Get More From Your Workouts

Get More From Your Workouts

The most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get in shape. A lot of people just give up on it though. Anyone who wants to get into good physical shape will need to be totally dedicated. My blog will give you tips on how to AVOID GIVING UP.


Decide on a fitness plan that matches your needs plus your interests. If you are doing an activity you enjoy you will start to look forward to your workouts.

Begin a garden. Gardening is a great workout. For example, a garden requires weeding, digging and a lot of squatting. There are many more activities that will help you stay in shape: you should try home improvement, sports or simply playing with your children.

Goals are very important when you are developing a strength training routine. When looking to increase muscle size and strength, you need to not use a strength training routine on a daily basis. If you want to become leaner and achieve greater definition, you need to do such workouts more often.

To stay motivated, most people need to see results each day as encouragement. Instead of stepping on the scales, keep some tight-fitting clothes around. Step into these clothes on a weekly basis. As they become looser and looser, you’ll actually be able to feel how your diet is improving your appearance and your life.

Sprinting requires that you run fast, not just by getting faster, but by perfecting your stride. Be sure your foot lands beneath your body, not in front. To launch yourself you need to push off with rear toes. Take some time to practice this, and your speed will gradually become faster.

It is very important that you schedule out your day so that you can find some time to workout and eat properly. If you do not plan ahead, you will likely grab something very unhealthy whenever you are busy doing something. It’s easy to grab a cookie instead of an apple whenever you are busy in the office. Use this time to pack yourself a healthy lunch and a couple of nutritious snacks.

If boosting quickness and stamina is important to you, follow the path of Kenyan athletes. The typical Kenyan runner paces very slowly for the first part of the run, about one third. Make sure you’re increasing your running pace in increments. While you are in the middle third, increase your pace to run at normal speed. And the last third, is when you want to be at your fastest. By making an effort to stick to this each time you go out, you will find that you are able to run faster and longer than before.

Don’t wrap your thumbs around the bars when down pull-downs or pull-ups. Placing your thumb next to your index finger will refocus attention upon your primary back muscles. It may take some getting used to, but the increase in effectiveness is worth it.

Try doing some workouts through television to prevent you from getting bored. There are many televisions workouts available including pay-per-view, on-demand shows and sports networks. This will help you learn new moves and keep you going. If you do not have access to these programs, try finding some online or looking for videos.

In the past, it was a common belief that a weight belt should be used at all times for weightlifting. We know now that isn’t the case, but a belt must be used when doing heavy lifting. Routinely depending on a weight belt may cause problems over time. Your muscles in your back and abs become weaker and more prone to injury.

Look for places in your neighborhood that may allow you to use their machines. Many companies have employee gyms so their workers can stay healthy. No matter what, try to figure out where the gym closest to you is when you’re looking to get fit. If you are close to a gym, you will go to it more.

Apples and pears are super-foods that will keep you healthy. Eating more fruit and vegetable portions has been proven to increase your overall health.

Doing sit-ups correctly will prevent injury to your lower back. You can utilize a Swiss ball along with a rolled up towel positioned low on the lower back to obtain a similar type of effect. Do not perform sit-ups while your feet are anchored beneath a piece of furniture, as doing so can result in lower back injury.

Eating yogurt is great for maximum fitness. Yogurt has hundred of benefits and can aid your digestion processes. Yogurt can be a beneficial source of protein and calcium. Make sure your dairy consumption is adequate, since those who eat more dairy products are in better health than those who do not.

You must include some form of stretching into every fitness routine. Make sure you get a good stretch before you work out. Do not forget to stretch afterwards as well. When you skip stretching, it is very easy to have an injury. Stretching also warms up and cools down muscles before and after a workout.

Better fitness is achievable with the right advice. Of course, it will still be a tough journey, but one more plausible than before. There is nothing worth accomplishing that isn’t going to be difficult. The same holds true to fitness. Using the advice found in my blog, you will be on the path towards fitness.

"The drive of a lifetime."
Christy Toledo
Giving Her All 
“The drive of a lifetime.”

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My accident happened on February 5th, 2012 after my bartending shift at the Blue Martini in Orlando, FL late one night. I was driving on my way to a friend’s house in Tampa, FL who I was temporarily staying with at the time. I was told that my car veered off the interstate and flipped five times, my body was found 50 feet from it. I’ve tried very hard to discover how my body made it that distance from the car, and who found me, but I still don’t know. The accident report didn’t say much. I received a phone call from a sergeant eventually who told me I was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center unconscious when my trach and feeding tube were implanted, but they didn’t expect me to make it. I was in a coma for five to six weeks after my car accident. I woke up with a traumatic brain injury, liver laceration, lung confusion, subluxation to my neck, amnesia, epilepsy, a fractured lumbar spine, and a fractured pelvis with pins implanted. The pins were removed a few months later. Talk about a painful surgery. Healing is an ongoing process, but for me there are some specific things that have helped along the way: Keeping track of everything to care for my daily hygiene. Listing these things with a dry erase marker on my bathroom mirror used to help. Recognizing what I’m not supposed to say. Deciding what TO SAY, what NOT TO SAY, and WHEN to say WHAT. Isn’t easy to do and I still haven’t mastered it. There are things I’m supposed to talk only to certain people about, and some things I should keep to myself. When I’m being upfront and honest with someone, I can’t assume whatever I’m saying or doing is right, just because in my head, being truthful is “the way I’m supposed to be”. Believe it or not, oddly enough, that isn’t always the case! Learning how to RECOGNIZE which is which is vital. Don’t believe what everyone says. Do your own research. Discover your own truth. Know who I can talk to with the confidence that I'll be given honest feedback from them. What prescriptions must I take daily, how many times a day, how many pills in each dosage, and how to stay on a schedule with my doctors so I don’t run out of my medications. How to keep myself on track. I try and find simple ways to include all things I need to do, my appointments, yoga classes, homework, social life, fitness, etc. Figuring out the most effective ways that can progressively help manage my pain. A therapist is a must have. Someone I can tell everything to and have it kept confidential. I must constantly fight hard to make each of my days better. That’s the way it is. Accept it, don’t give up, and keep going. YouTube and the Word synonym tool are necessities I can’t live without. Keep the alcohol to a MINIMUM. If any, but not drinking AT ALL is the best-case scenario-by a long shot. I’ve been working on how to stop talking out loud as much while being overwhelmingly passionate about things. For me, moving forward is about resilience. Why? I’ve learned that being resilient to words people say about, to, and against me have subconsciously built up an ulterior strength within me. This strength is like a shield that gives me the power to just keep going. To be resilient means to keep moving forward despite having the odds stacked against me. Just to keep it moving and continue giving my all every single day, gripping onto the hope it’ll all make perfect sense at some point. How the next day and the day after that aren’t going to feel the same. Resilience has aided me in finding somewhere I can fit in, and enjoy what I’m doing. Also, being resilient in my situation has created the ability for me to have a positive impact on others. I'm not depressed anymore. I’m quite happy with myself at this point. Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a long list of goals I’m going to achieve, or die trying. Haha, that’s the fight in me talking out loud. Resilience has abetted me in accepting the new Christy you could say. Vinyasa yoga has helped improve my pain and flexibility a lot. I’m sure my sanity too. I haven’t tried much meditation yet, but I plan to, although I tried a breathing exercise on Kevin’s Instagram last night and loved it! I want to get good at it. I don’t know why, but when I start feeling fatigued or when I just want to write my mind on paper, sitting by the ocean really helps calm me. I think I’m a bit hyperactive, but I’ve noticed when I wake up and go straight to the gym, get on the treadmill at 3.4 speed and just go for an hour. It really helps motivate me about my day and somehow makes it easier for me to fall asleep when I hop into bed. I also take part in Vinyasa yoga, instructed by Di, only 2 times a week hosted at Suncoast Fitness in St. Petersburg, FL. It has helped build my strength, improve my flexibility, and ease my thoughts to a noticeable degree. As I move forward in this journey and look to the future, I’m planning on one day starting a YouTube channel and raising money to develop an app for TBI survivors. Like a life coach in a sense, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to teach survivors how to use it, or make it very simple and self-explanatory. It would also be nice to make hospitals aware of the app one day so they'll be able to reference it and help others who have been affected by brain injury. Lots of love, Christy Toledo Donate To My GoFundMe Project! https://www.gofundme.com/giving-her-all #SharingIsCaring

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