We usually can identify the obvious signs that we need more sleep, such as frequent yawning, having puffy or heavy eyelids and experiencing a general sense of tiredness. But what about the less obvious ones, the subtle cues that are alerting us to get more zzz’s? These signs are important to recognize because almost half of us don’t receive the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night. This can lead to serious health issues. And if we continue a habit of poor sleep, we’ll be even less aware of how much we’re sleep deprived and fail to make the necessary changes!
We’ve all seen those dramatic before-and-after photos of people who lost half their body weight. Maybe you have a friend or loved one who has made a serious transformation as well. These changes grab our attention, inspire us and even motivate our own diet and fitness efforts. But crash dieting is not an option if you want to make a physique transformation that lasts for years to come. Instead, you should focus on a lifestyle change. Crash dieting doesn’t work, and here’s why:
A person’s BMI, or Body Mass Index, is used to determine what percentage of an average person’s body weight is muscle and what percentage is fat. In the majority of cases, this is an accurate calculation. It is used to help a person reach an ideal weight if they are embarking on a weight loss program. Men and women will have different percentages of fat, according to their natural physical makeup. Women tend to carry more fat and will have a somewhat higher BMI. There are times when a person’s BMI can be misleading, however.
There’s something appealing about a blank slate and a fresh start. Most of us find it rather easy to set a goal to improve upon certain area(s) on January 1. And if you’re like most, you find yourself having difficulty sticking to your New Year’s resolutions for more than a month.
Whether you’re hosting guests this winter or simply trying to spread a little joy and cheer among your family, you have an endless number of ways to decorate your home for the holidays. Fortunately, you don’t have to blow your holiday budget to do it, either!
Podcasts are the new wave in media content: awesome, free, downloadable radio shows that you can listen to in your car, as you workout, or even as you do chores around your home.
Staying inspired to workout can be a challenge sometimes, especially if you have a hard workout ahead of you or are feeling stressed out, frustrated, or any other emotion that threatens to derail you from your goals. To keep you feeling focused and motivated, check out the following quotes about fitness, and keep your favorites stashed on your phone.
To most people in the health and fitness world, the concept of “fast food” is virtually a four-letter word. But let’s face it. Sometimes when you’re traveling or short on time, grab-and-go food items are almost too convenient to pass up (“fast” being the operative word). Besides, in most cases, eating something is better than eating nothing.
“Wanted: healthy friend who loves working out and is looking for a like-minded workout buddy. Not afraid to get sweaty. Must love dumbbells.”
Okay. So maybe you shouldn’t put out an ad on Craigslist. But if you always workout solo and find yourself struggling to stay consistent or keep up the intensity, then consider finding a gym buddy.
Many people shy away from front squats because they think it’s too difficult or simply too awkward. However, the placement of the bar in front of your body provides a number of benefits compared to regular squats, including reduced shearing and compressive forces on your vertebral discs, more emphasis on the rectus femoris and vastus lateralis heads of the quad, and improved core control and posture