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5 Simple Tips for Fitness Success

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Congratulations on taking a forward step to get in shape and feel great. If you want to start your journey to having a better body to feel great, here are some tips:

1. Exercise Daily

Exercise daily for at least an hour. You do not have to kill yourself from running, jogging, etc., but you should have some sort of moderate physical activity in your everyday life. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds fast, do a higher-level intensity workout. For example, go on a walk at a brisk pace for an hour. Or, you can jog and set certain intervals to sprint during that hour. Make sure you’re not in severe pain during your workout. Just a warning, your muscles will ache after a high intensity workout. It may be irritating, but that means your body is changing for the better. Be sure to stay hydrated, stretch, and eat foods with a decent amount of protein after each workout. The protein will help keep your muscles, not fat, rebuilding.

2. Eat the Right Foods and Portion Each Meal

No matter how bad your stomach is telling you to go for candy over healthy food, try to stay away from sweets. Sugar from candy will not help you get in shape. Even if it’s just a single candy bar, one will eventually lead to another. Fruits and vegetables are the best thing to eat when getting into shape. Apples, for example, do a good job at making the stomach feel full for up to 3 to 4 hours. Green vegetables such as green beans and broccoli keep the digestive system clean and running.

Also, stick to lean meats like turkey and chicken. Seafood, such as, shrimp, and tilapia are also great alternatives. These foods are full of protein and healthy nutrients to help keep muscles fit and ready for workouts. In addition, be sure to portion what you eat. Having a good metabolism comes from portioning meals. Try to plan out eating six times a day and setting smaller portions, rather than having three large meals throughout the day. This will also help you find yourself breathing smoother when working out rather than huffing and puffing for air. This is because you will have less food in your digestive system, which means more energy is used toward your exercise.

3. Keep Track of Calories and Food Intake Per Day

Keeping track of how many calories you eat in a day will be helpful in planning out your physical exercising. Ever wonder why body builders’ body masses are so big? That’s because they plan out their meals and take in more (healthy) calories than the average person. On the other hand, losing weight and striving for a skinnier physique will involve more physical exercise than calories you ingest.

4. Be Sure to Get Sleep

Even though most of us have eight-hour jobs during the day or night, it is crucial to get enough sleep to recharge the body’s batteries. Six to eight hours of sleep will keep the body going throughout the day, but if you happen to feel tired at any point after coming home from work, by all means take a small nap before exercising. You should only nap for about a half hour. This will prevent you from staying up later in the night.

5. Stay Motivated

An important key to being in shape is to set goals and keep a positive mindset. If you stay positive, you will be able to push yourself to get that fit body you’ve always wanted.

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6 Secrets of Asian Diet That You Should Try

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity in the United States was 42.4%, and that was back in 2017~2018. That’s a very concerning piece of statistic because obesity has been linked to numerous health problems. 

There are several factors to blame for the prevalence of obesity today, but one of the main reasons is the diet followed by most people. To put it simply, people are not eating healthy.

One possible solution to the obesity problem is for people to explore the Asian diet.

Secrets of the Asian Diet

Obesity is not that prevalent in Asia.  In places like Japan, people tend to live very long lives. It has something to do with the diet that people follow. If you want to reap the benefits of the Asian diet for your health then here are some of its secrets that you should be aware of.

Secret # 1: Use Smaller Bowls and Plates

Don’t use large plates and bowls when you are eating. Asians mostly use smaller serving vessels for their meals, which translates to smaller portions and fewer calories. Finish what’s in your first bowl, then stop and decide if you really want to eat more.

Secret # 2: Use Less Oil

One of the reasons why the western diet is so unhealthy is because it relies too much on frying foods. While it is okay to eat fried foods from time to time, eating them on a daily basis can be a problem. The Asian diet does not rely too much on fried foods, and you should seriously consider that for your diet.

Secret # 3: Don’t Eat Until You Are Full

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This is a very good practice that originated from China which can prevent you from overeating. According to this concept, you should stop eating once you feel that you are 80% full.  There is some scientific truth behind this concept because the brain does not recognize right away that your stomach is already full, which is why people have a tendency to overeat.

Secret # 4: Cook Your Vegetables

Asians rarely eat raw vegetables. There are two reasons for that. The first reason is safety. Raw vegetables may have contaminants that can make you sick. Cooking them removes that possibility. Also, cooked vegetables are easier to digest than raw ones. Eating raw vegetables can slow down the metabolism of the body, which can lead to weight gain.

Secret # 5: Eat Lots of Grain

Asians love eating rice, wheat, and other types of grain.  But they don’t just eat rice; they also have a wide variety of rice that they include in their diet. Each variety has its own nutritional value and you can really benefit from eating as many varieties as you can.

Secret # 6: Go for Less Meat

The western diet emphasizes meat, and while that has its benefits, too much of that can be a bad thing too. Follow the Asian diet that emphasizes grains and vegetables.

This does not mean that you only have to cook or eat Asian dishes. The idea is to follow the healthy ideas connected with the Asian diet.

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6 Effective Eye-Hand Coordination Exercises

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Eye-hand coordination is the ability to do things that require the use of the eyes and hand at the same time. It’s a very important aspect of fitness and health, and yet it’s not emphasized and even forgotten by some fitness experts.

Good eye-hand coordination can be useful with almost all physical activities. Like other aspects of your body, you can develop your eye-hand coordination. There are certain exercises that you can do which can help improve it.

Exercise # 1: Balloon Tossing

You will need a partner to do this exercise. You just have to inflate a balloon, and then using hands and other body parts, you need to toss it back and forth like it’s a ball. Sounds so simple and easy to do, right? 

You’ll have to give this exercise a try to find out how difficult it is. The slow-moving balloon is not an easy target.

Exercise # 2: Juggling

Juggling isn’t just for clowns at birthday parties. It’s an excellent way of developing your eye-hand coordination too. It’s not as difficult as jugglers may want you to believe. With constant practice, you can become an expert juggler, but it does take a great deal of practice. But your aim is not to become a performer; you want to develop your eye-hand coordination.

Exercise # 3: Ball Tossing

For this exercise, you will also need to have a partner. It is better if you will be using a smaller ball for this exercise. All you need to do is toss the ball back and forth between you and your partner. You can vary the speed and the angles of your throw.

To make things more difficult, you can try throwing the ball from different positions. You can try throwing it while you are kneeling.

Exercise # 4: Using the Jump Rope

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Jump rope drills are part of the workout for boxers and other martial artists. Jump rope drills are excellent for conditioning. What you may not realize is that it is an excellent eye-hand coordination exercise. Once you have progressed beyond jumping with your two feet, you can use variations like crisscrossing and hops.

Exercise # 5: Darts

Playing with darts and other forms of target practice can be a great way to develop coordination between your hands and your eyes. Throwing darts and managing to hit the targets can be difficult and yet the movement required is actually quite simple. 

Just be warned, it can be addicting to practice hitting a target once you get started.

Exercise # 6: Dribbling

If you dribble a ball often, then this might seem so easy and simple for you. But if you are not used to it, then it can be difficult. Try dribbling a smaller ball like a tennis ball to make it even more challenging. Dribble the ball as you walk back and forth inside a room.

Keep on doing these exercises and you should notice a difference soon with your eye-hand coordination. But do not get stuck with these exercises. You should develop the rest of your body as well. Excellent eye-hand coordination will be useless. 

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6 Best Exercises To Do At Home

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The lockdowns caused by the pandemic have made so many changes. Things that you took for granted in the past are now impossible to accomplish.

Among the things that were affected by the pandemic is the way that people work out. Many gyms were closed down. Some people became fearful of going out to jog. Many were forced to do their exercises at home.

If you are still figuring out your home workout routine, then worry no more. Here are six of the best exercises that you can do at home:

Home Exercise 1: Jumping Jacks

Jumping is the perfect home cardio exercise. Not only does it target the whole body, but it’s also very simple, and you don’t need any special equipment to do it. It can help to make your heart stronger and build your muscles at the same time. 

Home Exercise 2: Plank

Plank is another simple exercise that does not require a lot of space to do. You can do it in your bedroom if you have to. It can work on your shoulder, your arms and also help to build your abdominal muscles. To do this, you just have to move in a push-up position and have your elbows bent at a right angle. Keep your weight on your forearms and hold the position for as long as you can.

Home Exercise 3: Cross Crunches

Want to give your abs a real workout, then cross crunches should be included in your routine. To do it, you need to place your body as if you are going to do sit-ups. Now try to touch your right knee with your left, left elbow and then straighten the left leg. Go to the original position and then repeat with the other side.

Home Exercise 4: Squats

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Squats should be included in any workout plan.  Start with standing your back straight and your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and make sure that they will stay in line with your feet. 

Home Exercise 5: Push-Ups

This one should not be missing from any list of exercises that can be done at home.  It is great for strengthening the muscles on your arms and your chest. You should try to increase the number of push-ups that you can.

Home Exercise 6: High Knees

This exercise can give your inner thighs and your hip a good workout. Stand straight and keep your feet should-width apart. Raise your right knee as high as you can. Repeat it with the other knee and then continue doing it while increasing the pace. Keep your arms in the same position as if you are running.

Those are just six of the exercises that you can do at home. They are all very easy to perform. So you don’t need all the specialized gym equipment. You can start doing them now if you want. 

Just remember, don’t overdo it when you are working out. You need to exercise, but you have to do it in moderation. Too much exercise is just as bad as none of it.

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