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When we try to lose weight, the process can be so agonisingly slow that you’d wonder if it’s even happening at all. With the right effort, it is, and slowness is completely normal (and better for your long-term health). Here’s a perfect analogy to keep your mindset positive and motivation high: Think of that fat like a new roll of paper towels.
A basic plank is a great way to work your abs using only your body, but doing the same moves can get boring over time. This video is filled with plank variations that keep you engaged and will help you switch up your workout.
Jerks are everywhere, but people being jerks in the gym can be especially grating. All you want to do is lift heavy stuff in peace, but there they are, with their sweaty butt imprints on a bench, loud conversations on the phone, and equipment strewn all over the floor. Oops — does that sound like you? Here’s how to make the gym a better place for all.
Altitude training masks are popular training items, mostly because you can look badass like Bane. They purportedly improve your cardiovascular fitness by emulating training at higher altitudes, like Michael Phelps who is known to have training stints at high altitudes. Well, don’t hold your breath; save your money for a real Bane mask instead.
With every successful weight loss story, it’s hard to avoid getting hyper-focused on someone’s visual changes, or the number of pounds they lost. Unfortunately, focusing all your energy only on the end goal makes the process with health and fitness feel crappy — which makes you less likely to stay with it and find success.
The one time my mum watched a video of me deadlifting, she cringed with fear that I was going to hurt myself. In reality, though, you’re just as likely (if not more so) to get injured doing other physical activities. That doesn’t mean you should throw weights around willy-nilly. You still need to prioritise safety to avoid getting seriously hurt. Here’s how.
Yoga can be more than a relaxing way to spend a rest day. It can be a challenge in itself: you can build serious strength working up to impressive poses like Crow or Dancer.