One question people always asked me, whenever time am going out to eat, what do you eat, being that you are a vegan and healthy/gym junkie.
The thing is that a lot of people are ignorant when it comes to diet and eating healthy, most people thinks diet is starving themself or just eat some lettuce. One can still go out and have healthy meals, but they are a few tricks to it.
The best bet for meeting your health goals is to cook your own meals at home, where you can control the ingredients and portion sizes. However, we all enjoy eating out from time to time. Just keep in mind that restaurant meals—in particular, fast-food meals—are linked with higher intakes of calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, and lower intakes of healthful foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. One of the biggest problems you'll face when you dine out is sheer portion size, which has increased dramatically over the years. Those bigger portions translate into more calories, sodium, sugar, and saturated fat.
Fortunately, the dining scene has improved. EU laws now requires chain restaurants to provide consumers with clear and consistent nutrition information on menus, menu boards, and in writing, which can help you make healthier choices. And more and more restaurants are meeting consumers' desires for healthier fare by providing smaller portions, more fruits and vegetables on the menu, more vegetarian options, and lighter preparation styles.
Here are some of my tips for dining out healthfully:
· Patronize restaurants where good choices, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables—abound.
· Check out the restaurant website in advance in order to decide what you'll order, instead of making impulse decisions. Many restaurants post their menus online, enabling you to find the healthiest entrees. Some even list nutritional information on menu items. Beware of those with high calorie, fat, sugar, and sodium levels.
· Skip pan-fried or deep-fried foods. Instead, look for foods prepared with healthful techniques, such as baking, grilling, poaching, or roasting.
· Avoid dishes prepared with gravy and heavy sauces. Or ask the waiter to use half the sauce or to serve the sauce on the side so you can decide how much of it to use. Because gravy is often made with fatty pan drippings from meat, it's relatively high in saturated fat. Many sauces are made with butter and cream, which are also high in saturated fat.
· Resize your portions: split a meal with a friend, order small plates or side dishes, or take half of it home for lunch the next day. Take advantage of the "small plates" trend, in which you and your dining companions share small servings and avoid large portions of single dishes.
· Get extra vegetables. Many restaurant entrees don't come with a generous serving of vegetables. But you can easily remedy that by asking for more vegetables, ordering vegetables from the side dish selection, or substituting vegetables or a salad for a less, healthful side dish, such as fries.
· Lighten up dessert. Skip the indulgent, rich desserts, such as ice cream, cakes, and pastries (some can contain more than 1,000 calories) and go for simple treats, such as berries and peaches. If you want a sweet dessert, share it with others at your table. You'll get the full taste, but just a fraction of the calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats.
· Watch those beverages. Sweetened drinks (often refilled during the meal) and alcoholic beverages can add hundreds of calories to your meal. Opt for sparkling water, plain tea, or coffee.
Glute exercises/glute activation is possible one of the most popular workouts amongst female gym goers and track athletes, both for different reasons, For female its all about the butt, while for a track athletes strong glute equal to more speed. But what is glute exercises, we often think squats and other leg exercises are glute exercise, though they might work the glute there are not glute specific and therefore would not automatically mean stronger glutes. In order to get stronger glutes its required glutes specific exercises, in this blog I want to share some glute specific exercises that can strength your glutes.
Before beginning into the glute activation exercises, make sure your hip flexors are relaxed.
Use this slow, static hip flexor stretch to help inhibit the hip flexors, particularly the powerful psoas muscle, while you get your glutes firing.
Hip Flexor and Psoas Stretch
The bridge exercise is the first and generally the easiest way to get your glutes firing. The movement is small and targeted, so go slow and you will feel your glutes "waking up."
Be sure to contract the glutes hard and keep the hamstrings relaxed. You may need to place your hand on your hamstrings to make sure they stay soft.
You may need to begin by holding the bridge position for a few seconds as you build your strength. It's better to hold the correct position for a shorter time than to go longer in the incorrect position.
Quadruped Hip Extension
To wake up your glutes, use the hip extension exercise. In order to isolate the glutes and reduce hamstring involvement, it's best to perform the hip extension in a quadruped position rather than laying prone (face down).
After you've mastered the basic bridge exercise, you're ready to move on to the single leg bridge exercise.
If you can't hold this position, return to the basic Bridge Exercise to build strength and then progress to the one-leg bridge.
As you get stronger, you can hold the position longer or do 10 reps of lifting and lowering on each side before you switch.
Side Lying Hip Abduction (Clam Exercise)
The first three exercises for glute activation specifically target the gluteus maximus, the prime mover during hip extension. This next exercise targets the gluteus medius, which fires during his abduction and rotation. To isolate the glute medius, use the clam exercise.
It’s a new year and everyone you come across these day are talking about getting fitter or healthier in other words everyone wants to slim down for a special event, or the holidays, I can you from now that exercise needs to be part of the weight-loss equation. Exercise will help you preserve muscle mass, which is healthier for your body and better for your appearance.
Plus, maintaining muscle will make your weight loss easier to sustain for the long haul. While a leisurely bike ride outside isn’t likely to help you shave off pounds, indoor cycling can definitely do the trick, if you are a member of a gym I would suggest you try one of their spin class, believe when I say it will rock your world, even if you are a gym junkie, you will still feel the heat when you try spin classes.
To get the most out of an indoor cycling routine, you’ll want to heed some basic rules of nutrition and training, here is six steps you should follow when getting started with cycling.
Eat before you ride. Contrary to what you may have heard about the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach, it’s smart to provide your body with the energy it needs to ride hard and get maximal benefits from the workout. Even if you take an early morning class, eat something small 30 minutes before you ride. This could be a small banana, a slice of toast with jam, or a handful of whole-grain cereal. Do the same an hour or two before afternoon or evening cycling sessions by having a combination of protein and carbs (perhaps a small apple with a tablespoon of almond butter or a few tablespoons of trail mix). Besides helping you fuel up for the workout, eating beforehand can help you burn extra calories, thanks to the thermic effect of food. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after the ride; your body needs a sufficient water intake to keep your metabolism humming and burning calories efficiently.
Vary the pace and difficulty. With most forms of exercise, interval training can pump up your metabolism more than exercising at a steady-state—and the same is true of indoor cycling. Think of it as a way of tricking your body into burning calories faster. By alternating bursts of harder pedalling (meaning, a faster cadence against heavier resistance) with a more comfortable pace, you’ll burn more calories during the workout than you would have at a steady, moderate pace. This will also trigger greater exercise post oxygen consumption (the after-burn effect), causing you to continue to burn more calories for a few hours after cycling
Split your workouts. If you don’t have time for a 45-minute cycling class, do two 25-minute solo sessions and you’ll burn just as many calories between the two as you would with one longer class. You might even push yourself harder during a shorter session, torching more calories. Either way, you’ll reap the after-burn effect twice in a day instead of once, allowing you to burn more calories in 24 hours
Do resistance training. The leaner muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate (RMR) will be and the more calories you’ll burn 24/7. To build muscle outside the cycling studio, perform at least one set of strength-training exercises for each major muscle group two or three times per week, advises Wayne Westcott, Ph.D, director of exercise science at Quincy College in Quincy, Massachusetts, and author of "Get Stronger, Feel Younger." This way, you’ll add muscle mass and crank up your RMR in the process. Whether you use weight machines or free weights, resistance bands or kettlebells are up to you.
Replenish your muscles properly. Within an hour after your workout, consume a combination of carbohydrates and protein (such as 12 ounces of plant-based milk or a small handful of walnuts with a pear) to replenish your muscle glycogen stores and provide amino acids for muscle repair and building. This will keep your muscles and your metabolism operating smoothly and prepare your body for your next workout.
Keep moving. If you’re exhausted after a hardcore cycling session, don’t give yourself permission to become a sofa spud for the rest of the day. Do this and you’ll end up compromising the calorie-burning effects of your cycling workout and your progress toward your weight-loss goal. A better approach is to move more to lose more.
Plyometric exercises are powerful aerobic exercises used to increase your speed, endurance, and strength. They require you to exert your muscles to their maximum potential in short periods of time.
Also known as jump training, plyometric exercises are usually geared toward highly trained athletes or people in peak physical condition. However, they can also be used by people wishing to improve their fitness.
Plyometric exercises can cause stress to the tendons, ligaments, and lower-extremity joints, especially the knees and ankles. It’s important that you have the strength and fitness level necessary to do these exercises safely and effectively.
If you’re adding plyometric exercises to your workout routine, work up to them gradually. Slowly increase the duration, difficulty, and intensity of the exercises.
There are many benefits to doing plyometric exercises. Since they require little to no equipment, they can be done anytime, anywhere. Plyometric training increases muscle strength, which allows you to run faster, jump higher, and change direction quickly. They improve performance in any sport that involves running, jumping, or kicking.
In what’s known as the stretch-shortening cycle, concentric contractions (shortening the muscles) are followed by eccentric contractions (stretching the muscles). This provides excellent results in strengthening muscles while improving agility, stability, and balance. These combined benefits allow your muscles to work more quickly and efficiently.
Plyometrics tone the entire body, burn calories, and improve cardiovascular health. They also boost your stamina and metabolism.
In addition, plyometric exercises rapidly stretch your muscles, allowing you to move more efficiently. While this is good for increasing force, you must use caution since it can increase stress and injury.
1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips.
2. Lower your body to squat down.
3. Press up through your feet, engage your abdominal, and jump up explosively.
4. Lift your arms overhead as you jump.
5. Upon landing, lower yourself back down to the squatting position.
6. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Reverse lunge knee-ups
1. Start in a standing lunge with your left foot forward.
2. Place your right hand on the floor next to your front foot and extend your left arm straight back.
3. Explosively jump up to bring your right knee up as high as you can, lifting your left arm and dropping your right arm back and down.
4. Upon landing, move back into the starting lunge position.
5. Continue for 30 seconds.
6. Then do the opposite side.
For this exercise, you’ll need a box or something to jump on that’s 12 to 36 inches high. To increase the intensity, you can do the exercise using one leg.
1. From standing, squat down to jump onto the box with both feet.
2. Lift your arms up as you jump to gain momentum.
3. Jump up and backward off the box, gently landing with bent knees.
4. Do 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions.
Plyometric exercises can help improve athletic performance in athletes and develop physical fitness in nonathletes. Plyometrics increase speed, power, and quickness.
The exercises use a lot of force and require a lot of strength, mobility, and flexibility. This requires you to be relatively physically fit before beginning them.
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