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Life Begins Outside Of Your Comfort Zone –


Stop comparing yourself to others. No, seriously. Stop it.

Have you ever been to a gym or even to a park and seen that one girl or guy with the incredible physique working out? Or have that one friend who seems to eat whatever junk they like and still seem to be in tip top shape?

Well fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, those seemingly super humans probably have that one gene or set of genes that allows them to burn fat or put on muscles for more efficiently than the average Jane or Joe. You’ll be doing yourself more harm than good.

One other potential problem with this, is because these folks seem to have attained good physiques from doing certain exercise a certain way; they assume it works for everyone else. So they end up giving out information that they don’t even fully understand themselves, which could potentially be even dangerous. They aren’t by any means certified instructors or experts of any kind and it’s easy an mistake to make by taking advice from these folks simply because you compare yourself to them and try to be more like them.

It’s okay not to be the strongest guy or lift the heaviest weights in the gym. If you like lifting weights or working out, do so at your own pace and at a level you feel comfortable at. You’ll be happy and healthier, and live longer for it.

As a bonus, you might discover that you’ve underestimated your potential. You can’t really know until you push yourself hard and see what happens.

So to summarise, most training advice that filters down to average guys comes from the biggest, strongest, most-impressive looking folks. Some people started out strong and then worked hard to get even stronger. Others start weak and become strong just slightly slower than a comic-book superhero exposed to radioactive meteorites

Both types tend to believe, as most of us probably do too, that everything they have attained and achieved is simply as a result of the effort they put in. From thereon in, it’s easy enough to believe that when the rest of us achieve unimpressive results, it’s due to poor effort, rather than the stubborn averageness of our genes.

What we all have in common, no matter where we fall on the genetic spectrum, is the training process. As long as you learn to enjoy the actual process of working out and keeping fit and healthy, and it’s something you can maintain, results take a backseat in terms of importance. For a lot of people maintaining a routine and not just giving up after the first weeks of January (After making New Year’s resolutions *CLEARS THROAT*) is the hardest part.

HIIT: What It Is and Why You SHOULD Be Doing It!

When most people hear the word ‘cardio’, they usually imagine grinding out miles on the treadmill or on the stationary bike or even jumping ropes for ages. But alas, there are several alternative ways of achieving an incredible pulse raising, fat burning cardio workout without setting foot outside or an a treadmill to run.

HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and is basically what it says on the tin. It’s usually a circuit of multiple or indeed singular exercises performed at a high intensity at designated rest or active intervals. This way your heart rate is consistently high which is optimum for fat burning. Plus unlike your typical running or cycling cardio workouts, it can help increase overall body strength and endurance and reduce boredom.

One main feature of this type of exercise is that it causes an oxygen shortage in the body during the activity, and so causes your body to require even more for energy even whilst you’re recovering. This effect is known as Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption or EPOC , and is the reason why HIIT burns more fat and calories than your regular steady paced exercises. It also increases your metabolism so you’ll basically be burning more calories than normal even AFTER you’ve finished exercising for a period of up to 48 hrs.

Best of all is that you don’t need any weights or equipment plus it really is convenient, as it can be done anywhere; be it in a hotel room, park, and even at your gym and most circuits can be completed under 30 mins!

An example of very good full body HIIT workout would be as follows.

20 squats

15 frog jumps

20 lunges

10 pushups

10 burpees

25 crunches

Do 2 rounds of this to complete 1 set, then a minute’s rest.  Do this 3 more times and that should be 8 rounds in total. Your entire body should be fully worked out by the end of it.

So go ahead and give it a try! Plus remember to stretch afterwards (as you always should!)

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