10 Ways to Enjoy Your Workout 563

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If you’ve decided to improve yourself by shaping your body and getting fit, you will eventually start going to the gym. Every workout will be either hard, easy, pleasant, exhausting or else, depending on your attitude toward it.

Many things can disturb you while you work out. Someone can talk you out of going to the gym, you may feel depressed beforehand and let your mood affect your performance there. As in every other aspect of life, positive attitude is most beneficial. Here are some little things to do and consider in order to make the best of your gym session and feel great.

1. Be enthusiastic!

Be one of those people who just love going to the gym. Fill up with energy and think that this may be your best workout. Take your enthusiasm there and keep it through every exercise.

Feel passionate about it before you go, while you train and after that. Spread your excitement and let others admire your thrill.

2. Look forward to it!

Bodybuilders can’t wait to go to the gym. The only day they don’t enjoy is rest day. Be like them.

Think about what part of your body you will work on today and how you will improve it. Remember how you feel and that you are doing something that matters in the gym, you are working on your body, mind and character, you are getting one step closer to success every day, you can feel the benefits, you look and feel better. Carry those feelings and emotions through your day.

3. Do something new!

Before you go, look up a new exciting exercise on the Internet and then try it.

Doing the same movements over and over again can become pretty boring. So to increase motivation in your workouts, be creative and change your program once in a while. Add new exercises, do different combinations of them, try another number of sets and repetitions.

4. Get to the next level!

Okay, you can already run on the treadmill for 30 minutes without getting exhausted. So now what?

Well, that means your body is used to that exercise, it’s still effective but not as much as 40 minutes would be. Add incline, make it interval.

Gym is about improving yourself and that can’t happen if you stay at the same level. So whenever you’ve mastered a certain exercise, add more weights, make it last longer, repeat it more times and so on.

5. Challenge yourself!

Let’s not forget that there is a little battle going on inside us every time we try harder. So don’t save your energy, conquer new frontiers and don’t give up before you achieve your goal.

Set up personal records and try to break them. Feel the great emotion of overcoming your own fears, moving forward and stretching your boundaries. Have no limits!

6. Socialize!

We are all there to exercise hard and don’t really admire people who just chat all the time and do nothing. But sometimes when you rest between sets, before or after a workout, outside the gym, when you see someone you look up to, when someone wants an advice or needs help with a machine, the gym turns into a place for communication.

Everyone there has the same goal and you are a community with similar interests. Get the most of that by exchanging information, experience, opinion, ideas and tips. It is also a great way to make new friends.

7. Watch yourself!

Some say it is a bad idea to look at yourself in the mirror while working out, but if you feel comfortable enough, if you have the confidence and the picture of you sweating and training hard motivates you, do it.

Watching yourself while exercising will help you realize that you are really making an effort to get in shape. It will make you believe in yourself and feel like a champion.

8. Music!

Most people can’t do anything without their headphones on. Music motivates you to run faster, lift heavier and do more repetitions. It boosts your productivity, you perform everything better and it makes your gym session enjoyable.

9. Eliminate stress!

Working out is proven to be one of the best ways to deal with stress. All negative emotions just go away while you lift, run, do stomach crunches and perform every other exercise of your routine.

While training you have the great chance of letting everything go, dealing with daily problems and just to let off steam.

10. Be a role model!

If you are really concentrated on what you are doing, work hard and challenge yourself, use the machines correctly and have thought of your own fitness program, be sure that others will notice that. Soon people will start conversations with you, ask for help and tips or will just admire you quietly.

Even if you don’t want to get distracted in any way, you will find that very inspiring, flattering and rewarding.

So now you should be even more excited about your next workout. When is it? How can you enjoy it even more?

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health 12

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.