Gym Apparel

Most of us tend to flock towards whatever a high profile athlete or celebrity is wearing because we like it, and we assume if they wear it, it must be good. I, unlike many others tend to go against the grain a small bit and wear what the majority of people would probably not wear to the gym because it’s not exactly stylish. However, I feel comfortable wearing it and it allows for movement, it is appropriate attire and most of the time it is breathable material (although many times, I don’t do so well in that department). I personal believe that people should wear clothing that is all 3 three of those things: allows for movement, breathable material, and fits you comfortably. Not something many people give a care about, but something you should consider when shopping for a new gym outfit. 

 

The reason it’s more important to shop smart vs stylish is because you have to consider the type of sport you play, the kind of workouts you participate in, your body type, how often you sweat (if you sweat at all), and the environment in which you exercise in. Wearing the latest Nike leggings may add to the cute factor but the sacrifice may be that they don’t absorb sweat very well. If you are going to pay good money for your things, I want to make sure you know what to look for so that it caters to your style but also is appropriate for the activity. 

 

If you follow the 3 rules:

 
  1. allows movement
  2. breathable material
  3. comfortable clothing

You will find that it might aid to your workouts. 

 

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Shay-lon

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The Wii Fitness

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Okay bloggers, this is that thing called “old news”, but this old news will soon be the new “trendy” thing to do again, just give it another few months to a year and everyone will be back on this bandwagon. How many of you remember when the Wii introduced itself and how eager your children were to own one. Let’s not forget it was competing against two other systems at the same time, but with its kid friendly games and family fun commercials, it was a must have. I love video games, I have always been a Xbox fan and enjoyed RPG games, but growing up, Mario was my brother and I’s go to video game on our Nintendo 64 system, talk about “old”. I remember when I first heard of this Wii system, I was 14 and probably waiting for my parents to purchase one for me, but of course.. that never happened, but we got another game system in place of, not complaining. Skip to a more recent time period, when I was working retail at BestBuy (worked for them for about 4.5 years) and we had families asking about the system and comparing it to other game systems, I remember always mentioning the kid friendly gaming and the easy controls. Typically the Wii always came with a bundle (a new game and extra controller or a special edition bonus) and people love those deals. Fast forwarding to the time it released fitness friendly video games that parents and children both could enjoy, it was a phenomenal idea I thought, I mean I wasn’t into fitness/health in same way as I am now but it still struck me as a great idea, considering other gaming systems were more of a sit on your behind and watch the TV screen kind of thing.  

The “Just Dance” games were popular, people would show off their moves inside the stores, at their house, friend’s house, anywhere the music was playing and the Wii was sitting, it made for a great time.  Then let’s not forget the Wii sports games, the various choices in sports and still maintaining that you stand while playing vs sitting. If that wasn’t your cup of tea, you could use the Wii Fit Trainer and workout using yoga, strength training, balancing, aerobics, etc. Don’t get me started on Zumba, that was another popular game choice among older adults looking to keep in shape.  All of these games proved to be trendy, fun, family/friend oriented, and got you up and moving, but for some reason it only lasted for so long before people were looking to sell their Wii’s/ Wii games, what happened?

If we were to consider all the possibilities it gave us as adults and children alike, then there should be no reason to sell it, right? I mean it did exactly what the world is trending on now: being fit and healthy, big muscles, abs, Zumba, etc. It provided a way for your child and yourself to exercise without having to leave your house, it gave you a chance to bond with friends and family, to compete, to practice your skills, and something to talk about at dinners. I often wonder why it no longer is as popular as it was, I mean granted new games and new systems were released, kids grow up and families split up, finances sometimes get in the way, and somewhere along the road you decide your job is more important than your health, we all know life happens.  I could see the pros and cons of the Wii, I am not saying it was perfect and everyone should use it in place of going to the gym or eating healthier, or going out to a fitness event, but it was something you could do on your downtime, rest days, lonely nights, sleepovers, etc. Sure, at some point we just need to get outside and be among other people, but there are still some people who enjoy the comforts of their home vs going to a gym and those same people would have benefited from something like this, the same way they could benefit from workout videos if they wanted to, I know people have their likes and dislikes, video games aren’t everyone’s thing, but I just wonder with the way the world is now with promoting big muscles, nice abs, and nice butts, would the Wii still stand a chance in getting people motivated and moving, or should we leave it where it is now, in the past. 

What do all my readers think, please share your thoughts, opinions. If you enjoyed the read, share, like, comment and follow! Thank you for reading.

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

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Low carb dieting

 

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Okay, so like I had promised, I am going to talk specifically about some particular diets and share my take on these diets and help people understand these diets a bit easier, so that people are well aware of what they can expect from them, the pros and cons, the positive and negatives and maybe give people a new perspective on the “low carb” diet.  This diet is one of the most popular diets to date, for no other reason then because everyone wants to blame carbs for their weight gain and everyone knows there are good and bad carbs, but because people don’t know the difference nor seem to care they will jump on the low carb diet assuming this will heal all wounds. Let me be the first to say, this diet is not the healer of all wounds, it will not keep you happy in the long term unless you honestly can maintain this diet without “cheat days” and it will be a hard diet for those of you who are carb eaters. Now I am not saying this diet is impossible or even a bad diet, but it has its ups and downs and I know more people who have done this diet and failed, been stressed out, and/or gained weight then I know those who are successful being on it.  There are many different low carb diets out there and they all have the same catch phrases, same mottos and they all lure you in with the same result.. weight loss.  Because of this diet, it has been a diet that many fail to do well.. and I don’t blame you.  Going from eating bread to little or no bread, pasta, rice, beans, ect is hard and it doesn’t make one any happier when they realize how hard it really is to stick with it.

From my own experience, I tried the “low carb” diet as an experiment for myself and failed. I didn’t even last more than a month before I was back at eating carbs.  Not because I couldn’t afford it, or because my options were gross, it was because I didn’t like it, I didn’t see the benefits right away and I have a hard time maintaining diets unless I can find enough recipes with little to no carb usage. Like I mentioned before this diet is hard to maintain over the long term and it is frustrating to those who aren’t used to not implementing carbs in their diet.  This diet does show results for those who stick with it and have the disciple, it can keep one from living an unhealthy lifestyle choice, it eliminates any chances of eating bad carbs, and it promotes weight loss.  Down below I am going to list the good and bad with this diet for both beginners and those of you who have already started this diet.

Pros/positives

  • insulin management
  • lower inflammation
  • promotes advantageous muscle tissue/adipose tissue ratio
  • It gives you more energy
  • Lipid meal shifts metabolism (will shift the body into a fat burning mode because it will make it eaiser to access the stored bodyfat and rid of it)
  • restricts food choices (restricting calorie intake)

Con/Negatives

  • You need to make it fit into your lifestyle (commit more time to food preparation, shop differently, relearn to cook without certain ingredients, and avoid certain foods)
  • You will have to consciously eat more varied foods to avoid nutrient deficiency
  • intensity is reduced
  • reduced fiber and micronutrients
  • hypoglycemia and lowered testosterone levels
  • Low glycogen levels

For all of you who are thinking about doing this diet, keep in mind the pros and cons and make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into, and most importantly, make sure it is something that you can stick with long term, otherwise what is the point? Also, for those of you already on this diet and or want to start this diet, here are some recommendations:

  • Never go more than 3 days of having a high carbohydrate day
  • Make sure the little bit you have of carbs are fibrous sources or simple sugar post workout
  • if you are choosing to go severely low on carbohydrates, taking a supplement such has glutamine may be beneficial
  • A supplement of dietary fiber and micronutrients is very important while on this diet

Finally, before you decide to start, take into account all the positives carbs have on the body.

Thank you for reading, please feel free to contact me:)

Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon