Three More Reasons Why You Have No Excuses to Exercise While You Travel

Let me begin by giving you my background in weightlifting.
At age 27, I was 55 kilograms soaking wet, with a pot belly to boot. Furthermore, I was working night shifts, skipping breakfasts, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and eating fast food whenever I could. My sleep schedule was shot, and I was a sure candidate for heart disease and obesity….despite retaining my scrawny and pot-bellied frame.

Then I decided to start lifting weights. It wasn’t easy being the weakest guy in a room full of muscleheads, but I persevered. I didn’t necessarily eat right, but I ate to gain weight and bulk up. And so I worked my way to 70kg.

Until I had to go to Europe on tour for a month, which threatened to ruin all the progress I’ve made.
How frustrating can it be? Very extremely frustrating. Frustrating enough for someone like me to have to start from scratch. Until I found that I didn’t have to completely down tools and start from square one.

exerciseSee, it’s very easy to lose what motivates you in the first place to start lifting iron, especially when access to a proper gym isn’t readily available. After all, not all of us can afford to purchase an gym membership, nor do all the places we are in have gyms at our beck and call.

But then there is one thing you should always remember whenever you travel: your body is a gym. Furthermore, there are machines you can buy that you can take on the road, if you’re as serious as I am when it comes to lifting. Lastly, there is the ingenuity of the human mind: when there’s a will, there’s a way.

And there is a way for you to always be in shape no matter where you are, and no matter what the circumstances are.

Your Body is a Gym

Bodyweight exercises are some of the most underrated exercises that we usually take for granted. However, as you’ll find out when you start having to travel for a living, your body is your best friend. And there a multitude of exercises you can do. It can be simple as a set of push-ups and sit-ups. It can be as simple as doing squats. It could be simple as doing planks and knee tucks. It can be as simple as combining all of these in a workout. There’s no limit to whta you can do with bodyweight exercises; just the ones you imagine.

Bring a Portable Machine

If you’re focusing on your back, you would know that a water rowing machine gives you the best all round exercise. Trouble is though, there aren’t any portable water rowing machines available yet, but there are ones for simple rowing exercises, such as the Stamina Trac Glider 1050, which folds for portability. It’s easier than ever to take an exercise machine on the road. There are portable chin-up bars you can take anywhere that you could easily hook up in any hotel room. They’re easy to stow in your car’s trunk, ready to go at a drop of a hat.

Whatever It Takes

Human ingenuity will always find a way to do something that needs to be done, provided that one really wants to do it; so, next time you find yourself in a remote part of the world, go out of your comfort zone and find a place that has a serviceable set of iron for you to work on. It can’t be that hard. Whether you are in the busy streets of Manila, the alleyways of Madagascar, or the muddy banks of the Mississippi, there’s always going to be someone who will be able to help you. That is, if you’re willing to help yourself.

You’ve just run out of excuses. Next time you’ll be out of the country or city for a while, keep these things in mind – you’ll thank yourself you did.

Five Healthy Ways to Gain Weight (if You Need To)

You probably heard it from everyone – why are you even struggling to gain weight when there are so many people in the world who are practically dying to have a body just like yours? It is understandable though that you want to gain weight. Probably you are way underweight and it is already unhealthy. Being underweight and overweight is just the same, both of them are unhealthy. And some people will probably never understand the need for one to gain weight in many cases but don’t mind them. You own your body and you are responsible for it.

If you want to gain weight, don’t just eat junk food and all the sweets and unhealthy things that will make you fat. There are so many ways to gain weight in a healthy manner. You probably also tried eating all those junk to no avail, right? So here are 5 ways that you can try and hopefully this will help you gain the weight you need!

1. Eat more often.

If you usually eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s time to pay attention and eat a lot more often than that. Since you’re underweight, you get full easily. Don’t wait until you’re hungry, because you don’t get hungry as often as other people. Eat as much as you can because feeling full all the time is not a good feeling either, so only eat enough. Eat in between meals. Perhaps every two hours, you can have a sandwich or a pack of biscuits or some cereal.

2. Eat slowly.

Make every bite count. Don’t be in a hurry. When you eat too fast, you get full faster. Eat slowly and let the nutrients of the food you eat get absorbed by your body.

3. Watch what you eat.

Choose vitamin and nutrient-rich foods. Instead of stuffing yourself with junk, eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits contain sugar which should help you gain weight. It would also be great to choose delicious food. If food is delicious, then you will enjoy eating more. Since you’re aiming to gain weight, make it as enjoyable as possible.

4. Exercise!

Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 ReviewJust like for those who want to lose weight, exercising is important as well if you want to gain weight. Of course, you will be eating a lot of food. You can’t be healthy if you’re eating too much and not moving. You will end up sick. Sweat it out and as you burn the unhealthy fats, your body will gain the necessary muscles. Get on the elliptical machine, treadmill, lift weights – it’s really up to you, but for as long as you exercise, you should be on your way to a fitter and healthier body.

5. Drink protein shakes, milk, etc.

Ask your physician about the best kind of shakes or milk that you can drink to help you gain weight. It is important to ask for professional advice because a lot of these shakes and smoothies in the market today that you can make at home are not always safe for your health. You can go for healthy home-made shakes though such as those made from vegetables or fruits.

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How to Wave, Curl or Flip Hair Quickly and Easily

If you are a spontaneous girl who does not stay with the same kind of looks for very long, you need to have your wardrobe full of different clothes and your make up drawer full of various makeup and hair styling accessories. However, this can be a challenging task, if you are not blessed with plenty of money to spend. Buying various clothes, jewelry items, make up, and hair styling accessories to match your styling needs can be made easy if you make the right choices.

Like in the woodworking industry, there is a variety of tools to get the job done. One way to do it, as far as hair styling accessories are concerned is to go with the multi-tasking tools that can do various jobs for you. If you choose a single tool that can do more than just one job, you will be able to save a lot of money and time and still be able to carry on with your styling passion.
Let us have a look at a hair styling tool that gives you the freedom to wave, curl or flip your hair quickly and easily without stretching your budget.

Curling Tools

Curling ToolsAlthough in looks a curling wand may resemble like a curling iron, but in performance and functionality it is way different than the curling iron. It is much easier to use and it can easily create loose and relaxed waves or curls anytime you want, regardless of the length of your hair or how dry it is. A curling wand can help you create nice waves and curls or help you flip your hair effortlessly. They are considered to be a girl’s best friend because girls are able to use it for creating the poker-straight looks or transform their curly hair into those sexy tresses. They come in various shapes and sizes, but they basically function as hair dryers and straighteners. It is the size of the barrel that makes all the difference. If you want lose and long curls, you need to go with a bigger barreled curling wand, if short and too much waves look great on you, you need to go for the smaller barreled curling wand.

If you are aiming for that professional look that you get when you come out from a professional hair salon, you need to make sure to divide your hair in different sections, use a heat protector and heat frizzy curls with a nano ceramic tool to get a divine look. Curls and waves created by using a good curling wand tend to hold for longer periods of time.