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“Life is like a…

16 May

“Life is like a FLUTE…
It may have many holes and emptiness…
But if we work on it carefully,
It can play Magical Melodies…”

-Unknown Author

Should I remove Carbohydrates from my diet?

16 May

No.  Carbohydrates (carbs) provide the fuel (energy) the body needs to function properly.  If you eliminate that energy source, the body will turn to another source for energy (stored fat).  Like everything there are good and bad carbs.  The good carbs are fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts.  The bad carbs are white bread, certain pastas, donuts, bagels and muffins.  Fruit, beans, vegetables and nuts contain nutritional value that our body need like fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Who does not need a little fiber, vitamins and minerals in their diet?  We all do.  On the contrary, a person who removes carbs from their diet may experience low energy, constipation, headaches, digestive problem and muscle cramps.  Not to mention, that they are limiting their food selection.  Let’s compare an apple to a donut.  A glazed Dunkin Donut contains 260 calories, 130 calories from fat and dietary fiber is 1g.  An apple contains 78 calories, 0 calories from fat and dietary fiber is 3.6g.  Wow, the numbers speak for themselves.  In conclusion Fitness Family, you do not have to remove all carbs from your diet.

Until Next Time Fitness Family

~Evony

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Motivational Th…

2 May

Motivational Thought of the Day:

“One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether
to walk away or try harder.”

-PIQ

Will crunches and sit-ups get me the flat belly I so desire?

2 May

Not necessarily.  Performing nothing but abdominal exercises will not get you the fat belly you desire.  It does not matter how many crunches you do, if you have a layer of fat covering your abdominal muscles.  All those crunches would be for nothing, because the layer of fat would block your abdominal muscles from showing.  In order to get a flat belly you must reduce your total body fat percentage.  In order to reduce your total body fat you must have a good exercise and diet regiment going.  Now I know you see those infomercials, that have fitness models doing twenty abdomen crunches using some kind of ab machine and over the span of two weeks they have a six pack.  I do not know what world they are operating in, but in the real world you have to reduce your total body fat, exercise and eat right to get a six pack.  I am not saying that those ab machines do not work; I am saying that you must accompany it with diet and exercise.  In conclusion you have to reduce your overall body fat percentage to get a flat belly.

Until next time fitness family

~Evony

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Motivational Th…

29 Apr

Motivational Thought of the Day:

“Don’t be too hard on yourself.
There are plenty of people willing to do that for you.
Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do.
Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”

-PIQ

Does your employer offer a fitness program to its employees?

29 Apr

My employer has been sponsoring a fitness program for its employees for several years.  The program gives employees the freedom to workout during working hours.  The duration of the fitness program is six consecutive months and employees can workout three times a week.  How cool is that to be able to workout while you are on the clock?  I think this is a win-win situation for me, because I get more time to workout before I go home.  I was very excited about the opportunity it would give me to dedicate more time to fitness.  What I did not know was I had to take a physical before I could start the program.  The requirements of a physical totally blindsided me because I thought a physical was not required.  I know you are probably asking yourself what is the big deal about a physical?  I run away from physicals that require a body fat calculation.  From the time I weighed 200 pounds with a body fat percentage of 38%, I have always avoided physicals.  The reason was simply I did not want to hear the truth about how much fat I carrying around. However, to get into the program the calculation of my body fat had to be calculated.  Upon learning the news I really started to contemplate whether or not I wanted to be in the program.  Yes it was just that serous. But at the end of the day fitness is important to me therefore I went to the physical despite my reservations.  During the examination I stood with my eyes closed as Physical Examiner calculated my body fat. The Examiner asked me if I wanted to know what my body fat percentage was and I heisted for about 30 seconds and then I said “yes”.  The Examiner told me that my body fat percentage was 14% which put me in the lean category.  I was like wow those hours that I have dedicated at the gym and working out at home has paid off. OK fitness family does your employer offer any kind of fitness program? If they do, how often do you participate? If they do not would you like to see them offer one?

Until next time fitness family

~Evony

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Motivational th…

26 Apr

Motivational thought of the day:

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be
nothing.”

-Aristotle

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“Don’t let some…

25 Apr

“Don’t let someone who gave up
on their dreams talk you out of yours.”

-PIQ

How does music motivate you during a workout?

25 Apr

Have you ever went to the gym and left your headphones at home?  I know I have and let me tell you that hour plus workout always feels boring and drown out.  It seems as if time just slows down and my workout is not productive when I do not have music playing in my ears.  It does not matter if I am doing weight training or aerobic training; I need music playing in my ears.  The music that flows through my ears gets me hyped and ready for am amazing workout.  When I am working out I mentally get into the music that is playing in my ears.  The song’s lyrics disappear and all I hear is the beat and the rhythm.  As the music flows through my ears it enters my brain and the neurons in my brain sends electronic impulses (aka shockwaves) to my muscles and my muscles gets me moving.  I know there are studies out there that say workout music should be so many beats per minute.  I only consider the musical beats per minute when I am doing Zumba or Cardio Hip Hop.  Other than that I do not pay attention to the beats per minute.  However, I do pay attention to the way the music makes me feel.  OK fitness family, how does music motivate you during a workout?

Until next time fitness family

~Evony

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Motivational Th…

24 Apr

Motivational Thought of the Day:

” Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are”

-Bernice Johnson Reagon

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