For several reasons, a lot of people don´t like gyms. It doesn´t mean that they don´t like to work out.
With a few items, we can build a better body, at home :)
The list is as short as five.
The bigger, the better. Your selfies will also look better but the real reason is that you need it to correct your posture, watch what are you doing, and how are you doing it.
2.- Stability ball.
Cheaper than a bench, also it allows you to perform hundreds of exercises and stretches. Are you worried about your core? The answer is spherical :)
3.- Resistance bands.
There are tons of brands. Select a proper resistance for you and get ready to sweat!
4.- Two dumbbell bars.
The number is important: two (2). Why? Because you will need both for a lot of exercises. More versatile than a single long bar, they will become your better friends :) Also, check the bar´s diameter.
5.- Weight plates.
You only need a few, but the pic is pretty cool :) Please, check the plate hole´s diameter because you don´t want an awful surprise. I´m sure you know what I mean.
I bet you already have some of these at home :)
Yesterday, I planned to publish to articles. Did you see the second one? Me neither :)
I published the first one and I had a really good time with your comments, questions, and suggestions. Special mention to Dziey, who will buy me an island in a near future :)
At the very same time, something serious was happening: an email from Create Think Live.
My dear Margaret «made me and offer I couldn´t refuse». I´m honored to be a part of Allied Athletes and proud to announce our partnership.
Their (our) vision? Create a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment to help athletes foster their identities.
I´ve told you, I couldn´t refuse!
I´m a new movement! How cool is that? I love it!
Movement reminds me: Today is the first day of our challenge. Are you ready?
It surprises me how often I have to explain this concept in person so, I hope this little post will answer some usual questions.
An active rest day is not a new discovery, study or fashion. It´s not a big deal at all :)
Let´s face it, our muscles need time to recover. When you’re working out, tiny tears are forming in your muscles. This is a good thing, because once they repair, you’ll be stronger and fitter than you were before. So, it’s very important that you take at least one day off of usual training a week. Pro athletes have rest days for some reason, think about it :)
Taking a rest day does not mean sitting on the couch all day long. We are active and healthy people or we are trying to build these habits.
Someone with good intentions added «active» to clarify the topic. Now we have two different names, «rest day» and «active rest day», for pretty much the same thing.
An active rest day is meant to be a light or easy day where you’re still moving.
Your muscles (and your mind) deserve:
- Go for a bike ride.
- Go for a hike.
- Go to the pool.
- Play a different sport to whatever you are used to.
To speed your recovery, and get your blood flowing to help feed your weary muscles, take yourself for a 20-minute stroll, and then give your muscles some extra stretches.
A swimming pool is not only for swimming. We can perform several exercises into the water with great benefits. But it is not as simple as pay the ticket and swim. According to our injuries or goals, some exercises are recommended while others are forbidden.
Water offers more resistance than air. At the same time, compress our joints and push up our body, feeling lighter (we don´t lose weight, but it feels like it for our joints).
Walking in the swimming pool is a great exercise to lose weight. Do your joints hurt when walking or running, but you need to lose weight? Try to walk in the swimming pool, instead your «dry» walkings and let me know :)
I found this video where a friendly chiropractic explains some exercises targeting our low back. The best thing we can do if we have an injury is approach and explain it to the monitor/trainer/coach. Ask! Usually, we don´t bite :)
Cardio on an empty stomach?
Everyone should experience and check the results in person. Far from settling the issue, I would like to point out some advantages and mistakes about it.
Aerobic exercise on an empty stomach can increase the amount of free fatty acids used as fuel. But, this is not because our glycogen deposits are empty in the morning. This would happen if we went to bed last night with low glycogen levels.
Almost all the energy we consume during sleep comes from free fatty acids. So glycogen deposits are not affected overnight. Next morning these fatty acids would be «free», ready as fuel for our cardio workout.
Low-intensity aerobic workout (50-70% of maximum) on an empty stomach, increases the insulin sensitivity after exercise, and the mobilization of fatty acids.
It is important to note that at a higher intensity (> 75% of maximum) we´ll get the opposite effect.
Moreover, not all are positive. Aerobic exercise is catabolic because it increases the production of cortisol. Cortisol levels are high in the morning, so this would lead to greater muscle wastage.
For greater efficiency of aerobic workout, your stomach should not be completely empty. I recommend a mixture: 5g of BCAA, 5g of glutamine and 5 grams of essential amino acids 15-30 minutes, before training.