Sunday, July 1, 2012

Great Abs Are Made by Good Habits - For Those Who Aren't That Young Anymore

For those of us who aren't exactly young anymore, there's the challenge of being able to work out on a daily basis and keeping the activities that lead to a better body in terms of aesthetic appearance and health. A lot of things can get in the way of the body you've always wanted, like work and other responsibilities, but it's not really the other things that you do outside of exercise and eating well that's the problem, it's more your sticking to good habits.

People are creatures of habit. We do things on a regular basis whether we like it or not. In the morning, you wake up and do the same things that you've always done in the morning - you wash, brush your teeth for example. We don't think much about these things, but if you think of it, our lives will be different if we suddenly change our routine. It's not going to be drastic but the result is we feel uncomfortable and adjustments will be needed. It's moving out of this perceived comfort zone that keeps us form doing what we need to do to make our bodies better looking and healthier.

If you have gotten used to being lazy, just lying around and watching television with junk food, or playing video games, you will not get far with your body - you'll get fat. Even if you wanted to go to the gym and work out, you fill find it difficult because your body has grown used to the lazy routine. Now here's the crucial part - you need to break free of this bad habit to achieve your goal of getting a good body. To get out of the rut you're in and exercise and eat well. It's either you do it slowly or in one go.

For most people, changing a habit in a snap is not easy - it's like trying to get up early in the morning but no matter how hard you try, your body won't budge. So you do it slowly, you can try getting up earlier every day until you reach the exact time that you need to wake up. So if you find it hard to exercise, move your body a little bit every day. Stretch a little one day, walk around the next, then jog on the third day. On the fourth, you can do push ups. You get the idea. Soon you body will get used to the activity that it will even crave the workouts, and then you'd realize you'd be exercising and eating the way you should. Pretty soon, you'd have that great body you want!

You can find more techniques on getting the body you've always wanted, in alvinwriter's Quick Guide to Six Pack Abs.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Get Fit in No Time at All

To get fit, people have to get their bodies out of the primal comfort zone and into something that fits more with the modern way of life. Making the right choices and exercising is good, but you have to help your body along by eating right as well. You might be tempted to try out different diets which are usually designed to maximize the body's use of fat for energy to burn, but you have to be careful with them because they’re being effective for others may not be of any help to you at all. Extreme diets also tend to starve the body, forcing it to use its reserves and making it unhealthy.

With a strict exercise regimen, it is possible to lose a lot of weight. But if your body goes through the process much too rapidly, you will discover that it will start to crave nourishment. Sweets and other carbohydrate-laden foods will be part of a huge craving that's hard to resist even after you've achieved some success in any fitness program! Practically everyone experiences this.

This tendency to eat after burning calories has been proven through research done on people, like athletes and military personnel, who undergo intense physical training. After a period of continuous and rigid physical activity combined with lack of sleep and measured nourishment, these people tend to lose weight. While this is good from a certain point of view, these subjects were also noted to have lost muscle mass.

Take for instance, the man who once attempted to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. His name is Alex Bellini, and as stated in the news, he lasted for ten months before he called in to be rescued just 65 miles short of his goal in Australia. When he was interviewed by the press, he was very gaunt, having lost 30 lbs since he left Lima, Peru. Bellini had to be carried from his boat. His leg muscles were weak since he had walked no farther than a few meters at a time on his boat. After arriving, he admitted to having a huge craving for sweets and pastries like tiramisu and apple cake! "It made me crazy," he said. "I want all the sweets here in Sydney!"

So, you see what happens if you reach the extreme end of dieting—a tendency to regain what’s lost as fat! Based on research, fat does tend to come back quickly if one gives in to craving that comes after much physical duress experienced during strict dieting and workout. Ideally, dieting has to be done slowly and carefully without taking away the balance in your diet. The golden rule is to burn more calories than you store by exercising or doing activities that will allow you to burn a lot of calories all throughout the day.

Eating well and not starving oneself is what will help in getting you six pack abs the healthy way. If you can walk instead of taking a ride, do so! If you can use the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator, do so! Your aim is to get as much action out of your body every day. If you can afford not to take a nap during daytime breaks, do so! If you like video games, let go of the old ones that let you warm your seat for too long and instead, go to a video arcade and play one of those games that let your body move such as air hockey or one of those dance games playable on the Nintendo Wii. The results won't be instant, but with dedication and a conscious effort on your part, you'll see and feel the difference in no time at all!

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