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What is Better Yoga or Weightlifting?

What is Better Yoga or Weight Lifting?

The big question is, “What type of body image are you after?”

Yoga and weightlifting work on different muscle fibres so the image is the question.  Most Yogis are slender or have wiry, not muscle-bound, builds.

However there are the exceptions to the rule…

Rodney Yee is one of them, he has been practicing for more than 30 years and he looks great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Levine, lead vocalist Maroon 5, states, “Yoga is by far the most convenient way to exercise while I’m on the road, you don’t need anything but a few feet of space and a mat.”

After Adam broke his sternum (chest bone) whilst weight lifting he began to use spotters and gave weights up completely for yoga in 2007.
After Adam’s first class he said he “instantly felt sculpted,” but that during the session it “felt like someone was ripping my body apart.”

Adam had lifted weights for years and found yoga to be the most convenient and much more physically satisfying than weight lifting.  The rocker assures that “the torture subsided over time,” and that it has proved to be most definitely more “satisfying physically” than lifting weights, which he’d been doing for years.

 

 

Another one is yogi, Cameron Alborzian once famous super model now living a content happy life as a yogi with a body to match.
Practicing yoga several times weekly, you can hang onto a lot of muscle.
When it comes to yoga and weight lifting they actually complement one another.  So whilst with yoga you can hold onto a certain amount of muscle mass, what you really need is a balance of the two.
Crow and Chaturanga Dandasana are great upper body positions you need more to build that upper body.  These positions are more likely to build the smaller, “slow-twitch” muscle fibers first (these are the fibers that runners and other endurance athletes have).
Those bulky muscles you want to keep are made up of “fast twitch” fibers and are best built through weight training.
With such a busy lifestyle there is only so much time so if you are going to do both yoga and weightlifting then ensure the time spent in your sessions is of high quality.

Of course, depending on your goals yoga on its own may well be all you need or want, just remember yoga is a great way to complement your weightlifting.
So remember for that great looking body, weightlifting is okay, however brilliant yoga can get you where you want inside and out. Click Here!

Enjoy Kaz :)

 

Back to Basics With Metabolic Cooking

Back to Basics with Metabolic Cooking.

So what is Metabolic Cooking????

Metabolic cooking is back to basic cooking of healthy foods that will increase your metabolism.

These foods are designed to help you maintain a high metabolism and burn more calories naturally.

For years we have been eating all this quick, easy supposedly health food.

We know what we are eating is not good for us and we just keep on eating it whether it is convenience, laziness or just not sure what is and not good for us.

There are two things we know that are not good for us that is fats and sugar.

So is it as black and white as that.

Of course not.

Yes sugar is no good for us that is true and this diagram can show you why….

Fat Burning Zone is our Aim When our body’s sugar level is balanced it should be anywhere between 4.0 and 5.5 mmol/L.

There are many foods that are still classed as healthy and are full of sugar that will increase our blood sugar level.

These foods need to be avoided – cereals, orange juice, whole wheat bread,  and all those dressings stating low fat are bad sugar in disguise.
We have a sugary snack or something we believe to be healthy; our sugar level jumps up and it stays above 5.5 consistently then our body looks after us and releases insulin.

With this release of insulin our body stores fat and our blood sugar levels drop and then we feel hungry again and of course crave sugar so you can see how the cycle begins and meanwhile our body is constantly storing fat.

The question we ask is… Is our body looking after us?

Answer…. yes it is.

So the real question…. Are we looking after our body?

We all know this answer.   If we continue to do this to our body we could develop a condition called diabetes.

So what has this to do with back to basic metabolic cooking, well there are foods which will satisfy our hunger

and will keep our blood sugars maintained, we will always have an increase in sugar and insulin will be released to combat this, it will be just done at normal healthy ratios.

I have been trying for quite some time to get my head around from what we should and should not eat.

We live in a world where body image is so important and so everyone goes on those crazy diets, I was one of them.

I realise now it does not matter what you look like on the outside if your internal workings are letting you down.
Our body’s are wonderful the way they look after us, however like any machine if you do not maintain and service it, it will let you down.

The best and most valuable information I can share with you is metabolic cooking, honestly going back to basics, before processing came along.
Good foods that you can have are sprouted grain breads, rice, spelt, millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes, all fruit and vegetables, steak, chicken, fish and eggs. Image the meals you can make with these choices.  Yum.
Yes fruit has sugar, however the chains in those sugars are easily metabolised in our bodies so don’t be afraid to enjoy our wonderful fruit.
So now I have mentioned steak and eggs – any man’s dream, I should discuss metabolic cooking with fats.

There is always confusion with fats.

Are they good for us will fats make us fat.

Well yes, some fats certainly however there are good  fats that our body actually needs to increase metabolism and help keep our cholesterol levels down.

So start to enjoy fats like REAL butter, whole eggs, coconut oil, raw nuts, avocados and olive oil virgin pressed.

As I said before we need to avoid processed foods and the most obvious ones are the artificial sweeteners, soya milk, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils  – these are those solid oils.

Last little one is the use of spices in your cooking this is wonderful for your metabolism.

So join me on this wonderful discovery of getting back to basics with metabolic cooking.

Click Here! to download the complete metabolic cooking package.
If you are serious about your health and just feeling good, join me to make a better future for all.

Shapely Body for my Holiday Cruise

I am motivated to achieve a shapely body for my holiday cruise.

I even bought these see-through long beach pants to show off my body.

Now just have to fit into them.

I am a reasonably fit person and I find it easy to lose motivation for lots of things.

I was doing yoga 3-4 times a week and running 5-10 km 3 times a week.

Have not done this for months, so I searched the Internet and found this excellent book.

Took on its 31 day challenge and this photo is the result.  I took the photos myself

and tried to get them to be the same size so this is the best I could come up with.

Anyway now that I am going on this cruise up the east coast of Australia I want a more shapely body.
So I have talked my Mum and sister into getting a shapely body for the cruise.  It is a family get together for my parents 50th wedding anniversary.

Wow that is a long time actually that is how old I am??????? Few questions to ask on this cruise.

 

It is 30days until the cruise so today is Day 1 of my second 30 day challenge. (one day short I know)

So join me on my trip, “the challenge” it is on my forum and maybe you can join me on my cruise. I will take many photos.

If you are interested in the book I found then Click Here! It is bloody brilliant.  Vic even gives a 100% guarantee

I honestly found it to be brilliant – just 15 minutes a day.

Do stick to it and I will guarantee the man in your life will actually notice.

Mine did so let’s go for that shapely body even if you are not going on a cruise.

Kaz :)

 

Benefits of Coconut Milk Oil

Benefits of Coconut Milk / Oil, it is difficult to keep up with what is good for us and what is not.

Coconut milk seems to be on top of the list for what is good for us.

I have never really liked milk unless it was chocolate flavoured.

Stopped that one; once it became a purchase every time I stopped at the shop.
Then I started using soy milk, is that good for us. Apparently not, soya beans are healthy, however our processing of these beans does not produce the healthy benefit of the bean.

Each day I have a smoothie and milk choice is tricky.

Started making almond milk – however I would forget to soak the almonds overnight.

I then discovered coconut milk and that seems to tick all the boxes.

Coconuts are seen by some as a miracle food,

helping protect and cure the body of internal and external ailments.  The benefits of coconut milk / oil are many, most of which build up the immune system and the body’s defenses.
I found coconut milk in all of our supermarkets.

You can make it yourself, I buy mine.

I have posted some information on metabolic cooking and in that post you can see fats which are good for you and can help you to lose weight and of course the fats that do the opposite.

Coconut milk / oil is a saturated fat and is one of the good ones. yeah!

The fat in coconut milk is made up of short and medium chain fatty acids and the body loves them, the body quickly turns these chains into energy rather than storing them as fats.
Another great benefit of coconut milk/oil is that half of the medium-fatty chains are composed of lauric acid.

Lauric acid has anti-fungal, viral, microbial and bacterial properties.

Coconut milk can help boost the immune system.

Coconut milk is dairy, soy, nut and gluten free so if you are a vegan or lactose intolerant you should be jumping for joy.

Also beneficial for….

kidney and urinary bladder problems

prevention of heart disease as it contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps prevent high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure

reducing weight; it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight.

healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems

increasing the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreas thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight.

Coconut milk/oil is used extensively in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system.

It is fantastic for our internal workings, and it also great for our skin as a moisturiser.

Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties,

I am currently trying this so at this point I will remain on the fence until a later post.

If you would like to comment or contribute to the benefits of coconut milk/oil then please join our forum.

It is all about learning so let’s share.

Personal Training in the Outdoors….

I found this video on you tube and

personal training in the outdoors is the best move you could make.

How much money have we spent for gym membership and have we ever really

received our money’s worth.

We go for a couple of weeks and then we miss a session.  This turns into two

sessions and so on….

We go and check out the body’s, the good ones are always just arriving as you have

to go pick up the kids at school.

No eye candy through the day what a waste of money.

Seriously we all go to the gym to get ourselves fit and healthy.

Why is this such a difficult task…

Well I was in that cycle going to the gym then getting bored or having time

constraints… then it just fizzled.

So then I moved onto the personal trainer…

… this can be so expensive.  Anyway went with the trainer and I was doing

well and kept going for about 3 months.  Then my PT told me he was leaving

oh no…. what to do.   He was going to a private training studio – even more expense.

He than offered to train me from his home.

Well can I say that was one of the best decisions of my life….

Personal training in the outdoors with minimal equipment and utilising the things around us.

I was quite skeptical about it all no real weights, no machines and no full on classes.

Well can I say within a couple of weeks I felt like I could see my abs.

It was a really hard workout but I felt great.

My PT then left for Spain and I could not follow him there so it once again fizzled.

Did nothing for months stopped my running and my yoga.

Wow it was not good.

Then I found a book about a 31 day challenge, which I did and it followed the same

principles as my PT – minimal equipment using your body.

This is the photo of me prior to the 31 day challenge at 65kg to the last day of challenge 60kg.

I tried to get the photos exact, however I am not a photographer.

 

 

 

 

The point is it works.

 

Am about to embark on another 30day challenge as going on a cruise middle of May.

If you want to join visit my forum and join.

I found this short video of personal training in the outdoors in a small group locally

I wanted to share it as it is brilliant.

This is the only way to enjoy your training and achieve your goals.  So join my forum

and join a club that personal trains in the outdoors.

 

 

31 Day Challenge

I have set myself a 31 Day Challenge to drop some excess weight.

Christmas & Holidays are brilliant, this year however an extra 5kgs came visiting and

seemed to want to take up permanent residence.

I don’t think so.

I searched the internet and found an interesting challenge.

It incorporated nutrition and 15 minutes a day of exercise.  Time to me is of great

importance and I am sure it is for all.  Also they say it takes 21 days to form a habit so

am hoping that after the 31 day challenge the habit should be set.

They say weight-loss is actually 80% nutrition & 20% exercise.

I will talk about nutrition on another post as this post is to introduce you to the exercise positions for the challenge.

I have started putting my day to day exercise on  the Women Empowered Online Forum.

So please feel free to join and join the 31 day challenge.  I am on there everyday so

am willing to share and motivate all who are prepared to take on this 31 day Challenge.

If you do decide to do it ensure you take a photo of yourself  from neck to knee – can be

quite a motivator.

Below is a video of me showing some of the positions I do in the 15mins.

Now there is a beginners and even a sedentary program for ones that need to start

with not as intense exercise.

Join my forum

and show your motivation and I am happy to walk you through day by day

these other challenges.

Help yourself and I am extremely happy to offer assistance.

So join me on my 31 day challenge and let’s see where it leads.  The video was taken on Day 18

I needed to get myself ahead to ensure I was going to stick to it.

Today I post this video on Day 26 so come join me and watch your body change.

Remember to take your photo before you start the 31 day challenge.  You will not regret it.

Kaz:)

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal martial art which originated in China in the 12th Century.   Zang Sanfeng a Taoist monk has been credited for the origin of Tai Chi.  It is said that he was walking and observed a snake skillfully free itself from the beak of a bird by using a number of different postures and being quite subtle and soft and when the bird was thinking it was the victor the snake lunged at the bird and it received a fatal bite.

Zang Sanfeng thought on the skill and art of the snake and saw certain deliberate postures in the snake’s movements; he practiced these postures until the beautiful graceful art of Tai Chi Chuan was born.
Since Tai Chi’s origin five styles developed from its origin, Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Sun; today there are many derivatives from these 5 styles.

Tai Chi is renowned for both defense and remarkable health benefits.  It is a daily practice of exercise in many Chinese homes.  In the western world its value is seen more from a health benefit as well as balance and is therefore promoted and practiced more by the older community in group sessions.  However, Tai Chi can be practiced as either a hard or soft form of exercise. The more you put in the more you can obtain from Tai Chi.

My partner practiced Tai Chi, Karate and Kick Boxing and has certainly led a life of intense body workouts.  Like all things as you mature the body gives you constant reminders of your past. My partner certainly can attest to that.  He recently returned to his Tai Chi practice which he had not done for quite a number of years and since then his body has taken on some remarkable changes.

He feels centred and in control again of his body and his long term ailments are improving to the point where he is only now taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory.
Tai Chi is an internal martial art that focuses on balance and breathing; it can benefit anyone that wants to improve their lifestyle.  If you wish to practice Tai Chi yourself , here is a video you can purchase or you can find a centre near you that has Tai Chi group sessions. Also I found these two videos to demonstrate the soft and hardness of Tai Chi.

 

 

 

 

 

“You Are Your Thoughts”   Click Here! if you want to improve your lifestyle and increase your vitality.

Kaz


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