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Change Your Mind Change Your Life

Change Your Mind Change Your Life

The greatest power we all possess is the power of choice. Every day we wake up and make choices that impact our lives. From the small choices to the big ones all of them play a major factor in how we develop in our lives. When you have made the choice to transform yourself into a better person then you are making one of the most impactful choices of your life. Improving the way you function can help you live a more productive and fulfilling life. To change you must first prepare your mind so that your body and actions will follow your desires.

Figure out a way to motivate yourself mentally for a positive change in your life. People trying to lose weight should picture an image of their body a few months from now when they take off a shirt. Anyone that wants to become more cultured and travel should look forward to any upcoming trips they have planned for the future. Whatever you have to do to motivate yourself mentally do it. You cannot hope to change if you do not change the way you think. Stop making excuses for yourself and/or blaming others for why you act / react to negative circumstances or events. Get rid of any negative thoughts you have in your head and focus on the positive. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating you to stick to your goals.

What is it that you want to change about yourself? Do you want to make a significant change in your body type or the way you act? Are you interested in making more money? Sit down and actually think about the type of person you want to develop into. Personal development relies heavily on the goals you set forth. Clearly outline your goals to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what type of person you wish to change into.

Devise a strategy towards personal development. A lot of people that want a positive change in their life get a life coach. A life coach is someone that motivates you in every aspect of life. This person acts as your guide and disciplinary measure should you stray from your path towards development. Your life coach does not have to be a professional; a friend or family member can be your life coach. Consider talking to someone you can rely on to keep you motivated through every step you take as you try and develop into a better version of yourself.

Every day write down what you are going to do to change. Put a quick note on your phone so you have access to it at all times. Constantly remind yourself how you are going to change as the day progresses. At the end of the day rate yourself and then reflect on the good things you did and then on some of the things you could have done better. Work towards changing who you are every day and before you know it you will be a much better person. Even if you don’t feel different everyone else around you will notice a difference in you.

 

Planning a Career in Physical Fitness

Planning a Career in Physical Fitness

Men and women are becoming more conscious about their health and physical fitness. Because of that, starting a career in the fitness industry is a great way to take advantage of the popularity of fitness-minded individuals. The career opportunities are expanding every day, for individuals that are highly motivated.

Beginning a Fitness Career

The initial step in launching a career in fitness is choosing a specific path. You might choose to become a performance coach for college athletes, work as a personal trainer, or take a coaching position at a high school or university.
 

The Requirements

Nearly every type of career involving fitness will have its own set of requirements that the individual must fulfill to attain a high position in the field. Most facilities that offer fitness training will require that their in-house personal trainers undergo specific certification programs and training. High-level fitness facilities often require that the individual obtain a bachelorís degree in sports medicine, kinesiology or other fitness related field.

When seeking a job in the fitness world, most careers will list a specific set of prerequisites that the individual must have including formal training, experience and education. However, some of these requirements can be obtained along the way, as a way to round out an existing career.

Taking the Steps

After choosing a desired field in the fitness industry, it is time to start the process of obtaining the qualifications necessary for the job. This could include the need to enroll in college level courses or degree programs. The individual could also sign up for certification courses or take an entry level job that is directly related to their choice of careers. As an example, fitness instructors typically must be fully certified in CPR and First Aid.  Fulfilling this obligation is a simple process, which can be performed in one day.

Finding Open Jobs

Once all the pre-requisites for the job have been obtained, the individual can begin seeking out the ideal career in their chosen field. They will need to consider the location of the job, and whether it is in a part of town that ideally suits where they want to work and live. Additional considerations include the salary provided along with any benefits associated with the job. Before accepting the position, the individual should thoroughly understand the work environment, and the hours that will be involved.

At first, the individual may need to settle for a position that might be slightly lower than what they expected when starting a career in fitness. Therefore, it is always best to seek out a variety of opportunities before choosing the right job.

Applying for the Position

When making an application for a specific position in the field of fitness, the individual should include a cover letter with their professional resume. The document should detail exactly the level of experience, certifications and education the individual has acquired, so the hiring individual can see if they have the qualifications for the position.

A career in fitness can be a rewarding occupation. Becoming a personal trainer or taking a coaching position requires extensive motivational skills along with the ability to stay focused and task-oriented.

A Gift to Get Fit

A Gift to Get Fit

The scope of this article is to provide you with a beginner level progressive workout routine that will help you with fat loss and gain lean body muscle tone. The routine targets your whole body and you will be training with no fancy gym equipment. It is important to integrate warm-up and flexibility training in your routine. However, this article will focus only on the warm-up and exercise routine without the flexibility. Flexibility training will be discussed in future articles. Your workout days:

# Week 1 – Tuesday and Thursday
# Week 2 – Tuesday and Thursday
# Week 3 – Monday, Tuesday, Friday
# Week 4 – Monday, Tuesday, Friday
# Week 5 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
# Week 6 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Your rest period between sets are 1 minute.

What you will need:

To use this exercise routine you will need a pair of dumbells, comfortable stretchy clothing and drinking water.

How much weight should you use:

This exercise workout contains exercises where you will be performing 12-15 reps per exercise set. Choose a weight that is
not too light, in that you can easily exceed 15 repetitions.

As an example: You can start out with 2 or 5 lbs dumbells for upper body exercises and 5 or 10 lbs dumbells for lower body
exercises.

Let’s begin by going through a short warm-up. Warming up your body will help slightly prepare your joints, connective tissues and cardio-respiratory system for your workout.

Warm-up exercises:

Jumping Jacks 2 sets x 20

Instructions:

Start with your legs side by side and your arms by your side. In one motion jump and spread your legs out to the side while your arms raise out and up over your head. Land in this position and then return to the starting position and repeat.

High Knee Drill 1 set x 20

Instructions:

1. Stand in place with feet hip width apart.
2. Drive knee up towards chest and quickly place the foot back on the ground.
3. Drive other knee up in a moderate to fast jog with minimal ground contact time.

Lower Body Exercises

Dumbell squats 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1) Grasp DB’s (dumbells) and let arms hang down at sides.
2) Start position: Stand with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Knees should be slightly bent.
3) Lower body by flexing at the hips and knees. Upper body can flex forward at the hips slightly (~5°) during movement. Be sure to “sit back” so that knees stay over the feet.
4) Once thighs are parallel to floor, return to start position.
5) Remember to keep head and back straight in a neutral position – hyper extension or flexion may cause injury. Keep weight over the middle of foot and heel, not the toes.
6) DO NOT allow knees to go past the big toe or deviate laterally or medially throughout movement. Keep abdominals tight throughout exercise by drawing stomach in toward spine.

Dumbell Sumo Squat 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1. Start by holding a dumbell in each hand between your legs. You may also hold just one dumbell with two hands as well.
2. Your feet should be wider than shoulder width and your toes pointed slightly outward.
3. Proceed to squat down until the dumbells almost touch the floor.
4. Your hips should drop back and down while your knees stay directly above your feet.
5. Repeat for the required number of repetitions

Upper Body

Dumbbell Fly 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1) Sit in an upright position on a flat bench with a DB in each hand. (You may rest each DB on the corresponding thigh.)
2) Start position: Lie onto your back and bring the DB’s to your shoulders. Press the DB’s up directly above the chest with the
DB’s almost touching and palms facing each other (neutral grip).
3) Keeping the elbows slightly bent, lower the DB’s out and away from each other in an arcing motion with hands aligned with the
nipple-line.
4) Let your upper arm go parallel to slightly past parallel to the ground before returning to the start position.
5) To end the exercise, place the DB’s on shoulders and return to the seated upright position.

Bench Press (dumbbell) 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1) Sit in an upright position on a flat bench with a DB in each hand. (You may rest each DB on the corresponding thigh.)
2) Start position: Lie onto your back and bring the DB’s to your shoulders. Press the DB’s up directly above the chest with palms
facing forward.
3) Lower the DB’s keeping your forearms perpendicular to the floor and your hands aligned at the mid chest area.
4) Let your upper arms go slightly past parallel to the floor and press the DB’s up to the start position.

5) To end the exercise, place the DB’s on shoulders and return to the seated upright position.

Standing Bent Over Row (dumbbell) 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1) Stand with feet hip width and knees slightly bent.
2) Start position: Bend at hips with back straight. Hold DB in each hand with neutral grip (palms facing each other) and let
arms straight down (perpendicular to floor).
3) Keeping elbows close to body, pull DB’s up to body and squeeze shoulder blades together at top of movement.
4) Return to start position. Remember to keep back and head straight – hyper extension or flexion may cause injury
Dumbell curl with shoulder press 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1. Start by holding the dumbells at your side with a neutral grip.
2. Curl the dumbells up to shoulder level and then proceed into a shoulder press.
3. Keep your abs tight throughout the movement.
4. Return to the starting position

Total Body

Squat Pull (one dubmbell) 2 sets x 12-15 reps

Instructions:

1. Start by holding a dumbell between your legs.
2. Proceed into a squatting position until the dumbell touches the floor.
3. Stand up to the starting position and pull the dumbell with your arms as you stand.
4. You should pull until the dumbell reaches about chest level.
5. Return to the starting stationary position and repeat.

Don’t forget to finish your routine by properly and slowly stretching your muscles. If you get dizzy at any time, please stop the workout and rest for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you properly hydrate before and after your workout routine. Before starting this workout routine, please consult your doctor as he will ask you questions that will make sure your ready for a beginner exercise routine.

 

Weight Loss: Things to Avoid

Weight Loss: Things to Avoid

Losing weight can be a great way to re-gain your health, rid yourself of dangerous health conditions and keep you feeling, and looking, your very best. There are many ways people use in order to lose weight, from fad diets, pills and diet support groups. One thing most dieters have in common is the desire to rid themselves of extra weight as quickly as possible. While this may seem like an enticing idea, there are good reasons, some dangerous, that may influence your decision to use quick-fix weight loss plans. Below, you will learn some things to avoid when trying to lose weight.

Leaving Out Entire Food Groups

Many people find that they can lose weight quickly by eliminating one or more food groups. Whether it is carbohydrates, fat, fruit or a combination of food groups, this is not a good idea. All of the food groups are necessary for good nutrition, and to keep the body healthy, balanced and running properly. Instead of eliminating carbs, for example, try choosing carbs that can improve your health, such as sweet potatoes, legumes and some fruits. Good fats to include are olive oil and avocados. Eaten in moderation, these foods can enhance weight loss while increasing your overall health.

Laxatives

Some dieters resort to the use of laxatives in order to drop excess pounds. This a harmful, and possibly dangerous practice. Using laxatives depletes the body of vital substances, such as fluid and potassium. The possibilities of dehydration and other complications makes laxative use a dangerous way to lose weight. Also, weight loss through laxative use is temporary, and when use is discontinued, the weight will return as normal bodily functions improve.

One-Dimensional Diets

Over the years, people desperate to lose weight have been sucked into one-dimensional diets by stories of rapid weight loss. The Grapefruit Diet, The Rice Diet and the Soup Diet are all fad diets that offer quick weight loss by eliminating all but one or two foods. Not only are these diets usually abandoned due to boredom, they deplete the body of necessary nutrients and natural chemicals that the body needs. And, again, lost weight almost always creeps back on when normal eating habits resume.

Weight Loss Surgery

Recent strides in the safety of surgery, such as the Lap Band, gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve have improved the safety of weight loss surgery. However, the risks may outweigh the benefits. Infection, the lack of absorption of vital nutrients and even the risk of death make the decision for weight loss surgery one to be carefully contemplated.

It is unfortunate that people become so desperate to lose weight that they will resort to these risky measures. To lose weight in a healthy, permanent way, one must simply avoid poor food choices, and substitute them for healthy, nutritious foods. This, along with a good exercise routine can keep you healthy, feeling and looking great and able to enjoy life to its fullest!

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