The Fitness Pro’s Guide to Better Sleep

The three prerequisites for optimal physical fitness is exercise, diet, and sleep. Of all the three variables, sleep often gets neglected by most fitness fanatics.

The importance of sleep cannot be overemphasized in any training regime. It is an essential factor that affects both your diet and your workout performance. For those who don’t know, sleep helps to keep your hunger hormones in check and help with your cravings and appetite.

Inadequate sleep or sleep deprivation has lots of consequences on individuals. Folks who sleep poorly at night, end up gaining as much as 38d calories on a daily basis than people who get adequate sleep. Also, inadequate sleep can also affect your immune system, and that means there is an increased likelihood that you may fall sick, become injury prone, and even have mild to severe amnesia.

Nobody is above the repercussions of inadequate sleep, not even the best fitness coach or trainer. In as much as you are a fitness coach and you are taking care of your clients, it is even more important you focus on your health as well so you can give your best every time.

This guide is created explicitly for fitness pros, strength coaches, and trainers, in a bid to assist them with their sleep challenges. Below are some of the reasons why fitness pros and coaches don’t do so well with sleep

 

• Too much coffee and occasional booze
Fitness trainers are often one of the busiest set of persons one could find. In order for them to get through their busy schedule, they often depend on caffeine and occasional booze to keep them awake all day.

Everybody knows caffeine and sleep don’t work together, and in as much as it keeps you active all through the day, t can deprive you of sleep not just for a night alone but as high as 3 to 7 nights depending on your body system.

Limit your caffeine intake, and if you need a pick me up, you can head outside and get some fresh air and sunlight.

• Crazy working hours
Several fitness trainers have crazy working schedules that see them work from as early as 4 am in the morning to as late as 10 pm in the night. Most trainers would say time is money, hence why they need to ramp up the extra work ours. But then again, it isn’t worth it if all the money you make, you end up spending it to treat yourself.

A simple solution will be to utilize the free time you usually get in the midafternoon to sleep. This time, clients don’t often come around for their training, you can pick up a quiet spot or a sleeping room and take a nap. Do this continuously, and your body will adapt to it.

 

• The superman feeling
Well, you think you are superman, so you can go all the distance by not sleeping adequately, well spoiler alert you are not.
Given the nature of the job you do and the amount of energy you utilize, you can’t carry out your daily routine on just a 4-hour a night sleep. You would only compound problems for your body in no so distant time.

It is recommended that you sleep a minimum of 8 hours every night (or close to that number) for you to function effectively and still maintain optimal health.
For you to be your best you need adequate sleep, even Superman gets to sleep adequately despite his busy schedule saving the world.

4 TIPS ON OPTIMIZING YOUR TIME LIKE A PRO ⏱

If you always feel like 24 hours aren’t enough for a day, you aren’t alone. While you can’t exactly have a longer day, there are ways you can use your time better. Read on to find the best 4 tips for squeezing the most out of your day:

 

 1. Set goals, write them down  

A short-term or a long-term goal can give you purpose. So, you will be more motivated to contribute to the accomplishment of your goals every day. Clear goals will help you design your day better and you will be highly productive if you know that you have a deadline.

Make sure that you set achievable, realistic goals though.

 

2. Have a routine

Wonder why your body needs 6-8 hours of a sleep every day? It’s the routine. This is how your body works. Set a routine for you but you don’t have to super-strict so leave yourself enough room for spontaneity. But have a routine to ensure that you don’t waste time doing irrelevant things.

Set a specific routine to go through your emails, connect with clients, devote time to your employees or your team, walk your dog. Most of all, don’t forget to prioritize your personal connections like your family. Always have a specific meal of the day with them and keep the communication open. Menstrong.com provides an easy to follow routine for all your fitness and nutrition needs.

 

3. Accept responsibility

Hold yourself accountable instead of finding factors and issues to blame. Understand that you are in control of your time and that you can’t procrastinate. Keep your motivation up by prioritizing deadlines and your reliability. Peers and clients will rely on your more once you earn the accountable and reliable reputation.

 

 4. Get rid of the bad habits

Believe it or not, binge-watching, scrolling a bottomless feed on facebook, or engaging or arguing with a troll on social media is an utter waste of time.

If you are oversleeping, it’s a bad habit of keeping you from using your time better. So, make a list of all the bad habits you think you have and prioritize getting rid of them.

Going out with your friends or on dates all the time on weekends is not as important as meeting deadlines and retaining clients. Take your time to relax but focus on mindful ways of relaxing to ensure that your motivation levels stay up.

Summing up

Making all these changes in one go will be hard to adopt these tips one by one and make small changes. Ensure that you prioritize your daily routine and stick to it since it’s a short-term goal. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself while setting long-term goals. Identify what’s keeping you from achieving your goals and use a proactive approach to reach them.

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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

 

Find absolute power in Commitment and reach your goals

You need commitment! #simple

Mention commitment in a sentence, and you’ll have most guys and girls thinking of relationships and marriages.

But that’s not what we are going to do today. We are going to discuss how commitment can change your life.

I chose ‘commitment,’ and it turned my life around. I committed to a noble cause, the cause of removing all disempowering and toxic habits from my life.

It hasn’t been that long, but I noticed how much cutting myself from these habits has empowered me.

In the beginning, these commitments seemed hard. So naturally, I looked for support and joined some online groups. I found that we were all in this together and I had come a long way to give up now.

Don’t break

I have often read people saying that if you fail once, don’t stop, keep trying.

But think of this way: What if I follow a no-carb diet but slip and eat a cheeseburger on the 11th day? A guilty me would go back to the no-carb diet post the slip but what if I slip again?

You can’t take a break from your commitments on weekends or every 10 days. There are no vacations from commitments.

Slipping, following the routine, slipping again, back to the routine; no that doesn’t work. What do you think this vicious and perpetual cycle of slipping and routine will do?

Keep you from reaching your goals.

You or I don’t have to be so hard on ourselves because we slipped. But we can’t move over and over again.

Nor should we accept these little failures and motivate ourselves to move past them. No, don’t hold on to them but commit to never fail like that.

The key is to accept commitment wholeheartedly and never cave into the temptations.

Say no to almost  

No one likes scoring the second position. So, why accept the almost everything.

Would you eat an almost cooked steak? Then why accept almost successful?

Commitment is scary. But the lack of commitment is what’s keeping you and me from getting where we want to be.

You must be strong, and you will find absolute power in commitment.

 

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Is CrossFit Your Cup Of Tea?

If you are going through hell, keep going!! Stopping in mid-way won’t serve the purpose!

This statement is more or less apt for CrossFit enthusiasts. In CrossFit, rigorous exposure to intense exercises makes this particular exercise challenging. CrossFit isn’t just about any layman; instead, it is for those who are passionate, energetic and excited to hit the gym. For such folks, hitting the gym ain’t about just losing the fat, shaping the body and a good physique, it is more about being passionate about the workout session that you can subject your body too.

Specific Dynamics of CrossFit

Being driven by Mob’s emotion and adrenaline rush and the necessity to amend things, no matter what cost they come at. These are two aspects juxtaposed for CrossFit training. It isn’t for everyone, if you have heard this statement, consider it Biblical, as it is that way around.

For most, CrossFit might be hard because it is tough, but it isn’t that way. CrossFit is not at all harsh; it is beyond explainable terms in words. It is more or less an emotion and fortitude of mind to do the stuff.

Why Do Not Many People Prefer to Get Enrolled in CrossFit?

Well, the reason is simple, and more or less, bank on target, you don’t have the balls to endure the rigorous wear and tear. In the CrossFit exercise, the individuals go through tough training sessions. Performing repetitive activities without rest wear and tears the muscle In most cases, muscle tears become grotesque. At the same time, with the Cross Fitters, the possibility of developing rhabdomyolysis is more.

It is a situation, in which the muscle fibers break down with a release in the bloodstream, and from there, they go to the kidney. At times, it becomes difficult for the organ like kidneys to filter bouts of fibers and hence kidney ailment gradually occurs.

How Does the Fraternity of Cross Fit Survive?

The fraternity of CrossFit built on resistance, willpower, and determination, shapes the health fraternity. In the training program, trainees get challenging exposure to a new way of building and developing muscles. The Cross Fitters are a different niche altogether. The only fuel that keeps them motivated is loud cheers of the comrades, the passion for standing unique and never-ending willpower.

A Word of Caution: Not for Those With A Weak Will Power: CrossFit Defying The Standard

Cross Fitters are Unique, and They are Different, and They are Resilient.

6 RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT NUTRITION

 

 

 

Avoid large portion sizes

American restaurants are particularly infamous for large portion sizes. Whenever eating out, it is best to eat until you are satisfied. Just because you have been served, does not mean you have to eat it.

“Healthy desserts” are not healthy

Gluten-free Desserts, vegan desserts or otherwise are not healthy. Just because they are marketed healthy it does not ensure that the calorie count is on the lower side of the scale. Vegan desserts are probably the biggest myth of keto diets.

What to do after a cheat meal?

There is no room for feeling guilty about cheat meals unless they are occasional. All you must do is back it up with hydration and high-intensity workout when you hit the gym. It is best to not hold the practice of gorging every week. A simple trick to achieve this is by practicing to eat the same thing on Monday as you would do during the weekend.

Relish Your Meals

Be grateful for the food on your plate. Chewing your meals properly and eating slowly also ensures proper assimilation and absorption of the nutrients during digestion.

Salads are complete meals

Salads with their fiber and protein content deliver a punch. With a lean cut of meat, lots of roughage and vegetables, they lower the frequency of hunger pangs during the wee hours that has the potential to derail your diet.

Pay Attention to your Food

Map the energy in your body after meals. Experiment and hit that sweet point. What kind of meals is making you energetic? Is it a salad? Is it a protein shake? Read your body’s reactions and plan your meals accordingly.

 

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NO GAINS? HERE’S HOW TO OVERCOME WORKOUT PLATEAU

HOW TO OVERCOME WORKOUT PLATEAU: 

Millions of people everyday workout for improving health. Both male and female fitness is essential for carrying out regular activities. Keeping oneself fit is one of the most important factors nowadays. In this article, we are going to talk about overcoming a severe problem of Workout Plateau.

How to Overcome Workout Plateau?
A workout plateau refers to the period when your body will no longer respond to your improving health. It occurs when there is an abrupt stop to weight loss or muscle gain in males and females. So in the following section, you will come to know how to overcome workout plateau-

Maintain a consistency
Do not give an abrupt break or never workout in excess. Maintain a consistent schedule according to which you must workout. Consult with your trainer or physician about the program and types of exercises that you must conduct for improving health.

Eat healthy food
Do not overeat and at the same time prevent yourself from eating junk food. Eat food in moderate and calculated amounts throughout the day. For male and female fitness, nutrition, vitamins, and carbohydrates are necessary. Eat leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and protein packed seeds and lentils.

Try new techniques
Consult your gym trainer and ask them to show you different kind of techniques with the help of which you can promote an improving health. Different exercises will keep all the parts and muscles of your body engaged and thus prevent fats getting stored unnecessarily.

Keep increasing your potential
A study has found that people who keep themselves engaged in the same techniques and measurements do not improve on health. Their body gets accustomed to the same workout and weights. Thus for both male and female fitness, you must keep increasing your potential for exercise slowly but steadily.

Take breaks
Do not engage yourself in excessive exercise or work out because it can prove to be a fatal decision; this is because your body needs time to re-energize and start a new day afresh.
If you start to feel you are going out of breath or experience dizziness, or extreme fatigue then breaks are a must. If performing resistance training exercises or exercises of high intensity, that too requires breaks in between sets which is vital to prevent injury. The more intense the activity, the more extended and more frequent the rest periods should be.

So these are the few ways by which you can prevent workout plateau. Please check out our youtube channel for more fitness and motivation content!

 

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ENHANCING WORKOUT MOTIVATION

Let’s discuss how to UP your workout motivation

Similar to life, we all tend to face lots of challenges during our quest for a fulfilling fitness life. These moments are most times geared up by outside influences, which may sometimes create negative impacts on our mental state and invariably leads us into procrastinating our exercises. If it becomes a habit, we find ourselves being inactive and trapped. So today we’re going to share some motivating techniques that will help you get on the right track with your exercise and enhancing your motivation.

Set goals

Setting goals gives your life direction, bolsters your motivation and self-confidence. Set goals and create strategies to ensure you execute these goals accordingly. You can decide to set a goal to do a hundred push-ups daily, by increasing your number of repetitions and with consistency; you can quickly achieve this goal.

Join a Team

Registering for exercising sporting events made up of a community of people enthusiastic about exercises will certainly motivate you. These groups of people will also motivate you into training along with them, especially in preparation for a competition. You could take up sporting activities such as basketball, dodgeball, flag-football, etc. Training for numerous events with precise timelines will propel you towards exercising and keeping fit.

Incorporate movement all day

Low impact exercises such as walking, skipping, hiking, running, yoga and lots more are effective ways of managing the overall health and weight of the human body. Instead of taking a cab or driving to your place of work which is a few miles away from your home, you should occasionally take a walk. Sometimes take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog/run to the close by grocery store. These exercises are perfect ways of enhancing your exercising motivation thereby producing excellent results.

Partner-up

Look for a training partner who ‘s committed to training, to work as a team. The aids in ensuring that you stay motivated as you wouldn’t want to fail your partner during training and your partner wouldn’t also want to fail you. Partners are great motivators, and morale boosters. You and your partner can decide to set some penalties for misconduct; this is another excellent way to keep you on track and motivated to keep up with the practice.

Challenge 

Always take note of your weight at the beginning of an exercising circle and some halfway through it. This is yet another motivating factor. If you notice that you lost a couple of calories within a given time frame, you will certainly be motivated. You can get to know how much weight you’ve lost ever since you starting exercising by utilizing a clothing item. Get a piece of cloth, wear it at the beginning of the event and wear it again after a while (a week or more), you will undoubtedly see some changes.

Organize an Event or join one 

Organize an event around you and your colleagues at work or friends. For instance, you could set aside every last Sunday of the month to visit the 1000 steps with these friends. You could also run a mini boot camp such as going to the local park where you will have to set up circuits. If this becomes a yearly event, it will event build up. Or you can just visit the park for a game of Frisbee or soccer.

These are a couple of ideas to help assist you in staying motivated with your exercises. If you can adapt these, you will realize how easy it is to exercise and stay fit – consistently!

HOW TO NOT GAIN WEIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Enjoy The Holidays Without Gaining Weight

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The Holidays are an excellent opportunity to spend more time with friends and family, and usually, that means eating. The best moment of the holidays is often the dinner, but there will be a variety of dishes around for days before and after the celebratory food itself.

Do the holidays usually end with you in a food-induced coma?

There is no need to turn your holiday dinner into a diet meal. After all, it’s supposed to be a holiday and a celebration. But, it doesn’t have to turn into a binge either!

Use these six tips to make sure you have a happy and a healthy holiday season without gaining weight:

1) Have Breakfast 

Knowing you will be eating a lot of food later in the day might make you think that skipping breakfast is an ideal way to save calories. While this does make a little sense, it’s an approach that will backfire! Instead of saving you calories, skipping breakfast will cause you to overeat when it’s time for the meal because, after skipping your first meal of the day, you will be hungrier than you usually are.

Avoid this problem by having a considerable breakfast, and you will feel less hungry. Therefore, you will eat less later in the day.

2) Drink Water Before and During Your Meal

Water is calorie-free and filling. Drinking water before and during your holiday meal will reduce your appetite, fill you up, and stop you from overeating. Ensure you start drinking water 1-2 hours before you start eating and then take regular sips throughout your meal. Drinking water instead of beer or wine will also help save you lots of calories.

3) Fill Up with Salad and Soup

Soup and salad starters are filling, but contain relatively few calories. You are more likely to stick with better food choices when healthy meal choices are available at all times especially during the holidays.

Make the most of this by having a significant portion as your appetizer. That way, when it’s time for the main meal, you will already be reasonably full and will be less motivated to eat a lot of fatty main dishes. Don’t undermine this strategy by eating lots of crackers or bread, just have the salad or soup alone.

4) Skinless Turkey Breast and Veggies, Please!

Veggies and skinless turkey breast are arguably the lowest in calories of all the food offered and the most filling. Make sure you make these two food items the foundation of your meal. The protein-rich turkey and the fiber in the veggies will satisfy your appetite without taking in a lot of calories. If you are tempted to get a second serving, go for the low-calorie vegetables, as they are the least likely to make you gain more weight. Also, avoid high-fat sauces that will significantly increase the number of calories to even vegetable dishes.

5) Go Easy On the Side Dishes

Side dishes like; mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and cornbread are very high in calories. While you don’t have to avoid these foods totally, it’s the holidays, after all, just don’t go overboard and overeat of these high-calorie meals. If you want to have second portions of anything, fill up on green veggies and white turkey meat. Also, don’t overeat when it’s time for dessert. A little piece will please your sweet tooth.

6) Walk it Off

Once you have finished eating your meal, and the washing up is done, don’t just fall asleep on the couch in a food-induced coma. Instead, go for a brisk walk. Walking is gentle enough, and you can do it soon after a meal. You won’t be doing much rigorous movement while walking, but make it active enough that it will burn those extra calories. The excellent idea is to take your friends and relatives with you, as this will make it more enjoyable.