Updated: May 1
“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security”
– John F. Kennedy
“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment."
– Vince Lombardi
“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." – Michal Joan Bobak
When time is dwindling, when the world is changing and when resources appear limited, it is efficiency that will enable us to triumph. Still it is proven that knowledge, discipline, and initiative can defeat discouragement. If we seek to advance our health and fitness, we must exploit further options. Our path to progress must continue!
Drink Green Tea – Despite its immune enhancing effects and its anti-cancer properties, green tea has great potential as a fat burner. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition displayed that green tea increases fat oxidation and enhances thermogenesis (the dissipation of energy in the body through the production of heat). The compounds consisted in green tea may prove to be an asset in fighting obesity.
Lower Cortisol Levels – Cortisol is a natural hormone that plays a major role specifically, in influencing an increase in belly fat production. The healthiest and most beneficial way for most people to regulate this hormone is to lower their stress levels and make sure that they are getting enough sleep.
Ramp Up the Cardio – The closing of gyms and the onset of unfavorable weather are not excuses to cease exercise. Indulging in cardiovascular training three to four times a week will increase your metabolic rate and help you to burn more calories. Walking, running, swimming, or biking are excellent options for those interested in getting outside and getting healthy. For increased resistance find a hill or some stairs to run or walk up.
Incorporate Circuit Training and Supersets – Resistance training increases the metabolism for up to nine hours after completion. Circuit training with or without weights will raise your heart rate levels and force your body to rely on fat stores for energy. When performed correctly, both circuit training and supersets will stimulate the body’s natural human growth hormone production by up to four hundred and fifty percent. The production of growth hormone will increase the caloric burn and slow down the aging process. For those without access to weights, incorporate body weight exercises including but not limited to pushups, pullups, bodyweight squats and dips.
With knowledge and creativity, we can surmount all obstacles. Let us use this time of change to make ourselves better and not worse. As we adapt and improvise, may we choose action over inaction. May a sedentary existence be our enemy!