Get back in shape… quick!

April 21, 2012 17:35
Get back in shape… quick!

Today the trend itself is like that. Everything is needed to be completed fast and we are in love with all those quick results… so, here are tips for you to get back into shape ‘Quick’;

The next factor you should consider is increasing your cardiovascular exercise this week. Now, don't take this to mean you should begin marathon-like training sessions as that is a fantastic way to sideline yourself fast. Rather, simply add a few extra sessions this week above what you would normally do or lengthen the ones you are currently doing by 10-15 minutes. This will serve to burn a few extra calories, thus helping you to potentially see a one to two pound weight loss while also helping to stave off food cravings. Most people find that when they get a sudden urge to eat, if they head outside for a quick ten minute power walk, upon returning the craving has disappeared. So if an extra bout of cardio can keep you out of the pantry, it is well worth your time.

One of the biggest mistakes individuals make when trying to drop weight quickly is to avoid strength training at all costs. They think that if anything strength training will cause their weight to go up and since that is opposite of their aim, it should be avoided. Unfortunately that is farthest from the truth. One of the best things about strength training is that it increases your metabolism for a long period after the training is done. That means you will be burning more calories while you are sitting on the couch watching your favourite reality show later in the evening. Who wouldn't want that?

Additionally, weight training will help get the blood moving through your muscles, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the muscle fibers and helping them look more defined. To you this means a tighter stomach, less under arm jiggle and a firmer back end.

More water? That's right, contrary to what you are likely thinking after reading point one about trying to reduce the amount of water your body is carrying, drinking more water will actually help this process along. The reason for this is because if you happen to eat something in your diet that is higher in sodium, that can cause you to also retain more water. I'm sure you've experienced it before, waking up the morning after a party when you've consumed your fair share of snack foods such as peanuts, chips, pickles or pizza and discovered the number on the scale has shot upwards. Likewise, you probably also noticed that within a day or two your weight returned back to normal. This is your body getting itself back to homeostasis with regards to its sodium and potassium levels. Right now, your goal is to prevent it from becoming out of balance in the first place. Drinking more water is going to accomplish this. As long as you can deal with one or two extra trips to the bathroom each day this week, pouring yourself an extra glass before each meal is a very smart thing to do.

Believe it or not, your stress level is also going to play a role in how good your body looks come the big day. When we are stressed our bodies have a tendency to increase cortisol output. Cortisol is a hormone, produced by the adrenal gland that signals the body to prepare to fight. When its levels become high, you will actually notice that you have higher cravings for carbohydrates, which as you learned above, is something you want to avoid. Taking time each day this week to read a book, take a bath, do some yoga, or whatever else relaxes you will help to keep cortisol levels lower and keep both your mind and body feeling fresh.

So next time you are under pressure to get ready for a special occasion and are tempted to resort to drastic measures, you may want to rethink your plan. With a week of proper planning and implementation you can arrive at the function looking great and enjoy yourself in the process.

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