When something you never expected changes the way you live and positively affects your outlook on life, the experience can be powerful and completely life-altering.
For Cassy Dow, 28, exercise snuck into her life when she wasn’t looking less than a year ago and completely transformed her from someone who always put other people’s needs in front of her own to someone 30 pounds lighter who has made it a priority to take care of herself first by being active and healthy.
"It all boils down to knowing your own body and knowing when it's telling you to back off. Overtraining for one person might just be the norm for another. Certainly if you push yourself too hard your body will react by being inflamed, injured, run down, extremely fatigued or any combination of the above.
Working out and getting fit is made up of 50 percent physical exertion and 50 percent state of mind. While both parts are equal numerically, the mind game can really impact your results if you get pulled into worrying about how you look and what others around you are thinking. Especially, when it comes to working out among others from the opposite sex.To help men and women become...
"Whether or not you should switch up your routine depends on a couple of different variables, the first being how motivated you are to execute the routine day in and day out with an intense approach. If the routine you are currently using could be compared to the same feeling you would get waiting in line at the DMV, then it's time to switch things up. Exercise and getting results is just as much mental as it is physical. Head strong, body strong. No hard work, no success; know hard work, know success.
"This really depends on you and how well you know your body. Working out with a slight sniffle and feeling a little under the weather won’t do you any harm. However, working out with a fever is not a good idea as you already have a raised temperature and exercising will just raise your internal temperature even more. If you are unable to lift your head off the pillow, stay at home. Exercising is not going to make you feel better." - Paw Carthew
"This is a tough question with a not-so-black-and-white answer! The issue with working out when you are sick is that you have to not only take into account your own health but the people that may be sharing your workout space with you. It's difficult to decide, especially if you are not quite in tune with your body just yet, whether or not you are too sick for a workout.
"If one is going to work out when sick I would recommend to scale down the intensity. Checking with your physician is also a good idea. If you are told you are contagious, sitting out the workout is a good idea. The body is not trying to focus on getting more fit when it is sick; it is focusing on expelling the virus you are currently ailing from." - Josh Bate
1. Never Arrive HungryNew York psychologist Carol Goldberg, PhD, says planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. "Don't go to a party when you're starving," she warns. Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate. 2. Divert Your AttentionMany people forget that there's...
FT East Greenwich
"Supplements have their uses for specific goals but should not be used and abused on a continual basis.
"The main role of supplements for weight control is to make it easier to control appetite and burn calories until you feel you have your daily routine under control. If you are taking supplements to gain muscle then supplementation will vary based on individual differences, including training experiences and frequency of workouts.
"Carbohydrate loading is used by endurance athletes to fill their bodies energy stores to delay fatigue on competition day. Supplements can also be useful if used correctly with a proper resistance/weight control plan specifically catered for individuals. In other words, one size does not fit all."
FT East Greenwich
"I would only recommend a handful of supplements and only in a situation where the client may feel stagnant or need to break over a mental or physical plateau.
"A multivitamin is never a bad idea. But often times as long as one eats a variety of colors -- fruits and veggies -- and maintains a clean eating regimen these extra vitamins are not always necessary but do not hurt.
"Fish oil and omega-3's have a long list of health benefits with only a few being heart health, hormone support, anti-inflammation and hair, skin and nail health.
"Protein powder and meal replacements can be a great addition to a diet. If you do not have trouble getting all of your required protein for the day then you may not need a powder to aid you. But if you have trouble eating your daily requirement or if you have special dietary needs -- vegetarian, lactose intolerant, vegan, etc. -- then a protein not derived from an animal is the way to go."
Marissa Tafuri Says..."The average American will consume 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day according to the Calorie Control Council. Which begs the question, how can you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner while keeping it healthy?"An option is to serve only white turkey meat as it contains less calories then dark turkey meat and only serving vegetables as sides. ...
Antioxidants counter the excessive production of small, highly reactive molecules in the body called reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are byproducts of normal human metabolism and include both free radicals and nonradicals. ROS are capable of damaging delicate cells, especially DNA, our cells’ genetic blueprint. When the production of ROS exceeds the body’s...
"A great way to start lifting weights is to take a group fitness class that revolves around weight training. You will be with all different skill levels which should allow you not to feel intimidated. The instructor will be able to correct your form and give you some good tips. Your form is very important because the last thing you want to do is injure yourself, which...