Health/Fitness

Barbell Floor Press Challenge Supplemental Workout Post

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Joseph

I look forward to getting back to the gym. In the meantime, I'm continuing with cardio exercises. I set aside time for stair climbing because it is very convenient and provides me with an excellent cardiovascular workout.

When I do return to the gym, I'll be lifting heavy.

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Cycling: Health and Fitness Guide

Cycling: Health and Fitness Guide
By Joan Bishop Denizot

When it comes to convincing people to try cycling, some would usually ask, "Why go cycling when you can burn your calories in the gym?" While it is true that working out in the gym can help in losing weight and toning our muscles, outdoor cycling has its own merits.

Cycling is a low impact exercise meaning it does not put too much pressure that strains our joints unlike in running or high impact aerobic exercises and weight training in the gym. Our muscles can get a real good workout since cycling uses all the major muscle groups as we pedal our way through bike paths, roads and hills. Furthermore, as an aerobic exercise, cycling is an ideal cardiovascular workout since this activity makes us breathe deeper, experience increase in body temperature making us perspire, an indication of burning calories and a way of eliminating some toxins in the body like body fat. Cycling is an exercise that does not pressure us since we can do it at our own pace. It is also fun to do because we can do it with our friends or family and unlike in the gym where we are just confined training with various equipment within the walls, outdoor cycling gives us a sense of fun and adventure as we travel pedaling our bike.

According to research, steady cycling can burn as much as 1,200 kilojoules or about 300 calories per hour. Studies also show evidence that a half hour bike ride everyday will burn nearly five kilograms of fat over a year. Do the math and see how much fat can be burned when we ride our bikes for an hour or more every day. We use our bicycles not just as a form of leisure exercise, but we can also use them as our mode of transportation especially when we have gained that confidence on the road.

Of course, like any other exercise, we can get the most benefit from cycling when we pair this activity with proper diet and proper eating habits. It would be beneficial for us to come up with a meal plan so that the exercise would be complemented with the proper diet.

Experts suggest that we increase the protein in our diet, eat a nutritious breakfast at least an hour before the ride and have a protein-packed food for lunch or dinner. A healthy light snack can be taken in during long rides.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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Exercises and Workouts - Three Ways Exercise Benefits Your Mental Health

Exercises and Workouts - Three Ways Exercise Benefits Your Mental Health
By Beverleigh H Piepers

If you are planning on becoming healthier and improve your overall well-being, it should come as no surprise to know exercise is one of the most critical factors for your success.

However, what many people do not realize is exercise also boosts brain health. It is going to do so much more for you than help ensure you can keep your weight in a healthy range and protect your heart. It will also keep your mind sound as well.

So, how can exercise improve your psychological well-being? Let us look at some of the ways it helps you achieve this...

1. Reduced Stress. Like many other risk factors that may contribute to Type 2 diabetes or heart disease, we are now exposed to far more stressors than earlier generations have been. Stress is naturally something that can get you down, leading to burnout, feelings of depression, and anxiety. If not controlled, it could also lead to weight gain because you are not keeping your cortisol levels in check which can promote fat storage around the abdominal region.

Lowering your stress level is easy when you exercise. You will get the release of positive "feel-good" endorphins, which will help give you a boost and ensure you are feeling calmer and more in control of your situation.

2. Greater Self-Confidence. When you exercise regularly, you can also notice improvements in your self-confidence levels as well. You will see what you can achieve with a little time and effort, and this can help you move one step forward on your pathway to success. When you are gaining confidence in your abilities to exercise, you will also gain confidence in other areas of your life. To achieve this, it is vital to employ an exercise program that helps ensure you are progressively challenging your body so you can see continual improvement taking place as well.

3. Improved Memory. Exercise will also help to boost your mental health and enhance your memory abilities: this is one factor many people do not realize. When you exercise, your hippocampus begins to grow, and this is the area associated with improved memory.

If you are finding yourself a little forgetful lately, adding a little more exercise to your plan may be just the thing you need to resolve this.

Hopefully, now you can see how many benefits exercise will bring to the table. It 's well worth putting some extra time and attention to carving out a spot for training in your week. Your health depends on it.

Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine - include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Supplemental Workout Posting

by

Joseph

 

I did not work out at the gym this past week. My work has kept me out of the gym, but it has not prevented me from doing cardiovascular exercises. It maybe another week before I'm weight lifting again, which is just the way it will be; until that time, I'll be cardio training in earnest.

Als, a word about perseverance: push ahead and win. The forces that fight against you do so because you're better than they are. I am better than the forces that fight against me; I am stronger, better and more focused than they are. All that I'm working toward, I will have.

When I return to the gym, I will be lifting heavy.

 

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Supplemental Exercise Posting

by

Joseph

I didn't go to the gym this week but I did not let that stop me from doing cardio. I did a lot of stair climbing which helped me to burn off calories. When I return to the gym I will be lifting heavy there. 

Don't allow anything to prevent you from doing what you know to be right and doing what you need to do. To the devil with anyone who thinks they are better than you. I'm not saying that because I did not exercise at the gym, I say it about life in general. 

There are people in this world who enjoy the pain and suffering that goes on around them whereas there are others who have no empathy towards anything living (such people are natural born psychopaths and conscience lost sociopaths), but press on with what you must do and stand up for your principles and ideals. Just do it and soldier on through. To them be damned.

I'll keep you posted.

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

 

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Cycling Off Calories

Cycling Off Calories
By Joan Bishop Denizot

Cycling is one of the preferred exercises to burn off fat and calories efficiently. It is considered as 'low-impact' for cycling does not put much pressure on muscles and hamstrings in the limbs that could result to injuries. Cycling outdoors is also a venue to see breath-taking sights as well as meeting new people. To effectively burn the calories, here are some simple steps to consider:

Hydrate. Water is the key in avoiding dehydration and in burning calories. Because cycling is a strenuous exercise, keeping the body hydrated is vital to reach the lengthy miles. Water provides the body with the lost of fluids in sweat and coaxes the body to release the energy stored in the fats. Plain water would do but ionized drinks could also be a substitute.

Wear Comfortable Clothes. The appropriate attire also plays a role in the exercise. Light but skin-tight clothing is suggested. Contrary from popular opinion, overdressing does not encourage more sweating and burning of calories. The heat released by the body would not be freely dispersed in the ambient air and the body would not be able to cool down efficiently. On the other hand, using light clothes would promote better heat dispersion.

Warm up and Cool down. Like any other exercise, proper warm up and cool down procedures are observed. Before riding out, warm up stretches are undertaken so that the muscles would not be strained by sudden activity. After cycling, breathing and cool down exercises are commenced to lessen muscle pains.

Take some rest. Frequent rests and breaks are essential during cycling. These respites are opportunities to drink water or to eat healthy snacks. Hunger and thirst are not to be taken for granted as the body would not function efficiently without the vital fluids and nutrients. Eating during breaks would also prevent the overwhelming hunger after exercise.

Have a Balanced Diet. At the end of the day, to lose weight, exercise is always coupled with a balanced diet. The elimination of food groups in the diet would be unwise for this would only fuel your craving for them. Cutting the portions to fat-inducing food such as chocolates and sweets are better than removing them completely in your diet.

Cycling is a good exercise that stimulates many parts of the body. However, it does not mean that once you ride for a few miles, its effects would be readily evident. Continuous exercising and a balanced diet is the key in burning those calories off.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 55

by

Joseph

 

I was able to get to the gym this week, so I have new numbers for you. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Monday, February 11, 2019
 
machine overhead press
 
weight xsetsxreps
230 lb x2x3
230 lb x1x1
230 lb x1x3
230 lb x1x1
 
lateral pulldown neutral grip
 
120 lb x10x1
160 lb x4x6
lateral pulldown neutral grip
 
120 lb x10x1
160 lb x4x6
 
t-bar row (traditional)
 
170 lb x5x7
 
machine iso-lateral high row
 
320 lb  (or 160 in each hand separately x2x5 right, 160 lb each hand x2x5 left)

I lifted less on the t-bar row than in recent exercise sessions, but overall, things went well; I also shoveled a lot of snow this week. 

Depending on how the roads look, I may go to the gym later this week; although exercise is important, working out at the gym is a luxury, not a necessity when the roads are covered with snow. If I'm able to exercise at the gym, I'll be weight lifting heavy again. I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 54

by

Joseph

I exercised outside of the gym this week. I did a lot of stair climbing and snow shoveling. Stair climbing took care of the cardio portion of my workouts, and snow shoveling accounted for the strength training portion. Depending on the weather, I may do more snow shoveling in lieu of the fitness club. If I'm fortunate enough to get to the gym this week, I'll be lifting heavy again. I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Cycling 101: How to Conquer That Fear

Cycling 101: How to Conquer That Fear
By Joan Bishop Denizot

It seems that the advances in science and technology have made life easy for people: transportation that takes us wherever we want to go, machines, appliances, and gadgets that make work easy. Particularly, with the coming of the internet, almost everything can be done online: read, study, online banking, and even shopping. The easiness of life however, has made more people live a sedentary lifestyle.

Living a sedentary lifestyle create health problems for people such as obesity, cardio respiratory diseases, stress, and diabetes among others. Realizing the need for a more active lifestyle, more people are now getting into health and fitness programs to improve their health conditions and to keep themselves fit.

People who exercise regularly attest that they function much better at work. They are often found to have a better disposition in life. Perhaps it is because of the fact that when people exercise, they do not only sweat off all the toxins and burn all those calories in their body, but they also release all the stresses they experience at home, school, or at work. Through a good cardiovascular workout, the force of oxygen in the brain somehow clears the head, improves blood circulation and thus releasing a lot of those tension in the muscles. One good cardiovascular exercise that you might want to try is outdoor cycling or bike riding.

Cycling is a low impact exercise that does not strain or puts too much pressure on the joints unlike in running, walking, and weight training. This means that with cycling, you can have a longer exercise time which translates to more calories burned than with running or jogging.

However, some people are afraid to try out cycling as exercise. Among their fears include:

� There might not be a bike that can hold me.

� I might look awkward since I am not good in riding a bike.

� I am scared getting on the road.

These issues are not real problems, really. There are bicycles for big riders and bike shops can help you with the bicycle that fits you. When afraid of looking awkward or falling, you can practice riding your bike right within your yard till you get the confidence to ride farther from your house. You may practice at your nearby park where there is less traffic. As you keep on practicing you will find yourself being more confident to ride your bicycle. What's fun is, you can ride along with your friends and family

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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3 Guilt-Free Desserts For A Healthier Lifestyle

3 Guilt-Free Desserts For A Healthier Lifestyle
By Adrian T. Cheng

Congratulations on your healthier new lifestyle! Plenty of things will change, including your diet. But don't worry, nobody said that you can't have your sugar fix when you crave for it! Although you have to be more careful with the ingredients of your desserts, it doesn't mean that the delicious taste will be compromised!

Try these 3 guilt-free desserts that are incredibly mouth-watering:

Apple Extravaganza

What you need:

  • 2 apples, sliced into skinny wedges
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded coconut

Mix together 1 tablespoon chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until melted. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and remaining coconut oil and heat in the microwave until melted. Arrange apple wedges on a plate and sprinkle with lemon juice. Pour chocolate mixture followed by peanut butter mixture. Top with remaining chocolate chips, pecans and coconut.

Gluten-Free Choco Avocado Brownies

What you need:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Scoop out the flesh of the 2 avocados and place in a food processor. Add the coconut sugar and cocoa powder to the blender and blend until smooth. Add the eggs, brown rice flour and baking soda and continue processing just until eggs are well-combined with the mixture. Carefully fold in chocolate chips. Pour the batter in a greased 8x8 inches brownie pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 10 pcs. dried dates, boiled
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine softened dates, water and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add almond butter, vanilla extract and baking powder to the food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in (by hand) the chocolate chips. Form mixture into balls and arrange on greased baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes in a cooling rack before serving.

Satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty - try these delicious guilt-free desserts!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grill experience, reviewing various grilling accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's website where he has other interesting grill-related products and posts.

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