Enjoy the outdoors, nature, the wilderness? Check out my friend Zain’s blog, featuring things to do outside Fredonia, NY.
Enjoy the outdoors, nature, the wilderness? Check out my friend Zain’s blog, featuring things to do outside Fredonia, NY.
Here is a link to another great fitness blog. Check it out! Below is an article I liked. Click their link to see more of their content. http://sexyafter.com/
How to get your man to workout with you:
Well, due to popular demand I decided to finally post this article.WARNING: DON’T READ THIS ARTICLE IF YOU THINK YOU ARE PERFECT OR
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO DOESN’T WANT YOUR HUBBY
SEEING YOU WORKOUT, FOR WHATEVER REASON.HELLO EVERYONE,Your Online Personal Training Coach Here!So, How to Get Your Man to Workout With You?
I get bombarded with questions and comments on this!
Here are the most common, questions, comments and sometimes excuses that I hear from women when it comes to working out with loved ones
“Well he used to be in shape and now he just doesn’t care!”
“If he were to work out with me I would totally do it, because I lack someone making me workout!”
“Good luck, there is no way I can make my stubborn man pick up a dumbbell.”
“I don’t want to hurt his feelings.”
“I am embarrassed to ask him.”
“I used to be sexy back in high school but since we had our baby I gained 50 lbs and now my husband won’t even look at me and you want me to make him workout with me?”
“We are just two different people, so even if he agrees to workout with me it would never work”
It is important to note: all the cases included in my article are assuming you are not suffering from postpartum depression. If that is the case then you would need to work on recovering from it,
fixing the marriage your relationship with your significant other first, before even thinking about working out. A good workout plan and proper nutrition could be part of the cure, but that is something you want
to talk with your doctor about!
While these are all good and legitimate questions, there are ways around it! How do I know? For starters I am a guy and believe me when I say it is not very hard to figure a guy out. Some guys, myself included, need incentives ‘whats in it for me type of deal’. Others would really
like to help you but because they are shy or don’t want to hurt your feelings they are afraid to say anything. Then there are guys
that lack motivation themselves and really don’t care how they look, and finally there are guys who just think they are too busy and put stuff like working out as the last priority.
If you know your guy, your boyfriend, your husband, your hubby very well then you are already half way there. You know what motivates him, you know what will work.
But if you are lost here are some tips from me to you that will help. Not everything will work for everyone but it’s a start and it’s also going to depend on what type of guy of the four types I listed above your hubby is.
Regardless of the type communication is key!!!!!! Regardless of how healthy the relationship is at the moment, don’t use excuses just talk to him. Ok so here we go:
Basically educate your man on the benefits that he would have if both of you are healthy, and fit (i.e. positive energy, longer lasting stamina, healthy heart, flexibility, improved appearance, social acceptance in the friends circles, pride of each other etc..
Who knows it might solve other problems or bring up import issues. It will most likely bring your hubby closer together with you.
If you are smart you will actually have some scientific proof! I wouldn’t go overboard with detail though if I were you because chances are if you go into too much detail it will go into one ear and come out of the other, aka completely go over their heads.
Bottom line is that no matter where you go you can strike up a conversation about health and fitness. Try it and you would be amazed how much you can find out about your supposed “I don’t care” guy.
There is a very good saying “Where there is a will, there is a way”. If getting back into shape and having that sexy body again, or for the first time is important to you, and having your guy help you is of equal importance, than relate to this problem as if you were starting a new business. Don’t give up, communicate be persistent and believe me, you will FAIL 9 times but will SUCCEED on the 10th. Welcome failure because it will bring you closer to success!
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Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown
I wanted to provide some inspiration for my readers in case they were struggling with their eating/fitness routines. Hopefully one of these sticks out to you!
It’s 4/20. We get it. But instead of wasting your life away, why don’t you do something productive, and get high in a positive, healthy, natural way? Skip the weed and check out an alternative below that will release the same type of endorphins (creating a ‘high’):
1. Cardio: Any intense aerobic activity performed for 20 minutes or more will trigger your brain to release endorphins, notes the Family Education website. Running elicits a flood of endorphins in the brain, according to research conducted at the University of Bonn, Germany. Before and after a long-distance run, 10 runners took a positron emission tomography scan, which measures activity in various regions of the brain. Chemicals that reveal endorphins in the brain were used in the study, and runners took a standard psychological test to evaluate their moods before and after the run. Results showed the participants’ level of euphoria rose significantly after running, because endorphins were produced and became attached to areas of the brain involved with mood, explained lead researcher Dr. Henning Boecker.
2. Laugh: Laughter is an enjoyable experience that can give you a natural high because it releases endorphins. Anticipating a good laugh also brings forth your endorphins, according to the results of a 2006 study published in “The FASEB Journal.” Higher endorphin levels help you ward off stress and maintain a positive mood, as indicated by the study.
3. Play/listen to music: Music affects your brain’s limbic region, stimulating emotional response and memories. Listening to music can reduce your muscle tension and bring forth relaxation, according to music therapy coordinator Karen Wacks at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. Music therapy was used in ancient Egypt, Africa, China and Greece. Patients of music therapy in the U.S. now include individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, the elderly and disabled, and those who are terminally ill.
4. Make love: Sexual activity brings about natural highs in three ways: (1) through vigorous physical activity, (2) emotional excitement, and (3) orgasm. Each of these causes the release of different amounts of endorphins.
Have you ever noticed how the euphoria lasts well beyond an orgasm? That’s because the endorphins are still flowing.
5. Eat Chocolate: There could be some truth in the belief that those who crave chocolate are looking for a sex substitute. This is because dark chocolate contains a chemical which our bodies converts into phenylethylamine (PEA) – the same chemical that is secreted when we fall in love. However, dietitian Catherine Collins of St Georges Hospital, London, says that chocolate contains such small amounts of PEA it is likely to have little effect.
This is because the feel-good factor we get from chocolate is likely to be our own chemicals called serotonin which are boosted when we look forward to pleasurable experiences such as eating tasty treats such as chocolate.
6. Meditate: By focusing your mind on pleasurable thoughts, you can tap into the feel-good factor within. Meditation promotes self-healing through focused awareness and mental imagery that invokes your endorphins, says Rikys. Its effect is cumulative, building a reservoir of well-being rather than storing unnecessary stress. Rikys leads weekly “endorphin meditation” groups in London.
Yeah, I’m a vegetarian. No, I’m not going to shove my ideas down your throat. But I will tell you how becoming a vegetarian not only helps save the planet, but also 100 animals a year, per person.
Almost 8 years ago, I was a freshman in high school. My English class was doing thesis papers, and my best friend was doing hers on vegetarianism. While I thought it was interesting, it wasn’t until I actually read facts about it that I became genuinely interested. A lover of planet earth and mother nature, I knew that this was something I could do to help out in a small, but impactful way.
What most people don’t realize is that the animals they are eating were not found in nature, they were raised. Somewhere, a massive farm was built on land to raise and house these animals. Fresh water is used in their feeding process. More land is used to harvest hay and other crops to feed these animals. Massive amounts of waste is created by these animals, often placed in areas that can contaminate our own food and drinking water.
I know many people don’t agree with PETA sometimes, but this is a statement by them on the impact of these animals:
“Plainly put, the sheer quantity of animals required to feed people’s taste for meat, dairy products, and eggs makes humane, environmentally responsible practices impossible. Profitability dictates that the meat, dairy, and egg industries crowd the largest number of animals into the smallest space possible, leading to massive water pollution, soil erosion from the amount of crops needed to feed these animals, and other eco-nightmares.”
Though slightly biased, this information is all based on actual fact, which is hard to dispute. Think about these other alarming facts and statistics:
Researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from a standard American diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.
A German study conducted in 2008 concluded that a meat-eater’s diet is responsible for more than seven times as much greenhouse-gas emissions as a vegan’s diet is.
Producing a little more than 2 pounds of beef causes more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving a car for three hours and uses up more energy than leaving your house lights on for the same period of time.
According to scientists at the Smithsonian Institution, seven football fields’ worth of land is bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals and the crops that feed them.
Of all the agricultural land in the U.S., 80 percent is used to raise animals for food and grow grain to feed them—that’s almost half the total land mass of the lower 48 states.
A study in Texas found that animal feedlots in that state produce more than 7,000 tons of particulate dust every year and that the dust “contains biologically active organisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungi from the feces and the feed.”
Farmed animals produce more than 10 times as much excrement as does the entire human population of the United States.
If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to vegetarianism or veganism, let this be even more motivation. Help save your planet in a huge way!
Credit to www.Peta.org for all of this amazing information!
I found this and it made me laugh really, REALLY hard. I thought I would brighten up all my followers days with this. Enjoy 🙂
Found this awesome article written by Stephanie Dolgoff for FITNESS Magazine. The link to the entire article below.
I wanted to share it because I feel everyone should read this if they feel they are struggling with loosing weight, especially in their stomach area.
The first time it happened I was in my early twenties, straphanging in a crowded New York City subway car on my way to work. I was wearing a slim-fitting T-shirt dress, one that for reasons that will soon become horrifyingly clear, I subsequently used to scrub out the litter box and then tossed. The seated woman I was standing in front of met my eyes and smiled. Then she stood up. I smiled back and stepped to the side so she could make her way to the door. She stood right next to me.
“Would you like to sit?” she asked kindly. “I remember how tired I was during my pregnancy. You look like you’re into your second trimester; it gets easier.”
If I had been pregnant, her act of generosity would probably have sent me into early labor right there on the F train.
But I wasn’t. (Even so, I took the seat.)
Once in a while I’m still offered a seat on the train, thanks to a belly that seems to always enter a room a split second before the rest of me does.
Every woman’s got her own hang-ups about some body flaw, but flabby abs seem to be a universal sore spot. In a recent FITNESS poll, they ranked number one on the list of trouble zones women wanted fixed. Not only has my apple-shaped middle been a preoccupation of mine since I was a tween, it’s also been the subject of articles I’ve written (like this one) and the object of literally hundreds of attempts on my part to accept and/or flatten it. It was only after having twins that I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that my belly was jelly for good.
So when my editor at FITNESS read on my blog that I thought my abs were permanently “stretched out” and I’d abandoned the abs DVDs she’d given me, she asked if I wanted to take a more scientific approach. I thought, sure. Lord knows, endless crunches haven’t gotten me far. She set me up with an appointment at the renowned Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where I would get an ultrasound and find out what’s really going on with my middle.
I was all over the idea of getting a scan. I strongly suspected I had what many women who have been pregnant have, diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles. That wouldn’t explain why I’ve always had a pooch, but it could partially explain why I had one now. “Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate along the midline because of an enlarging uterus,” says Virginia Lupo, MD, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “It’s unrelated to whether or not the muscles are strong.” That means it makes no difference if your abs are made of steel or mush; the chance that they’ll pull apart depends on the strength of the connective tissue that fuses them. In a study of women not long after they had given birth, 68 percent had the condition above their navel and 32 percent below. (Deep breath: Most women’s abs will move back together again naturally after a while even if we don’t rush to Pilatesclass the minute we get the okay to exercise.) The more pregnancies a woman has had, the more likely she is to have diastasis recti. I’ve had only one pregnancy, but it was a double, so the odds were good that this was part of my problem.
Let’s get one thing straight: Gisele Bundchen and I — and you, for that matter — have more or less the same ab muscles. The main thing that sets us apart, besides those Victoria’s Secret catalog covers, is the amount of fat we pack on around them. Apple shapes, like me, are genetically predisposed to carry extra pudge around the midsection rather than in the butt, hips, and thighs, as do pears — not that we get to pick. If we could, we’d all choose a third type: Gisele’s seemingly fat-free physique. (There’s more to how your middle looks, including long-waistedness and wide hip bones, but we’re talking fat and muscles now.)
Flip open an anatomy book and you can see what would be behind a six-pack if you had one. Below the skin and any underlying subcutaneous fat, you get to the muscles; the top one that runs down the front is the rectus abdominis. Because it’s the showy, six-pack muscle, closest to the skin’s surface, you may think that the rectus is the key to how flat your belly looks, but that’s only one layer of the onion. The internal and external obliquesrun up the sides and not only give you those nice ripples but also hold in your waist a bit; the transversus abdominis is a deeper muscle that encircles and cinches your center like an obi. All those muscles figure in how your abs look (we’ll get into how to work them later). Then you have connective tissue, the fascia, which holds everything together.
Research has focused on two types of ab fat: The subcutaneous fat previously mentioned is the rolly squish on top of your rib cage and waist that you can grab and that vanishes when you lose weight. Visceral fat, which accumulates around your organs, is associated with all kinds of metabolic problems that can increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to a Canadian study, some of us are more genetically prone to visceral fat, which can “push the abdominal muscles outward,” says Thomas Nesser, PhD, associate professor of exercise science at Indiana State University in Terra Haute, giving you that rounded look. As for me, I am at my thinnest these days — which, while not skinny, is pretty thin — but I still have a few rolls of the relatively benign sort of fat. I wouldn’t know if I had the other kind until the ultrasound scan.
How to Get Flat Abs
The biggest reason people who aren’t overweight don’t have tight tummies is that their ab muscles are weak, pure and simple, Nesser says. In other words, ab muscles in couch potatoes are like a girdle made of wimpy fabric instead of industrial-strength fibers. But what about women who, like me, are seven years postbaby and the Queen of Crunches? Turns out I tend to do a lot for my rectus abdominis but largely neglect my obliques and deeper transversus abdominis.
To pull in your midsection, you also have to target these overlooked areas and even yourlower back, Nesser reminds me, and none of the above are taxed during your typicalcrunch. That crunch time is better spent doing the exercises that leave no muscle in your middle untoned.
Can These Abs Be Saved?
As I lay on an exam table at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center, I asked Marci Goolsby, MD, the lovely flat-ab’d doctor I got to visit, about diastasis recti. She had me do a half crunch on the table and pressed with two fingers just below my sternum. “I don’t see anything,” she said, explaining that when someone’s rectus abdominis muscles are very separated, they pop out like an upside-down V and the space between them is often visible. “We’ll know more at your ultrasound.” (When I told Dr. Goolsby that my comment about having “stretched out” abs landed me here, she countered, “Ab muscles are not like ligaments, which can lose their elasticity when stretched beyond their limits. Muscles are more likely to retain the ability to be firmed back up.”) It felt perverse to hope the ultrasound would uncover that I had a severe case of diastasis recti. Still, I thought that it would let me and my pooch off the hook a little.
One thing I can blame on my daughters (not that I ever would out loud) is loose skin. I had my twins when I was 36, which is on the older side, statistically speaking. If your skin becomes distended when you’re young, it stands a pretty good chance of bouncing back, because its elastin, the main ingredient in elastic fibers, still has that bungee quality. But with time, skin is less able to recover. Likewise, your connective tissue, such as the fascia that surrounds the muscle, also loses elasticity.
Theoretically, I asked Dr. Goolsby, if your connective tissue was all loosey-goosey, couldn’t that explain why your belly won’t stay in? She dismissed it as unlikely. Besides, “buildingstronger abdominal muscles will support those ligaments,” says FITNESS advisory board member Michele Olson, PhD, who has done extensive research on abs at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. This means that your muscles can make up for the tautness your middle is missing from any overstretched ligaments. I moved “loose connective tissue” to the “Not the cause of my pooch” column.
In the other column (“Buy Spanx”), I put the “excess flesh” and “excess skin” that I do have around my middle. As I hopped off the table to head to my scan, Dr. Goolsby pointed out that my posture is lousy. She didn’t say it that way, but she demonstrated how I should stand. “Remember ABC,” she said. “Pull in your abs, tuck your butt, and put your chest out with your shoulders down.” Ta-da! Flatter-looking abs. It even felt more comfortable for my back.
The radiologist slathered some cold gel on my belly and gave me a guided tour of its inside. “Your muscles look pretty good, actually,” he said, estimating that there are 12 millimeters between my recti. The norm is around 10, so the verdict is, I can’t blame separated muscles for my apple shape. “And you don’t have a lot of visceral fat,” he said. “From where I’m standing, you have great abs.”
I suppose I could tape a printout of my scan to my Miraclesuit with the super tummy-control panel. Or maybe I could get a T-shirt that reads “My Radiologist Insists I Have Great Abs,” for all the good it would do me on the beach. Or I could relax, stand a little bit straighter, and do exercises for my obliques and deeper abs. After two workouts, I’m already feeling tucked in, so there may be something to this. In the meantime, it doesn’t feel half bad to be scientifically declared beautiful on the inside.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2011.