Getting in shape for summer? We’ve got some advice
There are many ways to get “in shape”. In shape is very subjective though. You want to make sure to stay healthy while getting in shape.
By only using food supplements, you starve your body – making yourself weaker rather than getting in shape. This time, you’ll succeed by making changes in your diet and in your exercising routines.
If you want the long term success, read this article and adopt everything you can, not necessarily permanent but at least for a month or two if you really want to see positive changes in your life.
Do you take the bus/car to work or do you walk? Walking 60 minutes per day does wonders to the stamina and your physique in general.
You’ll quickly realize different improvements, especially if you start walking to work. I used to take my car to work before I moved out of my hometown and later on I was using the bus to get to work, but walking to work kickstarts your blood circulation drastically, allowing you to have a fresh head thus making you more productive as soon as you enter the office.
You probably spend between 5-60 minutes to get to work by car or collective traffic, so try to walk rather than chilling in a car for the first and last 15 minutes of the day.
2-3 Weekly Workouts
It’s important to do a cardio every now and then, but you should also try to workout at least once, twice or thrice a week.
The workouts doesn’t have to be heavy workouts where you give 200% of what you’ve got, focus on making at least one exercise for each muscle that you wish to enhance. Go for 3 sets with 6-8 reps on each muscle group.
Working out bigger muscle groups will result in a release of testosterone that is higher than from working out smaller muscle groups, so even if you really want to get bigger arms and chest – you’ll reach your goals for your upper body faster by adding Squats and Deadlifts to your workout routine.
Testosterone is generally very misunderstood. Most people think that only men need testosterone and think it is only connected to sex and the macho culture.
Testosterone does many things to us all and is actually very important to both men and women, although slightly more to men. For both genders, the testosterone tells our bodies to create new blood cells – a fortification of muscles and bones.
Testosterone also regulates secretion of luteinising hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone in both men and women although these hormones have slightly different effects on the two genders.
Having too low testosterone levels as a man can, and most probably will lead to increased body fat, bad sex and mood swings.
Too high levels of testosterone can cause the same things as having too low levels, which is why anabolic steroids are illegal.
Rest after Workout
Resting is just as important as working out, especially when you are trying to build muscles.
During a workout, your muscles swell and muscle threads starts connecting to new spots around your muscles.
After the workout, you need water, protein and rest to allow your new muscle threads to keep growing. Moving around too much after a workout prevents you from resting, thus preventing new muscle threads to get stabilized.
You can’t grow your muscles by eating carbs or fibres, you need protein in order to gain some pure muscle volume.
Tiny guys and girls who want to get bigger in general should consider taking gainer shakes rather than pure protein. Gainers are protein supplement with extra carbs.
You and I however, want to gain a bit of muscles while staying fit. In order to gain muscles properly without getting sick in the process, you need pure protein.
The carbs mainly help you restore energy after a workout which you won’t be needing since you’ll be resting in one way or another.
There are different proteins to use after a workout;
Whey & casein are good protein powders to use for meat eaters, but you need to know that a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle will improve your digestion in general, thus helping you to reduce the fat on your body in a faster pace.
The best proteins (in my opinion) are Hemp protein & Brown Rice protein. I am a vegetarian which naturally leads to a decrease in magnesium and iron, but the Brown Rice protein contains both magnesium and iron!
The Hemp protein on the other hand contains Omega-3 AND Omega-6! Although Whey protein kicks in faster than the vegan options, it might still be wiser to choose hemp or brown rice protein since you get more time to pick up the proteins in it.
Ultimately, it all boils down to your attitude and mind-set. Many assume that they’ll be unable to lose weight simply because they’ve never done it successfully before.
I do however know that a vegetarian lifestyle will help you lose weight fast but it obviously depends on what you’ve replaced your meat with.
Try not to have a goal to achieve other than to live healthier and be the smartest consumer that you possibly can. And believe me when I say that you don’t want to achieve a great body to see it fall apart, you want to continue getting stronger and better throughout your whole life.
“Know your limits but never accept them”.
This concept should be applied in every area of your life, even in moral situations which is why I am a vegetarian.
Another reason to be a vegetarian is to stop consuming meat that is filled with antibiotics.
We humans are quickly developing a resistance towards antibiotics through what we eat, which ultimately will result in you being helpless when you actually need to consume antibiotics to cure a serious illness.