Monthly Archives: March 2017

No Time for Fitness? Try During Commercials!

Most of us love watching television. I guess that I am showing a bit of a dated response here but the fact remains that people love watching media. Whether you prefer the television or binging your favorite show on Netflix, you can include fitness into your couch potato habits. The recent craze of HIIT training research has shown us that is perfectly possible to effectively workout in only one minute. Now, let me take a moment to say that this is not the case with bodybuilding. If you are wanting to have the perfect body, you will need to spend a lot of time in the gym. For the average person, the finding that you can get enough exercise in sixty seconds are true. If you can get fit in only sixty seconds, what kind of life little pauses could you use to sneak in a full workout?
One instance of waiting in life that we all hate is the dreaded commercial break. Television companies need those commercials to keep the lights on so we may as well get used to it. That doesn’t mean that you can’t bust out a set or two of push ups while you are waiting. Enjoy the quick boost of dopamine that your brain releases from exercise when your new show comes back on. Don’t blame me if you start to develop a mild hatred for commercial breaks!
A second break in life that you can use to squeeze out exercise in would be when you are starting the computer. We all know that even the newest machines need a little time to fully get started up. Maybe you’ve got a new game in your hands that is waiting to be played or a new Blu-Ray you want to watch. No matter what the reason is, sneaking in a few lunges and jumping jacks while you wait will make the process go by faster.
The third little pause in life we all know about is waiting for a meal to finish. I’m not much of a cook so am no stranger to the frozen dinner. If I have waited too long to begin eating, I’ll notice that those two minutes to warm up a burrito can go on forever. I like to make myself feel better about my microwave meal by squeezing in push ups and sit ups while I wait for my meal to finish cooking. You can even utilize a quick workout during that annoying time that you have to wait for the food to cool. Did you know that those times to let the most microwavable food stand is because it’s still cooking, even after the microwave is off?

Working out isn’t for everyone but if you use HIIT type training you can accomplish it a lot faster. There are annoying little breaks in life that we all must face. If you are not accustomed to exercising, you could benefit greatly from exercising during those annoying minute long breaks in life. Many times, you can create a type of game with yourself to see if you can get more reps than what you did in previous times. I’ve even heard of people squeezing their few minutes of exercise into their pre-bedtime ritual. When I exercise, it energizes me so I can not exercise before bed, no matter what.

Choosing the Right Workout Shorts: What to Look For

Each time that you step into the gym, you want to look your best. Another growing concern is that what they wear to workout in does provide some function. I’m going to detail some critical gym situations and why picking the right attire is so important. The first aspect to take care of, when purchasing new workout shorts is that they fit correctly. Many people seem to confuse something that fits well as being too tight, you certainly don’t want that. I’ve worked out in shorts that were too tight and it can really be a painful situation.

Certain lifts will have you wearing a specially made weightlifting belt which is already tight on the stomach. Once you tighten a belt on top of shorts that may be fitted too tightly, you can really cause your stomach to be in quite a bit of pain. In addition, having too much restriction on your stomach can actually impair your ability to draw deeper breaths. If there is one thing during training that you don’t want to leave you, it is your breath. Having shorts that are too restrictive can have your endurance plummeting, simply because you aren’t able to effectively get a full breath. When we exercise, our bodies require needing more air to be effectively circulated throughout our lungs so that we can work as hard as we need to. Having shorts that are too tight might have you feeling confident but it could put a big damper on your exercise results.

On the other hand, having shorts that you can barely keep up can be embarrassing to deal with. Wearing exercise shorts that are too baggy won’t just look bad, it could have you end up getting told to leave the workout center. Not just the risk of losing your membership, ill fitting shorts could leave you hung up on equipment, creating a dangerous environment for everyone around you. Most workout shorts, at least the good ones, will feature some sort of stretchy material that allows for a suitable fit for most body types. I particularly enjoy the workout shorts that feature string, allowing the shorts to be tied at various widths.

It is always recommended that you choose shorts that feature one or multiple pockets. Of course, you don’t want a lot of distractions when you train but pockets are great for holding items you don’t want to leave behind. Having a cell phone in the gym is a widely debated event but most will need their phone to play music on. I’m guilty of taking my phone just about everywhere I go and the gym is no exception. The good news is that most workout pants or shorts are very cost-effective. Sometimes, you can find deals where multiple pairs of shorts are on sale for a better price than buying them separately. Black is always a classic color to go with, as it isn’t going to be a distraction for other people exercising. However, the fun of getting your exercise gear ready is that you control what you wear. As long as you follow the rules that are specific to your gym, choosing what you wear to exercise in can be a great source of fun and creativity. Selecting workout shorts that fit you well, have pockets, and aren’t a distraction should be what you’ll want to be on the lookout for.