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Keeping The Vision On The Goal

It is easy to get excited about the prospect of something new. It's not as easy to stay excited after the initial rush has worn off. Come the first of the year many people set New Years resolutions with the best intentions, often fitness or weight loss related only to abandon them a few weeks later (if they even last that long). What most of these people lack is a long term vision toward meeting their goals. The reality of attaining any goal is that it takes consistent hard work. So how do you bring yourself to keep the schedule you've set for yourself when you know you really should, but you just do not feel like it?

1. Have a clear purpose for reaching your goal. Are you pursuing this goal because you feel it's expected or that others will be pleased with you if you do? If so this makes sticking with your goal very tricky. You can easily become resentful of the pressure to perform and may become rebellious when it comes to “the work”. You should examine and occasionally write down your reasons for taking on this task in the first place. What are your reasons for setting this goal? What do you expect to receive in return for attaining your goal? How “fun” does it need to be in order for it to be worth it to you? If you are going to school so you can get a specific job, the schooling may not need to be fun in order for the reward to be worth it. But what if it's a hobby you've always wanted to learn, like a musical instrument or a new language. If it's supposed to be fun make sure that it is. I recently started to learn to play the guitar, something I've always wanted to do. I have no intentions of making music my career, joining a band or even performing for others. I just want to learn for myself. So when I start to get frustrated in any way, I set it down. I may not progress as fast as I could if I just soldiered on but it would soon become a chore or burden if I did. I always remind myself WHY I am doing it in the first place. This is supposed to be fun. (* Almost 2 years in and I am still at it and have made significant improvements, all while while being a reliably painless process.)

2. Set a bunch of mini-goals or benchmarks along the way. If you are completely focused on the ultimate end result before you can give yourself any credit or enjoy what you have accomplished you are in for a very long road (or a very short one if you get frustrated and quit). By setting mini-goals, you get a continual sense of accomplishment along your entire journey. I like to look back at where I started and see the progress I've made. I figure if I've improved in any way there is no reason I can not continue to improve on what I am currently working on. Past success is future possibility.

3. Do a little research. Or a lot. I like to look at the entirety of what is coming along my attainment of my goal so I can wrap my head around it all from the beginning. It makes it easier to maintain your vision and keep track of where you are in the big picture if you've seen what is to come. Instead it may seem as if you will never reach your goal . You can never educate yourself too much on a given subject you are interested in. The library and the web are great free resources you can use to do this.

4. Give yourself a little wiggle room. You do not have to be perfect or do a perfect job along the way to attaining your goal. You may fall off or blow off the work you have committed to from time to time. This is OK and there is no need to beat yourself up over it. In fact you should be proud of yourself that you have even endeavored this goal in the first place. Putting undue pressure on yourself is not going to help you reach your goal and will only serve to make it an unpleasant experience. The key is to remind yourself why you are doing (or did) this in the first place and pick it back up where you left it, whether it is a day or even months later. Pick It Back Up! When I started to practice my guitar I “played” religiously every day for two months. Then I set it against a wall for six months. At that time it would seem like it was a failed endeavor. But I picked it up up, I did not beat myself up for all of the improvements I could have made in that time, and I never set it down again. Even with my six month hiatus I have made significant gains since I started and I now practice almost every day. I consider it a total success so far.

5. Set goals you can actually reach. If you are 4'11 “you will probably never win the NBA Dunk Contest. I would not try swimming across the Atlantic Ocean by yourself either. I think it is great to dream without any limitations. There is no reason not to. But if you set goals for yourself that no one, no matter the effort put forward could reach, you are only setting yourself up for failure. You may also endanger your safety as well. That being said, if anyone has ever even come close or it is in the realm of human capacity, follow the points of this article and see where it takes you. Shoot for the stars and you may hit the moon. You may be surprised.

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Tips To Optimize Recovery From Your Exercise Program

Most people who train have a plan for strength training and a nutrition plan. But how many have a plan for recovery? I hear and say often that training is the easy part. If you're like me, you can not wait to get into the gym and move some weights. Who does not like to feel the pump and endorphin rush of training? But knowing when to stay out of the gym is, in my opinion, the true key to long term success and meeting your goals.

No one says they want to train so all of their joints will hurt, or they will always be irritable or tired. But this is exactly what many, if not most of the people in the gym are accomplishing by over training. Over training is when you tax your body's recuperative abilities by training beyond their limit. When you are working out, you are actually getting weaker. Strenuous strength training breaks down and stresses every system in your body. After a workout your body not only has to heal itself back to where it was prior to training, but then it has to adapt to the increased work it's been given by getting stronger. This takes time or to be more precise, proper nutrition and rest. Most people jump back into the next workout as soon as their muscles are no longer sore, long before they have actually gotten stronger and then wonder why their gains have reached a plateau. Here are some tips to ensure that your strength gains come steadily and you remain injury free.

  • Avoid over training in the first place. One simple way to recover faster is by limiting the volume of training you do. You are better off training briefly at a higher intensity than doing set after set with a low or medium intensity.
  • Sleep. During sleep, your body produces Growth Hormone (HGH) which is seriously responsible for tissue growth and repair. Getting as close to 7 or 8 hours a night is the key. Also many bodybuilders incorporate naps into their daily schedule to get additional HGH release and the cool thing is that this happens when you first go to sleep so even a brief 20 minute nap will achieve an additional HGH spike for you.
  • Adequate nutritional intake. This is key (especially if you are a “hard gainer” like me) to your strength gains since muscle is naturally made out of food. In fact I personally think of my muscles as bags that hold food and water. If I want them bigger I need to fill them up. Remember, you can not build a mansion out of 2 bricks and a nail no matter how you put them together. You must have the raw materials available and in terms of muscle these are calories and water.
  • Water. Water is literal the key to life. Nothing on our planet lives without it. Your muscles are 60% water. Water also plays a vital role in metabolism which is really just moving calories around. Think “Water helps food bags get filled”.
  • Light activity. Moving your blood around with some light activity helps flush out waste products and brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to recuperating muscles. It can also decrease muscle soreness which is a nice side benefit.
  • Stretch. This is a simple and fast way to help your muscles recover as it Promotes circulation through the muscle.
  • Massage. You do not have to pay someone for a massage in order to get the benefits. You can perform self massage on sore muscles if you can reach them or use a stiff foam roller for hard to reach places. Much like stretching, massage also promotes circulation. If a muscle is really sore from strength training , start with light pressure and increase pressure as you can tolerate it.

A general rule I use to know when to train next is how I feel mentally and physically. If I am tired or not excited to train, I probably need some rest. If my joints, tendons, or muscles are sore I definitely need rest. I use my dog ​​as a good example. When he wants to play, he can not be stopped. When he is tired he can not be roused. When I feel like training the way my dog ​​wants to play, it's time to train. If I do not feel excited to train, I probably need another day or more. Too many people are afraid that if they go too long between workouts their muscles will atrophy but if you keep eating properly you will be surprised how long your muscles will continue to grow. J. Nyquist

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High Intensity Training – A Beginner’s Introduction

With the right combination of proper training and diet, men can start getting ripped in just a few weeks time; This comes mostly with an increase in how we understand the human body and its growth. The only drawback is that not all exercises and training programs can immediately give you your goal. There are a multitude of exercises and training programs that claim that they can improve your strength and muscle mass in the shortest time possible. However, it has been my experience that the relatively new method referred to as “high intensity training” is effective for most men.

The most basic understanding of muscles tells us that our muscles have the power to grow and cope with the pressure they are put under. But how do they do this? You see, as you put your body under pressure, your muscles (which are made up of fibers) do their best to keep up with what your brain orders them to do. After exercising, or whatever source of pressure, these fibers multiply as they expect you to put them under pressure again after some time. As you rest and give your body enough nutrients you will feel your muscles getting bigger, stronger and tougher.

The most basic concept of High Intensity Training is to put your muscles under the most pressure that you can handle, to the point of muscle failure, in a certain form of exercise once a week. By muscle failure, it means that you will do this form of exercise as many times and as intense as you could, until your muscles can not hold the weights anymore, allowing for an extreme size and strength increase through the muscle group you used. For example, you will do bench presses at the amount of weight that you can lift only 8-12 times. You should be thorough (which means no cheating) and you should do this again next week at the same day. You could do another form of exercise within the week after 1-2 days of resting.

With this method of exercise, you do not need to repeat a workout until your muscles master the weight. This is the complete opposite of volume training, which stresses the amount of repetition, as this instead stresses the importance of extreme intensity or effort and lots of rest. HIT advocates and founders have done their homework and have listed down the exact form and explanations for the most effective exercises. Misconceptions about muscle size increase, is that you must exercise daily to see results. But little does everyone know that your do the actual growing as you rest.

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How To Transform Your Body In A Week

What do you do if you want to get in phenomenal shape within a week? Check out my 7 best strategies to get you your desirable shape AT ONCE. Granted, it's certainly easier to stay in great shape if you've already been exercising regularly and eating fairly well, but at this time of year even the most committed Body Incredible seeker can slip up. When I need to shape up, tighten up and lift up (my energy!) As quickly smart as possible I follow this format. Trust me, it really works. But no half-hearted attempts!

  • No Alcohol. No exceptions.
  • Why not start the day with some digestive foods? I use a high grade magnesium supplement (I love the Isagenix Isa Flush capsules because they are such superior quality, but you can also find one at a good health food store) chased with 2 glasses of moderate water. Those who find it particularly difficult to move things in the morning can add some lemon to the water, and also try this yoga pose to massage and relax your colon “Begin with one leg at a time, and then after doing each side (right first ), pull in and hug both legs to you.
  • Sounds evident, but GET MOVING! How often do you think 'Oh, I'd like to exercise more, but I'm just too busy', or 'I only have 20 minutes to spare so it's not worth it'? Guess what? Each and every minute is important. If you're looking to shape up then you simply must do some exercise every day for that 7 or so day period. I'd suggest alternating the tough stuff (meaning weights, running, exercise that breaks muscle down) with some recovery. Give Yoga a try, but even a lighter walk is okay if you did a big sweat session the previous day. When I'm really keen to tighten up, I try to squeeze in 2 sweat sessions per day – even if it is only a quick circuit for 15 minutes.
  • Do not each too much. Again, a bit obvious, but if you cut back on your food intake then you will tighten up. Of course, there is a bit more to it than just cutting back – I certainly do not advocate calorie counting or skipping meals, but I do encourage you to consider the size of your meals. The protein element should equate to about a palm size (for an 'average' 150 pound (about 70 kg) adult. good fat. Coconut oil, palm oil, organic ghee, extra virgin olive oil, avocado – these are all great options.
  • Grab your 8 hours. One of my favorite books, 'Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival' by TS Wiley, details in vivid detail how a lack of sleep can cause you to hold onto fat stores regardless of exercise or nutrition. to your hormonal system when you do not get enough shut-eye. Adequate sleep will not only aid physical and psychological repair, relieve your body of nasty fat-storing stress hormones, but it will also help you to exercise more efficiently through the day , and feel mentally strong enough to resist enticement.
  • Watch the sneaky fat makers. You may not realize how much that skinny latte, low-fat yogurt, spoonful of sugar, etc is affecting your waistline. With just a week to change, you will not do this for a better 'YOU'? This means no sugar laden beverages. This includes sugar in tea / coffee, milky tea / coffee, fruit juices (even fresh), artificial sweeteners of any kind, including diet soft drink (studies have shown that these trick your hormonal system and cause a fat storing reaction). Also cut out the low-fat products which are generally laden with sugar, and even if they're not, they're still not fresh food, and say no 100% to any kind of sneaky snack. That means not even one jelly baby! It really does all add up.
  • Okay, keep away from caffeine. I do love my coffee, and enjoy at least one organic long macchiato each day. But, you know, too much caffeine can cause really adverse effects – it can cause a stress hormone reaction that puts you into fat-storing mode. Create a limit: say a cup in the morning, and then say 'NO' to your partners or collections. Also stay off any other kind of caffeine stimulated.

You do not have to change yourself quickly, but I would suggest you to follow this advice for at least a week to at least see what you can achieve? Who knows – it may even motivate you to live every day with greater health and energy! Oh – and if you do not have your own reason, use mine: being unhealthy is disgusting. And it makes you unhappy. You know it, and I know it. And guess what? Now, today, yes this very minute, really is the best time to start transforming your body.

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You Don’t Need To Be Perfect!

1. Let go of perfectionism – be kind to yourself

Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and behaving perfectly, we can minimize or avoid the risk of getting wounded. Most of us have habits of perfection, for some of us it controls our whole life, for others only a few areas. But the need for perfection increases when we feel most vulnerable. It is never good for us, but mostly it is about: What will they think of me?

The healthy way of living is when we ask our self: How can I get better at this? To live a good life is probably easier when you stop trying to be perfect. The antidote is called compassion.

Practice to increase your compassion towards yourself. Give yourself the warmth and understanding you need when you have a hard time. When you learn to believe that you are enough, just as you are, and there is no need not strive for perfection, you will be kinder to both yourself and the people around you.

Good habits in everyday life

– Look at yourself and others and remind yourself that “We all do the best we can.”
– Try not to clean up when you get a visit and not bother to check spelling in emails.
– Tell yourself to stop when you find yourself picking on yourself because you do not live up to expectations.
– Replace “I'm so stupid” with “I did the best I could.”
– Take a day when you decide to be happy with just getting to work.
– Remind yourself every now and then that all people feel inadequate, unsuccessful, vulnerable at times, you are not alone, it is part of being human.

2. Stop making yourself numb – enhance your spirituality

Find healthy ways to handle life. Adversity is a part of life. Adversity hurts, it reminds us that we are vulnerable and fills us with discomfort. Some of us solve it by escaping, or take the edge off the feelings by eating or drinking. A great muffin, a glass of wine, a tour of the shopping center or a few extra hours at work or on Facebook – and it doesnt feel quite as bad anymore.

But when we do this, we not only numb the hard feelings, we also take the edge of good feelings like joy, love and compassion for other people. Even generally happy people are talking about the desire to numb them sometimes, but the difference with them was that they knew that it was not good to do it, and had developed a way to feel their way through the vulnerable periods of my life. Here, they all had a great help from spirituality, the feeling that we belong together by a force greater than us all. A force based on love and compassion. It may have to do with religion, but many had also found their own way of being spiritual.

Increase your own spirituality. When you practice your spirituality, you get perspective on what is going on, and you get a sense and a purpose for your life. It increases your resistance to adversity because you have something to fall back on.

Good habits in everyday life

Create your own prayer / meditation, and use them regularly. Or if you're comfortable with it – locate an existing philosophy / religion.
Try not to do what it is you do to numb yourself for a while and see what emotions become more intense and how you can deal with them.

3. Release the fear of failure – to cultivate gratitude and joy.

What makes us most happy, also makes us extremely vulnerable. Have you ever had the thought: This is too good to be true? Many of us protect ourselves against the fear of losing what we appreciate the most by imagining the worst case scenario.

When you show an audience a happy family in a car, stop the movie and ask the audience what they think will happen next, 70 percent will answer: car crash. It does not make us less vulnerable, it only casts a shadow over our happiness. The antidote is called gratitude. If we learn to transform the feeling of vulnerability to the feeling of gratitude we can increase our happiness in life. It is not just the joy that will make us grateful, gratitude also increases our pleasure and joy.
Increase your gratitude. By practicing it every day, you will increase your happiness and then have more things to be thankful for.

Good habits in everyday life

Be honest with yourself when you feel vulnerable. Instead of saying: This is too good to be true, now will something bad happen, then say: I really feel vulnerable, and that's okay. I am so thankful for … Every Friday write down what you were grateful for during the week.

Write a list of things in your life that gives you the most joy and that you are most grateful for – and be sure to get more of it in your everyday life.

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5 Steps to Finding Success As a Personal Trainer

Becoming a personal trainer can be difficult, but in this new age of health awareness and fitness investment, it can be a very rewarding career path for those who do it right. So the question then, is how do you do it right? What is the best way to become a personal trainer? While there is no one size fits all answer to this question, there are some good steps that should be taken by anyone serious about becoming a personal trainer. This article will briefly expound on a few of these steps, and this site can guide you through more detailed instructions on these individual steps.

Get in Shape

It is common for people to choose their personal trainers based on what they would like to look like. If one wants to become cut and slim, they will choose a trainer with a cut and slim body. If one wants to become muscle, then they will seek out a personal trainer that has the same body type. If one wants to become doughy and flabby-oh wait-nobody would want that ever.

Choose Your Areas of Expertise

There are many different ways to work the body. I think it is safe to say that there has never been a greater variety of exercise techniques as there are today. From Zumba, to martial arts, to weight training, to circuit training, to step aerobics, and so much more- there is an exercise medium for just about anyone. Your job here will be to choose which of these forms of exercise you would want to train others in.

Train in Your Areas of Expertise

Once you have chosen your areas of expertise- get some training in them. Take classes, buy videos, check out books, and just become all around experienced in those mediums of exercise. You can not be a good personal trainer if you are not solid in your knowledge of your specialties.

Get Certified

There are many different kinds of personal training certificates out there. Get certified in as many of these fields as possible. This will broaden your spectrum of expertise and will give you a wider clientele base to work with. Each certification route is different has the benefits vary. Take a look at the articles on this site about some of the different personal training certificates available.

Market Yourself

Whether you choose to work from your home, make personal calls, or join a large gym as a staff trainer, you will want to get your name out there. Utilize word of mouth, the internet, social media, post fliers, and all the other ways you can think of to get your name and abilities out there to your market place. A personal trainer who is certified and fit will not go far without people to personally train.

The steps listed here just cover the basics of becoming a personal trainer. If you are serious about making a career leap into the field of fitness training, then take a deer look at some of the more detailed articles provided here on this site.

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The Ins and Outs of Choosing a Personal Trainer

Do you want to be more fit and healthy? If you are having trouble achieving your physical fitness goals on your own, you might want to consider hiring a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help you to take your fitness training to the next level and they will adjust your workouts and intensity as you get closer to your fitness goals.

How Do You Find a Trainer?

If you need a personal trainer make your decision carefully. This will give you an opportunity to find a trainer that will work with you and help you to achieve your goals. Here are a few of the best ways to choose the perfect trainer for you.

Check at Your Local Gym

Your gym probably has several qualified personal trainers that would love to help you. This option is a great option for those that are not picky and that are willing to settle with just any trainer since most gyms assign trainers at random. Do not use this option if you want to evaluate and choose trainers on your own. If you would prefer a trainer of your own gender make sure that you ask if this is a possibility.

Talk with Others

Talking with your friends, family and coworkers is a great way to find a great trainer. Talk with those you know and see if they have any recommendations. The best personal trainer recommendations will come from people that are active in the fitness community and that know which trainers can help you to meet your goals. If you do not know many people in town you can head on over to a nutrition or supplement shop and ask for recommendations there.

Choosing the Best Trainer for You

Once you have a list of potential candidates you will want to take a little time to talk with each trainer. Here are a few questions to ask before you make your final decision.

Are you certified? Certified personal trainers have established and verifiable credentials. If you choose a trainer that is not certified you might be getting a trainer that has no experience.

How long have you been working in the fitness industry? This will help you to familiarize yourself with your trainer and will give you valuable insight into their personality. You may also want to ask why they love fitness.

Is your schedule flexible? Flexibility is important. Life is busy and you want to find a trainer that will work with your schedule. If you can only meet with your trainer on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 you may find it difficult to work with them even if all of their other qualifications are exceptional.

What are your rates? Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing a personal trainer. Ask about their rates, if they have packages available and what their policy is on cancelled or missed sessions.

Try Them Out

After you get more information about each trainer try out one or two of your favorites. Try a workout session and see how well you respond to their style of training. Do they motivate you? Do they make you want to push harder in your workouts? Do they seem knowledgeable? After a few trial sessions you will be able to choose a trainer that is right for you.

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Health and Fitness – Choosing The Right Coach

People are becoming more health conscious these days and they are spending more time and money on health and fitness. If you think you are not meeting the specific fitness goals you have set for yourself, it is best to hire your own coach.

You need professionals to render certain services for you like repairing your car, handling legal matters or giving you medical care. In the same manner, you need someone to coach and guide you to instill discipline and help you achieve what you are aiming for, a healthy body and mind.

What is the first step you need to do to find a qualified fitness coach? Get referrals by asking people around, checking the yellow pages, going over fitness magazine listings or inquiring from friends at the gym. Fitness coaches do not come cheap and you need to make sure you are getting your money's worth by hiring someone who can provide excellent training and advice.

What should you look for in a fitness coach?

Credentials. You want proof that your coach has been properly trained for the job of making you healthy and fit. A coach with a degree in exercise physiology, health, nutrition, biomechanics or kinesiology is what you are looking for. He must also be able to show verifiable training certificates issued by recognized medical and sports agencies.

Knowledge of nutrition, sleep and first aid. The fitness coach that you are trying to find must have some knowledge about current trends in nutrition, health and fitness. Good diet and sleep are important partners of exercise without which any gains from exercise can be lost. The prospective coach must also be familiar with CPR and other first aid methods in case some accident occurs in the course of your exercises.

Professionalism. Your coach much act professionally at all times. He must always be on time, alert and give you his full attention during scheduled workout sessions. A session usually runs between 30 minutes and 1 hour. He must maximize the allotted time coaching you by avoiding too many phone calls or chats with friends in the gym. At the same time, he must be able to make you accounting for your own time, imposing rigid timeframes and setting guidelines on your own tardiness, absences and cancellations.

Your health as the focus of attention. You are looking for someone to make you healthy and fit, so your health must be your coach's priority. He must be able to give you a fitness regimen that is qualified to your health condition and physique. He must take it upon himself to know your actual medical condition and any medications you are taking before he starts any program for you.

Practicing what he preaches. The best test for a coach's effectiveness to train is a good physique. A good physique proves that he himself is practicing what he preaches and that what he preaches are effective. He must always be in good form with a high level of energy and pep.

When looking for a health and fitness coach, try talking to as many prospects as possible so that you can compare and contrast. Choose a healthy partner what only aim is to make you healthy, fit and happy.

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Personal Training – Making Yourself Fit Inside and Out

Physical workout done in moderation is a perfect personal training that is not only good for the physique but is also good for the mind and the heart. It is an excellent option for people who want to look good and feel good.

Proper personal training involves a proper physical regimen coupled with proper diet, proper sleep and a healthy lifestyle. Swimming, walking, running, cycling or playing tennis are aerobic exercises that focus on cardiovascular endurance. Stretching, contracting and other flexibility exercises strengthen muscles and joints. Weight lifting, sprinting and other functional trainings target short-term and quick muscle building and strengthening.

Let's take a look at what personal training does for the body.

For the Physique

The human body is mostly made of muscles, bones and joints. Muscles give form and shape to the body. Bones are designed to bear weight while joints make the body move. Good physical exercise helps build and maintain muscle strength, healthy bone density and joint mobility. Exercise boosts the body's energy level needed for regular physical activity like going to places, doing household chores or exercising your profession.

Regular physical activity helps manage weight. Excess weight is usually associated with excess fat in the body that often causes diabetes and other chronic diseases that affect the heart. Excessive body weight also makes people hard to sleep, breathe, walk, run and get around. Overweight and obese persons often feel uncomfortable because of how they look, thus lowering their self-image and self-esteem.

Proper exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to body tissues. Healthy body tissues promote a strong immune system and help fight some chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory tract infections and some types of breast and colon cancers.

For the Heart

With the proper physical workout, the heart becomes stronger and is more efficient at delivering blood to all parts of the body. The blood vessels are made more elastic, thus improving circulation. Blood cholesterol levels are reduced, minimizing the risk of strokes. Depending on your health condition and age, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 5 times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days a week is a good program to maintain a healthy heart.

For the Brain

The brain is made up of nerve cells called neurons that carry impulses. These impulses are responsible for telling the body what to do. For instance, if you want to move a finger, the neurons direct the impulses to tell the finger to move.

Regular physical activity helps generate neurons. Being physically active has also been proven to improve memory and alleviate pain, both mental and physical. People doing regular exercises are known to be more perceptive, more intuitive and more cheerful.

The key to a sustainable personal training is moderation and regularity. As in everything else like excessive food and excessive sleep, excessive exercise is detrimental to your health. Overly strenuous exercise may injure muscles, break bones, sprain joints or overwork the heart and brain. A good level of physical training is one that is enjoyable and not tiresome. Now, you should be ready to walk, run, swim or dance and make yourself look good and feel good inside and out.

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Taking Personal Training Courses Have Changed My Life

After finishing school, I was really stuck on the question of “what do you want to do with your life?” Many of my friends were going off to jobs in offices, but that life just did not appeal to me. I have always loved sports and being active, and I wanted a job where I could use my body and keep fit and healthy. The idea of ​​sitting at a desk all day just seems so boring and unhealthy to me, and I would rather have a job that keeps me active. That is when I found these great personal training courses!

A friend of mine told me about personal training courses. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and just what I was looking for. I have always loved working out and playing sports and the thought occurred to me that I could turn that interest in a highly profitable career. I could deliver classes and personalized fitness training to people, while keeping myself active and doing what I love. The options looked great, and I discovered that you can do personal training courses on a five week super fast track course, or an online course with a 10 day practical training component.

I love the idea of ​​being a fitness instructor and personal trainer so much, that I did not really care how much the job paid. However, my jaw dropped open when I looked into the earnings and realized how profitable a personal training career can be! It sees the potential earnings of these types of instructors, which were approximately £ 30,000 per year in rural area, and up to twice that in cities! In London, I also read that a personal trainer can earn up to £ 90,000 per year! I could not believe it! To be successful, I will have to work hard and come up with unique ideas for classes, but with my passion for fitness that should not be particularly especially with what I learn from these personal training courses.

The only thing I was worried about in my future career as a personal trainer was the business side of things. I do not really know much about business, and I was not sure if I would know how to promote myself as a self-employed personal trainer. I breathed a sigh of relief when I discovered that there is training available for that as well, which teaches the business skills that personal trainers need to promote themselves in the industry. There are many ways to promote yourself and your services, such as a website, blog, and writing advice columns for publications.

I am so excited to start learning about how to be a personal trainer. I think this career has a great deal of potential for me and my skills, and I am eager to learn as much as I can. The other great thing is that personal trainers are needed in fitness centers around the world, so my career will allow me to travel around! I'm so glad that I found these excellent personal training courses.

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Plyometric Exercises For Muscle Tone

Plyometric exercises are a type of exercise that use fast and powerful movements to improve the functions of the nervous system. It involves plyometric movements to harden the tissues and make a habit for the nerve cells to move in a specific pattern so the muscles generate maximum contraction in a minimum time. I am writing this article to teach you, some of the plyometric exercises that are very effective. There are various examples of lower body and upper body plyometric exercises.

Drop Jumping
One of the lower body exercises is called as drop jumping. In this exercise the athlete has to drop down (not jump) from a higher platform and than suddenly after touching the ground, jump up again. When you move forward it gives a pre stretch to the muscles of the leg. This exercise will give good results if you touch the ground for very short period of time. It is a high intensity exercise and before doing this exercise one should properly warm up their body. Try doing five sets of 20-30 repititions with a minute break between each set.

Press Up and Hand Clap
There are a large number of exercises for the upper body as well. One such exercise is called as press up and hand clap. In this you start in a push up position. Push up with your hands vigorously enough to be able to clap your hands while your body is in the air. This provides force to arms and chest. When your hand gets back towards the ground than a pre stretch takes place and the chest sinks. After this, you have to suddenly press up again but keep in mind that the shorter you stay on the ground, the better the results will be.

Using a Medicine Ball for Upper Body Exercises
You can also use a medicine ball for upper body exercises. However, this particular exercise requires a partner with you. In this exercise you have to lie down on the ground in such a way that your face is up (facing the roof). Your partner will drop a medicine ball on you (5-15kg), straight towards your chest and you have to catch the ball and throw it back to your partner quickly. This must be done quickly to get the best results. This is also a high intensity exercise and should not be performed by the newcomers.

Plyometric exercise helps in strength training, balance training and stretching. It also helps sports individuals to overcome lower extremity injuries in short period of time. Safety procedures must be taken while performing these exercises because such exercise involves strong movements and quick actions.

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Plyometric Workouts

Plyometric workouts have been used by many people especially sportsmen and athletes, to enhance their power and make their body more flexible. A proper warm up is necessary prior to the plyometric workouts. While performing exercise, importance should be given to jogging, stretching, and striding before performing the exercises as it may become dangerous to immediately go into intestinal exercise.

Box Jumps
I am writing this article to explain various plyometric workouts. I will start with the box jumps. In this workout, you have to stand in front of any balanced platform such as any box or a bench, keeping it in mind that its height from the ground should be at least 18 cm. Now you have to jump on to the box and then back to the ground. You have to do this repeatedly until you are tired. Also, jump as a reliably quick tempo so you are working on your explosive power.

Plyometric Push Ups
Another workout is called as plyometric push up. While doing this exercise assume the normal position of the push up. Firstly you have to lay down on the ground then suddenly push off the ground with a huge force. Your hand should use its maximum energy while pushing off. What this exercise works on is explosive power and energy. For example, boxers need quick powerful jabs to win, so this type of exercise would be perfect for that kind of activity.

When performing this exercise, do 10 repetitions then take a 30 second break, then repeat. Start by doing 5 sets a day, and work your way up over a few weeks.

Alternate Lag Bounding
Another workout is alternate leg bounding. This workout will help you increase the length of your jump. Bounding is similar to running, but you have to take longer and higher steps. Start by swinging your left knee into the air and taking back your right foot. Try to remain that position in the air as long as possible. After landing on the ground, do the same movements with the other leg. Regular practice will increase length of time you spend in the air.

Plyometric workouts are very important in strengthening the muscles and tendons and it also improves the function of nerves which helps you to run faster, jump higher and hit harder. All these things help you to become a good sportsman and also a healthy person with an ideal figure. It is good for both men and women.

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Plyometric Exercises To Jump Higher

Plyometric exercise has many positive points. It gives strength to your muscles and body, increases your stamina, helps you in getting an ideal figure, and also helps you to jump higher. By performing plyometric exercises you will increase your explosive power and may get up to 5-10 inches on your jump!

Squat Jumps
I am writing this article to focus on exercises which can help you in jumping higher. The first exercise is called squat jumps. In this, you have to take any object over which you can jump easily such as any cone or box. Now the work is to jump on various sides of that object. For example first you jump over the right side then immediately jump to the other side. As in many other exercises, you have to jump as quickly as possible.

When you first start doing this exercise it can be quite taxing on your knees. Make sure you start doing sets without pushing yourself too hard. After a week or so of training, your muscles in the area will be developed enough to protect your knees and the exercise can be done with more intensity.

Tuck Jumps
Other exercises that help in higher jumps is tuck jumps. In this exercise, you have to touch your knees to your chest while jumping as high as you can in the air. When you touch the ground, start jumping again. Although it may seem difficult at first to touch your knees to your chest, you will be able to do this after some experience.

Once you get good at these jumps, start jumping over a small hurdle with the same tuck position. This will increase the difficulty of the jump and give you satisfaction when completing a workout.

Vertical Depth Jump
Another exercise is known as vertical depth jump. In this exercise, you have to stand on the top of any object but the object should be in a balanced form. Now jump from the object and reach the ground in such a way that you are on both feet. After touching the ground, you have to jump back to the object quickly. Repeat this exercise because it will help you increase the height of your jump.

Before doing any exercise, one should know the purpose of each exercise because every exercise focuses on some specific area of ​​the body. For instance, ice hockey players will not need to learn height plyometrics as much as maybe horizontal speed burst exercises. Moreover take safety measures before performing the exercises.

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Tips to Overcome Obstacles on Your Way to Fitness

Each one of us wants to lose weight, maintain a fit body and look great. Many people we see get off to a great start by charting a diet plan and exercise schedule. But somewhere down the line, the fitness graph dips because a person can not stick to his plan because of time constraints, boredom or due to giving in to cravings. The following sections will give you ideas to help you overcome such obstacles and stay fit and healthy.

Incorporate new exercises in your plan
This is one of the problems people suffer from once they are 2-3 months into the fitness plan. When a person starts exercising, there is a novelty to it, which starts wearing out because the exercises become repetitive. The person starts finding exercising monotonous due to which he gradually stops exercising. One way to overcome this obstacle is to do various types of exercises. In case you feel monotony creeping in, you can skip your routine exercises and go for a jog or do some skipping. You can also find yourself an exercise buddy or partner to overcome the boredom of working out alone.

Modify your diet plan
Many people get bored of eating the same food as per the diet plan. You can consult a dietician and get your plan modified. You can substitute foods and try other foods like mixed fruit juices, a different type of salad dressing or some new diet cookies.

Break-up your workouts into manageable chunks
Shortage of time is one of the most common excuses that people give for not following a workout plan. The best way is to break up the time one spends working out into smaller chunks. Instead of exercising for an hour every morning, you can work out for half an hour in the mornings and can cover up another 30 minutes or so during evenings. You can ask your personal trainer to give you exercises that can be done in 15-20 minute sessions.

Incorporate more activity in your daily routine
One way to overcome lack of time is to incorporate more activity in your daily routine. Instead of driving to college or work, you can walk down to the place. Simply instead of ordering groceries on the phone, you can walk down to the store to buy them. Climbing stairs can replace taking the lift or elevator in office, college or the supermarket.

Fight cravings
Once a person starts dieting and exercising, it is natural to get cravings. One way to overcome cravings is to drink lots of water during the. You might be mistaking your body's third signs for hunger signs. You can indulge in an occasional cookie or pastry, but it is very important for a person not to over-consume them. You should also work out with more vigour during your next workout session.

Activity in a group
Joining a boot camp is a good idea if you can not restrict your workouts to the gym. Boot camps have lots of participants and doing various activities like running, dancing, kickboxing, skipping, racing, relay race, running up the stairs etc can be fun in a group.

Once you keep your fitness goals in mind, you can overcome any obstacles in your way. Excuses are always easy to find. It is only when you are firm and determined about your weight loss targets, you can achieve them and stay healthy and fit.

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Fitness Tips for a Couch Potato

It's a known fact that not all people like exercise. These people are not only lazy they are usually motivationally challenged. They may have set goals that are impotent for them, or detest any physical activity altogether. Somewhere in the subconscious mind, people do know the benefits of exercise but still choose to be a couch potato. They just have to revive the idea in their minds as to why fitness is important.

Set realistic goals: If you are not a fitness freak, you need a lot of motivation to follow an exercise term. Do not set unrealistic or unachievable goals that fail to inspire you or make you give up easily. Take one step at a time and you might reach the top most rung of the ladder of success. Start with basic or easy exercises that you can easily do at home without any equipments. These may include stretching, skipping, breathing exercises or even yoga. If you did some bending exercise in the first week, try it with holding weights like water bottles, in the next week. The basic idea is to graduate with every level and mark your progress continuously.

Make it fun: If you somehow charged yourself up for following a fitness routine, it is important that you make it interesting enough to continue practicing it. It is expected that you might lose interest before you hit your goal. The key to avoid that from happening is to make it fun. If you hit the couch every evening to watch the television, try walking on you treadmill while you do so. Play some music while you do your stretches every morning. Join a dance class and see how many calories you burned while you were having fun.

Be sporty: If you have an aversion from the very idea of ​​exercise, then do not think that the only resort is to become a couch potato. Go for a sport and be active. Almost all of liked some kind of sport at school. Just because you have grown up, does not mean that you have to give it up. Get together with some of your friends and play some sport in the weekends like soccer, baseball or maybe tennis. Try swimming for a change, it is an excellent sport to shape up your body.

Find a supporter: It might be tad boring to follow an exercise routine all by yourself. It takes a lot of will power to assert your effort in doing something difficult. It might just help, if you do it along with someone else. Pick a supporter who can keep your rhythm going. Your exercise partner should be even more motivated than you so that you do not slacken your spirit. If you have an exercise partner, you can go for some dance or play some sport together which you can not easily do alone. Race your partner while doing your jogging or beat him in the number of crunches he did, just be make it fun and keep it going.

The fast paced life these days has increased its demand on your time and energy. It leaves you listless at the end of the day. In such a scenario, it is best to keep incorporating all sorts of physical activity in you day to day life and avoid being a couch potato.

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