How To Stay Gym Fit Without A Gym Membership

If the global recession is affecting you and you’re trying to cut costs then finding ways to stay fit without going to the gym might help. Regularly going to the gym can cost quite a bit of money and might be one of your single biggest monthly expenses.

While you may not want to stop going to the gym forever, one temporary cost-cutting measure is to try and keep fit from home. Here are a few exercise ideas and tips on how to give your home workout program a running start!

Cycling: If you’ve got a bike then it’s pretty easy to keep fit – just head out for a ride! If you usually use an exercise bike at the gym then this is a great alternative, and can be much more fun too. You get to set your own route, so you can see what you want to see as you get your exercise. You can even vary your route to keep things interesting.

Bench and weights: If you’ve got a bit of spare cash you can buy a bench and weights for a home workout. You can pick these up pretty cheap – probably for the same price as a single month of gym membership, and maybe even less! With these you can do nearly all of the exercises that your gym weights machines do, without paying a single penny more than it cost to buy them. Not only that, but you can use them any time you want – not just during gym opening times.

Yoga: One of the cheapest forms of exercise to do from home is yoga. Although yoga isn’t for everyone, it’s incredibly popular and is a great way to stay healthy when taken seriously. To do yoga you really need nothing more than your body, but you might want to get a yoga mat too. That’s all you’ll need to start doing your own home yoga program.

If you’re not already familiar with yoga practice, then you can pick up DVDs on yoga instruction for next to nothing, and the internet offers loads of free yoga explanations too. There’s no reason to spend loads of money on yoga classes if you haven’t got the cash!

Exercise with no equipment: The most obvious kind of exercise that requires no equipment is running. However, there are a variety of other exercises that are easy to do with nothing besides your own body. Press-ups and sit-ups are classic examples. Pull-ups are another. Using exercises like these it’s possible to cover nearly every muscle in your body.

It’s also possible to use makeshift equipment in place of the “real” thing. For example, you don’t actually need dumbbells to do weights. All you need are heavy objects that are easy to lift. For light aerobic training you can just use food tins like baked beans. For heavier weights, try using large bottles of mineral water. Both are just as good as real weights but cost nothing extra than your shopping bill!

Tip 1: If the gym forms a central part of your social life, then stopping your regular gym attendance might not seem like much of an option. But it is possible to get your gym buddies to come and train with you from home, so don’t rule it out altogether.

Tip 2: Staying motivated during home workouts is one of the toughest things. However, there are loads of ways to keep your motivation up. One of the best ways is to find buddies to work out with from home – go for a run with your gym pals or get a friend over for a yoga session.

Another great way to stay motivated is to reward yourself for every workout (as though your own personal fitness and wellbeing wasn’t enough of a reward!). You can do this with food (careful not to undo all your hard work with this one though) or with small gifts.

Exercising from home also means that, if you’ve got music or a TV on hand, it’s your choice what to watch or listen to as you exercise. Together, these things should be able to keep you motivated and maintain your fitness even without heading to the gym regularly. Just remember not to let yourself start slipping!

 

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Natural Remedies For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It is perfectly normal to feel tired after doing some strenuous physical activity, such as chopping and gathering firewood or walking up a steep hill. Usually, after a short period of rest you should be well recovered. However, if you find yourself feeling tired for seemingly no reason at all and the feeling of exhaustion has been persisting for months, you may want to visit your doctor to enquire about chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS.

It is still unclear as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Some theories suggest that it is due to a viral infection, mainly because the symptoms associated with CFS are very similar to those of common viral infections. For instance, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and joint pain are some common symptoms. Others symptoms include: brain fog, impaired concentration or memory, irritable bowel issues and feeling unrested after adequate periods of sleep.

So far, no medication has yet been developed that can cure CFS. Similar to viral infections that do not have a known cure either, current best practice to conquer chronic fatigue syndrome is to strengthen your immune system by regularly taking vitamins, exercising and resting as needed. The following are some helpful tips and home remedies that may help you boost your energy and feel more invigorated.

1. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in these healthy foods are excellent for strengthening the immune system and making you less susceptible to CFS. Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day to help flush out the toxins inside your body. You may want to supplement with Acidophilus or consume raw yogurt to keep your digestive system functioning properly.

2. Get regular exercise. Ideally, 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise each day is recommended. It is vital to keep your joints and muscles supple and your body strong to help protect against chronic fatigue syndrome. If you don’t have the time for this you may have to settle for a 15-20 minute workout 3 times a week.

Many people think they need to drive to a gym in order to get adequate exercise. This is not the case.

* How about incorporating a brisk walk into your day?

* Taking the stairs whenever possible?

* Jogging with the dog or mowing your lawn with more enthusiasm?

There are many ways you can add exercise into your day. Try doing lunges while you are brushing your teeth. Or perhaps doing triceps dips and abdominal crunches during commercials when watching TV? Get creative. Turn the music up and dance your way through your house cleaning routine!

3. Try natural supplements. Herbal medicines which have been found to contain immune system boosting qualities include Echinacea, Goldenseal and Ginseng root. Taking these supplements on a semi-regular basis is a great way to help protect yourself from CFS.

Herbal therapies are safe, natural and effective if you allow them time to work and follow directions. Some herbs such as Echinacea are not recommended to be taken more for more than 6 weeks to 8 weeks at a time, so be sure and check with your health practitioner. Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Devil’s Claw are successfully used by many individuals who suffer from joint pain as well.

Taking extra Vitamin C and Zinc can help boost your immune system. Taking Essential Fatty Acids, such as Omega 3, 6, and 9 oils, is not only great for your brain and cognitive function but also lubricates your joints from the inside out, making them even more useful if you are experiencing muscle pain and soreness.

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Juice Fasting For Weight Loss

Traditionally juice diets have been used for detoxification purposes, the principles behind this are straight forward and do make sense, but are only designed for a short period; 2-3 days maximum (often called a juice fast).

By only consuming fresh juices for a period of time you naturally abstain from fats, processed carbohydrates and sugars and substances like coffee and alcohol, as a result this is extremely beneficial for cleansing the liver and kidneys.

It is believed too that by giving the digestive system a ‘rest’ from fiber; digestion is easier and nutrients are able to be absorbed more efficiently. Recently many bold claims have been made about prolonged juice fasting, such as disease fighting, free radical destroying, fat burning and pain alleviating results. However these claims are as yet to be supported by any reliable research.

Juice fasting exclusively as a weight loss measure is a short term solution for a long term problem that can in some situations complicate matters.

The term ‘juicing’ pretty much means drinking your food, primarily fruits, vegetables and herbs. Incorporated into a healthy diet juicing is a great way to boost energy levels and consume extra nutrients – my personal favorite is beetroot, celery, carrot, apple, ginger and mint; perfect for a morning ‘pick me up’.

Weight will certainly be lost when ‘juicing’ however it is unlikely any actual fat will be burnt.  Instead you actually risk losing muscle mass due to the absence of protein in the diet. You also run the risk of slowing your metabolism, meaning when you resume a normal diet, less energy will be burnt and potentially more fat will be stored.

These problems may be combatted by consuming juice more frequently (every 2-3 hours) and balancing your juices by adding protein, either in the form of powder supplements or natural sources such as almond milk or Greek yogurt. Juices can also be surprisingly calorie dense, especially when predominantly fruit. The actual process of juicing fruit and vegetables can also remove some of their natural benefits; of particular concern is the absence of fiber.

If viewed as a short term revitalizing and cleansing fast, juicing can be an extremely positive part of a healthy lifestyle, especially when combined with a balanced diet and regular physical exercise. As a long term weight loss solution however it is a fad diet that cannot and should not be sustained for long periods.

Initial dramatic weight loss may indeed occur, however little will be done for long-term weight maintenance.

If you do decide to try a juice fast you should consult your healthcare professional first and discuss any individual potential risks. Juicing is not recommended for people suffering diabetes and heart disease nor is it suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Always include a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly before use and where possible choose organic produce to eliminate concentrated consumption of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers (particularly in leafy greens).

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Profiterols

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Hey guys, here’s another amazing recipe you have to try. I know there are many of you who love desserts and pastry as much as I do and the feeling is even better if you make them yourself. I started rolling the dough and baking desserts when I was still a teenager, and it is never too late to start baking. Not only that you’ll feel happy creating something from scratch , you will probably make others around you as happy if not even more. You may encounter a few bumps along the way, but mistakes are made to learn something from them. In the end you’ll get a delicious dessert which you can enjoy with the ones you love.

Profiterols for me are a great dessert if you have a lot of friends coming over. You can make so many of them, and even though the recipe isn’t as…

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Hundreds gather, protest at Panama City Women’s March

About 500 people joined the Women’s March on Washington locally, rallying at McKenzie Park and afterward marching down Harrison Avenue as they advocated for a variety of issues including equal pay for women, keeping Social Security and Medicare intact and protecting LGBT rights.

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