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Going to the gym and lifting weights isn’t for everybody. Some people simply don’t enjoy the monotonous workout routines because “it’s boring.” Others may actually feel intimidated by the atmosphere most gyms give off. If either scenario sounds like you please know that there are others in the same boat.

The good news is that you can definitely stay in great shape without ever stepping foot in a gym. The idea for someone not wishing to gym is to find other activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

If you like working out but just not in front of a lot of people then you can do resistance training at home. Buying yourself a pair of dumbbells and a decent weight range is all you really need to cover your whole body.

If you straight up despise resistance training altogether then a great idea is to play a sport. There are several sports that can keep you in tip top shape all by just having some fun. On top of that, sports are a great way to get some cardiovascular exercise that most resistance trainers don’t get enough of.

I do resistance training at a gym 3 times per week but now am trying to make a personal goal of adding more activities outside the gym on top of my current workout. I plan to do sprints, ride my bike, and having recently joined a softball team, get some sports into my week to help work on my cardio.

Try to aim for 3 days per week where you do some sort of fun physical activities. They can be anything from kayaking, rock climbing, soccer, bike riding, or even something as simple as jogging. Whatever you find fun will entice you to do it more often and in the long run you will reap more benefits than always doing something you don’t necessarily enjoy, like going to the gym religiously.

What do you do to keep you in shape?

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FREE Weight Loss Guide

January 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Blog Image34Whenever people engage in a conversation about their workout routine or eating habits, it doesn’t take long for protein to get mentioned. Everyone who is anyone knows that protein is essential for muscle growth, but do they really get the “why” and “how?”

Let’s take a look and see why this macronutrient is so important for building strong bodies, and how we can use it to our advantage.

When we perform any kind of resistance training our muscles get broken down. This requires amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to help repair and build our muscles to be stronger.

After a workout our muscles are primed (read: starving) for protein and there is a window of opportunity to promote muscle growth. Some people like to skip a meal after a training session and feel that they are benefitting themselves, when really they are missing out on a great chance to rebuild their body.

One strategy used commonly is to eat half a meal before your workout and the other half afterwards. It can be a good idea to incorporate a little carbohydrate as well. Carbohydrates will raise insulin levels which slows protein breakdown and speeds muscle growth. Also, you won’t be using stored protein for energy. That would be a waste of precious muscle-building power, and we don’t want that.

One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pinpointed 20 grams as the best amount of post-workout protein to maximize muscle growth. It may not hurt to focus on an overall daily goal at first so you can get your feet wet.

There are some easy ways to get protein before and after your training session. I wrote an article a while back about quick and simple ways to get more protein in your day. I recommend giving it a quick read.

People often settle for protein shakes as a way to consume protein after a workout. Whey protein is great as it can get to your muscles quickly, however you can definitely get protein from whole food sources as well. Not everyone is game for supplements.

Eating the proper foods is essential to growing, or even maintaining our body. Make sure you eat adequate protein in order to replenish and rebuild your muscles after a good workout. Treat your body like a temple and your body will treat you well in return.

P.S. Women, don’t be afraid to follow this advice as well. Building muscle takes a ton of work and will not happen overnight. You will not get “bulky.” Read more about that here.

How do you like to get your protein?

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