was pretty much the extent of the instructions that I was given.  Now that I know better, I’m surprised that I didn’t suffer any major injuries.

Technique

Technique is extremely important when performing squats, especially as you increase the weight.  It’s easy to injure yourself performing this exercise so use caution.  Once you have removed the weight from the rack, make sure you are in the perfect squat position.

  1. Make sure your feet are at a comfortable width
  2. Your back should have a slight curvature; with your chest slightly poked out
  3. Your head should be slightly tilted up

Now you are ready to squat.  As you begin to squat, make sure that you keep the same posture.  While going down, your butt should go back so that your knees don’t go past your toes.  This is very important because when your knees go beyond the toes, you are now in a danger zone and more prone to injury.

Once again, maintain your posture as you go down to a comfortable depth.  (The more you squat, the more you will be able to experiment with deeper squats and even different stance widths.)  Maintaining your posture, come back up to the starting position.  Don’t forget to breathe in as you go down and breathe out as you come up.  You have now performed a safe squat.

Shoes

Stay away from running shoes when doing squats.  Running shoes are designed to make your weight shift forward, which assists with running.  However, when squatting; you don’t want your body to rock forward.  As stated earlier, when your knees start to move beyond your toes, you will be more prone to injury.

Make sure that you have on flat shoes or just take your shoes off.  You will have better balance and control as you squat.

Written by: Gminski Stubbs

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How To Get More Confidence

Nov 07

How To Get More Confidence

How to get more confidenceThere is no better way to boost confidence than to start working out.  There is something about being active that makes you feel better physically as well as emotionally.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference.  Simply going for a walk in the neighborhood will give you a boost and help you feel like you can conquer the world.

As your fitness level increases, so will your confidence.  Have you ever seen a really muscular man or women walking around the grocery store like the place belonged to them?  Many people look at them as if they are weird but they are actually walking with a confidence that is out of this world.

That’s not to say that you need to try and be a bodybuilder, it’s just an example of the confidence that people have that obviously workout.  When we workout, endorphins are released and it makes us feel better.  It’s similar to a drug, but in a positive way.  Some people get a bigger endorphin release from resistance training while other may get it from cardio training.  It may require a combination of both for other people to get their fix, if you know what I mean.

Find out which workouts work best for you and gauge it by how you feel.  Once you find that thing that makes you feel like a million bucks, you will be more inclined to continue.  As your fitness level increases, explore different workouts and go to different locations.  You and your body deserve it.

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