“When I was doing P90X, one thing Tony said really resonated with me. And, no, it wasn’t “Don’t smash your face,” although that’s good advice. It was “Too many people stop way before they should.”
It’s true. If you’re really struggling to get that last rep up and you’re feeling totally hammered, stop. But, if you’re just tired, and want to quit, it’s your mind getting in the way of your results. You almost certainly have more left in the tank than you think, and those last reps are where the magic happens.
How can something as seemingly simple as meditation help you stay on track with your fitness goals? It doesn’t burn extra calories, or make cupcakes magically turn into carrots, but numerous studies have shown meditation to be an effective way to reduce stress and improve mental focus. Stress causes spikes in cortisol, which has been linked to increased abdominal fat. Could reducing stress through meditation be the secret to a flat stomach? We won’t go that far, but reducing stress can help to improve your digestion and stop you from stress-eating an entire tube of Pringles. Greater focus can help you keep your eyes on the prize so you stick with your plan to exercise and eat clean every day. It can also help you stay
Want a rock hard stomach and a strong core? Whether you practice holding a standard plank, a side plank, or the elbow plank, you’re on your way there. Now, you can’t spot reduce fat, but you can target and tone up specific muscles so when the fat burns off, you’re left with a sexy, toned core underneath.
If you’re holding a standard plank, here are some tips from expert Steve Edwards you’ll want to keep in mind so you get the best results.
Does it really matter when you stop eating at night? Yes. Even though mathematically it seems to makes sense that if you eat less calories than you burn, it shouldn’t matter if you eat them throughout the day or if you ate them all at once. But that’s not how the body works. Some research believe that eating before you sleep causes weight can because it can knock your circadian rhythms out of whack and reduce your levels of leptin, the hormone that tells you you’re full. The result? Midnight fridge raids in your future.
Let’s be honest. Moving > not moving. But, if you’re like most Americans, you spend an average of 56 hours a week just sitting. In fact, hours probably go by without you having moved from your desk. Or the couch.
I didn’t believe it either, but then I spent a couple days wearing a Fitbit Flex and lo and behold, I noticed that if I didn’t make a concerted effort to get up and walk around, I would clock in less than 1000 steps before 3pm. Combine that with going out to dinner or binge-watching shows after work and that makes for not much movement. Even if I did my daily workout.
Now that you’ve cleared your pantry of all unhealthy things, it’s time to fill it with staples. Here are some of the staples we recommend:
• Whole grain bread and/or pasta
• Brown rice
• Canned beans
• Olive oil
You heard us right. Your challenge today is to empty your desk, cupboards, fridge, freezer, car, and secret snack stash drawer of foods and drinks you shouldn’t be eating. If you want to reach your fitness goal by summer, prevent temptation by removing all junk food from your house. If the packaged foods are unopened, donate them. Read the labels, if a food has un-pronounceable additives or anything ending in -ose (that’s sugar), it goes.