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  • Welcome to the Health & Fitness thread! 

    This thread is for getting in shape!  (something we all could probably do better at) Feel free to post workout and diet tips that have worked for you here.  Found a kick flank routine?  Post It!  Noticed that your favourite restaurant has a healthy option?  Post it and let others know!  Got a really tasty healthy recipe?  Find a really inspirational video that inspires you to workout and do better?  Share it!

    I would like to have people set a goal and have monthly check-ins on your progress.  Think of this kinda like AA for out of shape people we are here to support you and would love to see/hear your progress.  No pictures required but it would be nice :)

    "But Eyes of Avo!  I'm out of shape and I have no idea what to do!" 

    That's okay we have people here who can help!  Just post your question and someone will  answer you or point you to someone who can answer.

     

    Just feel free to post any thing related to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

  • This thread is amazing. Should be interesting.

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  • okay I guess I'll kick things off

    All right these are from my first round of P90x!  this is over 3 months.  As of today I started P90x for a second round thats another 90 days!  I don't have a specific weight i'm trying to reach but I do have a goal.  I want to see abs.  That is my goal for the next 3 months.

  • I'll try to remember to post some pics of what I look like now, then post some pics after I get outta basic training or tech school.

  • Fast Food Tip

    If you are out and about I know it can be difficult to eat healthy but there are options available.  KFC can be a great healthy meal that is inexpensive.  Order a 2 piece grilled chicken drumstick and thigh with green beans and corn on the cob and you have a meal clocking in at 535 calories (this includes your biscuit) and around 5$ (prices may vary according to location).  Just be sure to drink water or a diet soda with this!  Soft drinks are the silent killer in calorie consumption.  A single 20 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper is half the calories of this entire meal!

  • Eyes of Avo:

    A single 20 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper is half the calories of this entire meal!

    ..... *looks at empty Dr Pepper bottle* 

    This is going to be harder than I thought. 

    But, lately, I've been doing my very best to lay off the sodas and not eat too much junk food. Also eat more salad, drink more water, etc. Plus, last week, I started a little game with myself that's kind of like a life RPG, and exercising is the highest amount of "exp" I can get. It gives me a little more motivation to do it, and not counting the weekend, I haven't missed a day yet. 

    I feel like I'm making a little progress, and when compared to this time last year, I think I've lost a least 2 clothes sizes. The suit I wore for my costume last year was a little tight, and now it fits perfectly. 

    ^She's reacting to my posts! 

     

    Check out some of my songs! https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelCoversPony/videos

  • Anyone have any tips for the "Weekend Warrior" types like me. Working on Senior Design nearly 24/7 has turned my lab into a prison and I literally have little to no time to eat or sleep. My only chances to exercise even a little is on the weekends. Does anyone know of a good way to fit in a good routine Fri-Sun?

  • Lol irony (and no not the guy irony). This is posted the day I am planning to start my new workout routine.

  • SuperKingC77:

    Lol irony (and no not the guy irony). This is posted the day I am planning to start my new workout routine.

    That's not really irony... It'd be irony if this was the day you finished your workout routine. What you have is a coincidence, Superking. 

    Yes I had to be that guy. 

    I'm that guy. Its my job. Don't make me get all possessive. :P

    u jelly 

    ^She's reacting to my posts! 

     

    Check out some of my songs! https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelCoversPony/videos

  • I'll tell you what you don't do. You don't hit cardio and punish your body with pushups right before an 8 hour graveyard shift with only about 5 hours of sleep. Your body will punish you back. Especially after those last few hours.

    One of the first steps is a healthy sleep schedule. The body depends on sleep more than we may realize. Going to bed early and rising early invigorates the mind and body and can do wonders for motivation.

    "Always make them laugh, try to make them cry. Always take the stage like it's the last night of your life." Frank Turner.

     

     

     

  • Hey guys what's going on h-.........oh.

     

  • Here's the thing: I always get started on something like eating well or exercising, and then just stop after a while for some reason, probably because I don't have anything motivating me to go on. Losing weight isn't really the most important thing to me, it's mainly just general health, but again, I never have a motivator and can't really find something that I really like when it comes to exercise. Now I'll just fade away again *disappears*

     

     

    Imagine how is touch the spy.

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  • Workout? *dives out window*

    Seriously though, This is something I've been telling myself I'll do for years, but I never have. And seriously, its October. Candy is everywhere. I have no way to control my ravenous appetite.

     

     

  • Working out is going to be a main way everyone thinks of losing weight, so I'll start on that. First, The Biggest Loser show scares me, it usually isn't healthy to lose that much weight in the time allowed to them, but they do, and it makes people think they have to as well. Try not to get discouraged if you don't lose weight as quick as you think, especially later on.

    Second, getting to iDreamRunner's thing, I understand being very busy, I am a busy man myself, but a small 15 minute workout on a daily basis is more important than getting in three long ones in over the weekend (Although that is definitely better than nothing). Working out only over the weekend is also a good way to injure yourself, whatever you do, so just be careful. Keeping a solid routine is the best way to lose weight, and routine keeps you from losing motivation as well. (Another good way to not lose motivation is to do this with some friends, either local or online like this.)

    Third, cardio is the most important workout you need. This includes but is not limited to running/jogging, swimming, biking, and skiing/snowboarding (Winter is right around the corner!). Some people consider lifting weights and doing abdominal workouts a substitute for this, they are important to tone your body, but you can't really lose weight by doing those. On the other hand doing aerobic exercises like EoA and the P90X can work too. I'm a runner and swimmer myself, but experiment and do whatever works best for you. Finally, you need to stretch before and after every workout, whatever you do. If you injure yourself during a workout or because you didn't stretch after a workout you can't exercise, which will end you very quickly.

    Also, as for soreness goes, expect it to come, and push past it. There isn't much you can do about it (Besides not exercise in the first place), but try not to think of it as pain and more as building yourself.

     

    Now I'm gonna talk about diet. Keeping a good diet is crucial to give your body fuel you need throughout the day. This is even more important than exercising because this is the fuel you use throughout the day, even without exercise. First, stay away from fast food, chips, sweets, and sodas. These are very high in sodium, sugar, fat, and calories, which are not good for you in the amounts put into them and the fact that there are different kinds of these. You need some sodium, sugar, fat, and calories though, but you can get them through fruits, proteins, and everything else you eat. You can get good fats through nuts (Try unsalted), meat (Try to stay away from dark meat, chicken and fish is the way to go), olives/olive oil, and some fruits and vegetables (Coconut is good and is jam packed with energy). You will get good sugars mostly from fruits, although there are some in certain vegetables and milk. Fat free or skim milk is what you should try to drink, but the best is almond milk. Try almond milk and if you don't like it, go fat free or skim, otherwise, get your calcium some other way most dairy is a KILLER (Yogurt can be good though if it's not very fattening).

    Also, try to eat snacks throughout the day, as this will not only prevent you from eating a ton during designated meal times, but you will have more energy throughout the day, and keep you less hungry. If you have a very busy life though, this will be hard, it isn't necessary but it is a good suggestion.

    Second, water is what you need to drink, try to stay away from soda, diet soda, energy drinks, coffee, and flavored drinks. Tea is okay because it also consists of water but nothing beats the original. Try not to use artificial sweeteners in you drinks either. You should be having at least eight cups of water a day. That may sound like a lot, but it isn't hard. Drink two to three in the morning, two to four during the day, and two to three during the evenings. Try to span your water intake throughout the entire day. If you work out though, you will want to have more depending on your workout. You want to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. This will keep your energy up and help you perform better as well. Even without exercise, drinking water will increase your brain activity and blood flow. You shouldn't drink too much water though, just don't make yourself feel sick.

    Finally, I'm gonna talk about what you want to eat. You need mostly fruits and vegetables throughout your day. These have necessary vitamins and minerals you need, but not only that, they also have good fats, sugars, and calories. Apples are really easy to take with you and you can eat those on the go, bananas too. If you have time, broccoli, spinach, and other deep green vegetables are amazing for you. Celery doesn't have a lot of nutrients or calories for that matter, it is mostly water. Try not to boil or steam these things too much either, because that will take the nutrients out of them. Keeping them plain as possible is another good idea, so while corn and potatoes are vegetables, they are usually without many nutrients, and slathered in toppings like butter and sour cream. Salting your foods is not a good idea. You will get natural sodium from the grains you eat, which is usually a bulk of people's diets (Although it should be fruits and vegetables). Good grains things to eat are for example are granola bars, oatmeal, and whole grain bread and pasta. Eat these in moderation though as they are loaded with calories. Also keep in mind that if you work out you will need more calories for energy, but it won't affect you that much. Just don't fill yourself up, yet you don't have to starve yourself either. Some good snacks you can have are some pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, and popcorn with little to no butter. You are also going to want to have protein, especially if working out, as this will help to build muscle while you lose weight. The best sources are from grilled chicken and fish, unsalted nuts, eggs, and protein drinks. Protein drinks are fairly simple, because some are just powders you mix with water. These can substitute a whole meal and when working out are good before or after.

     

    Now the last thing I was gonna talk about was sleep, but I've gone on long enough. Basically, try to get about 9-10 hours of sleep every night.  I don't know much about sleep, since I don't do much of it myself, even though I should. Like I said, I'm really busy. But it helps your body to recover from the days stressors and build your body as well. You can actually lose a little weight just by improving your sleep schedule, but not much, although combining sleep with exercise and/or nutrition will be very helpful.

     

    Anyway guys, I hope this helps. I myself am going to try and get more in shape. I don't know much about lifting though. Does anybody have experience in that?

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    Looks like I need to turn my life around. I've probably failed every suggestion, especially sleep.

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