Motivational Exercise Tools That Work

Committing to starting an exercise routine is a great first step when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. Most people don’t have any problems exercising for the first few weeks. It is after the initial fun period has worn off that your motivations starts to drop. If this sounds like you, not to worry, you do have a few tools that you can use.

A simple pedometer can be extremely motivational. Just knowing that you are wearing your pedometer can easily make you move more. Pedometers range in all sizes and prices. You can easily find one to suit your budget. One of the most popular pedometers today is the Fit Bit. As well as tracking your steps it can help you determine how many calories you burn and more. You can even sync your Fit Bit to your computer so you have all of your information handy.

Just keeping a log of your daily exercise is another tool that can help you stay on track. Write down all the minutes that you exercise and then add up your total at the end of the day. Even snatching five minutes here and there can easily add up to an hour a day.

Listening to music is a wonderful tool that can help you complete your exercise routine. If you run or walk listening to music can help you eat up those miles. Even if you ride a stationary bike or use a treadmill music can help the minutes tick by.

This one depends on where you have your exercise equipment set up. But see if you can position your machine so that you can see the TV while exercising. This way you can watch your favorite show while getting in your exercise.

Other tools that you may find helpful include exercise DVD’s, books and motivational tapes. All of these items can help you stay on track and not lose sight of your goals. 

Listening to a motivational tape each day can really help you stay focused. You recommit yourself each day to exercise. Books can help teach you about the benefits of exercise. While DVD’s are great to use when you can’t make it to your exercise class. This way you have no excuses for not exercising regularly.

See what motivational exercise tools you currently have in place, if you don’t have one, then it is time to pick one of the above and get to work.
 

What Does Low Carb Mean?

One of the hottest trends for losing weight is currently the Low Carb Diet. For anyone looking for a new diet this is good news or is it? This new trend just adds more confusion into the entire weight loss jungle, and leaves you wondering which diet you should use. After all no-one wants to waste time with a diet plan that won’t’ produce results.

Let’s look at the Low Carb Diet and see if it a good choice for you or not. One of the main principles of eating low carb is that you increase your protein intake. If you overeat protein you may end up with additional health issues. So while it is fine to increase your protein, don’t go overboard with it.

A low carb diet involves eating quantities of natural foods that are low in natural carbohydrates and contain no or very little sugar. The types of foods you can expect to eat include:

* Fresh fruit with low natural sugars
* Veggies especially dark, leafy green ones
* Lean meats
* Good quality fats and dairy

There are many diet plans available, the Aitkens one is a good example of this, and this plan suggest you increase your protein along with high quality fats. What this means is that you won’t be eating foods such as potatoes, cakes, muffins, breads and pasta. In essence this means that you don’t want to eat any type of packaged or processed foods.

What you will be eating is lots of fresh natural foods. This is also the bases of the Paleo Diet, where you basically go back to your roots and eat foods that you can grow, gather or hunt for. 

When it comes to eating low carb they are varying degrees that you can aim for. To start with you will see results just by cutting out processed and packaged foods. These contains lots of chemicals, preservatives, sugar and other unreadable ingredients.

By going back to nature you will be detoxing your body and this will help remove large quantities of toxins, excess waste and help reduce your fat stores.

Some dedicated low carbers go as low as only eating 20 grams of carbohydrates each time. While you can do the same, sticking with a sensible eating plan is going to produce results. Especially if you add in an after dinner walk, or swimming once or twice a week. 

It is important to choose an eating plan that will fit into your life. Do you want to go out to dinner with your family and not eat anything? Or would you rather eat smaller portions of a healthier choice?
One of the best ways to start using a low carb diet is to keep a food diary and see how many high carbohydrate foods you do eat. This includes reading food labels and seeing how many carbs are in your favorite dressings and sauces! You may just be surprised.
You still want to include quality carbs each day as these help supply your body with fuel and energy. So instead of looking for a drastically reduced low carb plan, start off by cutting back and see how that goes first.

 

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