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How To Stay Fit And Active Outside The Gym

Many folks do not like to go to the gym and other folks like to mix their fitness routine up with going to the gym and engaging in exercise outside the gym.  Here is a great article entitled “How To Stay Fit and Active Outside the Gym” by Eric Bogy, content manager at Fit&Me.

Keeping your fitness levels up and staying active will require a little more than simply working out in the gym. Even if you go to the gym every day, that’s only about 7 hours per week that you are exercising. What are you doing for the other 161 hours?

Then when you take into account working late, running the kids around town, and other things that alter your schedule, counting on the gym to get all of your exercise may not be efficient. Good thing there’s a lot of practical options that can keep you fit and active outside the gym. Here is a list of activities that show you how to stay fit and active outside the gym. 

Join A Team

Don’t think that playing sports is just for youth and younger adults. Most sports for adults have age divisions and some of them go all the way up to 60 and over. Softball, soccer, basketball, Olympic weightlifting, martial arts, and dodge ball are all great choices to keep you active.

Joining a sports team also lets you kill two birds with one stone. Not only are you adding some more physical activity to your day, but it doubles as a social event. Camaraderie is always high in sports, so don’t be surprised if you become good friends with your teammates and coaches.

Training Apps

Once again, technology can help us stay fit just about anywhere. Try downloading one of the hundreds of fitness apps that are available. People who use fitness apps are more likely to stay active compared to those who don’t.  

They can assist with things like finding training partners, designing workouts, getting you ready for races, losing weight, and much more. Some of the top fitness apps for 2017 can be found here.

Walking/Hiking

You may not consider walking to be a way to get fit but think again. Going for a brisk walk is one of the best ways to stay in shape and keep your body weight down. It may be even more efficient than running when you take into account how easy it is on your joints.

Walking is easily accessible and only requires 22-35 minutes per day to lose weight. Walking in hilly areas is a good way to add some extra challenges to your ventures.

If you really want to take your walking to another level, try going on a nice long hike this weekend. Hiking on a trail may not be as accessible as walking, but it’s a more vigorous activity. It will require you to constantly adjust your pace and output to compensate for the changing terrain.    

Hiking down a trail will give you some great scenery and fresh air. This also has some added fitness benefits, including stress relief.

Cardio Equipment

Getting a quality piece of cardio equipment for your home is a great way to keep your activity levels up. Especially if your main reason for going to the gym is to use their equipment anyway. Cardio equipment that is ideal for home use includes ellipticals, Max Trainers, and rowing machines.

Using any of these pieces of equipment combined with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will give you a great workout in a short amount of time. Performing a HIIT workout burn calories, boost your metabolism, improve endurance, and promote heart health.

Follow this example below for an effective in-home HIIT workout using a Max Trainer:

  • 25 seconds of work
  • 80 seconds of rest
  • Repeat 7 more times

 

While this is a super simple and effective workout, Max Trainers are not quite as common as other pieces of cardio equipment. On the other hand, there’s a good chance that you already own an elliptical machine.

It makes no difference what type of cardio machine you have, HIIT can be performed on just about anything. An example of a great HIIT workout on an elliptical would be:

  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 60 seconds rest and repeat 1-2 more times

 

Yard Work

Getting outside and pulling weeds, trimming trees, and mowing the lawn are all good ways to add some activity to your week. In particular, mowing the yard is an effective way to burn calories. Only 30 minutes of lawn mowing can be enough to improve fitness levels.

These benefits are for push-mowing only. Sorry, but riding a lawn tractor doesn’t have the same positive health effects.

Just because you’re not going to the gym today, doesn’t mean that you can’t stay fit and be as active as ever. The options that were mentioned are only a fraction of the activities available. There are effective ways to exercises all over the place and you don’t even have to look hard!

 

 

Consciousness

As I reflect on the state of consciousness of this nation, I feel a possible monumental shift in awareness happening. I say possible because if this shift is to happen, you must be ready to take full responsibility for your actions and be completely honest with yourself and with your fellow human beings.

I must confess that I have not always been completely honest with myself and with others, nor did I really know what being responsible was all about.

My, how times have changed and I am forever grateful for my shift in consciousness. Every since I decided to take responsibility for my actions and to be honest, a couple of things have happened. I became more alive, an awakening to beauty and harmony. Though at times I felt fear, the truth has always set me free.

I discovered that I will always be on the journey of higher awareness and consciousness. Although at times, I wish I had not been lead to this new way of living, I simple cannot go back to my old ways. It’s impossible because once my spirit experienced truth, responsibility, and awareness; my spirit would not let me shrink back to the unconscious way of living without knowing.

The last discover I made was that I still feel pain and sadness for all the dishonesty and irresponsibility that occurs every day. It will be awhile before I lose my pain and sadness, awhile before everyone truly awakens to the truth, awhile before a new conscious revolution happens, but I patiently wait with you and all those who feel like I do, walk as I do, and everyday, finds that spark of hope, love, laughter, and gratitude that keeps us living with responsibility and honesty.

Meditation!

Does meditation leave you with a perplexed feeling? What comes to your mind when you think of meditation?
Speaking from experience, meditation is definitely another health aspect to incorporate into your life. It brings a bigger sense of meaning to your life and to the health of your body and mind; and soul and spirit if you believe in a spiritual world.
The biggest health improvements I have experienced are the lowering of stress levels, the improvement of mental clarity and focus and an overall increase in positivity and intuition. On a physical and emotional level, your hormones and neurotransmitters become balanced and alive!
Meditation is worth the effort, but it’s a challenge, one of the biggest challenges you may encounter. Why is this so?
It is so because meditation involves going within, facing your thoughts, the light and dark and the ups and downs of your life. With our over stimulating and busy society, most folks are unwilling or it never crosses their mind to sit still and observe their life, without judgement. That is the key. Meditation, to be effective, has to be done with non-judgment towards yourself. Most of us are our own worse enemy. With your journey with meditation, your judgment of yourself and of others, slowly recedes and a new sense of clarity, love, inspiration, gratitude and intuition slowly unfold.
Meditation, like eating healthy and exercise, is a journey, not a destination. With our busy lives, start with meditating each day for just 5-10 minutes. As a beginner, your mind will be all over the place, so it’s best to focus on your breath or a mantra. If doing a mantra, ask yourself what you need in your life, right now. Stick with higher feelings or aspects of life for your mantra, such as love, gratitude, joy, guidance, passion, abundance, etc. For example: If you need more joy in your life, then focus on joy during your meditation. Your mantra could be: “I am feeling and experiencing more joy in my life” or “Joy is radiating through my body and mind.”
Look to meditation like food for your soul or higher self. Feed your soul with good thoughts and feelings and by asking for help and guidance for your life. Here is a link to some wonderful, simple, and powerful meditative exercises. Go Within!
May peace, joy, love, gratitude and passion be with you!

Nutritionist in Denver

Being a nutritionist in Denver is exciting and fun as I help one person at a time to achieve awesome and amazing health! My confidence and the results with my clients allows me to state that I am one of the best, if not, the best nutritionist in Denver. My passion is on fire when it comes to spreading the truth about healthy food and how nutrition is the best prevention and cure for illness and disease.

Being a nutritionist in Denver, I know that people are busy, perhaps too busy, and they are stressed; and they want to enjoy life, with a full social calendar and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and snowboarding; and they want to stay healthy; and this is where I stand out! I have done the research and I know that being healthy is more than just good nutrition. Nutrition is the foundation of a healthy body and mind, but there are other aspects of life that are very important and I know some of these key aspects.

The most important aspects, other than nutrition, are the following: emotional health and expression, stress reduction, exercise and the two missing links called circadian rhythm and earthing. These two missing links are so important to living an energized and vibrant life. Circadian rhythm is about doing your best to be awake and asleep with the rising and setting of the sun, eating foods that are in season and minimizing being on the computer and cell phone after the sun sets. Earthing is about placing your bare-feet on the the Earth: grass, sand, dirt, etc. With Earthing, you will receive negative electrons from the Earth and these negative electrons will decrease inflammation and increase your energy and overall health.

I enjoy being a nutritionist in Denver as I teach my clients more than just nutrition. I teach them life skills that help them live long and vibrant lives without succumbing to a chronic illness or disease.

Here is some awesome information on Earthing. https://earthing.com/

Check out some of my previous blogs on Circadian Rhythm and Earthing. If you want to talk with an amazing nutritionist in Denver, please call me. I offer a short evaluation for free.

 

Responsibility and Honesty

As I reflect on the state of consciousness of this nation, I feel a possible monumental shift in awareness happening. I say possible because if this shift is to happen, you must be ready to take full responsibility for your actions and be completely honest with yourself and with your fellow human beings.

I must confess that I have not always been completely honest with myself and with others, nor did I really know what being responsible was all about.

My, how times have changed and I am forever grateful for my shift in consciousness. Every since I decided to take responsibility for my actions and to be honest, a couple of things have happened. I became more alive, an awakening to beauty and harmony. Though at times I felt fear, the truth has always set me free.

I discovered that I will always be on the journey of higher awareness and consciousness. Although at times, I wish I had not been lead to this new way of living, I simple cannot go back to my old ways. It’s impossible because once my spirit experienced truth, responsibility, and awareness; my spirit would not let me shrink back to the unconscious way of living without knowing.

I still make mistakes and that is okay and I apologize when I know I have wrongly offended someone, but I will not apologize for my seeking of truth and for my awareness of what is going on in the world. I will continue to research and seek the truth in nutrition, social justice, politics, religion and spirituality, foreign policy and economics.

The last discover I made was that I still feel pain and sadness for all the dishonesty and irresponsibility that occurs every day. It will be awhile before I lose my pain and sadness, awhile before everyone truly awakens to the truth, awhile before a new conscious revolution happens, but I patiently wait with you and all those who feel like I do, walk as I do, and everyday, finds that spark of hope, love, laughter, or gratitude that keeps us living with responsibility and honesty.