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What is Clean Bulking?

Getting in shape doesn’t always means slimming. For those that are already slim, it can often mean bulking up. Clean bulking is a way of combining diet and exercise to build muscles mass. It’s most popular amongst men wanting to tone up, but recently many women wanting to develop a fuller figure have developed an interest in it too.

Much like slimming, clean bulking require discipline and a lot of motivation. If you’re eager to start here are some of the steps you’ll need to take.

Fixing up Your Diet

You can’t bulk up unless you’re upping your calorie intake. This can scare many people off that fear they’ll get fat as a result. However, if you’re complimenting extra eating with lots of exercises, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Like any slimming diet, the key is still to eat healthily, so that all energy is converted into muscle. Instead of processed carbs like sugary snacks and fried foods, consider eating lots of potatoes, rice, and pasta. Protein is also essential to muscle growth and many people will take supplements such as protein shakes. Organic meats, eggs, nuts and milk can be another great unprocessed source of this protein.

On top of eating the right amount of food, you’ll need to consume a healthy amount of water. Other minerals can also help with a progress. You can find many dietary tips and meal plans for clean bulking online.

It’s all Connected to the Core

A healthy core will affect every other part of your body. It’s what helps you to balance and keep you upright. Most people assume that the core simply means the abs, but it actually incorporates all your torso muscles.

Individual exercises can help with many core muscles. Dips can help build your pecs – you’ll find help online on how to do dips at home for the chest. Sit ups, crunches, Russian twists, and leg raises meanwhile can be great for the abs. Endurance exercises such as the plank meanwhile are great for strengthening your whole core and good additions to add at the end of a workout.

Working Your Arms

There are many ways to bulk up the arms. Push ups and pull ups are great for testing most of your arm muscles. Specific exercises meanwhile can be catered to more specific arm muscles groups such as bicep curls and tricep dips. Gyms will often have all the specialist equipment, but you can often achieve the same result simply by buying a pair of dumbbells and working out from home, as well as getting imaginative with furniture (a couch is brilliant for tricep dips and elevated push ups).

Leg Day

Many people, specifically men, will pay little attention to their legs when bulking up. Forgetting leg day however will make you look disproportioned and have a knock on effect later as your legs aren’t able to support the rest of your body.

Many activities are great for building leg muscle. Cycling works out all your muscles groups from your quads to your calves to your glutes. Other exercises are more focused such as deadlifts and squats that specifically target your quads. If you have a gym membership, you’ll find many machines that can further build up your legs.

Creating a Routine

Bulking up requires a good routine. If you’re working out every day, a sensible option is to cycle between core, legs and arms. This will allow you to focus on each group whilst also allowing enough recovery time. Another approach is to exercise your whole body in one session but to give yourself a day’s break between each session.

A personal trainer may be able to help you create a routine that fits around your weekly schedule. As soon as your routine becomes comfortable, you can then start to up the stakes by increasing the number of reps, the time or the weight.

Whilst most of your exercise regime will be strength-based, it’s good to also include some endurance in there. Cardio exercises strengthen the heart and a healthy heart is much needed when bulking up to provide the extra muscle mass gained with the blood and oxygen it needs.

Staying motivated

Keeping motivated is the biggest challenge. Often the best way to stay motivated is to have a tangible target. This could be a target body shape, a target strength that you wish to be able to reach or a clothing size. From week to week, you should also be setting yourself micro-goals. These could be anything from beating your time at the plank to managing an extra weight.

Tracking your progress is important. Some gyms will have machines that do this for you so that you can keep on target with each week. If you’re training at home, you may be able to use apps to measure your progress. Having body stats available can greatly help to spur you on.

You can also take photographs in the mirror. These will show you how far you’ve come and may provide you the motivation to keep going.

Blogging and social media reporting also helps for some people. From week to week you can report your progress so that others can read and get inspired or simply spur you on.

Some people also find that training with someone else helps. This could involve training with a friend or could involve hiring a personal trainer to help put you through your paces. Make sure that if you are training with a friend or family member that you’re still sticking to your routine. Exercise classes may work for some, but probably not for the majority – whilst the likes of CrossFit incorporate many weight exercises, they do not stick to a routine from week to week and focus more on general fitness. Bulking requires specific training catered to the individual in most cases and you’re unlikely to be able to follow this working with a group of people with different goals and needs. That said, such as exercise groups can be still good to do on the side and have been known to introduce many people to weightlifting and new exercise ideas.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: 13 Ways to Beat Distractions and Stay Focused at Work

At this point in time, no one is denying that we live in the age of distraction.

All of this distraction makes it nearly impossible to stay focused and productive at work. But we have to come up with a solution if we’re ever going to achieve our best levels of personal success.

To stay focused at work, please use these 13 ways to eliminate distractions so that they do not have a negative effect on your job performance.

#1 Avoid Social Media like the Plague

Sure, many people have a great time checking their social media feeds throughout the day.

But websites like Facebook and Twitter are also productivity destroyers.

You can quickly get sucked into the drama on the social media sites, and before long, you’ll have wasted hours of your day without being productive at all.

#2 Make Your Job Fun and Inspiring

If you want to stay productive at work, your job needs to be fun and inspiring.

You may work at a company that you really do not like. And because of your great dislike for the company, it makes a 40-hour work week feel like a year has slowly gone by as your lackluster job eats away at your soul.

If that’s the case, you need to find another job that you find fun, inspiring, and one that will make it very easy for you to focus on your daily tasks.

#3 Clean up Your Workspace

Whether you realize it or not, it’s very easy to get distracted by a cluttered desk and work area.

If your workspace looks like it’s been hit by a tsunami, you need to take some time to de-clutter the area and make it distraction free.

Once you do this, your productivity numbers will begin to soar.

#4 Eat Healthy Meals

When we eat healthy meals, our minds stay clear, our bodies stay light, and we have a much easier time staying focused.

On the other hand, when we eat unhealthy meals, we feel tired, sluggish, and ultimately out of sorts.

You’ll be a lot more productive when healthy eating is a priority.

Plus, we’re learning that some of our biggest cancer treatment breakthroughs are related to the food that we put in our body, so you’ll be doing yourself a big favor by eating this way anyway.

#5 Take Focus Boosting Supplements and Smart Drugs

Sometimes we have a difficult time staying focused because our body chemistry is out of whack.

If that’s the case, you can take smart drugs like Adrafinil to regain your focus, clarity, and improve your levels of concentration.

Not only will you focus better, but you’ll also improve your memory and increase productivity levels through the roof.

Smart drugs and supplements are definitely the way to go when it’s time to get focused and eliminate distractions.

#6 Turn your Computer into a Distraction Free Zone

Do you have certain programs that you use regularly? Make shortcuts for them on your desktop.

If you’re working on a particular project, create one folder and put all of your necessary files in there.

By doing this, you’ll know exactly where to look for your files and you won’t have to worry about getting distracted by other things on your computer.

#7 Keep Snacks at Your Desk

Do you like to snack during the workday? Who doesn’t?

Instead of having to get up at certain points throughout the day, keep snacks available at your desk so that they are ready for you whenever you want them.

And sticking with our theme of healthy eating, make sure your snacks are healthy and will provide you with energy instead of making you feel sluggish and lethargic.

#8 Keep Water at Your Desk

It’s always wise to have enough water available on hand throughout the day.

If you start feeling hungry or fatigued, instead of immediately reaching for something to eat, you should have a glass of water as an alternative.

More often than not, we think we are hungry and tired but we really are just dehydrated and thirsty.

So have water available right at your desk for when you need it the most.

#9 Prioritize Your Tasks

If you have a million things that need to get done during the day, you should take time to prioritize your tasks.

By doing this, you’ll be able to focus your energy in the right areas so that you can overcome your greatest challenges with ease.

#10 Make Yourself Unreachable

If you’re working on an important task, you have to make yourself unreachable to everyone in the office.

Otherwise, people are going to call, email, and stop by your desk all the time to ask you to do things for them. This will kill your productivity big time.

So make sure you are unreachable to achieve your greatest levels of productivity and stay focused throughout the workday.

#11 Keep a To-Do List

By having a to-do list, you’ll always know what needs to get done next. This will allow you to stay focused while working on your most pressing projects throughout the day.

#12 Wear Noise Canceling Headphones

If you work in a noisy office environment, an easy way to block out the background noise and eliminate the distractions is to wear noise canceling headphones.

Invest in a great pair by looking online and reading the reviews.

If noise is a major problem, do not be afraid to spend a little extra to get the best headphones to meet your needs.

#13 Turn off Your Phone and Email When Possible

Some companies might not allow you to turn off your phone and email during the day. And if this is the case, then this tip isn’t going to work for you.

On the other hand, if you do have this option, you should definitely shut down your phone and email while you are trying to focus on a specific task.

It will make it a lot easier to complete the task at hand.

Conclusion

If you have a difficult time staying focused at work, please use these 13 tips to easily eliminate distractions throughout the workday.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Whatever It Is, Stop Putting It Off!

We all know what it’s like. You’ve got that to-do list in front of you, you know what’s on there, you know you shouldn’t wait, but then you come up with some new excuse as to why you can’t possibly do it. You’ll get round to it later! It’s not that urgent! You just don’t have the time! Do these excuses sounds familiar? Everyone does this from time to time but putting off jobs that you could do right now is a pretty foolproof way to end up in trouble. Some things could just end up being inconvenient, but other could end up being genuinely dangerous if you don’t deal with them. So, to help you finally start crossing things off your to-do list, here are some things that you need to stop putting it off until later!

Medical Appointments

This is probably the most common, which is utterly bizarre considering how important it really is. Whether it’s because it’s inconvenient or because you’re afraid to go, it’s incredibly common that people put off medical appointments over and over again. Even if they’re worried about something, many people have a tendency to put it off until it’s so serious they can’t ignore it anymore. Of course, if they’d dealt with it sooner then it would have been much easier to sort out. If you’re feeling nervous or afraid then you should talk to your doctor about it, they’ll often be able to put you at ease, and practices like http://www.dentistrywithtlc.com/ are specifically geared towards those who are afraid of the dentist. Even if it turns out you’re completely fine, at least you’ll be able to put your mind at ease.

Updating Your Resume

Plenty of people find themselves stuck in jobs that they don’t want. But why is that? If people hate their jobs so much why don’t they find something new? Well, a lot of the time it’s because trying to find a new job can be so stressful and difficult at times that they would rather just stick with the bad job that they have. The first step in that process is always making sure that your resume is updated. It’s often the simplest part of the entire process but, because it’s the first step, it’s the one that people are often most reluctant actually to do. Once it’s finished and they’ve sent it off to employers, most people are excited at the idea of interviewing and starting somewhere new. Just set aside a single evening and get it done. It’s not going to take you long, and you’re going to be much happier in the long run once you do.

Getting Your Car Repaired

“I don’t need to take my car to a mechanic yet! It runs just fine!” These are famous last words if ever there were any. Your care might be running “just fine” as far as you can tell but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underlying problems that could soon result in more serious ones. If you’re lucky, all that will happen is that your car will break down and you’ll need to call a recovery service. But if things go really wrong then there’s a chance you could get into a serious accident. Make sure that you’re taking your car in for a service regularly so that you know for a fact that it really is running just fine.

Getting in Shape

We all feel as though we could be in slightly better shape, but the vast majority of us tend to put it off for years at a time. Constantly saying things like “I’ll start it tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow as arrived, and it’s time to take control of your life and your body. If you want to get into better shape, look better and feel better, then there’s only one way that’s going to happen, hard work and dedication. Once you actually get started, you’re probably going to find that it’s something you enjoy a great deal. Exercise releases a lot of positive endorphins leaving feeling elated after a really great workout.

Saving Money

There’s never a “right time” to start saving money. No matter what, you’re always going to be in a position where you’ve got to be careful about how you’re spending, but many people don’t realise how much they actually spend on average. If you look at it in the cold light of day, you’ll probably realise that, if you cut back on little luxuries here and there then you’d have a lot more money to set aside each month. That way you’re going to be able to give yourself a financial cushion, save for a trip you’ve always wanted, or start putting money aside for your future.

Reconnecting With Someone

Relationships have their ebbs and flows, people come together, and they drift apart, it’s a natural part of life. But if there’s someone in your life that you wish you hadn’t let go of then there’s no reason not to reach out to them. Whatever happened in the past is just that: in the past. If you find your thumb hovering over the “call” button or constantly staring at a blank Facebook message, just reach out to them. The worst that happens is that things stay as they are, in which case you at least get some closure, but there’s always a chance that they’ve been doing exactly the same thing and miss you just as much as you miss them. Life’s too short to spend it holding grudges, so why not take the leap and reach out to someone?

What’re Your Thoughts

Taking risks and starting something is always going to be scary but by putting things off all you do if build them up in your mind until they become far scarier than they really are. By dealing with things straight away, you’ll find yourself feeling much more at ease.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Long Term Sick Leave Can Be Hard, Here’s How To Get By

There are many reasons why you might find yourself off work for an extended period. You may have suffered a physical injury that has left you unable to perform to your full capacity. Or, you might be dealing with an emotional problem that has left you unable to cope with the daily stress of work life. In either case, time off work can be difficult. You’ll feel the weight on your finances certainly, and the social detachment can be traumatic. Here’s how to cope with long term sick leave and ensure that you don’t make the situation worse.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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