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GET MOVING: Try and stay active all day in little ways, work your core and more tips from top trainers …

How are those new 2014 workouts going? Need a little inspiration boost?

We talked to four prominent American trainers and fitness personalities in hopes of finding keys to helping you work out – successfully – for years to come.

HE NEVER TIRES OF SHARING INSPIRATION

All you need is some trash and some inspiration, says Amen Iseghohi.

As a kid, he worked on his grandmother’s farm, played sports and ran. He grew up to be an executive. But then, one day, “I saw a kid considered overweight, and I thought it was a pity,” he says.

“He looked like he lacked self-esteem, the way he walked.”

And thus an idea was born: Iseghoni would bring what he learned from his grandmother to the gym.

As a boy, he was taught by her to use what you have. And so, improbably, recycled tyres are the basis of Amenzone Fitness, Iseghohi’s growing chain of studios.

“My friends and family thought I had completely lost my mind,” he says. The first studio in the L.A. area opened last year in Manhattan Beach, Calif. There aren’t any mirrors or elaborate machines. But there are plenty of tyres and inspiration, including messages on the exposed brick walls and a saying at the end of class.

It’s a high-intensity workout that uses the tyres as weights and steps and obstacles. (There are also classes for children.)

What two or three words best describe your approach to fitness? Empowering, movement.

If you could have just one piece of equipment, what would it be? Tyres.

Whom do you admire in the fitness world? Billy Blanks (a fitness professional and martial artist), who opened the doors.

What’s the biggest mistake newcomers to fitness make, and how could they avoid it? They need to remember why they started when it gets challenging. There are going to be hard times.

What innovations or ideas interest you? How open-minded the public is being. People are not usually accommodating to change.

FINDING THE BALANCE OF FLOW AND FORCE

Lacey Stone is tall, blonde, fit and smiles all the time. “It oozes out of my pores that I want you to have fun,” she says, alluding to her peppy, encouraging style of teaching.

But these days she’s demonstrating that she’s not perfect. “I’ve just started to take yoga, and I’m strong, and I’m terrible at it,” she says.

And while her terrible might not be your terrible, she says she hopes that by playing to her weaknesses she will inspire the people who are good at yoga to try Spinning.

“Yoga is about flow, and I’m about force,” she says. “To be balanced, you need both.”

Actually, she adds, three aspects of life have to be in balance: professional, personal and physical.

“If one of those is out of whack, you’re unhappy. And that’s really why you came to see me. We can work out forever and you’ll still eat the cupcakes because your boyfriend’s cheating on you.”

Words that describe your approach to fitness? Happiness and energy.

One piece of equipment? Your body’s own weight.

Whom do you admire? Jillian Michaels for showing that fitness can be entrepreneurial. And Mike Boyle, an intelligent trainer.

Biggest mistake for newcomers? They want results immediately and lack patience.

Interesting innovations? We’re coming back to more organic workouts, like yoga – developing real strength in the core of the body.

STAYING ACTIVE ALL DAY REMAINS THE BEST EXERCISE

Most of us are over-exercising and underactive, Harley Pasternak says. And we’re getting mixed signals about fitness and health.

“The more that science tells us that shorter, simple workouts and lower intensity daily activity are the best way for us to get healthy and stay healthy, the more we are bombarded by fitness programmes and diets that delineate the exact opposite,” he says.

“It’s hard enough to go from being sedentary to being active, but asking people to hoist a barbell over their heads, hoist boat anchors and hip-hop dance till they throw up is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing.”

What we need to do is be active all day, Pasternak explains. It’s the “boring” advice we’ve been given for years: Park a couple of blocks away from the destination. Skip the escalator. Take walks. Pasternak says he does 15 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights each day, and he walks as much as possible to stay in shape.

His latest book, The Body Reset Diet, includes a 15-day “anticleanse” with a daily regimen of three meals, two snacks, 10,000 steps, and brief amounts of resistance work.

But he warns: “Ten thousand steps is not enough to make up for a bad diet. The 10 healthiest countries all take more steps than we [Americans] do. And they don’t know what a ThighMaster is.”

Words that describe your approach to fitness? Science, efficiency.

One piece of equipment? My Fitbit (a wearable fitness tracker).

Whom do you admire in the fitness world? Mike Mentzer, an intellectual bodybuilder from the 1970s and ’80s. And Ira Jacobs, my graduate supervisor.

Biggest mistake for newcomers? Too much too fast too soon. And the lack of a plan. You need a strategy that is safe and effective.

Interesting innovations? Move all day.

TRY NOT TO EXPECT TOO MUCH TOO FAST

Jason Wimberly often asks his students to close their eyes for a time during class.

“There’s far too much time spent looking in the mirror and critiquing ourselves,” he says at the Mansion gym in West Hollywood, one of the places where he trains clients.

“People have to start with accepting themselves and not plunge in to lose-15-kilos-in-30-day programmes that leave them feeling like failures if they don’t lose it all.”

People frequently work against themselves in their fitness fervor. Taking two classes back to back, for instance, can lead to burning muscle tissue rather than fat, says Wimberly, who adds that too many people fail to include stretching in their workouts.

“You have to work hard, but you have to recover.” Wimberly, who plans to manufacture a line of circular resistance bands this year, says he prefers workouts that lead to strength and flexibility without too much competition – and “no phones, no texts, no kids. It’s like mini-therapy.”

He also suggests being mindful of posture when walking or sitting in the car or at a desk. One look at him, and it’s easy to see why.

Words that describe your approach to fitness? Poised, precise, empowering.

One piece of equipment? The bands (he is having manufactured).

Whom do you admire? My father, who was at the gym at 5 and then in the office from 9 to 5. He’s never sick, doesn’t smoke and looks amazing. As a kid, I remember being so excited to go to the gym with him.

Biggest mistake for newcomers? Improper form. We could have careers just correcting form.

Interesting innovations? The science of high-intensity, short-duration workouts such as Tabata, based on a four-minute Japanese programme for Olympians.

– Los Angeles Times

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    • Gem
    • January 15, 2014
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    Does Anyone Know Any Fitness Tips That Work? Short fitness tips that really work would be very helpful, thanks.

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      To stay fit or become?

      Becoming fit requires motivation and determination. Eating healthy and regular exercise.
      Try avoiding fast food places at all times; don’t skip breakfast (most essential meal of the day).
      Hope this link will help you:
      http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy/fitness/9-surprising-fitness-tips

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  1. Fitness Tips To Prepare To Join The Army? I want to join the army, and I would like some fitness tips so I can whip my butt into shape. I’m almost 16 right now, and I’m not really in shape. Any advice from people who have any kind of military experience would be great, or if you just know some tips. Thanks!

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      Hey man,

      You will need to build mental toughness more than anything, but you will learn that once you join.

      you should start out by doing 200-300 push-ups, 200-300 sit-ups, and 50-100 pull-ups everyday. It does not have to be all at once.

      You will need to get your general fitness levels up. The best way to do that is by doing this

      Jumping jacks-30 seconds
      shuffle splits- 30 seconds
      mountain climbers- 30 seconds
      burpess 30 seconds.

      repeat that 3-4 times. Before joining the army you should be doing that for 30 minutes a day.

      That should help you get started. If you have anymore questions, please ask.

      Good luck.

      Danny lupiani

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    What Are Some Good Fitness Tips? I have been trying to lose weight for a couple months now and has been stuck at one weight. Do anyone have any fitness tips and also eating tips for me?

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      80% of weight loss is diet.
      You can eat a healthy diet and lose weight.
      You can eat a healthy diet and exercise and lose more weight.
      You can exercise and eat a poor diet and not lose and even gain weight.
      A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
      You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
      Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
      First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
      Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
      Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
      Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup. Oatmeal with berries or a bit of fresh honey is also good.
      Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
      Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
      This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion.
      I know it goes against everything you’ve heard but eating lots of the right foods will actually help you lose weight!
      Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don’t look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
      You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
      Last, you need to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep patterns and weight gain. This includes going to bed as close to the same time every night including weekends. Most of us stay up late Friday and Saturday night and it throws us off.
      You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate healthy weight loss.

      I lost 30 pounds in 5 months by spending my money at the grocery and gym and have kept it off for over two years. Less than 3% of people that attempt weight loss lose it and keep it off for two years. It is not easy. It is a lifestyle change.
      Good luck and good health.

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    Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )

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      First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.

      Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.

      Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.

      The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.

      By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.

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    What Are Your Best Tips To Live A Healthy Life? Health tips in any area would be great. Especially what foods to eat, fitness tips, avoiding colds or being sick, and being happier.

    Sorry it’s so broad, but I just wanted some really good tips or secrets, or anything. Thanks!

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      One has to be happy, not worry about everything little thing that goes wrong, think of others who have life a lot worse or the ones who are gone who whould like to swich with you, but most importantly, you must cleanse your body of toxins and take suppliments.

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    Is It Healthy If I(saysitbelow)….. Please I Need To Know!Fitness Tips? What Do You Eat Daily To Lose Weight? Is it healthy if i walk around for 30 mins each hour (for 6hours) and drink muscle milk for the morning to lose weight ? Im 4’7 and 108 pounds any fitness tips out there?? Diet tips? What do you eat daily to help lose weight?

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    How Can I Increase My Metabolic Rate? Which exercise/fitness tips can you give me to increase my metabolic rate? Also if you can explain the science behind it, I would appreciate it.

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      -Eat breakfast. You metabolism is slow in the morning becasue you have been fasting all night. Eating breakfast revs it up.
      -Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Same principal, when you go to long without eating your metabolism slows. Eat something at least every 3 hours.
      -Build muscle through resistance training. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolic rate because muscle is active tissue and burns calories even at rest.
      -Drink lots and lots of water. Being sufficiently hydrated makes you body carry out its metabolic processes more effiecintly.

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