Some people are more interested in running than walking, while others are definitely part of the “walking” camp. As silly as it might feel to try and find out what group you belong to, there is a very specific reason for that. This is because the shoes you wear, matter. Wearing a great pair of shoes for another activity apart from which they were designed for, can open you up to an array of issues, like strains, sprains, chafing, and even dislocation.Read more
We all know that looking good brings about confidence. The kind of confidence that allows us to face challenges and perform exceptionally well under extreme pressure. Just like the enormous pressure and challenges faced by our Miss Philippines Earth candidates.
That’s why looking good for these wonderful ladies begin with healthy living. This includes an active lifestyle complemented with the right kind of food and necessary supplements — like mySlim.
To further emphasize the importance of being fit and living right, mySlim recently hosted an event for the media featuring some of the early favorites to win this year’s Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant.
Either you do something with passion or do nothing at all.
Passion is a powerful thing. The only catch is that, as much as passion is an amazing thing, it can also be destructive if applied wrongly.
Take Vanessa, for example. Being a party girl for quite sometime — to the point of abuse — meant that all her efforts and passion were directed solely to this unhealthy lifestyle. Fortunately for her, she came to her senses just in time and still had the opportunity to turn her life around and change for the better, using that very same passion to make a complete 180-degree turn.
Those who read my blog and follow me on Instagram and Twitter know that I am a fitness buff and a gym rat. I easily get paranoid when it comes to gaining weight and when I slightly veer off my usual diet.
The reason why I am extra cautious and extremely careful not to gain a significant amount of weight is because I was incredibly out of shape not too long ago.
It’s true! For the benefit of those who thought I was this fit my whole life, you’d probably be amused to know that sometime back in 2010 (more or less), I weighed 185 lbs! For someone who merely stands 5’6″ tall, 185 lbs. is not at all good… any way you look at it.
So, when I decided to hit the gym and dedicated myself to getting healthy and fit, I promised to press on and never look back.
In a span of 6 months, I achieved my goal and reached my ideal weight of 138 lbs.
But, anyone would be wise to know that fitness NOT a goal. It is a lifestyle… a way of life. And for some, the real struggle is not in the process of losing weight, but in the never ending battle of keeping the weight in check. This is usually the case for people like me who easily gain. That’s why being paranoid and extremely careful of my diet is more often a necessity.
And with this constant fight against the flab, I try to find new ways to help make the battle a little bit easier.
Luckily, I discovered something that effectively aides in maintaining my weight and allows me to indulge a little bit more in the kinds of food I would normally try to avoid on a regular basis.
Did some interval training last night.
It was a combination of chest and bicep exercises combined with a minute of intense cardio (stationary bike on this occasion) in between each set.
This particular evening, I added more weight to my chest presses. I also mixed up bar and dumbbell combinations for bulk and definition.
I did 4 sets for each chest exercise and 3 sets for each bicep routine.
The cardio (bike) routine in between sets serve as my rest/recovery time.
Tiring. But very fulfilling.
If you’ve got fitness questions that I can hopefully help you with or if you would like to share your own exercises at the gym, share them on the comments section below. Cheers!
Some people think that having a trainer in the gym to look after you and encourage you is a waste of time (and money)…
It depends actually.
Find a trainer that really cares about your progress – not just about fattening his own wallet. That way, you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
It pays to have someone there who will push you to do more… especially when you’re screaming in pain, wanting to let go and give up.
“Di ko na kaya!”, I said. “Kaya pa!”, my trainer rebutted. 20 seconds later, I begged again, “Tama na!”. “Sige pa! 15 seconds na lang!”, my trainer answered.
I was screaming and heaving… longer… and longer.
As painful as it was, I knew deep inside that pressing on to do more will bring better (and faster) results… and just like in life, when your mind tells you that you can do no more… that little kick in the butt, so to speak, does absolute wonders.
You’d be surprised how much more you can do with a little more encouragement.