5 Ways To Get A Good Physique 0 8917

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It’s no secret that looking good is hard work. Some are born with natural good looks and gorgeous body’s while others have to dedicate tons of time and energy to looking as good as they want to be. Getting a good physique isn’t always an open and shut case; even those with natural genes have to put in work from time to time. Getting a good physique isn’t something that happens overnight, it has to be deliberate, and there is a need to adopt a particular lifestyle. Certain changes and adjustments should guide your daily activities.

There are numerous ways to get a good physique; the easiest way is to join a gym and begin a weight lifting training program. In a month or so, you are bound to see changes that should please you. However, sometimes the results of all that hard work are covered up by excess fat, so hitting the gym a few times a week won’t cut it. It’s a vital part, however, not the most important by far. To have a proper aesthetic and balanced physique, one needs to pay attention to all parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not just lifting weights.

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Nutrition

It’s the backbone of the entire enterprise, as important as it is to lift weights to get the glamorous shape you’ve been dying for, you have to eat properly for all that to happen. When dealing with a delicate subject like nutrition, it’s important to establish some ground rules. Different people eat differently; they tend to structure their eating pattern based on their body type. For example, someone looking to cut down a few kilos needs to eat below his required daily caloric intake. This means no side snacks that aren’t fruits – and definitely no candy bars. And most importantly, they need to watch their fatty food intake. While a person on the skinny-side needs to focus on eating more proteins like lean meats and legumes to bulk up in order to grow muscles.

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So it’s a really tricky subject, but regardless of your dietary goals there are certain general rules that must be followed. These rules are:

  1. Stick to whole foods; no snacks or processed foods
  2. Stick to water; no carbonated drinks or sugar-filled juices
  3. Lay off the alcohol; to get an athletic physique you need to lay off counterproductive items like beer. It allows fat to store in  the wrong places. Reducing your alcohol intake should have a significant effect on your overall physical appearance.

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When you’re looking to build an athletically-pleasing body, it’s important to consult with a nutritionist to put you on the right path. We can provide general advice, but a nutritionist can properly instruct your eating pattern, discuss your body goals, and construct a meal plan that is tailor-made to maximize the effects of your lifestyle choices.

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Hitting the gym

Most people assume that hitting the gym entails building up muscle mass through weight lifting exercises and some light cardiovascular exercises.

Some people aren’t up for the whole looking “buff” thing. So there are body weight exercises, if executed with perfect form and consistently, can lead to   minor muscle gains and body definition. Body weight exercises are less effective than weight lifting and, fortunately, that’s not a bad thing. Certain body weight exercises provide muscle tones, carve them out, and get you looking good without necessarily causing massive increases in muscle size. A little cardio and body weight exercises should get you that dream body in no time.

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Sleep more

The average human being needs about 6 hours of sleep daily, but what does that have to do with building a great physique? Insufficient sleep can lead to a decrease in the secretion of growth hormones – which means that your muscles won’t be as big or strong as they should be. A great night’s rest enhances the secretion of the growth hormone, which is something you want when you’re trying to get a toned physique.  A good night’s rest will not only give your body the time it needs to heal, it also will have you feeling fresh every morning – ready to face the day. Less sleep has been known to cause cravings, and a substantial decrease in overall weight loss, which is counterproductive to the whole weight loss program if that’s what you’re aiming for.

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Hydrate

Drinking plenty of water is half the job. For all the gut-wrenching exercises you’ll experience on your fitness journey, your body needs to hydrate regularly. Water controls and regulates the body’s temperature, it aids proper digestion, lubricates the joints, and transports nutrients all over the body. It is arguably the most important substance in the body.

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And that’s why it’s important to drink plenty of it and avoid dehydration. When exercising, the body cannot perform at its full capacity unless it has been stocked up with plenty of water. Hydrating during workout sessions is important. Drinking plenty of water before and after workout sessions can regulate the body’s temperature and give you a strength boost. Sports drinks should be chosen carefully, some of them could end up doing more harm than good. They are usually loaded with calories and sugar.

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Working out with a friend

As clichéd as this might sound, it’s one of the most effective ways to get fit. Getting fit is all about consistency, not giving up, repeating exercises, and changing your lifestyle to accommodate your new goals. All these things may take its toll on the mind and body, without proper guidance it would be almost impossible not to give up. That’s why it’s important to find a friend that will help push you over, through, and around obstacles. Anyone could help you really; it could be a mentor, a friend, or your very own personal trainer. All you need is someone who will keep you going through the good and hard times.

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Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do At Home 0 57452

Working Out At Home

It can be especially difficult to drive to the gym and spend hours there if you simply don’t have the time. Some people have crazy schedules and can’t afford to spend all their spare time at the gym. The drive there is just too time-consuming. Since most people don’t have an indoor gym or expensive equipment at home, they tend to assume it’s impossible to get an intense workout without fancy equipment. So not true!

Before there were fancy equipment that do some of the work for you, there were great exercises that capitalize on your bodyweight, get you sweating, and give you that great burn you’re looking for. Here are some of the most effective bodyweight exercises that will target all of your essential muscle groups. These are just a few of them. There are an extensive and surprising amount of bodyweight exercises that burn your muscles; these ones just cover the essentials.

Push Ups
Pushups

Pushups

Pushups are the bread and butter of bodyweight exercises. Most people are familiar with this exercise and tend to think it’s clichéd and ineffective, but we beg to differ. Basic pushups target the pectorals and triceps mostly, it also hits the anterior deltoids, the serratus anterior, and the abdominal muscles. Suffice to say, it hits a lot of muscle groups at the same time. There are a lot of ways to isolate specific muscles like the pectorals through pushup variations like diamond pushups, or core and shoulders with Spiderman pushups or pike. The basic pushup entails a simple range of movements. Start off by finding a mat and continue by placing both hands beneath your shoulders and then stretching your legs until you are resting on the balls of your feet. Close your legs until they are firmly tight. When you are done you should be in a plank position.

Lower your body until you achieve a 90° angle or lower and then try to get back into starting position and repeat that range of motion again.

The benefits of a proper pushups are endless. They target all major muscle groups of the upper torso and carve them out. It is the singular most encompassing upper body exercise. If you’re a newbie to pushups, you should start with box pushups and knee pushups and work your way up to a full pushup.

Box Pushups
Box Pushups

Box pushups

Get on the mat and assume a crawling position, then lower your body until your chest is almost touching the ground, and get back into starting position.

Knee Pushups
Knee Pushups

Knee pushups

Knee pushups are just like a tweaked box pushup. You start at a crawling position, then you lift your feet off the floor so that only your knees and your palms are the only part of your body touching the floor. Then you lower your body and simultaneously stretch forward and return back to starting position.

To get a worthwhile workout focusing on pushups you should complete 20 reps and sets of each exercise.

Situps
Sit-ups

Sit-ups

Sit-ups are also very effective and clichéd; like most clichéd exercises they have variations that stem from their original range of motion. Exercises like crunches and reverse crunches, were formed from observing the sit-up. The sit-up targets the abdominal muscles and works them hard (if repeated enough times). To pull off a sit-up, you need a mat and a partner (ideally). Sit-ups are somewhat problematic in that it’s hard to keep your feet down while performing the exercise. It’s also possible to perform a sit-up without help. First you lie on the mat face up and then try to bend your knees until they reach a 90° angle. Make sure your feet are touching the mat, they should not leave the mat at any point during the exercise. With both your arms tucked behind your neck, try to reach your knees with both elbows and return back to starting position. If this action proves difficult you should get a partner and try again. Also, when performing the exercise, try not to use your hands to pull your body upwards, it compromises the entire exercise. Keep your chin up! 30 reps of sets should be enough for a thorough workout.

Jump Rope
Jump Rope

Jump rope

Jump ropes make you remember simpler times… That simple range of motion can take you back decades, you remember the other kids you played with, you remember hopscotch, but what you don’t remember is how tired you got after playing jump rope for a long time. Jump rope, as simple as it seems, is very effective. It’s so effective it’s almost better than jogging, well, almost. Jump rope has been said to burn an equal amount of calories as jogging, if done at a fast pace. The beautiful thing about jump rope is that you can do it in the confines of your own home, and it can be every day without having to leave the house. With 20 minutes of jump rope every day you get good cardio without prior planning or stress. Take a trip down memory lane today!

Pull-ups
Pull-ups

Pull-ups

Pull-ups are one of the few bodyweight exercises that can give you massive gains when it comes to back width. It attacks the lateral muscles which are responsible for most of the width of the back and give guys that coveted V-shape. Pull-ups alone, if done properly and consistently, can give you a properly toned back and aid substantial growth. If you’re looking for a toned physique, this exercise is right up your alley. It’s important to note that this exercise doesn’t necessarily get your back looking all muscly, you need to do it for a long time to get that look going. For this exercise, you need a pull-up bar or just any bar that is above your head (and can hold your bodyweight). Stretch both arms upwards and grab the bar, widen your grip, your arms should be around shoulder length apart, and pull up your body from the ground. You should try to cross your legs to make the exercise easier. When your chin is above the bar and you have completed the full motion, squeeze your back and hold it for a second or so before returning to the starting position. It’s important to note that while doing this exercise, your feet should not touch the floor.

Pull-ups are particularly tricky so you should do each set until you fail and complete about to sets.

YouTube videos

Modern technology has allowed us access to an almost infinite source of knowledge. YouTube is considered one of the greatest assets of the 21st century. It’s a livelihood to some, entertainment to others, and a wealth of knowledge to those who seek it. There are various channels stocked with videos that feature exercises that target your desired muscle groups. There are numerous bodyweight exercises that are far more complex and rewarding than the ones we’ve listed above, and they come with clear, visual instructions that will help you perform them. It’s never a bad idea to visit YouTube. There are exercises that will address your specific needs and help you get an intense workout from the comfort of your own home.

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Water is pretty ordinary when you think about it. Most of us drink it every day without thinking much about it, and most people don’t even know that it can taste different in different locations and based on the source. Many just think it has a uniform taste, well, it doesn’t! That is because there are elements in water that most people don’t know about. Water tends to vary in content depending on where you find yourself. It usually contains minerals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, or calcium, etc. The list is endless! These minerals are actually pretty important. Calcium, for example, makes your bones strong. Water can be a legitimate and effective source of minerals that our body can’t make on its own, yet desperately needs.

Water Faucet
Water Faucet

Contrary to popular belief, water that runs from a faucet is stocked with minerals. The presence of these minerals are so important that some governments regulate the “total dissolved solids” present in the water supply of certain regions. Although there are substantial deposits of minerals in tap water, they may or may not exactly agree with your body. For example, regional water might be rich in sodium, which could be pretty disastrous for individuals with high blood pressure. The concentrations of minerals across regions are random at best, there is always a chance that your drinking water could be bad for you. First World Example: Flint, Michigan, USA.

Well Water
Well Water

Aside from the minimal complications that could arise from the presence of certain minerals in tap water, there are far nastier possibilities. Governmental organizations like the FDA regulate the content of water to make sure it’s safe for consumption. Without organizations like the FDA there could be some major consequences. In more rural areas, people tend to rely on natural water sources like wells, streams, and rivers. Although these water sources are filled with some A-grade minerals (which are good for you), they don’t tend to remain pure, and often get easily contaminated. Unlike underground water deposits and springs, they are not preserved by their very nature. They are out in the open for animals to die in, for fertilizers and pesticides to contaminate. It is possible to have an uncontaminated natural water source like streams and wells but they are hard to keep pure and probably are not worth risking nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps over. So it’s always safe to stick with more regulated water sources. So if you’re drinking well water, you probably should stop drinking that and opt for some good ol’ fashioned tap water or mineral water (if you miss all those extra minerals).

Stream Water
Stream Water

Additional minerals like calcium and sodium is probably one of the reasons that people drink mineral water… well, that and the taste. Some people are just suckers for taste. Since drinking mineral water is actually much healthier than soda or juice people tend to go for it. However, some drink mineral water for that extra mineral boost that they contain. Certain regions could have low concentrations of minerals like calcium or zinc – and the right mineral water could provide that extra boost if you want it!

Bottled Water
Bottled Water

All mineral water is not identical or balanced. They are rich in some minerals and low in others. Since mineral water comes from natural sources like springs and lakes, it’s not really surprising that they don’t all contain the same minerals.

Spring Water
Spring Water

Mineral water is just like tap water in that it contains minerals, except it contains all the essential minerals and costs way more. People’s views on mineral water are conflicting. Some believe that it’s a waste of money because tap water provides similar minerals that some people pay lots of money for, and others think it’s a substantial source of mineral resources that the body needs and tap water just doesn’t have enough. Both sides have a valid point. No side is particularly wrong, but that’s not the issue…

Fresh Water
Fresh Water

The issue is which mineral water gives you your money’s worth – they aren’t exactly cheap after all. There are a lot of mineral water brands out there, so there’s a need to figure out which mineral water gives you your money’s worth in terms of its taste and its attributes. It’s also important to find out which affordable mineral water can provide all the essential minerals.

Fiji Water
Fiji Water

Fiji Water

If you’re looking for affordable (and tasty!) you should consider Fiji water. It’s pretty smooth-tasting and is actually from Fiji. Aside from its unimaginative name and high magnesium levels, Fiji water is absolutely spectacular. It contains essentials like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It also has a little bit of chloride, silica, bicarbonate, sodium, etc. It has a spectacular taste and does not linger in your mouth. It also has a standard pH level that hovers around 8 – which is not too bad. Too little pH, and the water would taste bland and you’d be drinking alkaline water, which surprisingly doesn’t actually have any medical benefits or side effects. Fiji water checks most of the boxes: it’s mineral rich, spectacular tasting so it doubles as a soda, the bottle is not weirdly-shaped, and it has a moderate pH level. The only box that this water doesn’t exactly check is the affordability box. Fiji water isn’t cheap, yet it’s not particularly expensive either. The average person could not probably stock up on this brand of water, which leads us to the next suggested water.

Crystal Geyser
Crystal Geyser

 

 

 

Crystal Geyser

Crystal Geyser isn’t the tastiest mineral water out there. It has what some describe as a slightly chemical or mineral taste. However, what it lacks in taste, it more than makes up for in quality and price. Crystal Geyser is FAR cheaper than Fiji water – it’s almost half of the price! This substantial difference makes buying in bulk conceivable. This particular brand of water is loaded with all the right minerals. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Admittedly, this brand is not as rich in minerals as other more exotic and expensive brands like Fiji or Resource, yet it’s cheap, local, and tastes better than other mineral water of the same price range and mineral content.

The two brands above are not necessarily the better of the two categories established. This review is strictly from a personal perspective and should be instructive in maximizing your experience. These brands fulfill all nutritional and taste requirements. While they don’t check all the boxes, they give you a great deal for your money. Regardless of whether you choose to buy these brands, it should be noted that before purchasing any mineral water brand you should a little research to find out if its contents are compatible with your health requirements. So be careful when choosing brands!

If you’re drinking a more expensive brand of mineral water you should probably consider Fiji. The odds are that Fiji tastes better than your current choice. And, if you don’t have much to spend on mineral water, you should consider a choice that you can stock up on without breaking the bank.

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