24 Dec

Simple Ways to Lose Weight before summer

Fotolia_48402752_Subscription_XXLAll of us want to look our best during summer. To some, losing weight is not something that can be done easily, while others, it is a lifelong journey. Since summer is still a long way to go, take this opportunity to start toning down your body in order to reach that killer bod during summer. Below are simple tips you can do in order to lose weight before countdown to summer.

SWIMMING

Swimming is one of the most recommended forms of exercise that works out your overall body. It is also the best choice for losing weight. Generally, an individual who is around 140 pounds can burn up to 190 calories in 30 minutes of mild swimming. What are you waiting for? Jump into the pool and swim for at least 30 minutes.

KEEP YOURSELF BUSY

One of the causes of over eating is usually due of boredom. With that being said, spend your free time doing some physical activity or just keeping yourself busy. If you want more relaxing activity but at the same time help you avoid reaching out that cookie jar, try taking a nap or having some yoga session. Avoid watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games too much as this will encourage you to fill your stomach with snacks or junk foods.

TAKE A WALK

There’s nothing more stress-relieving activity than going for a walk at the beach or at the local park. Take off you sandals and feel the soft sands on your feet or you can take your loved ones with you and have a romantic walk at the beach just to unwind yourselves. Believe it or not, walking will help you burn calories.

WHAT YOUR BODY TELLS YOU

Winter is a season where your appetite is going wild because our body needs to get warm but when summer is arriving, the opposites happen. During summer, our appetite tends to be reduced. This is our body telling us to lose weight from the excess calories that has been accumulated from the holiday season. Take this time to control what you eat and shed some weight. You will be surprise at how easy the process will be for you.

RECORD YOUR DAILY FOOD INTAKE

Recording your daily progress is good to help you stay focus and motivated. Some people testified that they were surprised at what they eat throughout the day after recording everything they eat from morning until evening meals. Keep track of your food for at least one month and make changes where it is necessary.

TAKE A BUDDY WITH YOU

Two is better than one! Plan a fitness program with a friend who is likeminded. Being alone in a weight loss journey is hard but when you have a partner with you, not only you have each other for encouragement but they can also remind you of what is wrong and what is right in losing weight. Having a partner with you will make everything different!

THE COLOR DYNAMICS

This may not work to some but to others this works like magic! Play a simple mind games with yourself. It is believe that blue color suppresses the appetite, which is why it is not advisable to paint the blue color in the wall of your kitchen. Try looking at something with blue color while you eat, I bet you will instantly feel less hungry. Added to this, try eating while watching yourself in the mirror. Not only it looks funny, it also prevents you from eating too much. Been there, done that!

MORE WATER

Keeping yourself hydrated means less hunger and thirsty. Our body is made out of 60% water; stay hydrated to prevent you from getting unwanted illnesses. Water is the ideal drinks for those who want to lose weight. I am not saying that water can help you lose weight directly but it aids in the process of losing weight. If you are the kind of person who loves to drink sodas or alcoholic beverages, change your habit now and switch to plain water or lemon juice.

CHOOSE YOUR FOOD

Catching up with family and friends is great during holiday season but you don’t want to ruin the whole activity just because you are on a strict diet and won’t participate in feasting. The primary key here is to eat moderately and choose healthy foods such as fruits, salads and other light dessert. You will still have fun with the gathering without even have to starve yourself.

These simple tips for losing weight before summer are great start for you to have an attractive body. Have fun during the process, you will be amazed at how time flies so fast and you won’t even realize that you have lose weight in no time.

24 Dec

General Myth That People Still Believe about Running

765756756756756-(7)Have you ever been told that running is not good for your body especially your knees and hips area? Do you believe that running is good for your health, legs and lungs? The question is which of these myths are really true? I have listed the most common misbelief of people regarding runners and running.

Stretching before running can increase your performance in running.

His is definitely false. Stretching before running does not affect the runners’ performance by all means. It only helps the muscle to warm up so that it will not be shock during the run. As a matter of fact, excessive stretching can decrease performance because it is mostly related to neuromuscular factors like decreased muscle recruitment, decreased stiffness which results in less elastic energy return during the run.

Runners don’t have to exercise.

Most people believed that runners don’t have to exercise because they gain strength from running and gain muscles at the same time. According to John Martinez, an assistant head doctor for the Ironman World Championships says that, Runners still have to get strong muscles in order to run 26.2 miles. Even if you can run five days a week and finished a marathon, but you don’t have the kind of strength training, then you should improve your performance.

Barefoot running is safer.

We are not living in the caveman’s age and running barefoot is totally ridiculous. Many people got injured while using running shoes but it is because they are using the wrong shoes for their feet. Especially for triathletes, it is important get to know what’s best for your feet and do not run using barefoot because it will cause injury.

Most runners have personal issues.

I am not sure if this statement is true in some ways but people claimed that runners are running away from something bad in their lives like guilt, sadness, depression and the likes. True or not, I still think it is not a bad thing at all since it is a healthy way to cope and overcome the problems. No one is exempted from problems and issues in life; it is only a matter of how you deal with it. Instead of coping it with foods or drugs, I think running is the best choice to release your problems.

You have to run every day to become better runner.

The good thing about running that many people don’t understand is that running can be totally on random schedules. It does not have to be every day in order to be good at it. As long as you are running at least two to three times a week, you will still build your strength and improve gradually.

Runners have to be a recovering addict in order to run.

Yes, it is true that running seems to attract more people who are recovering from addiction however you don’t have to be such in order to bring out your best, in fact regardless of your background, history, gender etc. as long as you are strong-willed and determined person, you can run!

Runners enjoy pain.

The sayings “no pain no gain” is not really applicable to this subject. Running is a passion and it is not something you do out of force. Runners find running a stress relieving activity and pleasurable. They don’t have to be pushed to go outside and run, they just did it because they enjoy doing it. That is why they are called runners because they understand what running is all about and they just love it!

Runners are self-righteous in fitness.

This is again, not true. As I have mentioned above, runner run because it is something they are passionate about. It is like a hobby. People who feel they are fit and healthy because they run has totally no idea the real joy in running.

Only those who have ideal body can be a runner.

It is exactly the opposite. Running is not for the perfect body but running can help you get a perfect body, or at least a better figure. The thing is I don’t have a perfect body like Ian Somerhalder or David Beckham and the baby elephant runs better than me but hey this should not be the excuse of not running. You will miss half of your life if you don’t run.

Eat more bananas to prevent muscle cramps.

Martinez again stated that muscle cramps are simply caused by muscle fatique, not training properly or dehydration. Let’s not blame the innocent bananas for not doing its job. Apparently, bananas have nothing to do with muscle cramps.

Running must be hard or don’t run at all.

“If it doesn’t hurt then you are doing it wrong” is a bad statement for running. Running is not supposed to be hard. If you are tired, slow down and walk while enjoying the view. Most beginners run as far and as hard as they can every day and end up feeling miserable and tired. Running is an art, you need to take time and enjoy every second of it. Hush don’t rush!

Running is the friendliest exercise for all ages. There are no rules in running as long as you got the determination and commitment then you are good to go!