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All The Benefits Of Living A Healthy Lifestyle

We are all told to eat healthily, quit bad habits and workout, but has anyone ever told you why? Here’s a list of all the benefits.

Controls Weight

You can avoid gaining excess weight, by eating right and exercising regularly. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not is beside the point. The benefits from exercising are too good to miss out on. Not only does it sculpt your body, but it can boost your immune system, increase your energy and just generally keeps you fit and healthy. Even exercising as little as 30 minutes a day will improve your health tremendously. Just take a walk around the block, go for a bike ride, or dig out your workout DVD and give it go!

Eating a balanced diet isn’t a difficult thing to do like some people make it out to be. It’s just about controlling what you eat, and how much of it. You don’t have to restrict yourself and ban chocolate forever! It’s just eating in moderation instead. So if you’re preparing a meal, make a conscious effort to add different colored vegetables on the plate. If you want something to snack on, grab yourself an apple instead of a packet of chips. Even something as simple as that will make such a difference.

Prevents Health Issues

Eating healthy will not only help your body to function, but it can also fight off diseases, and manage long-term health issues like diabetes and can even be a form of IBS treatment. Certain fruits and veggies can build up your immune system so it’s strong enough to tackle nasty infections and viruses that we caught off one another. It will also better your cholesterol levels which will also help prevent disease.

Improves Mood

The benefits don’t just pay off physically either. Your mind will thank for the positive change too. Keeping active releases endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain also known as the ‘happy hormone’. And it does just that; it leaves you feeling a lot happier, relaxed and ready to take on the day. Seeing an improvement in your physical appearance will pay off mentally too. You’ll see yourself looking better; the clothes may start getting a little too big for you, and you’ll be receiving compliments from people from work. This will play a big part in your confidence and self-esteem.

There are many other ways to improve your mood; it’s not just about eating healthy and keeping fit. Socializing plays a big role in your mood. It’s important to get out of the house and enjoy a day out in the park with friends or going out to watch a movie. These things will keep your mind stimulated and your serotonin levels balanced.

Improves Longevity

If you want more time on this earth to have fun make memories and share experiences with the ones you love, then practice these healthy habits, and you will add on the extra years within no time.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Yoga for Every Body Type

When I give my Yoga classes, I sometimes have people coming to me who are very ashamed of their body type. They wonder, “Will I ever be any good at Yoga? I do not look like those people do in the photos when they do their poses.” They have seen some picture of someone grabbing their ankle from behind their head and think that if they can’t do that, then they are no good at Yoga.

When Patanjali gave Yoga, he didn’t say, “Yoga is only for a certain body type.” He didn’t say, “You must be skinny or tall, flexible and small.” He didn’t intend for only people who could reach their ankles behind their ears to be able to find God. He made Yoga as a way for all humans to quiet their body, quiet their mind, and find through meditation insight into the true nature of life and the divine.

If you can breathe, I say you can do Yoga. Yoga starts with breath. If you can breathe in, and you can breathe out, Yoga is already for your body type. Now bring some consciousness into how you are breathing in and out. When you breathe in, where does that breath go? Does it go into your throat? Into your chest? Into your belly? How about into your legs, and into your feet?

Yes, I know that when you breathe, the physical air that you are breathing only goes into your lungs. But Yoga isn’t about the physical. It isn’t about where the molecules of oxygen or hydrogen go. And that is why I say Yoga is for every body type – because, in Yoga, the body isn’t what’s important.

We’ve forgotten that in this modern age of Yoga magazines and models and dancers turned yoga teachers. Yoga isn’t about the physical. It’s not even about fitness. Not physical fitness. It’s about connecting to your sense of the divine, and your own inner systems of intuition. When you look outside of yourself, to something external, you are not finding Yoga.

If you are flexible, that is good. It means you are relaxed. It means you are in a good position to listen to and sense all the subtle signs and signals happening inside your body – your God sense. So when you are breathing in, where does that breath go? And when I say breath, I mean, Prana.

Become sensitive to Prana in your body. Prana is your life force. It is the energy that makes you as an alive being. Western Scientists might say they cannot quantify Prana, and that it thus does not exist – and I say good luck to them – why are they expecting to be able to quantify the nature of the divine? They are the created saying that if they do not understand the creator then the creator does not exist. Hubris!

But then there are those more enlightened Western scientists who have had a sense of Prana, and respectfully tried to quantify it, and manipulate it, in order to give life and well-being to patients – such as William Reich, and his way of calling Prana “Orgone.” And such Western scientists have been silenced and worse. It is a great shame of our times that we show so little respect to the mysteries and those who honor them.

You do not need any expert, any scientist, to tell you what you are feeling in your body is real. It is between you and the divine. Feel that breath in your body, feel where the Prana it contains goes. Become sensitive to how it moves, and then learn how to move it around – in yourselves and others.

That is the true secret of living a good life. Yoking yourself to the divine through your sensitivity for Prana and life force. Being able to move it around inside your body, and other bodies, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You can move it like a current in an ocean – you are the moon pulling the tide.

Yoga, as a physical exercise, comes after that. Doing the physical work is a way to tire your body, and tire your brain so that you are able to feel the Prana. You are not distracted by doing anything else. You are in a pose, and it is uncomfortable, and you keep sitting with it until the discomfort no longer bothers you anymore. Then you are ready to listen to Prana.

Start with simple poses suitable for your body type. Perhaps you will use a block, a wall, or other props. Use a chair. There are many good resources on restorative yoga poses and Yin yoga. You do not need to do sun salutations one hundred times in a row at one hundred miles per hour to be a good Yogi. You can start by sitting in a chair and twisting. Stand behind the chair, and bend over, holding onto the back. Lie on the floor, and bend your legs over the seat of the chair. This is all very simple.

Do this every day, and the harder poses will open themselves up to you. But you will have the good foundation of feeling the life breath of Prana. Find Prana in you, and you will find the divine. Then you will see that Yoga is not only for everybody type, it is for you.

Want To Stay Fit But Can’t Stay Motivated?

We all know that regular exercise is good for us. The only thing holding most of us back is motivation. Wanting to lose weight or bulk up isn’t enough. For many of us, extra motivation is needed. Here are just a few ways that you can keep to an exercise regime.

Take out a gym membership

For some people, the gym offers the perfect environment to stay motivated. You can get in the zone for exercise and the added monetary cost can further spur you to keep going to make sure you getting your money’s worth. Shop around various gym sites such as www.ClubFitness.us to get an idea of what they offer. You can also make use of free gym trials. Gyms don’t motivate everyone – some people can find them intimidating. That said, don’t dismiss gyms entirely until you’ve given them a go.

Exercise with other people

Having other people exercise with you can sometimes be a motivation. This could be an exercise class or simply going for a run with a friend. Those with strict personal goals may find exercising with other people distracting. However, if you’re just getting into exercise, having people around could be a bonus.

Hire a trainer

Personal trainers can not only help you to do the right exercises and set you the right itinerary, they can also be a huge motivation, helping you to push yourself that extra mile. You can hire a trainer to work with you at the gym or take your training elsewhere if you don’t like the gym setting. Sites such as https://fitnesstrainer.com/ can help you to find a trainer local to you. Note that some trainer will specialize in certain areas such as bodybuilding, marathon training, slimming or working with injuries. Find one specialized to your needs in order to get the best training.

Set yourself goals

Goals are essential for staying motivated and need to be more tangible than simply losing weight or bulking up. Try to stay realistic – aiming for a body like Beyonce or muscles like Mr. Universe aren’t realistic expectations for everyone. Good goals to have could be finishing a local 5k run, getting into certain size jeans, losing a certain amount of pounds or being able to lift a certain weight. Make sure that you also have micro-goals from week to week.

Record your progress

Recording your progress is vital – by seeing how far you’ve come, you may be more spurred on to go further. This could be anything from a fitness tracking app to a personal diary that you update from week to week. Some people find it beneficial to publicly record their progress. This could involve a fitness blog, photographs on Facebook of how much weight you’ve lost or alternatively videos of you lifting weights or doing challenges. People will then ask about your progress, which may spur you to keep improving. Recording progress and combining this with goals can often provide the perfect motivation, allowing you constantly compete against yourself.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: How to Maximize Muscle Mass Before, During and After a Workout

This article provides a summary of how to build muscle mass and the type of workout required, the best type of exercises to get the quickest results and the importance of diet.

Strength, Size and Endurance Training

There are three main types of workouts. Workouts designed to produce muscle strength, workouts designed to produce muscle size or mass and endurance training workouts.

If you’re training for strength it’s advised to do fewer reps per set (about 1-5), whereas for muscle endurance doing more reps per set is preferable (13-20). Focusing on building muscle mass, involves a type of muscle growth called Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy and is somewhere between this range.

It is muscle size and mass that I will concern myself with in this article and it’s the most common type of workout, designed to create a lean and bulky muscular look.

Workouts Designed to Produce Muscle Mass

To maximize muscle mass, you have to do more than just push your body to the limit through resistance training. You have to choose the right exercises, the right number of reps and the right amount of rest after each workout. All this done correctly maximizes muscle fibre engagement.

I recommend targeting different muscle groups at different times of the week giving yourself one or two days rest in between exercising that muscle group.

One effective technique is the 3 day split and involves exercising three different muscle groups on three different days of the week. This could involve exercising the legs and Abs on a Monday, taking one day rest and exercising the Chest, Shoulders & Triceps on a Wednesday, taking another days rest and exercising the Back and Biceps on a Friday. Then taking two days rest and repeating the next week.

So for example:

Monday – Work on your Legs and Abs with 3 different exercises. 4 sets for each and 12-15 reps per set

Wednesday – Work on your Chest, Shoulders & Triceps with 3 different exercises. 4 sets for each and 12-15 reps per set

Friday – Work on your Back & Biceps with 3 different exercises. 4 sets for each and 12-15 reps per set

You should pick two or three exercises for each muscle group and then perform 4 sets of between 12-15 reps for each exercise. This would work out at around 8-12 sets per day with 12-15 reps per set.

If three different exercises for each muscle group is too much you should stick to two while starting out, or you could try 2 sets instead of 4 sets for the last exercise.

Working out more than 3 days a week can mean your muscles don’t have time to recover, resulting in wasted effort.

Isolated versus Compound Exercises

You need to choose the correct exercises to maximize muscle growth. This means targeting as many muscles as possible. Compound exercises target more muscle fibres with each lift and therefore provide the most results in the shortest period of time and with the least exercises.

For example a tricep kickback will target just one group of arm muscles — the triceps on the back of the upper arm. However the bench press will target your triceps, pec muscles, and your deltoids, with your biceps acting as a dynamic stabilizer. If you’re targeting two or more muscles than it’s a compound exercise and not an isolated exercise.

By targeting a larger portion of muscle fibres, this will be more taxing on your system and result in a greater release of anabolic hormones resulting in greater muscle growth.

With compound exercises, you don’t need as many exercises per workout and you can spend less time in the gym.

Typical compound exercises include:

• Squats

• Split Squats

• Lunges

• Reverse Lunges

• Pullups

• Deadlifts

• Barbell rows

• Incline bench press

• Decline bench press

• Flat bench press

• Standing Military Press

The Role of Protein, Creatine and Glutamine

Of course nutrition and supplements play a huge role in building muscle with protein being at the top of the list for supplements needed for gaining lean muscles. Creatine and Glutamine are also very important.

Protein should be taken half an hour before a workout to provide your muscles with adequate nutrition thereby reducing the breakdown of muscle or catabolism during workouts. Also, right after a workout, when your muscles are depleted of nutrition. This will aid in muscle recovery and growth. Another important time to take protein is right before bed and upon waking when the body again is again depleted of nutrition.

Glutamine on the other hand should be taken right before bed as this boosts growth hormone levels significantly. Another good time to take glutamine is first thing after waking as this helps in the recovery process from difficult workouts.

You should take creatine about half an hour before a workout and again right after a workout as this creates an anabolic state for your muscles and helps prevent muscle breakdown.

Don’t Over-train

Don’t’ get into the bad habit of working out too long, or train too many days. When it comes to body building, often less is more. Overtraining comes with little to no gains in size or strength. You need to give your muscles time to recover, which means plenty of rest between workouts.

So combining a good workout with the right exercises and reps and the right nutrition, sufficient rest, and a solid supplementation program, you will build a great physique with the least amount of work.

Your Body’s In Good Shape, But What About Your Mind?

A lot of people are so focused on getting their body fit and healthy that they forget all about their mind. Your mind needs, training, exercise and health treatment just as much as your body. In fact, did you know that a lot of experts recommend that everyone goes to see a mental health professional at some point in their life? We’ll look at why that is a little further down, but this clearly shows the importance of thinking about your mental health. So, how can you look after your mind and what benefits will this bring?

Brain Exercises

You should avoid binge watching TV if you can, no matter how tempting it might be. Instead, watch TV in short bursts every so often and spend more time reading and solving puzzles. Crosswords are great brain exercises that really get those electrons firing. That’s exactly what you need to keep your mind in tip-top shape. If you do this, you can even reduce the chances of developing problems such as Alzheimer’s later in life. Many people with the early signs of Alzheimer’s have discovered that brain teasers slow down the progression of the disease. You can read more about this on https://alzheimers.org.uk/.

Therapeutic Treatment

Therapy is about tackling the issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. A lot of OT companies now work with big business to make sure that all employees are taken care of in this aspect, and that’s hardly surprising. Most of the stress that we face in life is due to our career and our job responsibilities. If you have a look at a site such as http://theotpractice.co.uk/, you’ll see that you can easily arrange to speak to an OT yourself. They will help you achieve your goals in life and conquer the road blocks that are stopping you from succeeding.

Meditation

Do you constantly feel stressed and overwhelmed in your life? You might want to think about meditation. You don’t have to spend hours meditating to see the effects. Instead, you can simply squeeze in a few hours a day. To meditate all you need to do is clear your mind. Try using some relaxing music and setting quietly with your legs crossed and your arms loose by your side. Practice controlled breathing, and you should feel your body calm down. At this point, you will be entering a stage of meditation. When you have finished meditating your mind will feel clearer, and your body might feel stronger too.

Sleep Tight

Of course one of the simplest ways to keep your mind healthy is by getting a good night of rest. You may not realize this, but sleep is the body’s natural way of healing itself. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you will find life more stressful, and you might even see physical changes such as bloating or loss of hair. To get a good night of rest, try switching off all the electrical devices in your room. You can learn why you should do this by reading http://dailymail.co.uk/. Exercise a few hours before bed then lie back and let your body drift naturally to sleep. You should wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

We hope you see now why it’s important to look after the mind as well as the body when you’re thinking about your health.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Why You Should Take Up Golf

Despite what you might think, golf is not just a workout for retired men, and it is by no means a gentle exercise. In reality, golf incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and even balance and coordination. It’s also a low-risk injury sport, which is probably why it’s safer for older players to take it up. Read on to find out why you should take up golf and why it should be your next fitness craze.

Long Walks

There is a lot of evidence that walking is good exercise, and golf involves a lot of walking. Most golf courses span across multiple acres of hilly terrain. With 18 holes, the average golf course is between 5 and 8 miles, so you are guaranteed a good workout if you keep a brisk pace between holes. Not to mention how many calories you’ll burn. With all the walking, carrying and swinging involved, golfers can burn up to 1000 calories in a single game.
Once you take up golfing, some side effects from the regular movement include an improved mood, a reduced risk of chronic disease, your legs will look fantastic, and your jeans might feel a little more loose. Remember, this only applies if you don’t take the cart.

Swings Build Strength

Even without weighted clubs, repeated swinging can build up arm strength. Your lower body gets strength training in the form of the aforementioned walking; trekking up those hills is sure to work the quadriceps and hamstrings. Additionally, carrying your own clubs counts as a weight bearing exercise and when used in conjunction with walking you will cause your heart to beat faster and increase calorie burn. If this sounds like to much strength training to take on at once, then just focus on the walking and your golf swing. However, you should also learn more about push carts before you buy one in the hopes of easing your strength training.

Balance

It may not be as obvious as a yoga workout, but golf does involve a great deal of balance. When you first learn how to play golf, your instructor will go over your stance so that you don’t fall over while you swing a club high above your head. Training to achieve the proper balance engages your core abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles of the lower back and even the buttocks. These muscles work together to help prevent back pain, falls and a number of other dangerous occurrences.

Improved Mental Health

Studies show that social interaction with others increases our self-esteem and happiness, and golf is one of the most social sports activities you can do. It can widen your social circle, lift depression, and improve your overall mental health.

Sleep

The more physical activity you do, the easier you find it to sleep at night. Golf incorporates a lot of muscles, takes a lot of concentration, and the players absorb a lot of Vitamin D when they spend time outside. As a result, golfers are more able to sleep soundly without being interrupted by insomnia.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: 5 Tips On Becoming A Better Athlete With An Elbow Compression Sleeve

As an athlete, you need to maintain the healthy body so as to optimize your performance. It’s only a healthy body that can provide enough energy to propel faster movement.

Our arms play a key role in the general body balance and vital role for tennis players. To have a healthy arm to benefit you greatly as a sportsman, consider the use of an Elbow Compression Sleeve. Outlined below are tips on how embracing the use of the compression sleeves on your arm can improve your health and hence your overall performance

#1. Protection Of Your Arms From Scratches And Abrasions

A sportsman’s life consists of moving in different environments. Take the case of athletes taking part in the cross country or Boston marathon. Your body can be prone to minor injuries during the training exercises.

That’s why you have to give your arms enough protection. Putting on these compression sleeves will ensure your elbow is protected from minor accidents during the vigorous training or races.

Remember these minor injuries can pose discomfort or infection to your skin. Moreover, the sleeves are designed in such a way that they will stabilize muscles around the elbow region and hence protect them from excessive sliding.
Hence giving you safety even to minor tears in the muscles which could have otherwise occurred

#2. Managing The Muscle Soreness

As an athlete you have to keep up with your training, however, during such training, you might incur some pain on the area around the elbow or sustain a sore muscle. This could be a case of concern since it has the capacity of distracting you from your optimal performance.

However, with when you wear an Elbow Compression Sleeve, the pain as a result of the soreness can be reduced greatly giving you more time to concentrate on your exercises or races. Actually, it is the compression force applied and hence less strain on the muscles that helps alleviates the pain.

Regular exercising, like running, or any other activity that causes vibration to the body result into the contraction or misalignment of the muscles; it is this contraction or vibration that leads to the soreness or swelling in the joints.

#3. Aids Faster Muscle Recovery And Healing

By wearing the elbow compression sleeves, you are aiding your muscles in recovering faster from the previous rigorous activity. Without this help, the recuperation can take much time.

A research conducted and published in the International Journal of Sports further back up this fact; the elbow sleeves increases the oxygen concentration in the tissues around the arms and hence faster healing or performance When you wear this device, the level of the lactic acid formed as the anaerobic activity heightens is greatly reduced. The reduced lactic acid implies the body, therefore, will take less time to repair itself. I the end your muscles recover faster.

#4. Good Temperature Regulation

As an athlete, you, having the ability to regulate your body temperature as a sportsman is an added advantage to your performance. By wearing the Elbow Compression Sleeve, you are able to maintain the right temperature you need both the cold and hot weather.

Since they are made of perforated materials, air can flow through and thus providing the much-needed cooling. In addition, it will also reduce the amount of sweat which could otherwise accumulate greatly. The steady temperature will provide you with much comfort and ease of performance.

#5. Shields You From The Dirt

Strenuous activities like running results into the body producing much sweat in an effort to keep cool. When these sweats mix with other dust which an athlete is likely to pick on the way, it results in much discomfort.

On the other hand, wearing the Elbow Compression Sleeve ensures that your elbow is not directly exposed to these dusts. After the race, you can then easily remove the dust which will have accumulated on the sleeve and not your body. In summary, an Elbow Compression Sleeve is not just worn for beatification, but for health reasons.

It will enhance your performance and quickly aid your body to return to its usual state even after a tiring activity. It will also help you reduce you swellings and soreness on the elbow, which is common in an athlete’s life.

Great Tech For Your Health

Modern technology can get a pretty bad rap. Many people blame it for the sedentary lives modern people are leading, and the social isolation of a lot of kids. These days, however, your phone, tablet, and TV really don’t have to be used for sitting still for hours. In fact, they can be extremely effective auxiliary tools in working towards your fitness goals. People all over the world are starting to see more success by incorporating health and fitness tech in their lives, and more people are joining them all the time. If you’re curious about what tech can do for your fitness goals, here are a few tools you may want to consider using…

Heart Rate Monitors

A heart rate monitor can be a fantastic tool for monitoring your performance during workouts. A lot of modern cardio machines feature inbuilt heart rate monitors, which will tell you clearly how hard your whole body is working. There are also mobile heart rate monitors for both indoor workouts and outdoor running sessions. If you want to get the most out of your heart rate monitor, it’s important to know your maximum heart rate. This is the max number of times your heart can beat in the space of a minute, and represents an important factor in determining how intense your training regimen should be. After you’ve used the monitor to get more familiar with your body, you’ll be able to use it to come up with set interval training sessions, or steady-state workouts. This, in turn, will help to strengthen your heart muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Wearable Fitness Devices

One of the biggest trends in current health and fitness is wearable monitoring devices. Fitbit, Nike+, and Body Media are just a few of the big brand names you’ve probably come across. These devices are typically in the form of non-intrusive bracelets and clips and go far past the functions of your basic heart rate monitor. The idea is that you’ll wear the device at all times, allowing it to measure your movements, the calories you’re burning, your heart rate, sleep patterns, skin temperature, and in some cases, even your blood oxygen level. Most wearable fitness tech will automatically sync up with an app so you’ll be able to track how these stats have fluctuated over time. You can even get auxiliary devices, such as a smart water bottle that syncs with your Fitbit. If you only buy one piece of fitness tech this year, make it one of these convenient wearable devices.

Social Accountability

As you may have discovered, it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you let other people know about them, and know that you’ll be letting people down if you fail to meet any of those milestones. In a matter of seconds, you can join an online community like LF Connect or Sparkpeople, which will link you up with others who are looking to get into shape. There are even communities like Gym Pact, which will charge you whenever you miss a scheduled session and reward you with cash when you meet challenging fitness goals. If these specialized networks aren’t for you, there are probably many groups and subsections of the social networks you already use. Use these to link up with like-minded people, announce your goals publicly, and motivate others towards those big health milestones they’re trying to achieve.

Apps for Healthy Eating

As per usual, “there’s an app for that”. These days, there are countless apps you can use to support your meal planning, calorie counting, and general nutrition tracking. While some of these programs are obviously better than others, pin down a few that you find easy to use, and you’ll find it easier than ever to eat healthily and stay on track towards your overarching goals.

With every food brand in the world trying to come off as good for you, these kinds of apps can be extremely useful. If you’re not sure just how healthy that granola bar is, for example, you can use an app like Fooducate to analyze the nutritional content and assign it a grade based on how healthy it is. Meal tracking has been a big part of healthy living for some time, and apps such as Lose It make this a piece of cake by giving you access to a rich database of foods, which will make it easy for you to count your calories, and even sync your progress up with certain pieces of fitness equipment.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Workout Woes: Three Common Mistakes Women Make At The Gym

Staying in shape is pretty high on many women’s lists of priorities. There are plenty of different reasons why you might want to work out regularly. It could be a desire to look a certain way, or you might just be trying to live a slightly healthier lifestyle. Whatever your reasons are, you likely want to use your time at the gym as productively as possible. There’s nothing more discouraging than putting a lot of effort into your workouts, only to find that they’re not really having any impact. Luckily, if that’s something that you’re dealing with, there are often some pretty simple reasons behind it. This means that you often have to fix one of a selection of pretty simple mistakes in order to start getting the most out of your workout!

Ignoring Weight Training

This is one of the most common mistakes that women make when they’re at the gym, and sadly it comes from some pretty unpleasant gender stereotypes. For one thing, it comes from the idea that women simply don’t have the capacity for strength that men do. The other reason is that there are a lot of stereotypes about what results women “should” get out of their workouts. Many women are taught to avoid getting too muscular because that’s not feminine enough.

These things are both ridiculous, but they do tend to get into many women’s heads a lot of the time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should run straight for the heaviest possible weights and potentially hurt yourself. Check out these adjustable dumbbell reviews if you’re looking to get started doing some strength training so that you can find something that fits your personal comfort level. The muscle building that comes with strength training is going to help you get a lot more out of your workout than if you were just focussing on cardio.

Not Refueling After a Workout

Sadly, this comes from more unpleasant stereotypes that surround women trying to get in better shape. You’ll almost always see men at the gym having a protein shake after a workout, and most men’s workout routines involve a pretty hefty amount of calories. Sadly there’s an assumption that a woman at the gym should also be watching their caloric intake really carefully. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that it’s impossible to have the right amount of energy during any workout if you’re not taking in enough energy in the first place. Make sure that you’re balancing the number of calories you’re eating so that you’re not left exhausted within moments of arriving at the gym.

Not Having Clear Goals

If you don’t have a clear goal to work towards, then you’re going to find it very difficult to find the motivation that you need to stick at anything. A goal to aim for is the thing that gives you the energy you need when you’re faced with the desire to quit. And make no mistake, that desire will appear at some point. When you’re tired and feeling like you just want to give up, having a clear goal in mind is one of the very best ways to give yourself that extra boost you need to motivate yourself. By the same token try to keep your goals realistic, putting in a lot of work but not reaching your goals because they were simply too ambitious, is a seriously effective way to end up frustrated and discouraged.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Three Workout Myths It’s Time To Stop Believing!

There’s a lot of information out there when it comes to trying to have the best possible workout routine. Whether it’s from the internet, from a friend, or from that one guy at the gym, who won’t stop going around giving out unsolicited advice. (You know the one.) However, for every decent piece of workout advice that you come across, you’re likely to end up hearing at least two or three things that are somewhere between pointless and actively dangerous. These kinds of workout myths are a serious pain because they not only waste your time and money but can sometimes have the opposite of the effect that you wanted. To make sure that you don’t fall prey to them, here are a few workout myths that you need to stop believing right now.

Cardio is the Only Way to Lose Weight

Now don’t worry, no one is going to tell you that cardio isn’t important as part of a balanced workout because it definitely is. However, it’s also true that a workout needs more than just cardio in order to be effective. Cardio certainly helps you lose weight as it shifts the balance of calories going in to calories being burned. However, if you’re looking for a more long-term solution, then you need to start incorporating strength training into your workout as well. More muscle means that your body is going to be much better at burning calories while at rest, meaning that it’s going to be far easier to stay in shape in the long run if you’re working out in ways beyond just workout up a sweat on the treadmill.

Sweating Heavily Means You’re Working Out Properly

Speaking of sweat, there’s a stereotype that being drenched in sweat by the end of your workout means you’ve really had a good one. This is not only inaccurate, but it’s the kind of attitude that could actually put your health at risk. Exercising your muscles will increase your body’s temperature, but it’s not sweating that cools you down, it’s the evaporation of that sweat. This means that if you’re drenched in sweat after a workout, your body isn’t actually able to cool down and your body’s temperature is going to keep rising.

Make sure that you’re wearing the right kinds of clothes to work out in. If you’re not wearing breathable fabrics, then you’re going to end up overheating pretty badly. Clothing brands like Gymshark are specially designed to help you stay cool and comfortable while you work out. This Gymshark coupon code can help you save some money on workout gear without having to sacrifice quality at all. You should also make sure not to exercise in places where it’s especially hot or humid since that’s going to greatly increase your chance of overheating.

You Need to Work Out Every Single Day

Working out regularly and often is important, there’s no doubt about that, but the idea that you need to work out every single day is ridiculous. Not only is it not going to make much of a positive difference, working out every day can actually make your workouts less effective. This is because you build muscles while you rest, not while you’re working out. If you don’t give your body a chance to rest then at best, you’re going to end up wasting your time, and at worst, you could do yourself some serious damage.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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