Benefits Of Incorporating Different Training Styles Into Your Routine

Benefits Of Incorporating Different Training Styles Into Your Routine

In order to keep your muscles in constant confusion, you should try out these styles of training

The key to getting in shape and seeing progress is too incorporate different types of workouts into your training routine. High-intensity interval training, body weight workouts, yoga and weight training should all be a part of your training techniques. All four of these bring different advantages to your health and fitness.

High-intensity interval training is a different type of work out and is one of the tougher types of training to get through.

This training is fast pace and keeps you constantly moving. Many fitness organizations are gearing their workouts towards HIIT and people have seen amazing results. It can incorporate cardio, weights, and body weight exercises to give you the best overall workout.

It’s always good to add different types of training into your weekly workouts.

Using your own body weight is a great way to test your strength. Your body is heavier than you think it is and you can use it to your advantage. This type of training is time efficient because you can train anywhere and all you need is yourself. Pull ups, push ups, squats, donkey kicks and ab exercises are all great bodyweight exercises to incorporate to your cardio days.

Yoga is necessary for the mind and body.

Stretching out your entire body and increasing flexibility will increase your overall health. Yoga is a form of bodyweight training and not only does it increase flexibility, but it also increases strength and tones muscles. Athletes are encouraged to practice yoga because it prevents injury and increases performance. Yoga benefits your mental health as well as your physical health.

Weight training increases strength, but it goes further than that.

This type of training promotes fat burn and improves bone density with aging. Women tend to stay away from weights because they think they will gain too much muscle mass. This is a myth. Weight training tones your muscles and will increase the shape, but won't drastically change the size. Unless you are trying to get bigger muscles and lift an excessive amount, you will not become a bodybuilder.

Incorporate these different types of training to keep your muscles in constant confusion and increase your physical fitness.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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8 Things You Learn When You're Related To A Drug Addict

1. No one is obligated to choose you.

Being the child, or family member of a drug addict can be hard but depending on how you look at it, it can also be a blessing in a very weird way. Here are eight things you learn about life from being the child or family member of a drug addict.

1. No one is obligated to choose you.

2. When people choose you, you know to cherish it.

3. Not everyone is going to understand your situation.

4. People have very skewed opinions about families of drug addicts.

5. People can change.

6. Not all people choose to change.

7. Being selfish is actually a lot of work.

8. Don't judge a book by its cover, or a person by their family members.

There are many things you learn about life, often sooner than most, when you're related or close to a drug addict. In my case, I have many members of my dad's family as well as my dad, who overdosed when I was young, who are addicted to drugs. Seeing people choose substance over blood at a young age is eyeopening, and hard to understand. As you get older and begin to understand the severity of the situation; life becomes clearer. You don't trust everyone you meet, you try to stay away from risky behavior, and family that chooses you becomes all the more important.

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