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The Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2017

Wearable tech gear – Wearable tech comes in the form of devices like fitbit and even the iWatch from Apple. People are using fitness trackers, pedometers, heart rate monitors to stay on track and monitor their progress. Some of these devices even monitor your sleep patterns and can let you know if you’re getting healthy amounts of sleep, if your sleep is disruptive, even if you aren’t aware of waking up during the night. However, you need to remember that these devices do not magically make you lose weight, eat better or get in shape. They simply motivate you to keep track of your progress and give you the desire to do better. HIIT (high intensity interval training) This is popular because it can be fun, but you also reap some good benefits. This is when you take your normal routine and add in short burst of high intensity training. For example, if you walk or job, you would take off running for a short time or distance. This gets your heart rate up, quickly. After a minute or two, you resume your normal pace and let your heart rate come down, say about five minutes of normal walking. You would then do another sudden burst of running or jumping. Doing this a few times helps strengthen your heart and helps you build endurance. A lot of people tend to skip over the importance of building endurance, but it’s something we definitely need more of in our hectic lives. Bodyweight training – Bodyweight training is popular because you don’t need to purchase any equipment. You simply use your own body weight and resistance to tone your muscles. It’s also a great way to start preparing for strength training if you intend to add strength training to your regimen at a future date. Strength training – Strength training helps increase muscle mass and increases your metabolism. Don’t worry though, normal strength training is not going to give you huge, bulky muscles. Getting those takes a huge amount of work. Basic strength training simply allows you to tone your muscles and keep…

HOW TO LOSE LOWER BELLY FAT FAST

HOW TO LOSE LOWER BELLY FAT FAST

One of the biggest problems with working out is how to lose lower belly fat. It’s been the bane for man’s existence because it is one of the hardest parts to lose weight from. Even if you do succeed in losing the fat, toning it up to get those sculpted abs become yet another challenge. It sure would be nice to get rid of that unsightly pooch hanging from the waist of your jeans, but how? The common misconception is that all you need to do is lose the weight and the problem will be solved. Actually, the problem is not the lbs. per se. Even if you lose the weight, you may very well be losing just the water, and so it doesn’t really address the problem at its roots. It would still boil down to cutting down the fat from your over-all body makeup. Once you get to the fat, then it would be easier to address the bulge problem. Well, at least a little bit easier. There is no easy way on how to lose lower belly fat fast. Liposuction may be an answer, as well as other plastic surgery remedies, but that option obviously isn’t for everyone. Those who would like to go the natural route would have to go through a lot of hardships and challenges to attain that ideal body for them. Calorie Counting Experts would say that calorie-counting is going to be definitely a helpful tool in your quest to losing that persistent belly fat. It may not be a very exciting prospect, but once you get used to it, you will see just how important it actually is. First, you have to count your calorie-intake on a regular day. Once you identify that, start reducing it day by day by about 50 calories, until you reach the ideal 1200-1500 calorie-intake a day. Eating healthy is key here, obviously. Drink a lot of water, fresh juices, fruits and vegetables. When you do start reducing the calories, that’s when you start adding in the crunches, the push-ups, the muscle-building workout on your focus areas.…

ARE YOU MAKING THESE COMMON SPORTS NUTRITION MISTAKES?

ARE YOU MAKING THESE COMMON SPORTS NUTRITION MISTAKES?

What if the reason you aren’t hitting those sporting performance targets you deeply crave is that you are making mistakes with your sports nutrition? The first thing you need to do is to look at how much your protein intake is. Lots of athletes trip up when it comes to how much protein they are supposed to have in their food. Some will go completely overboard and load their plates with more protein than anyone can take, and others will mis-estimate things the other way. For instance, if you’re an athlete, in general, you’ve likely read up somewhere that you need about half a gram of protein in your diet for every pound that you weigh. So if you weigh you 150 pounds, you will need about 75 g of protein in your diet every day. But it’s very easy to go overboard. For instance, all it takes are about a half-dozen egg whites for breakfast, a couple of protein bars during the day and a couple of chicken breasts for dinner. Your diet already has twice as much protein as you need at this point. It’s poor sports nutrition that’s bound to hamstring you. When there is this much protein in your diet, you don’t leave enough room for other essentials – like the carbohydrates that you need to power your workouts. If you stick to a vegetarian diet on the other hand, if you don’t pay attention to what exactly you’re eating, you can easily go the other way and force your body to make do with very little protein. If for instance, all the protein in your diet were to come from a couple of egg whites a day and half a cup of chick peas in a salad, that would be no more than 15 g of protein. You will be actually losing muscle when you train this way. If you go with a nontraditional diet, you really have to pay close attention to what you’re eating –the way a dietitian would. Iron intake is another area where athletes trip up very often. You will find…