Benefits of Having a Workout Partner

Workout partner benefits

You might be a self-starter and self-motivator in many activities, but when it comes to following a fitness regime, you look out for excuses to avoid it whenever you can. At least, this is what happens with me! Joining a gym is not that difficult, but continuing it till you have achieved your goals becomes a herculean task. Ever thought of having a friend, or family member to work out with you? Won’t that be fun? May be you won’t have to drag yourself every day; instead, someone else will do that for you now. A workout buddy won’t let you laze around and will help you keep a watch on your diet plan as well. So, how about having your own Casper to make you fit and fine?
Benefits of Having a Workout Buddy
Working out alone can sometimes get boring and tone down your motivation, but when you have a partner, working out together can be real fun. A workout friend brings a lot of benefits to your fitness regimen, a few of which are listed below.
There’s a Friend to Motivate You
Friend motivate at gym
It could be quite difficult to visit the gym regularly after a hard day’s work. However, with a gym partner to join you, things might be lot easier than you imagined. If you ever feel like skipping the gym, then your partner will coax you into accompanying him/her. if it is the other way round, it will be you who is going to make sure he/she doesn’t skip workout. Thus, having a workout buddy will drive you hit the gym on a regular basis, both of you will make sure that either sticks the routine.
You Become a Gym-regular
Starting with an exercise routine

Cool Down Exercises

Cool down exercises

Most people know the importance of warm-up exercises before workout. Why do people do warm-ups? Warm-ups help do what their name says, they warm up the body. If you do not warm up your body and go straight to the hardcore workout, then there is a chance that you will end up injuring your muscles. Hence, we can see that warm-ups are very important.

Proper cool down exercises are also equally important. Doing cool down exercises is beneficial in many ways. Firstly, when you exercise, the level of adrenaline in the blood shoots up. Hence, you need to do some activity to reduce the adrenaline level in the blood. Secondly, when we exercise, the body experiences a heightened activity rate, especially in the heart. The heart pumps more blood in and out of the muscles. But when the activity stops, ‘blood pooling’ may occur in the muscles; along with an accumulation of lactic acid, a waste matter in the blood. This may cause sudden dizziness and fainting, which can be avoided with proper cooling down.

Research also says that people who do not perform muscle relaxing exercises after a workout, stand greater chances of facing the problems of Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness (DOMS) or Post Exercise Muscle Soreness. This means that the muscles that were worked out but not cooled down properly will starting hurting after a few hours. However, the role of cool down exercises in reducing DOMS is a matter of debate as there is no evidence to prove the same.

How to Cool Down After a Workout

Reduce the Speed
If you are doing cardiovascular exercises, then the simplest form of cooling down is to reduce the speed of your workout. Suppose you are running on a treadmill; decrease the speed gradually.

Are Boot Camps for Weight Loss Really Effective?

Advantage of joining boot camp for weight loss

Did You Know?
Exercise sessions at boot camps are fun and effective, and are adjusted according to your fitness levels.
There is no doubt that a boot camp can be really very effective to lose weight, and those who have participated in this fitness program, swear by its efficacy. A boot camp consists of sessions of high-intensity exercises combined with healthy eating for a specific duration under the supervision of a trained instructor. Boot camps do not recommend any kind of fad diets or diet pills, but rather focus on customized diet plans and exercise routines to burn excess fat.
Why Boot Camps are Effective
Group Exercises

At boot camps, workouts are done in a group, which has plenty of benefits. It creates a social atmosphere, leaving no scope for boredom. You get acquainted with new people and make friends, which breaks the monotony of exercising alone. There is a huge gain in motivation, when exercise is done in groups, which makes you work harder to achieve your goals.

Outdoor Environment
Boot camp exercise routines are generally held outdoors in the lap of nature, allowing you to breathe plenty of fresh air. Working out in a natural environment is rejuvenating, hence, you tend to push yourself harder. Thus, when outdoors, you are motivated to exercise at a higher intensity, which increases your calorie expenditure.
By joining a boot camp, you break the monotony of gym workouts, no longer fiddling with the exercise ball or spending time on those uncomfortable machines. Here, you get rid of gym rut, as boot camps introduce you to a wide range of workouts. There are plenty of adventure activities that provide a whole body workout, thereby allowing you to burn a great deal of calories. From jumping jacks, push

Best Time of the Day to Work Out

Best time to work outThe best time of the day to work out may depend completely upon your schedule and your preference. The availability of time may vary for each individual, and so shall the time and duration of their respective workout routine.

Some find it extremely difficult to wake up earlier that usual, just for exercising. Those who are not morning people, should avoid opting for early morning workouts, as they would not be able to give their complete concentration and willpower into the exercises. Which would be a sheer waste of time and purpose.

There doesn’t seem to be any perfect time for working out and this pursuit depends completely on our discretion and feasibility.

Advantages of Morning Workout
Following are some reasons why morning exercises provide good results and is considered as a suitable time by many people.

Even though our metabolism may be slightly lower in the morning, once we begin with cardiovascular exercises, it’s the stored fats which are targeted and not the extra carbohydrates.
However, this phenomenon works only after you have cleared your bowels. Once that is done, you must warm-up your body with certain stretching exercises.
Even though you may begin with your exercises on an empty stomach, there is no harm in munching on a fat-free snack before initiating with the workout. This will provide your body with adequate glucose and will avert the feeling of exhaustion.
The fact that you have not eaten anything before exercising, leaves the body no other option but to burn the stored fats, in order to gain energy and thereby lose excess weight. Since you have not consumed anything in the last 8 hours or so, your meal has been digested and stored as fats etc. It is this excess fat that you

Yoga for Better Sleep

Benefit of Corpse pose in yoga

Trouble falling asleep every night and don’t know what to do about it? The following yoga exercises will help in getting you to sleep faster and deeper. Just read through and you’ll see what I’m saying.

1…40…98…180…1900…and the counting could just go on and on. It’s the same story every night. No matter whether you count sheep, or the number of nights you haven’t slept well enough. It just doesn’t matter. You aren’t getting proper sleep, and that is driving you nuts. Every night you wind down thinking tonight will be the night you’ll finally have your rest and will not have to get to office feeling like a zombie. But that’s not happening. You’ve tried doing everything that you possibly can, but still nothing. Hot baths, a glass of hot milk, philosophy books and what not. I see your problem. Have you tried yoga? In the following section, we will let you in on some of these yoga poses and help you deal with your sleep problem better.

Yoga Poses for Better Sleep
The perils of lack of sleep are so many, and I don’t really have to get into that one. You might have experienced it all the same with day after day of little rest. You’re tired, irritable, over sensitive, prone to low concentration levels and your efficiency has dropped like heavy lead in water. These are only a fraction of the effects that less sleep will have on the body and mind. But thankfully there are the stress relief yoga exercises for better sleep that you can make use of and get that sleep coming in wave after wave. Here are some of the exercises that you can use.
Legs Up the Wall
This yoga pose will have the

Things Not to Say to Someone Trying to Lose Weight

Don't say this to someone trying to lose weight

Watching your calorie intake is necessary to lose weight. Research shows that dieting makes the brain release appetite stimulants, which increases one’s craving for food. Imagine the plight of the dieter when someone says things to make him cave in to temptation?
Words are the most powerful means to influence the mind of others, especially those who are trying to achieve something through a great deal of hard work, patience, and self-control, such as losing weight. We all know it’s not easy, and it takes a lot of perseverance and dedication. I, myself, have been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember, and I know how debilitating it is! From my years of experience while going through the whole process, I have come to realize that it is self-control that proves to be the weak link among all the other must-dos of weight loss. I mean, you can join the gym, hire a trainer to push you to exercise, consult a dietitian to give you a full-on menu … but at the end of the day, what matters is how you manage to overcome those internal cravings that may be influenced by certain “external” factors, such as, “inappropriate comments” from those around.

If you know what it is like to travel through the phase of weight loss, you would never say something “inappropriate” to those who are sailing in the same boat. However, if you are one of the speculators who is watching a close one go through the whole journey of adapting changes in their lifestyle to shed the extra pounds, be cautious of the words you say, for they may either make or break the person’s enthusiasm before they even taste blood.