Everyone has started out on an exercise program full of excitement and determination, only to find the excitement start to fade after a few days. What started as something you were sure was going to change your life, has began to make your life a nightmare, trying to keep the enthusiasm at a high enough level to continue exercising. In order to stick to an exercise program, and make it work for you, you need to find a way to keep that original motivation. Here are some tips to help get you motivated, and encourage you to stay that way.
1) Find A Role Model – Who has that “perfect” body that you would love to have? Who sticks to a fitness plan, and shows that dedication in the way they live their lives? Many women tape up pictures of someone they aspire to be like, such as a model or actress. This is a great way to keep your goals fresh in your mind, and to remind you what you’re striving towards. Make sure that you choose someone deserving of your admiration – not someone who has unhealthy eating or exercise habits, or who has an impossible to achieve image.
2) Set Small Goals – If you have set the bar too high by setting goals that are too tough to reach, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed. If you don’t achieve the goals you have set, you will become discouraged. Just set smaller, easy to achieve goals and work your way towards the bigger goals. Start with something simple like, “I will work out three times this week.” Once you have established a routine, start working out harder, and try doing more each session.
3) Reward Yourself – Setting goals is a great way to get yourself going in an exercise program, but if you have a hard time keeping yourself going, don’t be afraid to offer yourself rewards for any small achievements. You don’t need to go overboard – just small rewards for reaching small goals. Take yourself out to a movie you’ve been wanting to see if you achieve your goal of working out three times in the week. Just remember that if you’re working out to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with food!
4) Get A Buddy – Having someone to work out with makes it much more fun, and will keep you more motivated to exercise. You might even find that you’re actually looking forward to it! Not only that, but having a buddy makes it much harder for you to skip your workout, because they will be there to hold you accountable. Let them encourage you and motivate you when you don’t feel like exercising, and do the same for them. If you can’t find a buddy to work out with, hire a personal trainer to give you that extra push.
5) Make It Fun – Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or repetitive. If you don’t like your exercise routine, change it and make it more exciting. Keep trying new exercises until you find something you enjoy doing. If your exercise routine is fun, you will end up looking forward to exercise, instead of dreading it.
6) Mix It Up – Anything you do over and over every day is going to get boring, no matter how motivated you are to succeed. Find several different exercises you enjoy, and alternate. Try swimming on Monday, dance class on Wednesday and a Pilates tape at home on Saturday. Whenever you find yourself getting bored with a workout, replace it with something else you enjoy, and go back to it again when you’re ready.
7) Don’t Take It Too Seriously – If you start treating exercise like hard work, that’s exactly what it will become. Make your exercises light, fun and exciting rather than looking at it as a chore you have to do. Don’t let yourself get a bad attitude towards exercising, or you will be more likely to give up.
Staying motivated isn’t hard if you approach your exercise program with an open mind. Be flexible and let yourself have fun. Eventually, you will realize that you’re actually enjoying working out, and before you know it, you will be looking forward to exercising.
Step 1:Know your body type.
Your shape––where you naturally distribute weight––determines which swimsuit will look best on you. Measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point, and bust at the fullest point for the best reference, since swimsuit sizing and styling depend on these ratios. Here are suggested interpretations of your body shape:
- Pear shape: If your hips are significantly wider than both your waist and bust, you’re probably a pear.
- Apple shape: If your waist is significantly wider than your hips, and equal to or nearly as wide as your bust, you might be an apple.
- Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, but your waist is significantly smaller, you’re a classic hourglass.
- Straight (also known as ruler or banana shape): If you’re thin all around, with no significant difference between your hips, waist and bust, you’re a straight shape.
Step 2:Prepare yourself.
Before heading out to buy a swimsuit, take care of any necessary hair removal. Remove any hair you don’t want to be showing while you’re trying on your swimsuit, especially if you’re going to be modeling for someone else to judge. And do not forget to wear underwear! Every store with swimwear requests that its patrons try on their bikinis and swim shorts with undergarments still on, and besides, do you really want to take the hygiene risk of going bare?
Step 3:Choose an appropriate swimsuit store.
There are boutiques that specialize in swimsuits (everything from sporty wear to poolside glamor) so do your research to find one that will work for you. Additionally, if you’re not too particular about your swimwear, many clothing brands have their own swimsuit ranges available in department stores. Online shopping is another possibility but is probably best reserved for swimsuit duplicates when you already know what kind of swimwear fits you and you just need a few extras or a renewal of the same brand.
Step 4:Choose colors and fabrics that will highlight your best features and downplay your less-loved parts.
The secret to a good swimsuit is drawing the eye to the most flattering parts of your figure; this will help you to feel more comfortable as well as looking your best. Here are some basic tips to follow:
- To highlight a feature you like, use a bright color or pattern.
- To hide something you don’t like, use a solid color.
- If you have pale skin, use black or deep jewel tones, such as dark purple, navy, and maroon.
- If you have dark skin, bright colors can actually be more flattering and help hide what you don’t like.
- To add volume (such as to the bust or hips), choose a piece with ruffles in that area.
- To hide volume (such as on the waist), use shirred or ruched fabric.
- Don’t be afraid to buy separates that don’t match perfectly! Say you want to highlight your bust but draw attention away from your hips. You might buy a bikini top in a bright solid or pattern, and a bottom that’s a dark black, blue or brown (depending on the top).
Step 5:Select the right cut.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you might want to favor/avoid:
- A one-piece will hide your waist. Choose one with shirred panels over the stomach, or in a dark, solid color.
- A 1940s-style, bathing-beauty bottom that’s high-waisted can also help hide a waist. Again, go with a dark color or shirring.
- A tanking will highlight your waist, because it draws the eye to the section of skin that’s showing. If you love your waist but not so much your hips or bust, choose this.
- Boyshorts make your hips look wider, regardless of color. If you have a large bust and want the hips to match for a classic hourglass shape, choose boyshorts. However, be aware that this style can feel uncomfortable for some women, so be certain of fit before you purchase anything.
- High-cut bikini bottoms make legs look longer. If you’re short, or you’re long in the torso, this is a good selection.
- Halter tops draw attention to the bust, as do triangle tops.
- Tie-front bikini tops draw the eye to the bust, as well as pulling the breasts closer to one another, effectively making them look larger. If you have small breasts and want them to look larger, this might be a good fit.
- Bandeau tops will make the bust seem wider. If you’re a pear shape and you want to imitate an hourglass shape, choose a bandeau top with ruffles or another busy detail.
- For a large bust, look for a straight across cut at the top of your swimsuit with wide set straps to minimize your bust. Try a bikini top with an under wire and a thick chest band for extra support. A thick chest band will prevent jiggling so that the bra stays where it should be and you can’t fall out.
Step 6:Select the swimsuit suitable to its primary use.
It’s pointless buying a string bikini if you plan on swimming laps or surfing; it’ll be floating off in no time, embarrassing you no end. Bikinis are fairly limited in terms of active workouts in a pool or the sea, but a more solid tanking would hang in there no problems. Sports swimsuits often have added features to help with support, streamlining and comfort, so check them out if you’re planning on doing more than keeping cool by the pool.
- Most lifeguard work requires a one piece swimsuit in a plain color, perhaps the color of your lifesaving crew. You might also need to add shorts or a wetsuit to complete the uniform.
- One piece swimsuits can be very sexy, especially when you choose nice colors and a flattering fit for your body.
Step 7:Ask a professional for help.
If you’ve tried shopping on your own and just can’t find anything that works, request some assistance. Go to a store that carries styles you generally like, and ask a salesperson for his or her take on your situation.
(From:http://www.wikihow.com/, Edited by Vanessa Lausch, Jack Herrick, Ben Rubenstein, Flickety and 36 others)
As if it isn’t enough that we need to exercise to stay healthy, did you know that exercising at home can actually be dangerous if not done properly? You won’t have a trainer watching and guiding you, and you’re on your own to figure out any equipment you may be using. Well, it doesn’t have to be dangerous, as long as you can follow some basic, simple rules which will allow you to have a safe, even enjoyable, exercise program in your own home.
- The most important thing to remember is to always make sure you’re doing proper stretches before starting your exercise program. Stretching your muscles before exercising warms them up and prevents them pulling and tearing.
- If you’re just starting out, make sure you start with a short exercise routine. The worst thing you can do is overdo it, and exercise too much. You can injure your muscles, because they just aren’t used to it yet. You can slowly increase your exercise over time, as your muscles adjust. It’s very important to get your body used to doing exercises of any kind before taking it up a level.
- Slowly increase your speed and endurance. Never try doing any more than you can physically do. You need to know your limits, and stick with them. Lifting 300 pound weights when you only weigh 150 pounds right off the bat, is not only a bad idea, but dangerous as well!
- If you’re using any kind of exercise equipment, make sure that it’s in good condition and that you know how to use it properly. It’s obviously not a good idea to exercise with faulty equipment, which can break and cause major injuries. Not only that, if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly, you can be putting yourself at risk for injury as well.
- If you’re lifting weights, it’s never a good idea to bench press alone. Even if you’re doing lighter weights than you have done before, you never know when the bar can become too heavy for you to lift back up. If it comes down onto your chest or neck area, you could have your air circulation blocked off. Obviously this can be extremely dangerous and even fatal, so always make sure to get someone to come and spot you when doing any bench presses.
- As you’re doing your exercises, pay attention to your body. If you ever start feeling any pain, stop immediately and take care of the pain. Go to a doctor if necessary. Never continue with your exercises, thinking you can “work through the pain.” Just stop, and take care of your injury.
- Wear comfortable shoes if you’re planning on doing any walking or running exercises. A cheap, low quality pair of shoes will only make your feet hurt, and discourage you from completing your workout. Not only that, but they can even cause you to injure muscles as well, so go for the good quality shoes that are comfortable on your feet.
Following these simple steps can help ensure that you have a safe work out at home. Take it easy, and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. You can exercise freely, without risk of injury, so long as you’re willing to take the steps needed to be safe.
Bored of hitting the gym every day this summer? Don’t fret! Fitness can be achieved through fun sports too. There are several fun sports that can help you achieve great health and fitness.
Summer Sport # 1: Tennis
Tennis is undoubtedly the best way to pass your time leisurely and improve your health. Playing tennis helps in moving your body and keeps your mind alert. Since it is a low-impact sport, you don’t need a lot of strength and skills to play the game. Hence a good option for toning.
Summer Sport # 2: Football
Football or soccer is one of the best summer sports, as it engages players to run fast and slow – with sudden balance shifts. This helps to build stamina and works for interval training too. Being a continuous game, it is extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health.
Summer Sport # 3: Cricket
This favorite Indian sport provides a number of benefits to its player along with gallons of excitement. Cricket helps in endurance, stamina, balance and co-ordination and physical fitness. It also improves hand-eye co-ordination.
Summer Sport # 4: Frisbee
Frisbee is a swift and easy sport which can be played with anyone, anywhere. Besides adding the fun quotient, this has health benefits too. Throwing a Frisbee is a good cardio-vascular workout; it uses your thigh muscles and arms too. It improves balance and helps to develop better landing skills.
Summer Sport # 5: Volleyball
Summer volleyball is one of the best sports workouts. This sport helps you burn calories and improves your muscular system.
Summer Sport # 6: Cycling
Cycling is a good summer sport option, because you don’t need company. All you have to do is pick your bicycle and race for good health. Cycling helps to build strength, tones muscles, builds stamina, burns calories, improves heart health and reduces stress.
Summer Sport # 7: Swimming
Swimming is the best way to help your body cool down during summer. Since, swimming involves your entire body; it is the best full-body workout. It helps you to relax, builds endurance, tones your muscles, maintains a healthy weight and improves flexibility.
Summer Sport # 8: Dancing
Dance is an amazingly fun activity. It allows people to enjoy, socialize and develop creative skills. Dancing for 30 minutes helps to keep the body active, helps to improve strength and flexibility, improves posture and balance, reduces stress levels and burns calories.
Summer Sport # 9: Badminton
Racquet sport is good for people of all ages. Badminton helps to burn calories, maintains healthy weight, and improves cardiovascular fitness.
Summer Sport # 10: Hiking
Hiking is a good recreational activity. It helps to improve muscular fitness, reduce depression, maintains healthy weight and lubricates your joints well. So, plan a trek this weekend to enjoy a peaceful traffic-less zone.
(By Renita Tisha Pinto)
Taking a trip to the snow is one of the most fun and exciting things that you can do on your family holidays. There’s simply something magical about a skiing vacation, and there’s something that every age and skill level can enjoy when you choose the right resort. If you’re looking for the best places to hit the snow on your next holiday, here are some of the top ski resorts that the whole family can enjoy.
Located just 45 minutes from the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, The Remarkables is popular with families who want to stay in town and travel to the slopes in between their other holiday activities. From gentle beginner terrains which encourage a steady progression, to adrenaline pumping Black Diamond runs for the passionate ski experts, The Remarkables ski fields can cater for every ability within your family. Their kids clubs are extensive and well planned, and there are plenty of great facilities when you’re ready for a warm drink and a bite to eat. Why not add a ski adventure at The Remarkables to your Queenstown holiday, and enjoy the best that the area has to offer.
Here is a ski field that actively markets itself as being family friendly, with something on offer for all ability levels and ages. With great value family passes on offer and full gear available to hire, Treble Cone makes a day on the slopes a fun and affordable experience. There are specialised lesson systems for all ages, from one on one introduction classes for the little ones to exciting group lessons for kids aged 5 and over. There’s plenty of action to be had for the older and more experienced skiers as well, with a range of slopes tailored to suit all ability levels. With professional childcare available and a warm café looking out over the kids slopes for parents, Treble Cone lives up to its reputation as being one of the best family ski fields around.
Another family favourite, Mount Hutt sweetens the snow holiday deal by offering a very special promotion to families with children who are less than 10 years of age. For every paying adult, the Kids4Free program offers free travel, accommodation, meals and skiing to any child under 10 in partnership with local participating businesses. This initiative is one of the most innovative ways to make your next ski holiday as affordable as it is enjoyable. They offer a range of specialised kids clubs, beginner slopes and some serious advanced challenges for those seeking a bit more of an adrenaline rush. The whole family is well and truly catered for when you choose to holiday at Mount Hutt.
New Zealand offers some of the best ski slopes for families to enjoy their snow holidays together. When you’re looking for a great family getaway, keep these top ski resorts in mind to ensure that your getaway is truly the trip of a lifetime.
(This post was written by Emma Jane)