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How To Avoid Developing A Pot Belly In Your Thirties

big-fat-bellyDeveloping a pot belly is something a lot of men in their thirties go through.

Once a man reaches the age of thirty, their testosterone level starts decreasing by 1% every year.

Lower testosterone levels and an unhealthy lifestyle can cause a pot belly to appear. There are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening or to get rid of your pot belly.

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Six Great Ways To Keep Your Energy Level Up

jump-higherKeeping your energy levels up can be difficult as you age.

It is normal for men to experience lower energy levels due to lower testosterone levels but adopting an unhealthy lifestyle can actually make things even worse.

You should look into making a few changes to your lifestyle to boost your energy levels and live life to its fullest.

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How I Keep Myself Healthy and How You Can Too

healthy-and-fit-imageOkay so let’s talk about me for a second. I wasn’t always living a healthy lifestyle…

for the longest time I sat at my desk all day working, and then when I got home I would go to couch potato mode, sitting in front of my telly and eating unhealthy suppers because I was too lazy or too tired (or even both) to cook.

I was always sitting and it was really bad for my health… After all I worked long hours and with no physical activity, or not much at all of it, you can imagine just how unhealthy I became.

At one point I got hurt and had to file a claim for an injury to my back. After that I just ended up realising that I really had to start taking better care of myself and my health–after all life is short and I would not want to make it any shorter.

Meanwhile here is a video about How to Live With a Healthy Body and Mind:

So I changed my lifestyle and started working on getting myself healthier. If you are interested in doing it too…here’s my story. Maybe some of it can help you change your own life.

Bike
These days I use my bike more than my car. Of course aside from the numerous health benefits you’ll get from riding your bike instead of your car, there’s the added bonus too of saving you tons of money on petrol and car maintenance.

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I’ve had such a big difference in my monthly budget that I have been able to add to my savings significantly. I was even able to pay off a credit card debt completely, which really lessened my stress levels a lot!

Stand While You Work
So I was reading about how bad always sitting is for your body. There was even a mention of how if you sit all the time you are at a higher risk of developing heart problems. And I don’t want heart problems.

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So to lessen the time I spend on my bottom and increase the time I spend on my feet, I actually converted my work desk into a standing desk. Now I stand while I work. It keeps your metabolism up and at the same time keeps you engaging your muscles. Burns more calories!

Yoga
Some people think that yoga is just for “health freaks”. This is a negative connotation I don’t really like, especially since I really saw the difference in my over all health after I tried yoga.

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What’s wrong with being healthy anyway, or even just being concerned with your own health and well-being? For all those people out there who say it’s just for health freaks…don’t knock it till you try it!

Balanced Diet
I’ve quit sitting on my couch and eating crisps and unhealthy food when I get home from work. These days I prepare my meals–I found out that the internet has a wealth of information that it puts available right at our fingertips.

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Why not take advantage? I found many easy recipes, healthy too. So can you!

Lose Weight Without Spending Money

Let’s talk about blokes like me who do not want to spend any cash at all in order to get fit and work out. After all not everybody can afford those pricey gym memberships—they do tend to run high especially as they stack up.

You could end up paying something in the thousands and if you are like me and you get lazy to go to the gym, you could end up wasting all that money just because you aren’t using the gym membership that you are paying good money for.

So if you don’t want to blow your hard earned cash just to work out, here are some options.

Go For a Runrunning-image

Not everyone is going to like this suggestion because not everybody enjoys to run. I’ll admit, even I personally don’t really enjoy running all that much—it’s boring, repetitive, and you see the same things every day unless you consistently change out your route.

It’s very tiring too (yeah okay I get it, that’s the point, you’re supposed to be burning calories), more tiring than any other exercise I’ve tried. So maybe it’s just not for me. But I still do it. You know why? Because it’s free!

Work Out at Home

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These days you can work out at home without even buying a single fitness video. Why do I say that? Well, because there is a wealth of exercise videos available on YouTube, or in just about every corner of the internet.

All you have to do of course is to be careful in choosing which one you want to do. And you must be vigilant in exercising every day or at least every other day so that you can actually start seeing results.

Try your best to do your workouts correctly, meaning in correct form and so on to reap the most benefit.

Go to The Park

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Parks these days aren’t just for getting a breath of fresh air anymore. For me, and I’m quite the lucky man here, I go to the gym in order to do my weight lifting and toning exercises.

I love, absolutely love, that my local park has equipment installed so that I do not have to purchase weights or go to the gym to build up muscle.

Outdoor gyms at a park are free so if there is one nearby you take full advantage of it—don’t let it go to waste.

Fidget and Stay on Your Feet

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Fidgeting may be seen as an annoying habit for some, but the truth is that fidgeting actually allows you to burn more calories in a day than you normally would.

Meanwhile, discover the secrets for the fastest way to lose weight for men and women:

 

It does count as physical activity too, after all. And staying on your feet, something as simple as working at a standing desk than sitting like you normally would, increases your metabolic rate which leads to your body burning more calories as well.

Seems like the easiest step on the list but for those whose feet get easily tired this may not be a wise option.

How to Make a Little Extra Money While Working Out

dance-class-imageYou know what is popular right now? Home dance classes!

It is when a person or a group decides that they wish to hire a coach or a personal trainer to teach them dance classes and to lead them in exercise routines.

I have been doing these fitness dance classes for a long time now, so when a friend asked me if she could hire me to conduct a fitness dance class every Saturday morning at her place, I decided to say yes.

My accredited coaching qualifications for business helped me figure out how much I should charge considering the cost of my time and the cost of labour. I have not finished the course yet but it is helping me immensely.

Meanwhile here’s a video about a super fast abs workout…

I also found that leading the classes for my friend allows me to come up with my own routine and allows me to keep exercising while earning money at the same time. I do not think that I will go into being a full time gym coach, but this is a great activity on the side.

Eventually, I took on some other groups on different times of the week as my busy school schedule permits. I often lead classes on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and then hold classes on weekend mornings.

So, here are some tips on how to make money while working out:

1. Wear Appropriate Fitness Gear

fitness-gearWhen I first started working out, I only wore baggy old tees and jogging pants. But once I became more serious about exercising, I started investing in sports gear such as tank tops, stretch pants, and sports bras. I also have decent gym shoes.

Now, I really suggest that if you plan on holding classes that you always bring your best fitness outfit. It makes you look more presentable.

2. Bring Your Own Musicmusic-image

I often bring my mp3 player and some portable speakers so that I have a playlist that I am familiar with. My dance routine is of course affected by the beat and the tempo of the music.

Of course, you can always ask your client about what kind of music they wish to hear for the routine. I have done some great dance classes using rock music as well as Latin World Music.

3. Put Together Your Own Routinefitness-routine-image

You should always put together your own routine so that your clients are getting their money’s worth. I always tailor my routine based on the fitness level of my client’s group. For example, if I am leading for a group of older women, I make sure that all of my exercises are low-impact and paced at a medium speed to prevent injury.

I will probably stop doing the lessons once my finals start coming up, but for now, I really like making some extra money while working out. It is great because I also get to meet some cool new people who want to get fit.

Low Impact Sports for Men

Men may not be as prone to bone loss and osteoporosis as women are, but sometimes, high impact activities and obesity contribute to knee and ankle injuries.

Men with weak knees who want to get fit will suddenly find themselves in a predicament: they need to exercise to become more healthy, but find that most exercises are too dangerous to do with a shot knee. Attempting to exercise with a bad knee or ankles will only end up injuring you more, sometimes even permanently.

Meanwhile here’s a video about the benefits of Low Impact sports by Dr. Kurt Hirshorn…..

The answer to that is to go for low impact sports. Now, I know that a lot of men think that low impact sports are for “weaklings”, especially since low impact exercise activities are associated with women’s dance classes and aerobics.

On top of that, men also tend to be more competitive than women in general, so they may be pushed into more aggressive sports that are also very bad for the joints. However, I will prove to you that low impact sports are not necessarily “for the girls”. I bet that you were not even aware that some highly competitive sports are low impact, such as the following:

Ping-Pong or Table Tennistable-tennis

Table tennis is not only a low impact sport, but a great light cardio work out as well. It may not make you break into a sweat as much as running or playing football, but you will find yourself moving a lot.

Since it is mostly an upper body cardio work out, it is easy on the knees. The best part of all, you can play table tennis anywhere, be it at the gym or at an outdoor ping pong table on the sea front.

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Cycling is a great cardio activity and is easy on the knees as you are mostly seated. This means that your weight more evenly distributed, which puts less strain on your knee.

There are several ways for you to cycle, and it all depends on the level you are comfortable with. For beginners, I suggest starting on a stationary bike. However, once you are ready for more, you can go with anything from road racing to mountain biking.

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Yes, swimming is the ultimate in low impact sports as your body is almost completely supported by the water. Swimming is also a fantastic cardio work out as you will need your whole body to propel yourself through the water.

If you want to really push yourself, try to learn different kinds of strokes in the water. Learn how to pick up speed, and time yourself in order to become better. The faster and longer you swim, the more calories you will burn.

And that is my list of low impact sports for men. Protect those knees and make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. Also remember to always ask a physician before attempting any new sports activity, to prevent further injury to your knees and the rest of your body.

The Secret To Eternal Youth

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Whilst the saying “you’re only as young as you feel” has been done to death, it still resonates with me to this day.

I hold the firm belief that if you carry on with the same or similar activities you did in your 20′s then you have the potential to live may into your 90′s to 100′s.

Of course, there are some changes you need to make to your lifestyle such as eating more fruit and vegetables, plus slipping the odd pill of My Vimax if you want to keep up with the sexual activities of your youth.

But there really is a lot to be said for acting the age that you want to remain, and you will live longer.

Just yesterday I saw an elderly couple on the dry ski slope in Milton Keynes, if they were simply skiing then this would be a sight in itself – however, these guys were snowboarding!!  If you can believe that.

I would hedge my bets that the snowboarding elderly couple will be around MUCH longer than elderly people sitting and watching countdown every afternoon.

Keep that in mind, readers.

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