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Say YES to Weight Training

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Most women I know shun away from weight training. Here’s why-

Me- Hey girl, why don’t you weight train?
Girl – Umm yeah. I know it’s good and all, but you know I do not wanna look like this-
woman body builder

Me- Umm…no you wont, unless you competing for a heavy weight championship, and pumping in loads of supplements and steroids and testosterone in your blood. This is how you might look if you do weight training-

strong is the new skinny

Every women wants a ripped and defined body, but no one quite knows what to do, and what really works. And when they do know, they prefer sticking to the known and boring routine. Weight training is the answer if you are looking to get leaner. As we age, our muscle mass tends to decrease, and fat increases. That is why it is imperative to do weight training to maintain the muscle mass.

Here are the advantages of doing so-

  • Improves coordination of muscles
  • Helps to regress obesity and resolve metabolic disorders
  • Increase strength and endurance in one’s body
  • Weight training causes muscles to grow and pull increased amount of glucose from the bloodstream, cause lower blood sugar levels and decreased chances of diabetes.
  • Weight training helps to melt away visceral fat that builds around organs in the body, decreasing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Weight training reduces greatly the chances of joint pains, and keeps the bones healthy for the long haul.

 

AND THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF ALL

  • The more muscles you build, the more calories you will burn! MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

I need not say anything anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ GO get your workout in, and make sure to incorporate weights!

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What Am I Grateful For?

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gratitude
In our fast paced life, which we fill up with ambitions, expectations and list needs and wants, it is quite rare to stop and look around at what we have already accomplished, how far we have come, and how awesome our life truly is. It is quite easy to get caught in details, and let little failures bring us down. Little do we know that it is just as simple to look at the big picture, and be grateful for what we already have.

Here is my gratitude list I would like to share with my readers-

Today, I am grateful for…

  • My health that helps me achieve my day’s tasks and because of which I am able to be the person I am.
  • My body which is my vehicle for success, and helps me stay fit and healthy.
  • My healthy mind, which helps me push through toughest of days with ease.

AND last by definitely not the least-

  • My family, who helps me be a betterย ME each and everyday, and without whose love and support I would not have the appreciation for my life that I have today!

What are you grateful for?

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4 Effective Exercises for Piriformis Syndrome

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As important it is to working your muscles everyday, stretching those muscles before and after the workout is equally important. I have suffered with sciatica pains on and off in the last year. There are many reasons for that. Maybe it was due to the workouts I do that require me to move very quickly, sometimes causing me to compromise on my posture and causing injury. Or it also could be due to having a desk job and long hours of sitting. Or it could be stress.

If you are somebody who has suffered frequent flare-ups of your sciatica nerve, these exercises will bring faster relief to you compared to any pain filler. In any form of a back pain, stretching is best solution. So here are a few exercises that might help you overcome the pain, and speed up the healing process-

Pigeon Pose
pigeon pose
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My 5 Favorite Kettlebell Exercises

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Lately, I have been quite liking the kettlebell workouts. Kettlebells are the trendiest thing in the world of fitness, after protein shakes. Now again you’d think, why kettlebell? why not dumbbells? And my answer to that will be it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. Kettlebells target a slightly different type of muscles group than the dumbbells. And there are certain type of exercises which can be performed better with the way the kettlebell is shaped vs a dumbbell. In the long run, the idea is to alternate between the two when you are working out, to get the maximum benefits.

The exercises I have listed below can be performed using either a dumbbell or a kettlebell. In the pictures I am using a 10 pound kettlebell. Please feel free to use heavier weights to challenge yourself.

Squats with overhead kettlebell press
Great upper and lower body workout.

squats with overhead kettlebell press
Sets – 5
Repetitions- 15
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Lessons Parenting Can Teach You About Fitness

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First off, a very happy new year to all my readers. You guys were nothing but awesome last year. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and feedback. So thank you for all the positivity each of you have sent my way. I am all set to rock 2014, and cant wait to see what it has in-store for me.

I had been thinking of an inspirational topic to write about at the start of this year, and as I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the kids and all that I have learned from parenting them all this time. And right then this topic struck me.
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9 Days of ABmas – Day 9: Hanging Leg Raises

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First off….Merry Christmas to all my readers. I hope you guys had an awesome time with your family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite part was watching the kids face as they opened their presents. So worth it! Their excitement fills me with so much joy, that not many things compare to that ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s true, being around kids, you will forever be young ๐Ÿ™‚
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9 Days of ABmas – Day 8: Alternating Ab Heel Touches

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I have to say, this isn’t the MOST challenging ab exercises you might have done, but if you did it for long periods of time, it can cause your muscles to get pretty sore. This exercise targets the upper abdominal and the obliques. They are infact a great exercise to do if you are working on toning your oblique muscles.
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