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‘Thinking’ Your Way To Improved Fitness

'Thinking' Your Way To Improved FitnessScientists at Stanford University in California have recently found that physical fitness and exercise are not only reliant on your physical activities and performance, but also your psychological activities and well being.

Trusted study author Octavia Zahrt, Ph.D., noted that perception can either positively or negatively influence your fitness levels and mental health. In other words, experts are realizing, through clinical trials of studying human subjects that not only do people underestimate their current activity levels, but also the roles everyday activities might play in improving your health.

Experts say that often, people will perceive themselves as ‘underperforming’ or not meeting the necessary daily exercise based on the people they commonly surround themselves with or observe in their everyday environment. And, in many studies over the years it has been proven time and time again that the anxiety or stress related to worries of a lack of sufficient fitness can likewise negatively impact your health¬† and even weight.

For many people, just working every day, or taking care of your home and kids around the house can easily be at least half, if not 100% of the recommended levels of physical activities, according to the American Heart Association.

Drs. Zahrt and Crum also recently published findings in the weekly Health Psychology journal that illustrates that at least 80 percent of Americans do not get the required amount of recommended daily exercise. This, however, does not mean that they aren’t ‘close’ to doing so, as often individuals are unaware of just how much is ‘enough.’

A recent clinical study at Stanford University included the observation of 87 hotel room attendants, across seven different hotels to observe their BMI, waist to hip ratio, blood pressure, and weight loss over the course of just four weeks. Ironically enough, all of the participants showed tremendous improvements in their physical health, just based on the exercise they get at work every day alone.

Another concept that scientific researchers are trying to push more to the public is, if and when you are made aware of ‘ or research ‘ your current activity and exercise levels, doing so may very well effectively motivate you to work out MORE!

Positive thinking also goes a long way, as the stress and anxiety of everyday work, school, or family can quickly land people into unwanted spouts of depression, overeating, under eating, and overall missing sufficient sleep necessary to be healthy and efficiently manage their weight.

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Good Reasons For Strength Training

Good Reasons For Strength TrainingIf one watches television enough you’ll think that those weird machines and guru fad diets are the way to fitness. Not so. These methods are based on simple things that you can do on your own and that means knowing the basics of strength training.

Strength training is one of the best overall training regimens that benefit the body and mind on all levels. It’s not about using weights to look like legendary bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno, it’s about using resistance training to shore up the bones, build up the ligaments, increase metabolism, flush out toxins, clear the mind, and much more.

Doctors often recommend resistance training or strength training to any of their patients that are capable of doing them. It’s a preventative and therapeutic move that brings about a better person overall.

Strength training calls for testing each muscle and muscle group until it fails. Meaning you can’t do another repetition of that particular exercise. It means the muscle is tapped out and the muscle tissue is torn and in need of rest and repair. This is how strength and muscle are grown as the body then adds more muscle to repair the damaged tissue. It’s simple biological logic, if a muscle fails, build more muscle to prevent it from failing again.

Don’t worry about strength training being some miserable experience. Today’s strength training regimens have all sorts of great tools and techniques that make it quite the fun experience. You’ve got lots to help you along the way too. New digital body monitoring, your music, your videos, all there to help you keep on pumping it up. This is a far cry from the old days of sweaty, boilermaker gyms. Today’s fitness center or even one’s home can sparkle with excitement and electricity with the latest strength training equipment. Actually, if you put the fun into the goals, you will find yourself more interested in training than going to the local disco. If you join a gym, you’ll meet professionals and local folks who will help you along the way. You can build quite new and vigorous social engagement as well as get fit too. Having positive people who believe in your well-being can only go to your benefit.

So it’s wise to talk to one’s doctor, see if they’ll allow you to do strength training. Your doctor might also recommend a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients that will bring about the best results. If you plan right, and focus on the joy of getting healthy, then your strength training goals should come along smoothly and with big happy results.

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