How to shave inches off your waist in weeks 0 72742

Shave Inches Off Your Waist In Weeks

For men and women, the waistline is an important part of their physical appearance. For guys, a slim waist can get you closer to that V-shape and for women, it can call attention to your more prominent features. A smaller waist is one feature that both genders find important when it comes to fitness and that is why it’s important to devote time and effort to it. Men tend to retain fat in their abdomen while women tend to retain fat around their waist, these sex-specific fat deposits are advantageous only when it’s in a small proportions and, on the female body, too much fat around the waist can take away that sexy look that it was supposed to provide.

Knocking a few inches off your waist is not particularly easy, fat around the waist tends not to burn easily – after all fat is supposed to be there. To burn waist fat there is a need to drastically change your routine.

First off, you need to eat healthier. You need to get down with the idea of a greener, fruitier diet and stick to it, no more trans-fat and sugar-based foods and drinks. Then you need to work your abdominal muscles, targeting the obliques especially and finally, do a lot of Vacuums. Vacuums are the secrets to a slim, carved-out midsection. Improving your exercise routines and nutritional intake helps to get your body in that sweet spot that will let the effects of the vacuums really show.

Eating healthier

It’s popularly known that excess stomach fat can lead to heart-related diseases and obesity. So if you aren’t particularly interested in a smaller waistline, the probability of an early grave should prompt you to make some changes. Added sugar is incredibly unhealthy, it contains high concentrations of fructose and glucose. The body can’t use all those excess ingredients, so it tricks the body to store and form body fat. The key is to avoid foods and beverages that contain added sugar like soda and chips. Processed foods contain ridiculous amounts of sugar. It’s wise to cut back on them completely if you can, but if you can’t, you should always check the sugar content on the label so you know what you are up against. Make more healthy diet choices like fruits, whole grains and vegetables, and consume lots of protein – that could be beef, eggs, lentil, milk etc. The gist is to avoid processed foods and always eat a balanced diet. Your change in food choice is bound to reflect on your waistline if you can stick to it!

Here comes the challenging part of the three step plan. This part involves exercise, and I mean lots of it. Fat generally stores around the stomach and waist which means that you need to pay attention to your obliques, this means a lot of isolating exercises and cardio.

The plank

One of the most effective yet common exercises. It doesn’t exactly target the obliques, it’s more focused on the entire core region or mid-section. It’s a good compound exercise that can get you closer to that smaller waist and work on your abs at the same time.

 

Russian Twists
Russian Twists

Russian twists

Russian twists target the obliques, and it’s this part of the mid-section that houses most of the fat around the waist. It is more effective when executed with a light weight. It helps you develop balance in your core. It also focuses on the upper abdominals because of the part of the abdomen active during the exercise.

Windshield Wipers
Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers

Don’t let the name fool you, this exercise will wipe your obliques. They target the core and the obliques simultaneously, and improve core strength.

Side Plank With Twist
Side Plank with Twist

Side plank with twist

This is a bit different from the usual plank. This variation targets the side of the oblique involved in the exercise at that time. Since the entire body rests on one side, the exercise ends up working that side extensively.

Ab Crunches
Ab Crunches

Ab Crunches

Ab crunches focus mainly on your upper abdominals and carve them out. It’s a filler exercise that is meant to ensure that more than one part of your abdomen is getting all the work.

Cardio

Never underestimate the power of excellent cardio. It helps the body burn fat and improves the health of the heart. Good cardio helps you maintain a low body fat and keep your body toned.

Vacuums

This exercise is what everything has been about. It’s so important that it gets its own section! Vacuums are so effective that you can shave inches off your waist by just doing them every day for a month, but there’s a catch, vacuums are somewhat temporary, once you stop, your waist goes back to its original size – well, not exactly. Aside from this little hiccup the possibilities are endless. It is possible to lose 3 to 4 inches in little as 2 to 3 weeks – it’s crazy right?! Vacuums target the tranversus abdominus, which involves an isometric movement of those muscles and the result of doing that over and over again is a small waist.

To perform a stomach vacuum, you place both hands on your waists and exhale until your lungs are empty then inhale until you can’t anymore then hold it for a while and let it out again. That’s a single rep. To see significant results you need to do this as much as you can. A fair warning though – they might take some getting used to. They feel weird and unnatural at first, but when done properly and consistently, you can expect results in a month or so. For vacuums to be fully effective you need to develop a healthy diet and work towards a low body fat percentage. This exercise is the icing on the cake, which is why it’s recommended to first get used to other ab exercises so that they can help chip away at overall waist fat. For newbies you should try holding each set for 15 seconds.

Let us know how it goes!

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What are nootropics? 0 70455

Nootropics, according to Corneliu E. Giurgea, the father of nootropics, are drugs that simultaneously enhance learning and memory, protect the brain, increase the efficacy of brain-related control mechanisms, should lack the pharmacologic structure of psychotropic drugs, and be devoid of side effects. Over time, the description has been expanded to include other non-drug substances.

Whether or not drugs are involved, the idea of nootropics is that they boost mental capacity, allowing you to accomplish goals that would be quite strenuous without them. They are used by various individuals, ranging from students wanting to get more studying done or turning in a paper on time, to engineers trying to figure out a problem.

What are nootropics made of?

Nootropics are traditionally made of naturally-occurring substances like ginseng, or synthetic substances in the form of chemicals not uncommon in drugs (like L-Theanine). Even though Corneliu Giurgea’s description referred to drugs, nootropics have evolved to include non-synthetic substances that can give similar outputs. Nootropics are sometimes called “smart drugs”.

Various nootropics

The large range of nootropics make it difficult to describe them with a blanket sentence other than “they boost brain performance”. So, instead of a generalization, here is a short list of popular nootropics, as well as their specific actions, and possible side effects.

1. Caffeine: Caffeine is without-a-doubt the most popular nootropic, being present in most nootropic substances available on the market. It’s effective in wakefulness, improved concentration, increased motivation, alertness, and focus.

The side effects of caffeine are as well-known as its usefulness. Excessive consumption of caffeine causes insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, tachycardia (elevated heart rate), and even muscle tremors.

2. L-Theanine: Unlike Guarana, L-Theanine is an amino acid that can be found in many tea leaves and herbs. It’s known to aid stress relief and reduce anxiety. Even though is also taken to increase focus and attention, stress relief is its most evidence-based function.

Its side effects may include nausea and irritability.

3. CPD Choline: CPD Choline is naturally-occurring in humans and animals and is an intermediate substance in a common biochemical process that involves converting Choline to Phosphaatidylcholine. Studies show that CPD protects the brain, especially in times of low oxygen supply. In addition, it also increases alertness and consciousness.

Being a natural substance in the body, CPD has no negative effects, except when it is taken in excess, where it can cause stomachaches and diarrhea.

4. Modafinil: As far as performance-boosting drugs go, Modafinil tops the list, having been shown to increase fatigue resistance, improve mood, as well as increase motivation and vigilance. It really is a wonder drug, often rumored to be used by sleep-deprived doctors.

Its side effects are abuse-induced, which means you may suffer things like chronic headaches, if you use it all the time to fight fatigue, without getting enough sleep.

5. Guarana: Guarana, also called Guaranine, is a plant with well-researched and documented effects of improved mental focus and alertness. It is also taken for various other purposes from weight loss to exercise tolerance, but these have not been proven.

Being a naturally-occurring fruit, it does not have severe side effects. However, users have been known to experience insomnia and fatigue when taken in high doses.

6. Panax Ginseng: Certain herbs are sometimes assumed to have positive, even performance-enhancing effects. One of the most popular is Ginseng. Common in East Asia and North America, the plant does not have any nootropic effects backed by strong scientific evidence. However, it has been said to increase energy levels and activity.

Ginseng does not have any known side effects.

7.Ginkgo Biloba: Also a leaf extract, it is wildly known as a cognitive enhancer, with weak scientific evidence to support it.

8. Vitamin B12: The controversy surrounding vitamin B12 is that it may not be a nootropic, as it does not have any noticeable, quick-onset effects. It is considered more of supplement and nutritional requirement than a nootropic. However, it’s on this list because some people still consider it a smart drug.

Nootropic tolerance

Overuse of many nootropics can lead to your body building tolerance, and needing more and more of the substance to get the same effect. It’s a little like what happens with regular alcohol drinkers. They often need more and more alcohol to feel its effects.

Things to remember about nootropics

Many individuals have their definition of nootropics, thus making it a controversial topic. The situation is made worse by substances that are claimed to boost productivity but have not yet been proven. Amongst all these controversies, here are some points for you to keep in mind about nootropics:

  1. They are performance-boosting substances and are often used to get an extra edge.
  2. They should be free of side effects, and should have low toxicity.
  3. They contain naturally-occurring substances.
  4. They work by interacting with receptors in the brain.
  5. Even though they are supposed to be side effect free, some supposed nootropics do have side effects.
  6. Some substances considered nootropics work, and some don’t.
  7. The adverse effects of nootropics can sometimes be avoided by keeping dosage low and cycling between usage and abstinence.

5 Yoga moves to add to your daily stretching today 0 53386

Introduction

It’s no surprise that the practice of yoga has grown in popularity over the last couple of decades. It has several benefits like core strengthening and improved flexibility. However, yoga has several poses and positions that can get a little confusing when choosing what poses to do to achieve your goals. Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to raise the bar during your yoga, this is the post for you.

A brief history on the origin of yoga

Modern yoga as we know it is a combination of different poses and forms, evolved over centuries and modified by different practitioners. Take the first ever recorded instance of yoga, which dates as far back as the 2nd century which, although it was not clearly described as yoga, involved a sitting posture described to require a steady form and comfort. The form was assumed for meditation, not unlike what we have today. In about the 11th century, there was a description of a non-seated pose in which the practitioner balances on the hands. As the centuries passed, yoga became more evolved, and more adapted to modern cultures like ours.

Simple forms

Even though yoga has changed over the years, there are simple poses that have remained relatively constant through the ages, retaining their simplicity and form.

Here are 5 of those simple forms that can be incorporated into your daily routine

  1. Lotus Position: The lotus is one of the most fundamental positions in yoga, with a long history like we discussed. The lotus has a special position among all the stretches and positions not just because it is the oldest, but also because it is key to meditation, which is a big part of yoga.

To enter the sitting position:

  • Sit on the mat with your legs and your back straight
  • Fold your legs so that your feet now rest under your thigh as you relax and let your feet rest comfortably on the floor.
  1. Cow position: The cow position is also a relatively easy position to attain. It is especially good for stretching and relaxing the back muscles as it involves stretching the vertebrae (back bone) and the spinal muscles.

To perform the cow position,

  • Start by kneeling on all fours (hands directly beneath shoulders, and knees directly beneath the hips)
  • Breath in and turn your head upwards as if to look at the ceiling, forming an upward facing curve with your back (the hollow facing upwards)
  • Breath out and return to the neutral position
  • Repeat as necessary
  1. Child Position: The child pose is different from the cow position, only because it stretches the back in the opposite direction, as well as the neck, arms, and legs. It also tones and strengthens the core muscles, giving a mild general body stretch. The child pose is especially good in situations where you don’t have a lot of time during the session. It is a great pose for stretching a lot of areas at once.

To enter the child position:

  • Kneel on all fours like in the cow position
  • Lower your hips so your thighs touch your calves
  • Lean forward, and extend your arms so your elbow and hands touch the mat
  • Maintain the position for the desired length of time
  • Repeat
  1. Bridge pose: So named because of the way the body resembles a bridge when done correctly. The bridge position can be considered the opposite of the child’s pose because here, the back is active and extended, with the hips and knees flexed and bearing most of the body’s weight. The bridge is good for stretching the abdominal muscles and the thighs.

To enter the bridge position:

  • Lie flat on your back and bend your knees
  • With your bent knees, elevate your body so your buttocks and lower back lift off the mat
  • Bring your arms forward so they are positioned directly beneath your body
  • Be sure to keep your upper back and head on the mat during the pose
  • Hold for as long as necessary and repeat as desired
  • Repeat
  1. Locust Position: The locust position is an intermediate level position, because of the core strength it requires to execute. It is very similar to the “superman” in resistance training. While the superman is for strength building, the locust is for stretching and relaxation. It concentrates on the arms, legs and upper back.

To enter the locust position:

  • Lie on your chest with your arms and legs stretched out on the mat
  • Lift your legs from the hip off the mat, while simultaneously lifting your head, arms, and upper chest
  • Maintain the position for the desired length of time
  • Repeat

Incorporate these stretches and positions into your daily routine to increase strength, flexibility, and improve inner-peace. Let us know what you think!

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