There’s Always Time For Exercise

We’ve all been there; you get really busy with work, you have too many family commitments, or you just completely burn out. There are genuine reasons why you haven’t been to the gym in months or gone for a run in several weeks. When your exhaustion levels are at an all time high, the lure of your sofa is more tempting than a tough workout. However, you made a promise to lose weight for a reason, and getting off track isn’t going to do you any good in the long run. Ditch the excuses and fit these quick, but effective, workouts into your busy schedule. Yoga The beauty of yoga is that you don’t need to do an hour-long workout for it to be effective. Even a ten or fifteen minute routine can greatly improve your agility, balance, and strength. There are plenty of yoga videos on YouTube that you can select based on your free time and which body part you’d like to target during your workout. Even if you’re not in the mood for exercise, a ten minute meditation or gentle yoga sequence can … [Read more...]

Getting Back On Track After A Training Break

We’ve all been here. You skip a workout, and before you know it, you’ve missed weeks of training. If you’ve slipped off the exercise bandwagon, and you’ve decided to it’s time to get back on it, we are here to help! Here are some handy hacks to help you get back on track after a training break. Start your day in the right way The way you spend your morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. If your alarm goes off, you jump out of bed, open the curtains, make a cup of organic detox tea and start preparing a nutritious breakfast, you know it’s going to be a good day. There’s nothing worse than dragging yourself out of bed after hitting snooze a hundred times and being forced to throw a cereal bar down your neck as you hurry to catch the bus or avoid the traffic. Give yourself time to relax in the mornings, make sure you have a healthy breakfast and flush out those toxins first thing. If you’re calm, focused, and full of positive energy, you’ll be much more inclined to stick to … [Read more...]

Size Doesn’t Matter: Making The Most Of Your Small Kitchen

If like so many other women and mothers across the world, health is a priority of yours; you will know just how important the kitchen is. For want of a better phrase, the kitchen is ‘where the magic happens’ – where you create your home-cooked meals, and where you instill a love of fresh ingredients into your children. However, as much as many of us crave that reality, there is one thing that is stopping us: the size of our kitchen. It will come as no surprise to many people that homes are getting smaller, as overpopulation means more and more houses have to be built. One of the knock-on effects of this is that rooms that used to be considered the very hub of the home are now being scaled down. For the kitchen – a place where a lot of space is typically needed – this can be particularly difficult. But despite all this, a small kitchen is not an excuse for you to give up on your dream of fresh home cooking. The secret is to make your kitchen work for you, not the other way around. Sure, … [Read more...]

Four Things You Don’t Know About Dietary Supplements

If you’re trying to overhaul your diet and get some more essential nutrients into your body, you might be tempted to look into dietary supplements. There are undoubtedly some benefits to this; supplements can give you an extra boost in the micronutrients department, which is a big help if you have a deficiency; they can help with conditions such as anemia; and they can improve your performance in exercise. But how much do you actually know about dietary supplements? To help you make an informed decision, here are a few things you might not know about dietary supplements, both good and bad. Always consult your doctor before you decide to add a supplement to your usual diet. There are unexpected benefits All supplements, if taken correctly, have additional benefits. People who exercise regularly are probably already aware that taking protein shakes after exercise can help rebuild the muscle tissue that you’ve broken down during your workouts. Protein can also reduce hunger and keep … [Read more...]

Five Truths About Indoor Cycling

For a while, it seemed like many people couldn’t get enough of spin class; rumour had it that it was gentle on the knees, guaranteed to work up a sweat, and it’s suitable for exercise enthusiasts of all abilities. It seems like this calorie burning fitness machine provide people with a dream workout without any disadvantages. Therefore, when you’re trying to save money by working out at home, you might look into the cost of bringing this effective workout into your home. As with any big purchase, you need to know both the pros and cons involved in this exercise so you can make the most out of your investment. Expensive There’s no getting around it; buying an indoor bike trainer is going to cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t necessarily have to blow the bank. If you think you’d do just fine with a simple bike and your own music for company, then you can probably get the cheapest bike on the market. However, if you need a little motivation, or you need to keep an eye on your heart … [Read more...]

No Excuses! How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

One of the biggest struggles that people have when it comes to exercising is maintaining their motivation levels for a significant stretch of time. A lot of people tend to get a rush of motivation and vow to turn over a new leaf with regards to fitness, but gradually their enthusiasm starts to dwindle over time. There is no single method for guaranteeing that you will maintain your workout motivation, but there are plenty of techniques that you can try until you settle on one or several that are right for you. So, here are a few ideas which should give you that added boost of motivation you are looking for. Exercise in the Morning If working out in the morning sounds like your idea of hell, you are certainly not alone! But by adjusting your sleeping pattern, you can squeeze a workout in before you have done anything else. Most people tend to lose motivation during the day, especially after a long day at work and dealing with other family commitments. If you make working out in … [Read more...]

Let Food By The Sidekick To Exercise

When people take the first steps on a weight loss journey, they often do so under the assumption that all they need to do is eat less and move more. This is sound advice, but it is very reductionist. Yes, exercise is important, and burning calories as quickly as you consume them does sound like a reasonable plan; until you start feeling tired and unmotivated for no reason. Despite what some fad diets might have you believe, food is not trying to sabotage your weight loss goals, calories are not evil, and fats and carbs are not the enemy. You need every calorie, every carb, and small servings of fat to give your body energy so you can do your exercise in the first place. Trying to workout with only a few calories in your system is like to expecting a car to go full speed with a tank that’s less than half full - you might succeed for a while, but you’ll burn out sooner. If you hope to lose weight naturally and keep it off for life, you need to learn to build a healthy relationship … [Read more...]

Fitness At Home Is Not For Everyone

Being healthy is a priority for everyone, whether it is your body or your mind. Wanting to feel good in your skin and your body is indispensable to a happy lifestyle. But this isn’t the main reason for embracing the fitness side of life. Most individuals admit candidly that they first considered fitness as a way to lose weight. It was only after starting their fitness journey that they realized that it was more than just shredding a few pounds. Fitness is a way of life that helps you to look after your body and your mind. Thankfully the fitness world is diverse enough to satisfy most personality types. Whether you are a confident fitness addict or an impatient fitness enthusiast who wants results here and now, there is a program for you. For instance, fitness at home works well with people who are self-determined, patient and happy to invest time and money to their cause. A Ton Of Motivation To Sweat It Off If you are embracing the fitness world to lose weight, you will need a … [Read more...]

Ditch The Scales!

There’s nothing worse than trying to decide on a goal when you are losing weight. Trying to figure out what is healthy for you and for your height is hard! What if a healthy weight for your height makes you look ill? What if your idea of healthy is actually clinically overweight? Weight is a minefield. So, let’s put the goal weight to one side, and think about health instead. Fat and muscle are very different. Muscle is lean and fat is, well, not. As muscle is lean, it takes up less space than fat, and therefore you could have two people that weigh the same, but look very different because one person is made up of mostly muscle and the other isn’t. Health is very different to weight and before you embark on your journey toward a goal, you should check out TopWorkoutPrograms for an idea of how you can get to physically healthy. A scale will not tell you how healthy you are, simply what you weigh. Your body is made of bones, fat, muscle and fluid and you have to adjust your health … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Fitness Trainer

Finding the right fitness trainer for your needs can be a tough task. There is a lot that you have to think of before choosing the trainer that is best for you and your particular situation. Let’s take a few minutes to look at some of the considerations that you should keep in mind when selecting trainer to assist you with reaching your fitness goals. These things will help you to make sure you are hiring the right trainer who will be able to help you reach the goals you have now and more advanced ones that you may develop in the future. COST Obviously, the level of skill, and education that the fitness trainer possesses is an important consideration, but obviously the cost of their services is also an important thing to keeping mind when making your choice. While you may find a trainer, who has everything that you are looking for, that does not good if you just cannot afford them. It’s important to know what the trainer’s rates are before you keep too far into the interview … [Read more...]