Combat Stress With Physical Fitness

beat stress with exercise

Exercise To Reduce Stress

 

As we all know, times are tough these days. With the global economy not being fair, lack of jobs, and people losing their jobs; it’s no wonder why so many people are feeling the pressure from these stressful conditions. Whether you’re experiencing stress from work, issues at home, being unemployed, unable to pay the bills, childcare, divorce, no time for yourself, facing loss of your home or the overall day-to-day struggle to make ends meet; these are all examples of stress related concerns that a lot of us face daily. You may or may not be facing any of those exact unfortunate situation, but you have a friend or family member who is, this can be stressful for anyone.

 

Just because we have to deal with tough situations that life throws at us all at one point or another it doesn’t mean that stress should consume our quality of life. There are a lot of disadvantages from being stressed, which may be the most obvious concept, but there are a lot of ways stress affects you; to include emotionally and physically. Such examples are: mood swings, being irritated often, thinking negative thoughts, headaches, loss/increased sleep, bodily pain or discomfort, loss of sexual desire and a serious impact on your immune system which would increase sickness. These examples can also lead to depression or substance abuse… which is not a good look! Who needs that! I know I don’t! And neither do you! So do yourself some justice and do your best to stop stressing. I know it’s easier said than done, don’t get me wrong, but it is to your benefit.

 

One way to help fight against being stressed or at least bring your stress levels down is by being physically active. Physical activity for at least 30 minutes or more releases endorphins from the brain which make you feel good. I’ve experienced stress reduction personally many times by exercising and it just evaporates, or at least for the moment. Exercise combats stress. If you have not exercised after a stressful situation, just try it and you will see exactly what I am talking about. You will feel so much better after pounding the pavement and sweating it out at your local gym or anywhere else you might exercise at. And who does not want to feel good… outstanding! I see no hands up in the air! Feeling good is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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You will not only feel better but you will also strengthen your mind, immune system, increased sleep recovery, have more energy, enhanced ability to tell yourself “Yes” instead on no, more focus, increased sex drive, more positive attitude, less or no headaches and an overall increased well-being about yourself. NOW I know, despite all the above, the next thing said maybe… “that’s all well and good but when do I have the time to do this?” The answer is, when you designate it!! Start with a target time of 30 min. That’s it. Just 30 minutes to start with. You put in 8, 9, 10, 12 hours for work, more hours with friends and family and the remaining time is for sleep. Out of a 24 hour period, you can at least find 30 minutes to an hour to de-stress and make sure you do so.

 

After going over some of the benefits of physical activity how could you not want to find 30 minutes to a hour a few days a week to dedicate to your health! So let’s get a moving people… alleviate the stress and dedicate at least 30 minutes to be your best!! Here is a few activities you can do, right at home no less: push-ups, jumping jacks, jump-rope, burpees, run-in-place, stretching (yoga), lunges, pull-ups (if you have a bar), sit-ups, crunches and mountain climbers to name a few. If you can, speed walk, jog or ride your bike around your neighborhood. (make sure you have safety gear) It’s all up to you.

So it’s time to take the trash out. What do you do when your trash gets full… you tie it up and take it out. And that is what you need to do before stress ties you up and takes you out. The hardships, uncertainties and obstacles in life will always be there without a doubt. Instead of stressing over things you can’t change, focus on the things you can. Bad things will happen to good people in life; it’s not always what happens to you in life, but it is the way you re-act to it that make a huge difference. You only live once!! Get fit and get on with your life!

Choosing Your First Home Workout Equipment

Exercise Machines

 

 

Weight loss is an essential subject matter in almost all online forums. Fitness gyms are always increasing and enjoying substantial expansion in their memberships due to the never ending quest for the perfect body. Almost everyone craves having a toned sexy body, not to mention the health benefits. It is often common for men to gravitate towards weight lifting and women towards exercises that are not so closely related to resistance weight training. However, professionals suggest cardio workouts are a must when it comes to being completely healthy. There are various cardio machines that you will find at your local gym and there are others you can purchased for home use. For example, there are a lot of good quality gym equipment offered across the market whether it is for cardio or resistance training. These workout equipment vary by brand, type and quality.  You would need to do some research on the machine that you are focused on buying unless you decide to just use that same machine at your gym instead.

 

Prior to visiting any merchant to locate and buy the best suited gym machine there may be for you, it is best to pause for a little bit and make practical assessments of yourself and the body you are seeking. Consider getting workout machines that will help you to get results faster and ones that are of good quality. Avoid machines that are flimsy or the ones that are poorly made. Stick to machines that are a good fit for your body size, weight and generally the ones that are stable.  Try to check out workout equipment at places such as Academy, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods or wherever workout machines are sold in your location and test them out first. You can always find assembled machines that you can test out and see what would work for you, the quality and the feel of the machine; such machines could increase the fun and excitement of exercising, generally speaking.

You could decide not to ever spend money on workout machines since you could perform alternative exercises without the aid of equipment, especially cardio exercises. Nevertheless, in the event you want to improve the physical condition of your body and mind, it is best to buy and make use of the right workout equipment by considering what it is that you are looking for in any piece of workout equipment.

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What is the primary purpose for the machine you are seeking; is it to burn more fat, or is it to focus on your mid region, glutes, legs, back, shoulders or arm muscles or is it just strictly for cardio? Do you understand precisely how the equipment could possibly help you achieve health wise. Basic exercises facilitated by some of the machines on the market has a tendency to work every muscle in the entire body depending on the machine. A good workout on one of these machines will have your heart rate increasing, which will pump more blood to your heart and improve your cardio health. Quite the same way, your metabolic rate is multiplied and more stored calories inside the body are usually consumed fairly quickly when you are exercising and running at optimum level. So, the right gym equipment can have someone return to, or get to form quickly.

You have to decide if you want to get gym equipment for your home. You must also decide what type of equipment you want. There are equipment for cardio such as a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical, there are machines for resistance training for the upper and lower body, or machines for the entire body. You might want to get 1 piece of equipment that covers resistance training, cardio or one that covers both resistance and cardio exercises. The choice is yours depending on your personal choice and how you intend to sculpt the body you want; first in your head, then working out with the right workout equipment to get the body you decided on.

 

 

 

Workout Routines Designed for Results

Workout Routines Can Be Designed Specifically for Success

 

 

If you find yourself in the ever-growing category of those that are obsessed with hitting specific goals in regards to their health and weight-loss there are a few new exciting options available today. Workout routines can vary with time. It seems the workout routines of the past which were antiquated and boring have been revamped to deliver routines that are motivating them to bring real results. The days when you had to drop to the floor to do hundreds of sit-ups or become extremely exhausted doing what seemed to be thousands of jumping jacks are gone. Not to mention there’s no forgetting that ridiculously repetitive running in place. The type of exercises just mentioned above as being inefficient are just plain boring, in fact, mustering up some motivation to do them on a daily basis can be harder than actually doing the exercises themselves.

 

As those exercise routines get tossed out the window so do the goals you set in regards to your weight and health. The workout routines of today consist of any of the following mentioned programs from going to your local gym or fitness center, to purchasing equipment of your own that you can use in home, to even buying in home DVD-based workout programs. Not to mention this is the Internet age and there are all kinds of custom programs and plans online that can be tailored to meet your needs. These plans can vary depending on your age, current health, and the results that you’re looking to get from the program. Anyone just starting out would begin with simple workout routines that incorporate low impact repetitions this being the best way to go. Your workouts should never leave you out of breath or without the wish to keep on going, nor injure any particular muscle group.

 

A simple beginning workout routine would include exercises that are well known, for instance crunches that focus on the midsection. This particular workout would perhaps for the beginner be performed in sets of 3 to 5 with several breaks in between working up to a completion of 25 reps. From this point the new exerciser can move on to other exercises that work other areas of the body for instance the biceps. Starting with dumbbells for your biceps you’d want to get into a habit of performing 3 sets of reps with each set consisting of no more than 12 reps per arm. As your body becomes accustomed to the weight at that time it would be good to increase the weight of your dumbbells for added resistance. A crucial point to keep in mind is that as you increase your weight avoid increasing it dramatically as this can lead to an overtaxing of your muscles. There are also levels of exercise routines for intermediate and advanced individuals. These are usually reserved for those who wish to maintain results already achieved or to speed up a weight loss program. The intermediate and advanced program consists of the same exercises previously mentioned but contain more variation and more aggressive repetitions. For example, the abdominal curls are now added to “tuck crunches”, with all exercises being done for up to twenty-five reps. Of course, don’t forget to rest between sets!

 

Although ab exercises have been focused on in this article you also are given varying levels of a hamstring, forearm, legs, back, shoulders and cardio routines that are in place to get those areas of your body in shape. Making a fitness accessory purchase can also go a long way to increase the results you get from your workout routines. As an example consider a resistance band which can be used to help tone almost every part of your body. As an inexpensive accessory the ban can be used when you’re lying down, standing, or squatting against a wall. The band is best used when it’s placed underneath your feet and you pull on the handles upwards or outwards feeling the resistance in your arms, shoulders, back and chest. Another position where the bands can be handy would be when you’re in a reclining position and the bands are under your feet while you pull towards your body for tension engaging all kinds of upper and lower body muscles. The resistance band is probably one of the best accessories any beginner can buy. In addition to resistance bands a few other accessories that should be added to any workout routine would be dumbbells of varying weights, wrist or ankle weights as well as a heart rate monitor.

 

Of course all these suggestions about a great working exercise routine would completely null and void that routine if it did not come with the best possible nutritional eating plan. In accordance with any exercise plan must be a healthy diet plan to back it up. When someone eats right and nutritiously while on a workout or fitness plan they are improving the odds dramatically that their metabolism will work properly and that their body as a whole will function and perform better. Proper nutrition also goes a great distance in helping out your immune system, your brains alertness and response time as well as your skin. When an adequate diet and proper nutrition is avoided your body will respond by disappointing you rendering all of your exercise energies useless. What’s even more is that once you begin to see the results coming from your better eating habits you will have more motivation to increase the amount of time you exercise and give it your all.

 

The best diet for a workout routine or actually anyone alive today hands down would be a diet made up of foods that are rich in vitamins, fats, fiber, carbohydrates, minerals and protein. Try not to forget about water either – when water is readily available it helps your body to stay hydrated due to the fact that regular exercise saps your body of its essential moisture. When considering the best diet for you just think back to the food pyramid you were taught in school. Your teachers had the right idea when they stressed the importance of getting in at least five servings of nutritious and healthy fruits and vegetables per day. Today the reasons for being healthy and staying fit are well-known by most people. The benefits you get from this type of lifestyle allow you to not just look better but also feel better. When proper workout routines are incorporated into your lifestyle you will immediately feel the benefits and enjoy a longer more satisfying life as well.