18 Ways To Win The Fight For Size

PUNCH UP YOUR MASS
When it comes to training, are your gains coming faster than an Ali one-two combo? Or are you getting worked over in the corner like some washed-up pug, folding up under a rain of body blows?

While you probably don’t want to admit it, chances are it’s the latter. You see, so many of us find ourselves making zero progress after months, even years of battling in the weight room. Unfortunately, and contrary to popular opinion, building your body is not an endeavour of brute force. When you aren’t making progress, simply dropping your head and powering through the same workout regime week after week won’t eventually wear down the forces that halt your growth. But that’s what many of us do.

Just like in boxing, the man usually left standing is the one who knew his opponent – he knew when to jab, when to duck and when to go in for the kill, not the one who tucked his chin and came out flailing. You need to take the same type of strategy to your training: fight smart.

To help you strategize, I present 18 tips on gaining and understand the “sweet science” of resistance training. I hope that as you incorporate this advice into your own regime, you realise that the bout for more muscle isn’t about one swift knockout punch; it’s about going the distance and slipping in some well-timed blows. Keep your gloves up!

  1. PUSH yourself. If you’re lifting about the same weights now as you were a year ago, don’t expect to be much bigger. While the biggest muscles aren’t the strongest muscles and the strongest muscles aren’t the biggest, a substantial link exists between strength and size, providing you avoid very low reps, the rest/pause technique, partial reps and long rest periods between sets. Those techniques generally yield lots of strength, but little or no size gains.
  2. MAKE “good form” your mantra. Don’t just give mere lip service to the cliché “use good form”. Permit absolutely no bouncing, heaving, exploding or excessive range of motion, and never get so greedy for poundage increases that you sacrifice good form. Good form is needed not only to avoid injury but also to stimulate optimal muscle growth. In addition to proper form, avoid high-risk exercises such as any squat with your heels raised on a board or plates, bench presses to your neck or upper chest, or behind-the-neck shoulder presses with very heavy weights. Also, use a controlled rep cadence: about 2 to 3 seconds for the positive phase of a rep and three seconds for the negative phase.
  3. INDIVIDUALISE your exercise selection. If an exercise hurts, and you’ve been performing it using good form with a controlled cadence and have tried sensible modifications, drop that exercise. The first rule of exercise selection is “do no harm”. Discard the reckless “no pain, no gain” maxim.
  4. SQUAT. Do your utmost to squat well and intensively. The benefits aren’t just limited to the thighs, glutes and lower back; the squat stimulates muscles throughout the body. While some people truly can’t squat intensively in a safe way, most can. Reverse the squat, improve your squatting form and pay your dues in the rack, and you’ll reap the rewards.
  5. DEADLIFT. The deadlift is one of the most productive exercises for bodybuilding mass. Master the technique – conventional style, sumo or stiff-legged – and slowly build up the weight to something very impressive. Impeccable flat-back form is imperative; avoid any exaggerated range of motion. Deadlift properly, or don’t do it at all.
  6. TRAIN hard, but smart. Do enough to stimulate growth, then get out of the gym and give your body the chance to recover and grow. The bottom line is progress, not training intensity. If, however, you always cut your sets short by a couple of reps, stopping even though you know you had more in you, get serious, pull out all the stops and put 100% effort into finishing what you start.
  7. LOG it. You’ve heard of the importance of keeping a training log, but how many people actually do it? Accurately record all your reps and poundages. As the weeks go by, you must be able to see small but gradual improvements in weight lifted and/or the number of reps performed. If not, you have clear proof that you need to alter some aspects of your training regime.
  8. HARNESS the power of one. Get a couple of half-pound discs, home-made weight increments, or some creative alternatives such as wrist weights or large washers so you can add just 1 pound to the bar at a time. Adding a minimum of 5 pounds to an exercise at a single shot when you’re at your current best weights, as many people try to do, often leads to a breakdown in form and injury. Instead, nudge up the weights. Strength is built slowly.
  9. PARTNER up. Find a training partner who has similar recovery abilities to yours, so you can use a similar training programme. Then push each other to deliver perfect workouts every time – intensive, progressive and always with good form. But, just as a good training partner will help, an inappropriate training partner can be your undoing. If he or she can recover more quickly than you, can tolerate more sets and exercises, and pushes you to abuse forced reps and other intensity enhancers, cut your ties pronto.
  10. BE consistent. Bodybuilding success is about getting each rep right, each set right, each workout right, each meal right and each night’s sleep right, week after week, month after month. Compromise a little on this and you’ll reduce your rate of progress; compromise a lot and you’ll kill your gains. Keep in mind, there are no “small” victories. Set no limits on yourself, but don’t expect the impossible. Just live for the next bit of progress, and then the next, and then the next. Bit by bit, you’ll build bigger muscles.
  11. MAKE your training time sacred. Protect your privacy while you train. You must be totally in charge and say no to intrusions, whether human or otherwise. Don’t do this to become a hermit or to alienate your family and friends; do it to honour your need for the focus required to do your very best at something you’ve committed to.
  12. FOCUS. Only highly gifted bodybuilders can build mass and refine it at the same time. The rest of us need to focus on building mass by concentrating primarily on the tried-and-tested compound exercises for a year or more. Only then does detail work such as cable crossovers, dumbbell laterals and triceps kickbacks have real practical value. If used earlier on, detail exercises stymie progress by putting a heavy drain on your recovery ability and reducing the level of effort you can dedicate toward compound moves.
  13. PERSONALISE your training programme to find what works best for you. No single programme works well for everyone; even good programmes have to be fine-tuned to fit the individual user. Personalise the factors of exercise volume, training frequency and exercise selection. Once you find a good programme, don’t chop and change it haphazardly. Stick with a given set of exercises long enough to make substantial progress in the weight you can lift.
  14. FOLLOW excellent nutritional habits every day. No matter how well you train, rest and sleep, if you cut corners with your nutrition, you’ll impair – if not stop altogether – your muscle growth. Take your nutrition very seriously. Divide your calorific and nutritional needs over five or preferably six meals per day. Eat more, and eat more often. If you weigh the same now as you did a year ago, you can’t expect to have bigger muscles unless you’ve substantially reduced your bodyfat.
  15. NOT progressing? Cut back. If your bodybuilding has stagnated, chances are you’re spending too much time in the gym. Cut back and give yourself a chance to grow. Try reducing your weight training to just three days per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alternating two different routines – chest, shoulders, triceps and abs in one routine, and legs, back and biceps in the other. Perform no more than three works sets per exercise and a maximum of eight exercises per routine. If you can do more than three works sets per exercise, you’re loafing – train harder. Never battle through warning signs of overtraining. Symptoms include loss of training zeal, stagnant exercise poundages, reduced appetite, and nagging aches and pains. Whenever you feel any of these symptoms, take action by increasing recovery time and sleep, reducing training volume and improving on the nutrition front.
  16. STRETCH. Follow a programme of a dozen or so stretches three times a week. Stretching won’t make you bigger, but it will help keep you resistant to injury. Stretch only after warming up, hold stretches for 15-30 seconds, never do ballistic stretching, and don’t try to improve your abilities too quickly by forcing a stretch past your limits.
  17. REST generously between workouts. Despite adequate recovery time being so pivotal, many bodybuilders make the mistake of minimising recovery time and maximising workout frequency. If you still feel tired and are due to train today, rest another day. Then modify your training programme and lifestyle so that you recover adequately between workouts without having to take unscheduled rest days. Also, get at least eight hours of quality sleep each night. If you have sleeping problems, find solutions; consult a sleeping clinic if need be. Short-changing yourself in the sleep department can arrest bodybuilding gains even if your training and nutrition are in good order. If you rely on an alarm clock most mornings, you aren’t getting enough sleep. Give your bodybuilding recovery greater priority than late-night socialising.
  18. APPLY the central creed of bodybuilding: progress. Gear your training and entire package of recovery-related factors so that progress in muscular mass is a reality. If gains aren’t happening, make changes until they do happen. The buck stops with you. You select the exercises, volume and training frequency you use. You decide when to quit on a set. You must discipline yourself to use good form. You determine your sleeping hours. You are responsible for your nutrition. Take advantage of the tremendous power you have to change your physique!

Setting The Record Straight on Meat Health

Red meat is often wrongly portrayed as being unhealthy. Even chicken has been getting attacked by some in the media as being unhealthy or not environmentally friendly. Vegan, fish and other non-meat diets have been proposed as healthier alternatives. The result of this onslaught of negative meat messages has influenced many persons including moms and dads to drastically cut back on their meat and poultry purchases. Perceptions may be seen as reality, yet truth trumps non truths. Parents and other consumers want what is best for their health and that of their families. They are also aware that a lot of false information is out there and as such are open to scientific facts that can correct their misconceptions. Below are the facts:

A) LETS IRON OUT THE TRUTH ON MEAT!

  1. “You would need to eat a massive amount of spinach to equal (the iron content) in a steak,” says Christopher Golden, an ecologist and epidemiologist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (As quoted by nature.com in the article ‘Brain food- clever eating’.)
  2.  Let’s get precise. For a woman to receive her recommended daily intake of 18 mg of iron would need just 300 grams of cooked bovine liver, 625 grams of cooked beef or an astounding 2.4 kg of spinach!
  3.  In addition, the Iron found in vegetables is harder to absorb than the iron found in meat as it is attached to fibre which inhibits its absorption.

B) MEAT FOR A HEALTHIER BRAIN!

  1. Being deficient in the micronutrients found in meat have been linked with low IQ, autism, depression and dementia says Dr. Charlotte Neumann, a pediatrician at the University of California, as quoted in the above article.
  2.  Zinc found in meat is crucial for learning and memory.
  3.  Vitamin B12 found in meat preserves the sheaths that protect nerves.

C) MEAT- BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY!
Due to its antioxidant powers, zinc is involved in creating antibodies to fight free radicals that increase our risk for chronic diseases.

D) MEAT- POWER YOUR MUSCLE GROWTH!

  1. The protein in meat helps build and repair body tissues.
  2.  Muscles are made of protein. That is why athletes who are building muscle strength increase their meat protein consumption.
  3.  The protein and zinc found in meat are important for muscle growth and repair.

E) MEAT- THE COMPLETE PROTEIN!
Meat contains all of the nine essential amino acids that your body cannot make by itself. Say ‘hello’ to histidine, leucine, isoleucine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, threonine, and valine. Meat supplies all nine. That is why it is called a complete protein.

F) MEAT- FOR A HEALTHY HEART!

  1. Meat contains lots of the B vitamins needed for the production of hormones, red blood cells and for the proper functioning of your nervous system.
  2. Say ‘hello’ to niacin, folic acid, thiamine, biotin, panthothenic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. They are all found in meat.

So let’s counter those negative meat health myths, by setting the record straight.

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Miracle With Paralyzed Patient With Stem Cells

Expert doctors in Sheffield, UK have confirmed that MS (multiple sclerosis) patients have witnessed phenomenal health improvements opting in for a treatment, that’s generally used for cancer. Approximately, 20 MS patients recently have said yes to bone marrow transplants resorting to their own stem cells. And few patients were completely paralyzed and showing zero chances of being able to walk.

According to Prof Basil Sharrack, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield the fact that there’s a treatment available for MS which can heal the disability completely, is a stellar achievement in medical science. Today close to 100,000 UK inhabitants has MS, a chronic neurological condition, that’s incurable. Most of these patients generally get detected with this ailment in their 20’s or 30’s. A person having MS will have his/her immune system to attack the nerve lining of the spinal cord and the brain.

Multiple sclerosis explained

When a person is affected by MS his/her protective cover encompassing the nerve fibres of the spinal cord and the brain, called the myelin gets damaged. The myelin gets attacked by the immune system, resulting in sclerosis or scarring. The disrupted myelin further damages the nerve signals. When this scarring and inflammation is not halted, then the person suffers from permanent neurodegeneration.

MS Stem Cell Trial in Hospitals of UK

Recently there has been advanced clinical trials happening in UK hospitals like Royal Hallamshire Hospital, King’s College Hospital and many others, that has resulted in phenomenal outcome. The example of Holly Drewry, 25 living in Sheffield who has taken part in these trials is noteworthy. After she gave birth to her daughter Isla, her condition worsened making her stagnant in a wheelchair. She shared with BBC’s Panorama that she wasn’t able to walk straight and was scared to even hold her daughter, lest the baby falls. And with every passing day her MS condition was deteriorating.

It was in Sheffield that Holly got her MS cord blood stem cell treatment and results were miraculous. She witnessed positive improvements in her condition within a couple of days of the transplant. She was able to walk. And when she was treated completely she went back home, hugged her daughter being completely overwhelmed. This is nothing short of a miracle for Holly.

An in-depth analysis of the treatment that was given to Holly revealed that her paralysis has been cured to a great extent. Though she has to be under medication and medical guidance in the years to come, but the cord blood stem cell treatment has taken her out of the zone of paralysis, which is a complete blessing. Surprisingly, Holly isn’t the one today who’s been cured of MS paralysis. Apparently, Steven Storey, eminent marathon runner and tri-athlete too suffered from MS paralysis and he couldn’t even flicker a muscle. Post his stem cell treatment Storey was able to move his toe in about 9 days and gradually recovered back to normalcy.

The Treatment – A complete Reboot of the Immune System

The medical treatment that has been healing MS paralysis is known as HSCT, which is an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant that completely destroys the non-functional immune system through chemotherapy.

Post this, the immune system gets re-created using the stem cells sourced from the patient’s own cord blood. These cells are nascent and don’t have the trace of any flaws or irregularities. Prof John Snowden, Consultant Haematologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital reveals that the immune system gets completely rebooted back to a state, when there was no MS.

So, advanced MS stem cell therapy is being considered as a medical marvel in today’s sphere of regenerative medicine. This phenomenal success further asserts the significance of opting in for cord blood banking.

Losing Weight Could Save Your Life

Being overweight places an enormous strain on your entire system. Every aspect of your life is affected. Most people are aware of the social discrimination being overweight causes…every now and then some narrow-minded fitness fanatic appears on talk show television, and accuses people who are overweight of being greedy and lazy, with mixed responses from both host and audience. Most people are outraged by such faulty preconceptions, and with good reason. They know what statements like these can do to someone’s self esteem.

Unfortunately, these are not the only problems facing people who are overweight. There are many physical complications that result form carrying excess weight around. Aching backs, and arthritic knees are examples of the so-called mechanical side effects of being overweight. And so is sleep apnoea, an alarming condition for partners, where the person affected stops breathing while they are sleeping, due to the relaxed tissues in the neck pressing on the airway, cutting off air flow to the lungs. As a result of this, sleep is disturbed, both for the person with sleep apnoea, and for their partner, who often spends wakeful nights elbowing them in the ribs to get them to breathe again. In the short term, this can lead to overweight people being tired, grumpy and bruised in the morning. Other effects include morning headaches, loud snoring and poor sexual functioning. But the long-term effects are far more dangerous. Sleep apnoea is associated with death due to heart disease, and half of all people who suffer from sleep apnoea have high blood pressure.

Which brings us to the most important issue regarding health and excess weight : insulin resistance. Most people are aware that being significantly overweight is a risk factor for heart disease and sudden death, but few seem to know that insulin resistance is responsible for most of this risk. Insulin resistance is an exceptionally common condition, affecting at least one in four people, and is the cause of Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is associated with high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood glucose, clotting tendencies, and inflammation within the blood vessels, all of which contribute to an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. And more than half of all people who are significantly overweight have insulin resistance.

Which is why conventional diets and diet pills seldom work. Insulin resistance makes it almost impossible to lose weight on low calorie, low fat diets, and yet doctors and other healthcare workers continue to prescribe these diets, with the underlying message being “EAT LESS!” This lack of insight is responsible for so many failed diets, as well as the loss of self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness that these failures cause. People with insulin resistance should not be eating less food, but rather eating different types of food!

Aside from these more common health risks are a number of rarer, but even more unpleasant conditions that can result from being overweight. These include various cancers, such as those of the breast and ovaries in women, the prostate in men, as well as the colon, oesophagus, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

As you can see, being overweight can have terrible consequences for both your psychological, as well as your physical health. But it is not all bad news. Weight loss is an attainable goal, and is something that will decrease your risk of getting any of these conditions. As far as preventative medicine is concerned, weight loss is one of the few measures that really can save your life.

Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation

Despite all the planning and caution, life seems to be unpredictable at one phase or the other! And it’s mostly, when individuals are faced with a health crisis, where the ailment at hand is chronic and irreversible. Humans try to secure the health of their children and loved ones in many ways. One such way that has gained popularity owing to its growing success rate, is cord blood stem cell transplant. Today, it is considered to be a miracle cure for diseases that previously doctors considered as dead-end.

The use of UCB (Umbilical Cord Blood) as a rich source for cord blood stem cells have expanded in the past decade. Today, it is already a successful practice for treating children who are suffering from haematological malignancies. Furthermore, there’s also the use of double UCB and minimized-intensity transplantation platforms that have also played its part in this expansion. In the recent times, the registry-based evaluation and the end-to-end multi-center and single institution clinical trials are researching on ways to make the UCB transplantation more acceptable. The objective is to address the complex ailments such as sickle cell disease and Kostmann’s syndrome and treat it successfully through the transplant without any side effects.

Once a baby is born, the cord blood gets collected from the placenta and the umbilical cord. The collection process is very simple and poses no risk either to the baby or the mother. These cord blood cells comprise of Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which are the rare cells usually spotted in bone marrow as well.

It is said that the Haematopoietic stem cells has the capacity to produce all kinds of cells in blood i.e. white cells, red cells and platelets. They are accountable for retaining blood production all through the life. And they have also been utilized for several years in the bone marrow transplants for treating blood related ailments. In addition to that there also have been numerous reports that suggest that cord blood might also comprise of specific kind of stem cells that can create a distinctive cell that doesn’t belong to blood, for instance nerve cells. Such ideas and theories are debatable and are being researched upon for correct validation.

In the recent times, over 6000 patients globally have been treated with stem cell transplants. The U.S Food and Drug Administration still consider this process experimental and urge that there’s scope for expertise in future. However, the doctors usually procure cord blood from children whose parents have decided to store the cord blood. At the time of transplant if the patient and donor have genetic similarity then the patient’s body will accept the transfusion.

According to Mary Laughlin, Cord Blood Transplantation Expert, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio there’s a constant battle or action to reaction that goes on between the recipient and donor cells, and every patient and doctor wants the donor cells to win invariably. Usually, the stem cell transplants are considered more forgiving that other processes, such as the bone marrow transplants even if the donor isn’t an exact match.

As there is growth in the volunteer stem cell donor bands, the patients who are in need of it are closer to getting the best match and thus the chances of recovery is more. According to the Center for Cord Blood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is biggest public cord blood donor bank in United States, the chances of procuring a perfect or near perfect match today has increased exponentially in the last 4 years.

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How You Can Become Taller Naturally

Your height has a lot to do with so many factors like your genes, diet, age, activity levels and so on. As a result of this, there are some things you can do to boost your height if you really desire it and if you are still at the growing stage.

Eat a balanced diet

You should consume a balanced diet and avoid too much fatty foods that will make you look plumpy because you will look shorter. It is also important for you to make sure that your diet consists of lean protein like fish, soy, white poultry meat, etc., in order to enhance muscle growth and virile bones. You also need enough zinc from foods like pumpkin, oysters, peanuts, just to mention a few. Vitamin D also promotes bone and muscle growth, and you can get this from milk and cereals.

Get enough sleep every night

Your body grows when you sleep, hence, it is important to sleep very well at night. If you are a teenager or younger than 20, you should get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep every night. Getting good, sound sleep will boost the production of human growth hormone (HGH) which is naturally produced through the pituitary gland, particularly when you are deeply asleep.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercising can assist you to grow taller during your teen years and in puberty. You should get a workout for at least 30 minutes everyday and you can join a gym in order to get access to exercising as well as muscle-building machines. You can also become a member of a sports team and take advantage of the competitiveness to exercise. If you can’t get yourself to do all these, you can walk around and you will be amazed at how easy it is for you to exercise. Walk to school, grocery, library, etc. and before you realize it, you are already working out.

Do not stunt your growth

Even though there is a limit to what you can do to increase your height, there are many steps you can take to avoid shortening your height by environmental influences. Drugs and alcohol are believed to be partly responsible for stunted growth, especially if you take them while you are young. Caffeine consumption is also linked to not getting enough sleep which may hinder your normal growth.

Expect to be in your 20’s before you stop growing

It is very important for you to know that you will get to your twenties before you will stop growing. If you are still at the puberty stage or under 18, you are definitely still growing and you should work hard not to stunt your growth.

20 Ways to Stay Fit With Minimal Effort

Getting fit is not an easy task. It can take weeks or even months of hard training and paying attention to what you eat. Staying fit can be even harder. It is very common to see people meet their fitness goals and then quickly fall off their new healthy lifestyle leading to them reversing all of that progress that they worked so hard for. While staying fit can be hard, there are little things we can do to make the process easier. Try some of these tips for maintaining your fitness level with little effort!

1. Fasting

Fasting is the restriction of food for a set period of time. Fasting can be a great way to increase your fat burn and stay lean! Try intermittent fasting by skipping breakfast and eating lunch as your first meal.

2. Go for a Walk

Taking a break or two during the day to go for a short walk can be a great way to burn some extra calories. This is especially important if you have a desk job!

3. Cutting Carbs

Low carb diets are extremely popular for weight loss and for good reason. Studies have shown that low carb dieting can be a great way to lose weight. It can also be a great strategy if you are worried about gaining weight back.

4. Play a Sport You Love

If you stop being active it will be hard to stay fit. You may not want to spend a couple of hours running on a treadmill, but picking a sport you love like basketball or ice skating can be a great way to stay active while doing an activity you love.

5. Get a Standup Desk

If you are stuck at a desk all day it can be hard to stay in good shape. If your office allows it, try a standup desk. You may be surprised at how much this can benefit your overall health just by standing and using your leg and core muscles to stay fit.

6. Try HIIT Cardio

HIIT or high intensity interval training can be a great way to burn a ton of calories without having to put a ton of time in the gym. Studies have even found that HIIT cardio can allow you to burn more calories over the course of the rest of the day.

7. Split up Your Exercises

If you are burned out on exercising, try splitting up your exercises in the morning and evening. This will allow you to spend less time in the gym per session!

8. Try Lower Calorie Desserts

Everyone wants to enjoy dessert, but if you are trying to stay fit some of these high calorie creations can be a problem. Look online for low calorie desserts so you can indulge guilt-free.

9. Switch to a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been shown to improve metabolism by allowing for more fat burning. This diet allows you to eat bacon and stay fit!

10. Take the Stairs

This is a small change that can make a big difference. Rather than taking the elevator, try taking the stairs a couple times a day. It will only take a few extra minutes and can play a big role in keeping you fit.

11. Drink Water before Your Meal

If you are coming off a diet, hunger tends to be much higher. This can lead to overeating which will make maintaining your fitness that much harder. Try drinking a big glass of water before your meal to help you feel fuller and prevent you from overeating.

12. Eat a High Protein Breakfast

Studies have found that those eating a high protein and higher fat breakfast burn more fat during the day compared to those consuming carbs. Reach for some eggs rather than that banana!

13. Eat More Fiber

Fiber can be another great way to make you feel fuller and prevent yourself from overeating. One of the best ways to get fiber is through vegetables or fiber supplement like Quest bars.

14. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

This is an often overlooked aspect of health and fitness. Not getting a good night’s rest can wreak havoc on your metabolism making it much easier to gain weight.

15. Use a Step Counter

Using a step counter can be a great way to see how active you are. Shoot for a step goal hit it every day to maintain your fitness.

16. Fit in 20 Minutes of Activity

Life can be busy which makes staying in shape that much harder. If you set aside time every day to be active, even for just 20 minutes, you may find that staying fit is that much easier.

17. Use a Ball Chair

Using a ball chair can help you work your core during the day while working at your desk. This way you can train your abs and still get your work done.

18. Take Your Phone Calls on the Go

If your job entails many business calls, try taking your business calls while taking a walk. A thirty-minute conference call can turn into a 30-minute walk and that can help you stay in shape!

19. Don’t Pair Carbs and Fat

Plan your meals so you aren’t eating a lot of carbs and fat at the same time. Research has found that this can lead fat storage which will not be beneficial for staying fit.

20. Try a Little Caffeine

Caffeine can be a great way to not only give you more energy but also burn a few more calories. If you find yourself feeling lethargic and sedentary, drink some coffee to wake up and start moving!

You’ve worked so hard to get fit, staying fit should not be as difficult as we often make it. Of course if you go back to a life full of junk food, sitting on the coach, and no exercise, these tips won’t work for you. However, if you are still trying to life that healthy lifestyle, these tips could be just the thing to make it that much easier to stay fit!