One of the best things you can do for your brain and for your future health is to feed your brain the nutrients it desperately needs. When you feed your brain only what you most desire, fast food, baked goods and other nutritionally deficient foodstuffs, you fail to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the brain. The brain requires specific nutrients for the regeneration of brain tissue and maintenance, as well as foods and substances that positively impact neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers. Continue reading
It’s summertime. And that means more outdoor activity, less restrictive clothing, and quite simply, more of a visible you. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Complete Physique has the following tips for anyone who wants to look feel and look their best hitting the beach this summer. It’s a great time to reset your fitness at every level.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
With the inviting sun and fun weather, it can sometimes be difficult to get to the gym for the usual routine. You can renew your mental and physical spirits by getting back to basics by simply taking it outside. Pushups and bodyweight squats, along with running or biking can all be performed amongst the elements. Additionally, bands, Swiss Balls and other portable peripherals can add variety and fun to a sometimes stale and stagnant workout.
WORK YOUR ENTIRE BODY
Sure the chest and arm muscles receive a lot of attention, but keep your workouts in balance. A flawless upper body that sits upon stilts is not a good look, nor is it optimal for total body fitness. The often neglected muscles such as the calves, forearms, posterior deltoids, hamstrings and even your core, will definitely detract from you being all that you can be. You’ll not only look more balanced, you will actually be more balanced in your daily performance in life.
EAT SMART FOR MUSCLE TONE
Many fat-loss programs require drastic caloric restrictions and extreme amounts of cardiovascular exercise. The problem is that most also do a pretty good job of wasting away your muscle mass at the same time. Regardless of what your fat loss goals might be, losing muscle tissue is never a good idea–it slows your metabolism to a crawl. Instead of following a low-calorie diet, follow a dietary plan that will enhance your ability to both build and preserve muscle, and rev up your metabolism in the process.
STRETCHING IS ESSENTIAL, BUT DON’T GO BALLISTIC
Have you heard of ballistic stretching? It’s a kind of stretch in which you move into a position and then bounce to stretch the muscle. An example would be bending to touch your toes and then bouncing to reach them. Ballistic stretching can do a lot more harm than good, tightening the muscle and leading to injury. During and after your workout are ample times to stretch as your muscles and warm and pliable, unlike at the onset of your routine when your muscles are cold and restrictive.
PLAN TO LOOK GREAT…AND FEEL EVEN BETTER!
The desire to look great in your swimsuit may be what’s inspiring you to get in shape, but remember that the results will be more than just cosmetic. As you build muscle and stamina, you’ll be able to excel at classic summer sports like beach volleyball, swimming, and surfing. The active habits that you form this summer will inspire you to stay fit year-round!
HOLLIS LANCE LIEBMAN has been a fitness magazine editor, national bodybuilding champion, and author. He is a published physique photographer and has served as a bodybuilding and fitness competition judge. Hollis has worked with some of Hollywood’s elite, earning rave reviews. Visit his web site, www.holliswashere.com, for fitness tips and complete training programs.
The Dumbbell Workout Handbook: Weight Loss is an all-new collection of dumbbell workouts, providing a complete fitness program using dumbbells to lose weight while improving total body fitness. With beginner and advanced workout circuits perfect for every fitness level, The Dumbbell Workout Handbook: Weight Loss is the complete guide to burning fat with dumbbells.
Developed by best-selling fitness author and strength and conditioning expert Mike Volkmar, this collection of dumbbell workouts will challenge you by promoting total body fitness while burning away unwanted fat. Below are the top 10 reasons to love dumbbells for weight loss according to Mike Volkmar. Continue reading
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Author and endometriosis patient Samantha Bowick has written articles revolving around important questions and information about endometriosis. Her new book Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options is out on April 24, 2018.
The Endometriosis Survival Guide
What should you do when you’re diagnosed with endometriosis? The following is your essential Endometriosis Survival Guide—10 key actions everyone should take following their diagnosis. Continue reading
How is it that the Italians stay healthier and live longer with all that delicious food and tasty wine—la Dolce Vita?
That’s the Italian secret—their classic Mediterranean diet, now described and modernized in The Mamma Mia! Diet, a complete Italian lifestyle guide!
People underestimate the power of a healthy lifestyle and how it can affect their well-being. Nowadays, it is well-documented in scientific literature that a healthy diet, combined with regular exercise, can prevent various diseases and help you lose weight, feel more energetic and even be happier. From pasta culture to enjoying aromatic wine, The Mamma Mia! Diet lets you pick up some Italian habits that can change your life. Continue reading
Tabata lets individuals push their body to their physical limits—getting the results they want while avoiding stress-based injuries and unwanted setbacks. Requiring little to no equipment, Tabata is as affordable as it is effective. The Tabata Workout Handbook lets anyone tailor the intensity of the workouts to their starting ability. And since each movement only takes 4 minutes to complete, Tabata is perfect for any schedule!
The Tabata Workout Handbook compiles a collection of more than 100 Tabata workouts optimized for effective weight loss, increased cardiovascular health, and improved athletic ability. Utilizing principles of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Tabata is the most efficient way to exercise in the world, requiring less time than any other method of fitness and is now widely acknowledged to be the single most advantageous form of exercise for any number of fitness goals. Continue reading
Swimming is a great workout for your body. It works your lungs, heart and muscles. It is impact-free, great for injury recovery, and has a meditative benefit to boot. That said, the routine of swimming laps can be monotonous and boring, until now.
Expert and multi-sport coach Terri Schneider combines skill training with variations in speed, distance, and technique in The Swimmer’s Workout Handbook for an effective and easy-to-follow series of pool workouts designed to make you a stronger, faster, and more proficient swimmer. Continue reading
One of the most common ‘weekend warrior’ injuries seen by medical doctors is the ankle sprain. Most frequently the ankle is injured during running or jumping activities in which the foot rolls or twists after stepping on an uneven surface. Continue reading
These mobility exercises are best done as a warm up to your lower body workouts. They will prime the body for better performance by jump starting the correct muscles. These exercise will also keep you injury free and allow you to train longer and harder. Continue reading