Why Wait To Lose The Weight?

Why Wait To Lose The Weight?

Don't wait till New Years to start your fitness journey when you can start now.
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Why wait for the new year to start your fitness journey when you can start now?

Everyone always has a new years resolution to become healthy and lose weight, but most of the time they stop within the first month. The gyms going to be absolutely crowded the first Monday after New Years and that will definitely make you self-conscious and not want to be there.

I understand that Christmas is right around the corner, but one day of splurging on your favorite treats will not affect you. As long as you have made the decision in your mind to live a healthier and active lifestyle, then no one is stopping you but yourself.

The first step to starting this journey is going to the gym and getting a membership. A lot of people feel uncomfortable working out alone for the first time, bring a friend and y'all can do it together.

You can't be too intimidated to go to the gym, once you get in there it'll be a piece of cake. Most beginners start by going on the treadmill or bike because it's one of those things that you won't be capable of doing wrong.

If you are unable to afford the gyms fitness trainer, then find a friend who knows what their doing and can help you with the weights. If you don't have anyone to help you then honestly just watch the people in the gym and see the different types of workouts they are doing. You are your biggest enemy and only you can make this change.

Make going to the gym a routine and at least give yourself a day break for your muscles to rebuild themselves.

Make a new goal every day before working out, so you can improve yourself and improve your strength. That little voice inside your head that tells you to quit and say that you are incapable of running a whole mile without stopping, prove it wrong.

The most rewarding thing is feeling like you achieved your goal that day and not let anything get in the way of that. Once you start seeing results it becomes an addiction to better yourself because you finally like what you see in the mirror. Do not give up on yourself and make sure you work hard for the body you want.

When it comes to eating healthy, its hard for everyone because healthy foods are pricey and most people don't know exactly what to eat their diets. However, I believe you should be able to eat whatever you want and not feel bad about it.

No, I'm not saying to go overindulge in fast food because that's truly not good for you but if you want to eat your favorite food then go ahead. I believe that you can eat whatever you want as long as it's in smaller portions and that it's not all your eating on a daily basis.

As long as you are cutting back on it and not overindulging in it, then go for it. It is truly all about portions and deciding to choose the healthier option rather than the unhealthy.

It all comes down to you making the decision to better yourself and become a happier you. Once you make the decision to lose that weight and not to give up when things get hard, then you will do just that.

It is your time to love yourself and love the person in the mirror. Take progress pictures and achieve what you've always wanted without waiting for the new year, it's your time to shine!

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Why We Should All Never Work Out Again

JK still work out just stay hydrated
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Let me tell you the story of last Saturday or as I like to call it the 12 hours I thought I might be dying.

Let us start off with I’m being a bit dramatic when I say I thought I was dying. It is true that I don’t really get sick often and if I do it’s never past a cold. I’ve also never broken a bone. So when I woke up Friday night after falling asleep for an hour and I couldn’t straighten my arm (without it being really painful) I was kind of freaking out.

But let me back up a bit

Thursday night I had lifted weights for the first time in a loooong time. The next day I was a normal sore as I had anticipated. My arm didn’t start to not work until late that night. It was also only my right arm so I didn’t think the two were connected. I decided maybe I slept on it wrong and to try and go back to sleep and maybe it would feel better in the morning.

By morning I had woken up several times and tried to move it with it still hurting extremely bad.

So, that next afternoon I went to the doctor. They took blood and I waited to see how many days I had left. Then the nurse came back. She goes “You are dehydrated!” and starts hooking me up to an IV to put fluids in me. I was confused and a little embarrassed to say the least. I did a pretty good job a drinking water normally and I hadn’t had a headache at all that week which my normal sign I was dehydrated.

The doctor then comes in and explains what happened to me. I will now try to explain it to you my understanding of it.* Basically, when you work out your muscles break down and then that tissue gets flushed out with the water in your system. So, if you haven’t drunk enough water before you work out (me) then it just sits there.

Over the next 24 hours, your muscles start to react and seize up. Normal muscle breaks down levels after a work out is 100 to 150. Mine was over 12,000, which as you probably guessed, are extremely high.

So after two bags of fluids and being in the ER for five hours I was done. They told me to just keep stretching my arm, drinking lots of water, and come back in two days to have another blood test done to make sure my kidneys weren’t failing (a fun side effect if it’s not caught early enough).

So that’s my story and lesson for why everyone needs to drink tons of water especially before working out.

*If you want to look into this more of getting the actual scientific explanation you can go to this website.

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5 Skin, Hair, and Body Benefits of Coffee

From protection from heart failure to promoting hair growth, drinking 2 cups of coffee has major health benefits.
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Two cups of coffee day WILL keep the doctor away! Contrary to what you may think, coffee has many benefits, as do lots of other things that grow out of the ground, as long as you don't drink 40 ounces of it a day with six packs of sugar.

1. May protect against type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee increases the hormone SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) which controls part of the development of type 2 diabetes. A Harvard study discovered that that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day had a 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.p...).

2. Drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure

Drinking 2 cups of coffee a day has been found to (slightly) increase protection against heart failure by the Harvard School of Public Health. After doing five studies around the world including over 140,000 participants, only a little over 6,000 had experienced some sort of heart failure. Although they are still trying to figure out the logistics, it seems this study could lead to something groundbreaking in what does and does not cause heart failure. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/247109.p...)

3. Helps skin with antioxidant

Coffee has certain antioxidants (similar to those in fruit) called flavonoids that fight “premature aging of the skin due to heat, light, pollution, and damaging free radicals.”

4. Reduces under-eye puffiness

The caffeine in coffee helps reduce the puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling.

BONUS:

For point 3 and 4, here’s a perfect face mask to help boost your skin!

1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee

Directions can be found here! (http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-coffee-sc...)

5. Hair Growth

Coffee stimulates the hair roots and improving the structure and help them grow. It blocks the effect of DHT, which is a hormone that can cause baldness or hair loss. Do this by rubbing a handful of coffee into your scalp and rinse after 15 minutes, then use your favorite shampoo and conditioner and you’re good to go! (https://www.rewardme.in/beauty/hair/article/use-co...)

As said before, the key to having coffee as an actual benefit is moderation. I personally like to drink one cup of coffee a day (typically 8-12oz) with nothing in it but almond milk. You can add some raw sugar for flavor, but I have grown accustomed to the less sweet taste.

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