There are few things that we have complete control over, but what we put in our mouths is one of them. We don’t have to lose control in a restaurant or a friend’s home, and we don’t have to eat everything that’s put in front of us.
Consider this: We love fat because it carries flavor, and restaurants aren’t as interested in whether we’ll be around in 30 years as whether we’ll be back next week. And what about our friends?
I was having a conversation the other day with an ultra sound tech who was struggling with his weight program. He said that he was having difficulty increasing muscle size. He wanted to know what he could do to change that and what supplements I recommend.
The first question I always ask when this is thrown my way is “What are you doing now?” followed with “How long have you been doing it?”. The answer is usually the same. The same workout over long periods of time without change. In order to see gains you must keep your body guessing and changing up your routine. I am a firm believer in periodization. I usually go 4 weeks of 10 repetitions followed by 4 weeks of 5 repetitions followed by 4 weeks of 3 repetitions. So I am moving from muscle building to power development to strength development. I also change up what exercises I am doing for each body part as well. This has worked well for me.
As far as supplements go that is a no brainer. Herbalife 24 is the best on the market today. They are pharmaceutical grade, banned substance free and designed based off of scientific research. For more information and to view videos on the products visit my site at http://goherbalife.com/allprofitness.
… that today is Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day? The
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago became independent of Great
Britain on August 31, 1962. At midnight on August 30, 1962,
the Union Jack (British flag) was lowered and the Trinidad and
Tobago flag was raised for the first time. Bells tolled and
sirens rang out to herald the birth of the newly independent
Flexibility – Yoga concentrates on flexibility more than any other form of fitness. Nearly every single movement or posture in yoga increases flexibility. With that lets explore this thought further.
Many people will come up with the excuse that they can’t do yoga because they are not flexible. It is this type of backward thinking that prevents people from becoming more flexible. People do not become flexible overnight. Everyone has a starting point and works from there. Another thing to remember that people have different body types thus allowing some people to become more flexible than others. Anatomically speaking everyone will get a benefit from flexibility irregardless of how they are built.
One must continually practice yoga to allow the muscles to become more flexible over time. This is especially true for athletes who have dramatically decreased the risk of injury due to the increased flexibility yoga provides, as well as improvement in their sport.
For an even more powerful example of the distinct benefits of increased flexibility, contrast the countless examples of seniors still practicing well into their 80′s and 90′s against those who never touched a yoga mat – the choice between living through retirement with flexibility and grace versus being stooped over and struggling with mobility should be clear.
Answering the question “what are the benefits of yoga?” it’s important to ask yourself what kind of goals you have in life. While anyone who enjoys swimming, running or participatory sports might say they have certain objectives (staying fit, losing weight, competition, etc.) most probably wouldn’t consider reducing stress or finding peace of mind as important. But as many of it’s practitioners find, one massive benefit of yoga is it’s ability to clear and calm the mind, providing dramatic stress reduction and even leading one to a newly discovered sense of inner tranquility.
As with all disciplines in life, regular practice is key. Yoga won’t work miracles without commitment. With consistent training, at least 3-4 times per week, one can find dramatic results that are all but guaranteed to bring about profound, long-lasting changes. Check out our Yoga Schedule if you dare to take the plunge.
I am getting ready to go take a Yoga class. I often practice with other teachers to enhance my practice. Today I am taking a class at 24 hour fitness. It will be my first class there. I get so many benefits from practicing yoga that it would be impossible to list them all in one blog post. One of the benefits that I receive is Improved Vitality. Because of it’s unique qualities, yoga provides more stimulating rejuvenation than any other disciplines by creating the sensation of receiving more in return for the work that is performed. I am always energized after a class irregardless of how difficult it is. Whether it’s a power class or a restorative class I always feel the same energy afterwards. Namaste!
Evaluate Your Progress Every Four to Eight Weeks. Keep a detailed record of your workouts, noting exercises performed, number of reps and sets, amount of resistance and length of rest periods. Monitor your results. You can’t get to where your going if you don’t know where you’ve been. I complete a training log for every workout detailing every aspect of my workout including energy levels and the ease of each set. This helps me plan for my next workout.
Make some stealth changes. That will get everyone in the family eating healthier. Buy low-fat 1% or skim milk, low-fat cream cheese and reduced-fat cheese instead of the full-fat versions. Use them in recipes to cut the fat and calories.
“There are better golfers, there are better drivers, there are
better swimmers, and there are better cooks. The one thing
that no one can ever be better than you at is… being you.
Just be you. There’s no one more qualified for the job.”