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How to Get Back into Shape

It can be quite a daunting task to muster the motivation to get into shape given our hectic lifestyle. Everyone is tied up in a plethora of activities, like working for eight hours, commuting, household chores, etc., which take up a large chunk of each day, and one is left with very little time to bother about health and fitness issues. In such a scenario, one needs a little motivation to overcome these limitations and hurdles.

Mentioned below are a few pointers that are bound to help you in this regard:

Wake Up Early
As quoted by Benjamin Franklin, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” This saying is as relevant today as it was centuries before. By waking up early, you feel extremely energized throughout the day, as the highly oxygenated and fresh air empowers all the cells of your body. Therefore, break the shackles of laziness, sleep early, and wake up on time everyday.

Make Exercising Fun
Do you dread the idea of getting up early and going for that early morning jog or to a sweaty gym? If yes, then it is better to not opt for them. You can choose to put on some energetic music and get into a high energy aerobic-cum-callisthenic workout instead. Always prefer to do those things that you love doing so that you are highly motivated to do them regularly. Let your workout sessions be all fun, pumped up, and unconventional.

Make it Convenient
If you are planning to join the gym or do yoga or aerobics, keep in mind the convenience factor. Choose a center that is close to your office or home, because it will increase the chances of you going regularly and bunking less.

Be Realistic
It is indeed extremely essential to set ‘realistic’ goals. Set obtainable and measurable goals that can be easily achieved, but at the same time they should be challenging enough to keep you at it. While trying to achieve really quick and fast results, you end up doing more harm to your body than any good. After all, a bunch of small wins will turn into attaining that bigger goal.

Try Some Brainwashing
We have all heard this statement very often that ‘you are what you think you are’. It is very true, because you turn out to be the way you picturize yourself. Therefore, it is enormously important to have a positive frame of mind while exercising. You need to keep reminding yourself about the wonderful benefits (healthy and glowing skin) that you will obtain at the end of the workout. Put up little stickers, which will explain the benefits of exercising and posters of people whom you idolize. Read success stories, get fitness magazines, and check out the Internet for the latest fitness equipment or workout.

Try Out Something New
One of the most demotivating factors is doing the same workout over and over again. So, spice it up by trying out something that you have never done before, like take lessons in salsa, tap dancing, samba, or take up tennis. Do anything that will break you out in a sweat and which is fun at the same time.

Make it Challenging
Most of us like the challenge of competing and winning. Well, it gives the kind of rush that cannot be described in words. There is nothing like getting together with a bunch of friends on the field, court, or the gym and indulging in some fun competition. To give it that extra edge, you can devise some fun prizes for the winners.

Bask in your Success
With every milestone that you achieve in your fitness goals, reward yourself. No, not with a candy or chocolate that will just get you back to square one, but instead with a short trip somewhere or a new outfit or haircut. These little rewards give you the much-needed boost that you will require very often while exercising.

How to Buy Used Fitness Equipment

Consider this: You are keen to buy an exercise equipment but find that purchasing a new one isn’t your cup of tea. In that case, going for a used fitness machine sounds practical. While searching for equipment, even if you come across a deal that may appear impressive, you need to keep a few things in mind so that the used equipment you purchase doesn’t hurt your pocket in the long run.

Check for Comfort Level
You should feel comfortable while using the equipment that you intend to buy. Buying an equipment at a bargain only to realize that you don’t feel comfortable using it can lead to injury and health issues. So keep comfort in mind when choosing the equipment, and avoid buying simply because it is available at a throw away price.

Check for Maintenance
Take your time to inspect and determine if the equipment is well-maintained. For instance, if you are looking for a treadmill, inspect the circuit and wiring of the motor for any visible signs of wear. Vital components of the equipment should be free from any sort of damage to ensure safety when in operation. Cracks and tears in the equipment parts are signs of poor maintenance, meaning buying the equipment isn’t a good prospect.

Check for Functionality
Buying a used fitness equipment does not mean opting for a substandard product. You cannot compromise on durability, just because it is a secondhand product. So, make sure, that the equipment is fully functional. Scrutinize all the features of the machine, and check for any damage. You certainly don’t want to invest in an equipment that has broken or rusted parts. Try it out and verify whether its features are operational and safe.

Go Through Customer Reviews
Reading customer reviews of the equipment will help you to judge whether the unit that you are buying is reliable and value for money. It is beneficial to buy a fitness unit which has been backed by a large number of positive customer testimonials. You can search online or go through fitness magazines to get reviews of various fitness equipment.

Choose from Reputed Brands
Make sure that the used fitness equipment you choose is of a brand that is reliable and reputed manufacturer of exercise equipment. Reputed brands tend to have a warranty over their equipment or parts. So, opting for quality brands may guarantee the durability of the fitness unit as claimed.

Know the Equipment
Verify from the seller whether the used fitness item that you are buying is a demo model, floor model, “as is” equipment, or a refurbished, commercial grade one. Refurbishing involves dismantling the equipment, replacing the defective parts with new ones and reassembling the unit as per the OEM specifications. In case, the equipment has been refurbished, inquire whether the replaced parts have a warranty.

Check for Warranty
Used exercise machines are usually not backed by a warranty, but in some cases the seller may offer a warranty of up to 1 year. As aforementioned, if it has been manufactured by a well-known brand, the performance and quality of the exercise equipment always has the backing of good customer satisfaction. You can also get in touch with the manufacturer to know whether they provide any after-sales service.

Tips Fitness for Men

mens-fitnessMany people wrongly assume that fitness has something to do with stick thin bodies. The truth is that, it has nothing to do with the size of your body. You can be heavy and still be fit at the same time. So what is fitness? It is essentially a sound and healthy state of body as well as mind. Health has become an issue of concern these days, owing to our unhealthy lifestyle. Disorders such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes etc., are becoming graver by the day. The only way to cope with these disorders is by following a regular fitness regimen. Being fit does not necessarily mean expensive gym memberships and working out on hi-fi equipments. It essentially means adopting a healthy lifestyle to enhance your mental and physical endurance.

Tips Health and Fitness

Identify Your Purpose
Most people who wish to follow a workout routine, do so only to enhance their physical appearance. They are mostly obese people who want to shed those extra pounds as early as possible. On the other hand, there are young people who wish to achieve physiques similar to their favorite movie stars. Bulging biceps, thick neck, and six pack abs are the only things they look for. Whatever your purpose may be, follow a regimen and work towards fulfilling it. You may get tips from a gym instructor who may also chalk out a workout program exclusively for you, after assessing your body.

Understand Your Body
Before you rush to enroll for any weight loss programs or sign up for a gym membership, it is very important to understand your body and mind thoroughly. If you are a healthy person with an average build, then you don’t need extensive work out programs. You can simply jog in the morning or perform yoga to maintain your health. A few stretch exercises coupled with a a 15 min walk on treadmill is good exercise for men who lead a sedentary lifestyle. However, if you suffer from any health issues, then it would be apt for you to get advice from a professional regarding your workout routine.

Lifestyle
Right attitude and healthy lifestyle play a vital role in your fitness. If you start your day with a positive attitude and lot of self motivation, you are likely to remain healthy throughout the day. Learning how to de-stress yourself and keeping your cool in critical situations can go a long way in lengthening your life. Also, refraining from addictions such as alcohol, smoking etc., can have positive impact on your life. Lastly, spend time with your family and learn to laugh at small things in life. This is an ultimate key to healthy living.

Nutrition
Nutrition is the most important factor when you think about fitness. Eating healthy food is of utmost importance if you wish to attain mental and physical fitness. This includes eating foods less in carbs and rich in protein and fiber. You should make it a habit to have a large and healthy breakfast in the morning. Not only will it suffice your energy requirement for the day, but will also reduce your urge to snack on unhealthy foods. Eating small portions of meal at a time is a great idea to keep fit and get rid of that lethargic feeling. Also, it is essential to bid goodbye to over processed foods that are stuffed with calories.

 

How to starting yoga

People who practice yoga regularly have a certain glow about them. They’re healthy, happy, and just have a special way about them that infects everything and everyone around them for the better. This is the glow of yoga that we all strive for.

To achieve the yoga glow-like zen, we have to start somewhere. Here are a few tips and products to help you start out small, and end up happy and limber with a glow all your own.

Select the right mat
Selecting a mat can be overwhelming. They come in thin, thick, cotton, short, long, and wide. For starters I’d recommend getting a skidless thick and long yoga mat. This will provide the comfort and stability for getting the hang of the traditional poses you’ll learn right away.

Yoga Blocks

Yoga blocks come in all shapes and sizes, and are mostly used to modify a pose or to provide support for your hands and feet for those poses where you can’t quite stretch to the extent you want. Blocks can bring the stretch destination closer to you until you reach your flexibility goals.

Try using a yoga strap Using straps can really help you get into those tougher poses that require the flexibility that you just don’t have yet. The yoga strap will allow you to put the resistance where you need it. For example, you can use straps to connect one arm to the other, extend your reach from your feet, and many other tricks.

Yoga Bolsters for back support

Bolsters are firm long and narrow pillows normally filled with a dense cotton and designed specifically to help support you tummy and back during your yoga practice. Bolsters can really come in handy for poses that require a lot of core strength. Another great use for them is to put them under your knees for support as you rest