Fitness Tips to a Killer Body
We all want that killer body, and also in time for the summer season. We try every diet out there, every weight loss program, tried to workout every hour of the day but none of them has gotten us to that killer body. Have no fear, try these simple fitness tips to help you get there in no time – just have to remember it’s about how to move and on how to eat:
ON HOW TO MOVE
- Do moves in three’s
Any workout has three variables: weights, intensity, and volume. To keep your body guessing, focus on one variable per workout – increase the weight but lower the number of reps one day; lower your standard weight but add a set the next; use your standard weight but do more reps faster on another.
- Do pull ups!
Pullups…. They strengthen the lats, biceps, middle back, and shoulders, and are a very effective upper-body exercise. Can’t do one yet? Then do inverted row planks: Lie with your chest under a weight bar set to knee height on a squatting rack. Grab the bar with an overhand grip and, keeping your body in one line, bend your elbows and pull your chest toward the bar.
- Get Rowing
Before you strength train, spend 10 minutes on a rowing machine to get blood flowing to all the muscles and joints in your body. It’s better than a treadmill or a stationary bike because it engages your upper body and core, not just your legs.
- Short-circuit your routine
Blast fat with a circuit that includes strength training and cardio- INTERVAL TRAINING: Do a set of push-ups, jump rope for a minute, do a set of squats, jump rope again; continue to alternate strength and cardio. You’re building muscle while keeping your heart rate high.
- Minimize refined carbs
Out: most breads, cookies, chocolate, white rice, nearly every cereal, honey, and anything with corn syrup or sugar. As soon as you swallow a refined carb, it starts to spike your blood sugar, which produces excess insulin, a hormone that can be responsible for holding on to fat stores.
- Eat five times a day
That means three meals and two snacks: one between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. You’ll have a steady stream of energy; plus, less food more often isn’t as taxing on your digestive system as three big meals. Also, those five daily feedings stabilises your blood sugar, so you won’t have crazy mood swings or hunger pangs.
- Up your protein
Try a Zone-inspired diet – a balance of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fat in every meal and snack–to protect against insulin overload. The benefit of high-quality protein, like chicken, turkey, and Greek yogurt: It contains amino acids, which help muscles recover after workouts.
- Limit your liquids
Ditch juices, vanilla lattes, and sodas– these all have loads sugar and calories that you don’t need. You drink for three reasons – if you’re thirsty, drink water; if you need stimulation, drink black coffee; if you want to take the edge off, choose a beer or a non-mixed, simple drink. In other words, no mojitos.
- Yes, that means diet soda, too
Although the science on the fake sweeteners used in diet sodas is still undecided, you should still not drink them. The sweeteners may elicit an insulin spike or, at the very least, psychologically prepare you for something sweet, but there are no calories to back the signal.