THE SIMPLICITY OF LIFE

A simple life is a good life..

Most people think that life is hard. One of the major issues we have is that we want to know the possibilities of every decision we make. We like to have the solution to anything we do before we begin. But then again, life is not as complex as we make it to be; it is elementary, especially when you dealing with things right away. To find your own path, and embrace life, the following principles below will do you a lot of good;

  • Trust the process
  • Don’t resist
  • Listen to your friend

We have what it takes inside of us to get the life that we want. We have the potential for us to get what we want. Thus the question, we are me so mediocre?

Programming

We’ve all been programmed to think and act in a particular way. To get the life that we want, we first have to rid ourselves of our limiting vision, and distractions. It is only when we do this that you can see real-life opportunities in front of you. Detach yourself from your past, and embrace what is in front of you.

Live in the present, and not in the past. Use your critical thinking to make the right decisions that will help you unleash your true power. This will allow you to make the right decisions on a consistent basis.

Fear

We are guided by fear without even knowing it. There are lots of fears that we operate on. Some of these fears include; fear of regrets, unknown, success/failure, unknown, and lots more.

Don’t allow fear to control your decision making; it will only lead you into making the wrong decision. Don’t be afraid to take risks. On your part to personal growth, and freedom, you will need to take lots of risk-taking actions, and they do not require fear.

Overthinking

An invincible force controls the world. Some refer to it as God, others refer to it as the universal mind and so on. We can all tap into this force using our mind. Create the vision with the mind, and then have the faith it will come to pass. As long as you can believe it, you can achieve it. Never limit yourself because of your surroundings, and what people say about you.

Risk Aversion

The greatest achievers in the world have all started by taking risks and stepping out of their comfort zone. Don’t over think it, as long as you feel it is the right thing to do, go ahead and do it.

As long as what you want to do aligns with who you really are, the universe makes provisions for it to come to pass.

Absence of self-awareness

What brings everything we’ve said into actualization is self-awareness. In the absence of it, you will be controlled by your fears.

Understand that you are a person on a course to achieve greatness. Don’t look at the past, look at yourself now, and see the direction you headed.

 

SLEEP IS THE ANSWER TO INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND WEIGHT-LOSS!

How snoozing helps to boost productivity and weight loss

Sleep can be a strong ally when used rightly. Not only can it help you lose weight, but it can also enhance your productivity and energy levels. Proper sleep doesn’t just entail getting the maximum sleep as possible; it also involves getting as much quality sleep as you can.

Depriving yourself off quality sleep affects you on bought psychological levels and physical levels. You feel the impact on your brain, and this affects cognitive functions, and it also hormonal fluctuations. There persons that need 8 hours of sleep to function optimally, and others who require just 4 hours of sleep. Remember that when it comes to sleep, the quality is what counts, and not necessarily the quantity. Whether you sleep 8 hours a day, or more/less, the following tips will help increase your sleep quality;

 

Warm shower/bath before you sleep

Little changes in regards to your body temperature can affect your sleeping habits considerably. A warm bath just before you hit your bed increases your core body temperature for a given period of time before you step into a much colder room, where your body temperature drops. As small as the changes are, they help to provide the right internal environment that will ensure a night of much better sleep.

 

Keep technology aside

This is the age of technology, and most people will like to scroll themselves to sleep on their tablets and phones. Others will rather watch TV or play with their computers. These devices have a way of keeping you asleep. The light they emit, can alert your sleeping patterns, and keep you awake more than you bargained for. It is recommended that you don’t interact with these devices 30 minutes or more before your bedtime. If you can’t, there are some apps and tools that can kick in, and automatically adjust the screen setting of your phones, TV, and computer.

 

Reduce your caffeine intake.

For those who don’t know caffeine is a “no-no” before you sleep. Not only does it deprive you of sleep, but it also alters your sleeping pattern, keeping you awake all night in most cases. If you must take caffeine in any of its derivatives, do so only in the morning.

 

Utilizing the right supplements

There are various supplements that can help you get a quality night sleep. Most of these supplements have a positive effect on your body in varying manners, but they all work to ensure you get the best sleep. They interact with hormones and chemicals that regulate sleep in the body. Some of these supplements are; Melatonin, Ornithine, GABA, 5-HTP, L-Tryptophan, and L-Theanine

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SIGNS YOU ARE OVER-EXERCISING AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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It is often said that exercise remains the best thing since sliced bread, and that statement isn’t far from the truth. A closer inspection on the merits of exercise reveals it’s therapeutic and health benefits such as reduction in body fat, improvement in mood, development of lean muscle mass, and so all. With the vast array of benefits of exercise, it is no surprise that more and more people are constantly engaging in various exercises in a bid to improve their health and life.

However excessive exercise can lead to certain complications in our body. Our bodies are like machines, and when it is subjected to rigorous exercise repeatedly, it can lead to wear and tear, and this results in chronic injuries, reduction in immunity, and insomnia. To get the best out of your exercise plans, one has to strike a balance between two critical factors; stress (exercise) and recovery (rest).

If the stress is greater than the recovery, then there is every tendency that the body will suffer for it. So many times, people don’t realize that they are over-exercising, and when they do, it becomes too late, and the body suffers for it.

 

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE OVEREXERCISING

The following are signs that you are overexercising;

  • A consistent lack of readiness is a clear indicator that you might just be overexercising. The lack of readiness doesn’t indicate a lack of motivation, but instead, it indicates that you feel mentally and physically exhausted.
  • A sudden and consistent rise and all of your morning resting heart rate of 5-10bpm or more in combination with high-load training indicate that you are probably exercising too much, and you require rest. Monitoring your resting heart rate can help you to identify where you are psychological.
  • A consistent lack of appetite and sleep is a good indicator that you have to reduce the amount of exercise you do. A good appetite and a responsive appetite are good ways to tell that your body is in the right condition.

 

HOW TO AVOID OVEREXERCISING

There are different ways via which you can structure your training program to prevent overexercising.

  • Switch between different modes of exercises regularly to get maximum benefits from your exercise regime. This ensures your body does not adapt to the stress of repetitive work and limits your progress.
  • Segment your training into a mixture of high-intensity and low-intensity programs. A combination of both levels of intensity will bring out the best in your exercise plans, and help you avoid over-exercising.

 

Overexercising can be a problematic issue for you and your health. Don’t overlook the signs that you are overexercising, and it will do you a whole lot of good if you implement certain preventive measures that ensure you don’t overstep the mark. Join us at http://menstrong.com today to get a fully balanced training program that provides nutrition, fitness, and well-being guidance to ensure you never over-exercise! Use the code: GETBIG or GETRIPPED to receive 50% off.

 

 

HOW TO ENJOY LIFE

Life is a summation of how we spend our days. It is the journey itself, and not necessarily the destination that life is all about. Enjoying your life is a task that you have to take upon yourself, but often, many folks have a misalignment on what it takes to actually enjoy life.

If you are to ask a random selection of people what their definition of “enjoying life” is all about, you will get answers such as; going on a ship cruise, candlelit dinners, beaches, and other peak-enjoyment activities.

A simple Google search on “how to enjoy life” will bring about almost similar results as those mentioned above, and this puts it into context people’s expectations on what it really takes to enjoy life, and the reality of things.

In all honesty, enjoying life isn’t an ambiguous task, and it is undoubtedly not herculean either. Persons often see it as an enigma, and quite frankly as something that can only be enjoyed by a set of persons under certain circumstances, but such crude judgment is usually flawed in every sense.

One doesn’t need the most significant things to enjoy life, but with just the smallest can set you on the part of happiness and enjoyment.

See it this way; you spend the bulk part of your life engaged in one small task or the other like doing the dishes, laundry, office work and so on. These small maintenance activities often look unremarkable and unenjoyable, but the reality is that you spend most of your time engaged in them, so it, therefore, means that if you are to enjoy life in its fullest, it doesn’t have to be in one dream vacation getaway but in the little things that we do on a daily basis.

You already know what it takes to enjoy those moments, look back at those times you prepared yourself a good home cooked meal, and the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes with, that’s where the pleasure lies, and in all honesty, that sense of enjoyment is freely available in most things.

Here is the hack on how to derive enjoyment out of every moment, it all relies on your intention. As long as the intention is present, you will find pleasure and enjoyment out of the dullest of the task. A simple intention to derive enjoyment in a task set before you irrespective of how dull or exciting it seems is more than enough to project enjoyable qualities.

You might ask yourself in what way can I enjoy cleaning the attic or standing in line at the DMV. But the truth is there is so much to enjoy, after all, enjoyment is from the inside out, so even if it is mild, as long as the intention is there, you will surely enjoy yourself in every setting

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Life is the summation of the small moments we spend, to enjoy it, you have to look from within, and have that intention to find pleasure in all moments whether big and small.

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Rather than set goals, do this instead!

goals iwontlose successIn today’s world, results have everything to do with the systems in place more than the goals themselves. Humans are always taught, setting goals, put on an iwontlose attitude and make goal setting our number one priority, but many forget without the systems in place, no goal will ever come to fruition. See it this way, Goals have to do with results and targets, and systems are the processes that bring about those results, and objectives.
In the path to success, placing all your focus on your goals can have its hiccups along the way, a more viable alternative will be to focus on the system in place to see you achieve your desired results. Let’s put it this way, instead focusing on losing 10lbs before Christmas; you focus on your eating habits, exercise regime, and a healthy lifestyle. You see, goals can only point you in the direction of where to go, but systems are the tools you use to attain success. Goals or goal setting has a couple of generalized problems associated with it, unlike systems that have a more acceptable approach. Here are some of the problems with goals;

Actualizing a goal is just a temporary change
For every goal set, it is aimed at achieving a momentary result. Like take for example, you want to clean up your room this Saturday, and guess what, you are able to accomplish that by the end of the day, but less than a week later, the room is all messy again, and you set out to make another goal, after another goal every week to clean your room. Setting a goal to achieve a form of a result like cleaning your room, doesn’t solve the problem, because you are only focusing on the results which are temporary. On the other hand, a change in the system, such as tidying your room up every morning before you leave the house, can lead to more permanent results.

Goals are short-term sighted
goals-iwontlose-success-goals.Goals are more inclined to provide you with short-term success and results. Ideally, in life, you want your success to be on a long-term basis. Many people often set goals, and as soon as they actualize it, they revert to type and start all over again. However, the system is more focused on your long-term success, and all-around continuous improvement, and not just a one-off phenomenon.

In the pursuit of success, implementing the right success strategy can make you either a one-time wonder or a continuous achiever. Rather than, focus on goals, place emphasis on the system and you will achieve a whole lot more than your goals.

The Secret Training Strategy for Muscle Growth

Muscle growth is the key to getting lean – period!

Today we are going to discuss the secret strategy to lean muscle gain.

Time Under Tension:

Time under tension (TUT) is a researched training principle that incorporates longer contractions when lifting weights that maximize muscle break down. Remember, to build muscle you must first strategically break down the muscle. Afterward, you must provide the proteins, nutrients, and recovery for the muscle to develop. With TUT you are essentially working the muscle twice as hard, and this is how it’s performed:

Research shows that slowing down the eccentric (lengthening) phase of each repetition creates more stress on the muscle, which equates to more muscle breakdown when compared to a quicker conventional repetition. It’s all about making the muscles work harder. With TUT you are prolonging the lengthening (eccentric) phase of contraction. Which means you are prolonging muscle breakdown.

In every repetition, you have a concentric (shortening) and an eccentric phase. For example, on a squat, on the lowering phase you are stretching your glutes (eccentric), and on the return to standing phase you are shortening (concentric) the glutes. Shoulder press example: When pushing the weight up, you are shortening the muscle (which should take 1 second), and on the lowering phase you are stretching your shoulder muscles (eccentric), which should take 4 seconds.

The 4-second count eccentrics should be used in combination with a 1-second pause at the bottom and a 1-second concentric contraction. Therefore, a 4 second eccentric with a 1-second pause at the bottom/top end of each repetition followed by a 1-second concentric contraction x 10 reps mean each working set should be roughly 1 minute in length.

When compared with a conventional set, TUT sets are approximately twice as long which means twice the muscle break down. Try incorporating TUT sets into your next workout for a real shock!

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3 Workout Goals all guys should have

Guys who workout usually have workout goals that are aesthetically based. Today we discuss 3 REAL workout goals all guys should be thinking of!

The gender differences in physical activity participation are enormous. Though the participation is higher in males, a whopping 87% of the male population still does not pursue physical activity daily. This poses a great risk of obesity and the related ailments.

These three fitness goals should be on your list whether you are a newbie or oldie to the world of physical fitness.

Improving Cardio

Cardio aims to improve health by strengthening the cardiac muscles. Regular cardio improves heart and pulmonary health, increases stamina and HDL levels and decreases LDL levels. Consider joining Menstrong.com to gain access to well planned out workout training system!

  • Jumping Rope at a moderate pace burns 10-15 calories every minute. With low financial investment and higher control, it improves agility and bone density.
  • Planks burn stomach fat and strengthen your shoulders and back.

Here is a workout video that you can follow:

 

 

Strengthening Back Muscle

31% of men are prone to lower back pain which hinders their ability to conduct day-to-day activities. Prolonged back pain from stress and physical strain can lead to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and spondylitis. People frequently undermine the lower back while they continue to work on their upper back. This 25-minute video will help you strengthen your lower back and give you a list of do’s and don’ts for taking the first step.

 

 

Controlling Hypertension

The prevalence of hypertension in men in 2010 is 31.65 per 100,000 worldwide. The results were published as per a literature review of epidemiology studies conducted between 1990-2010. WHO recommends a moderate aerobic activity of 150 minutes per week or 75 high-intensity work out for adults. Following are some exercises available at the disposal:

  • Jogging or brisk walking, a moderate activity that sets the tone for increasing endurance will definitely help you in embracing a full-fledged exercise schedule
  • Swimming combats overheating and is easy on the joints. It improves circulation which, in turn, curbs high blood pressure.
  • Active sports such as tennis, badminton or basketball strengthens the heart over time. However, existing hypertension patients must seek medical attention and regular monitoring while pursuing active sports.

 

Fitness comprises of both mental and physical aspects. You will witness the change for yourself in you as you progress on your journey. Start your journey today at Menstrong.com