The Best Health and Fitness Strategies

Health and fitness are two categories that everyone knows a little bit about. While most of us can give a simple description of some methods for practicing proper health and fitness, there are still many key factors that are overlooked or completely unknown. For those of you striving to get a six pack, tone those legs, abs, stomach, and butt, fight off obesity, get bigger more muscular arms, or lose that gut (maybe for a girlfriend) don’t get discouraged. Everyone can look beautiful without getting a makeover or even joining a health club, it just takes the correct steps.One of the fastest and most effective solutions to help lose weight and promote good health is portioning food. Did you know that the serving size of meat is considered the same size as a deck of cards? Sometimes it can be hard to tell how much is too much and with excessive overeating body weight be can become overweight according to the bmi index. A bmi calculator or body mass index calculator can be a starting guide for finding where one stands with his or her body weight proportions compared to what the average person of his or her size weighs. You can find a bmi calculator on my page below.Fitness can be looked at from a number of different angles. Workout plans, strength training, power training, weight lifting, cardio, bodybuilding, and muscle mass routines all fall into the category of fitness but can be a mouthful when seeking simple, effective techniques to improve fitness. The funny thing is, sometimes the best workout routines to get a six pack, help lose weight, or flatten stomach are the ones that don’t involve a health club or wellness center. They are the ones that involve speedy methods that everyone can do. Simply gardening, cleaning the house, jumping in place, really anything can be considered a key method for practicing good fitness as long as something is being done. Working up a sweat doing yard work without going to the gym is better than not going to the gym and having no exercise at all. The point is, exercise does not need to be difficult and it can even be fun! Just do something that will pump that blood through your veins and give your heart some physical fitness too.Whether it be pregnancy, having no time, physical ailments, or lack of motivation 24 hour fitness, all day, everyday does not need to scare you off because it is not reality. Just keep it simple and you will be taking one more step towards the beauty you desire. For more information, guides, tips, methods, techniques, and videos to improve nutrition and health simply check out my page below.

The Three Simple C’s to Ensure You Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals

Reducing body fat, increasing lean muscle mass or simply getting a bit fitter to cope with the vigor of everyday life can be a massive challenge. This challenge often becomes frustrating with results often coming very, very slowly. Losing weight, gaining muscle and trying to achieve health/fitness goals are based on a multidimensional parameter. Training type, training time, training frequency, nutrition intake, fluid intake, alcohol consumption, sleep patterns and stress can all play a huge part.This short article isn’t designed to look at the total picture and take every aspect of lifestyle management into consideration. I am simply going to look at the time spent in the gym and how following the ‘Three C’s’ principle will make your time in the gym more efficient and more effective leaving you with more time to do the other things you enjoy in life. It will also make you look forward to your next gym visit and believe me…the RESULTS WILL COME!!!As a Personal Trainer, I spend half my life in the gym environment and I see these three simple points carried out ineffectively by almost 80% of gym visitors. That means 80% of gym visitors are not implying simple strategies to help them achieve their goals. So what are the Three C’s? The Three C’s are Continuously, Consistently and Creativity. So let me explain each one individually and how if performed correctly will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.This may sound strange but a recent survey found that 37% of gym members once they start training do not train continuously. By all means when training there are times when we obviously rest, these rest periods are incorporated into the training program. But coffee breaks, reading the news paper, constant chatting amongst gym members and a distinct lack of focus on the training session at hand is many frustrated exercises biggest downfall. So when we are in the gym lets ensure we are focused ad exercising continuously. A great point using weight loss for an example would be ensuring the heart rate remains above 60%, throughout the whole training session.The second C is Consistency. Sure one great gym session is going to help, but that alone is not enough. To achieve our goals, for example weight loss we need to be exercising frequently (3 – 5 times per week). So Consistency in following your gym routine is crucial in order to get results.The final C is Creativity. In order to train continuously and consistently your exercise routine needs to be creative. A creative routine will keep you both physically and mentally stimulated. Rather than using fixed machines three times a week in the same monotonous way, incorporate body weight exercises, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and stability balls to keep challenging your body. For more advice on these types of equipment speak to a personal trainer at your gym or health club. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help!To sum up and more importantly, ensure that you put this into action follow the three simple points. They will lead to a Fitter, Healthier and revitalized you that gets results from the gym, enjoys the gym and attends the gym regularly:1) Make sure we train continuously for the allocated period of time in accordance with our training program.
2) Make sure we train consistently on a weekly and monthly basis ensuring each training session is implemented as successfully as possible.
3) Make your routine as creative as possible to kick boredom in to touch. This will ensure long term our exercise routine is sustainable and both physically and mentally challenging.Healthy ThanksSam O’Sullivan
(South Wales, Uk based Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer)

21st Century Workplace Education

I have been in the corporate environment for many years and always wondered why do we have a training department? I always thought it should be the Education department. Education is not only in academia. In this century, it is no longer learning in school first and then goes to work, it is a life-long learning. Education goes together with work. There is a continuous evolution of changes taking place and employees at all levels need to be current with what’s going on in the industry and in their line of work. Only then they can come up with creative ideas, think differently, share and make positive contribution. In which case, Education & Development department makes much more sense to me.With mechanization, modernization and technological developments, businesses need fewer people who are trained to do things a specific way and more people who are educated to find new ways of doing things. All people should be able to think and come up with different ways of doing things and offer their thoughts because everyone is an intelligent human being, not just the so called executives. Thinking organizations are constantly alert for new ideas and new methods, keeping in mind the cultural diversity. People across the globe think differently. It is an added advantage to the organization to have diversity from as many angles as possible – experience, education, age, culture, ethnicity and gender leading to a wide variety of different perspectives for better customer focused results.”You don’t train people; you train dogs, snakes, elephants and fish; you educate people.”- Stanley MarcusWhat’s the difference? The word education comes from the Latin ‘educo’, which means to change from within. Training provides an external skill. Education changes the inner person. Training deals only with the doing level. Education teaches people how to think. 1-12 month infants are trained and after a year they too learn to think. This is critical even in schools, to teach the kids to think critically, analytically, logically, conclusively and inferentially.”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. – Chinese proverb. When you give him a fish you train him and when you teach him to fish you’re educating him.Let me give you an example: I received a letter from a company that said they do not have my current address. Well, but I received the letter at the current address. When I called and talked to this young woman she had been trained to act. She had been conditioned to recite her memorized lines. She has rehearsed it to perfection. But she had not been educated in customer interaction.She said, ‘Please fill in the form and send us your correct address’. I said, “if you don’t have the correct address how did I get this letter from you to the correct address?’ She has not been taught to listen to the customer, to think about what the customer is expressing. She is a robot. Often times we try to standardize everything including interactions!! I have seen in corporate environment where people are given scripts to greet, answer the questions and solve problems. What is happening in corporate world? Getting brainless robots? How can they provide service to customers? Can they have a decent conversation on customer needs? The last question she asked me was ‘Is there anything else I can do for you?” I am sure many of you who read this article have heard this question.Education deals with the feeling level, the way we respond to stimuli. First we think about it, then we begin to feel it, then we choose our behavior and act based on that feeling.Training attempts to add on the qualities needed for success. Education builds them in. Training is required to teach a specific skill or to learn a specific procedure. But it is ridiculous to develop a process for human interaction… Corporations believe in a myth to develop a process for everything including smiling, greeting and thanking. You’re in a sealed box and they keep saying ‘think outside the box’. It’s vital and crucial for corporations to invest in ways that let people grow by knowing to think for themselves.* Training focuses on teaching people yesterday’s skills.
* Education focuses on teaching them to develop tomorrow’s skills.”You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about yesterday.” – Charles KetteringWe continue to spend our time in the past, teaching people what to do instead of focusing on how they think, feel and behave; far too much time is spent on getting a job done and conforming instead of producing outstanding results and being creative. We have the powerful creative, highly imaginative brain that we hardly use.In my corporate experience for several years, I have seen even high level executives who are short sighted and focus on saving their jobs. It is rare to find people who think of “What kind of company do we want to be in 20 years and what kind of employees will it take to get us there? What can we do to educate them?” People seem to be self centered than being loyal even though their resume says so. Only when people start thinking those questions, we can plan educational development programs to develop competent employees for 21st century.To bring about such changes corporations need behavioral agents, not trainers who are plentiful, easy to find and not particularly expensive. Behavioral facilitators who nurture lasting qualities that won’t become obsolete that quickly are not commonly available. Even if the qualities they taught did become obsolete, people are now educated to think and they will be able to adapt to change. And come up with ways to deal with the changes.If yours is a thinking organization, you should be able to:Talk directly to people in other departments and divisions, to customers and suppliers.
Form teams across departmental lines and employees at all levels, to execute new projects or to solve common problems.
Ask front line employees for their opinions and rewarded for ideas that work on a regular basis.
Treat mistakes and failures as learning experiences and not as black marks against people who then get fired.
Thinking organizations are made up of people who are educated in such skills as goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making, communication and conflict management, negotiation, total quality management (TQM), time management and teamwork.