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30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

Many of us include workout in their New Year or birthday resolution but the fire dies out soon and most of us end up removing exercise entirely from their designated plan. Although, there are some who take time to craft a schedule for their workout plan but never actually sweat themselves, for most of us, the main problem is that we expect results too soon.

Things go well for a couple of days, a week or even two weeks. But we feel that the prospect of an aesthetic physique looks far off and the motivation to carry on fades sooner than later. However, Puma and Refinery29 have come up with a perfect 30-day workout plan. Developed by Amanda Freeman, the founder of SLT, this 30-day challenge is a tricky but totally achievable plan to train up your body and the one that produces results that can be seen within a relatively short time.

Of course, you won’t be able to get a body like Daniel Craig within 30 odd days. But as Freeman puts, “You can see sculpting start to happen pretty quickly.” And, you can achieve all this without even going to gym or purchasing expensive equipment.

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This is a workout routine you can do all by yourself at the comfort of your home and is a great way to start training the body or continue doing so. And, as it produces results not before long, you don’t have to worry often about keeping yourself motivated either.

 Schedule

Schedule

    The schedule you have to keep up to is the one shown in the calendar above, designed by Marry Galloway.

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    General rule is that you start with allocated reps and time and gradually increase it over the days. Follow each work-out day with cross-training — jog or dance class or even yoga for about 30 minutes. A weekly rest day in between to help you with your body so, 4 to 5 rest days in your one month training cycle will be good.

    Below are the three exercises that comprise this challenge.

    — Spoon with Triceps Dip

    1. Starting Position: Stand in front of a chair with heels of your hands on the edge, fingers facing downwards. The legs should be extended straight in front.
    1. Action: Pull your torso up and back while bringing your feet closer to chair by sliding at the same time. Do this until your bottom has gone past the edge of your seat. Stay in that position for some time and then slide your feet away till your bottom drops below the height of your chair.

    For triceps dip, elbows are bent. Then, straighten your arms and slide your feet back to the starting position.

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    Well, that’s one rep. Don’t bend your knees throughout the rep. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor. Keep your shoulders relaxed.

    — Curtsy Lunge and Pulse with Biceps lift

    1. Starting Position: Stand with feet wider than hips width apart, weight loaded in the heel of the right foot while left toes should be pointed and resting on the ground. Arms are extended just in front and below the shoulder height; palms should face towards the sky.
    1. Action: Slide the left foot slowly to your back and to the right of your right foot. Elbows are extended so that forearms become perpendicular to the floor. Then, you go into the curtsy lunge by sliding your foot back while you lift your arms up an inch at the same time. Pulse by bending your knees deeper while holding arms in place. Remain in that position for some time, then it’s time to return to your original position by straightening your legs and moving your feet and hands to your original position.

    This constitutes your one rep. Don’t move too fast. Focus your weight in your standing leg.

    —  Hydrant Kick

    1. Starting Position: Start out with your right hand, left forearm and both knees on the ground.
    1. Action: Lift your right leg off the ground while knee is slightly bent and turned out. Lift your leg to the hip-height, for a 2-second count. Once your reach there, you straighten your leg for a “kick”. Then you bend your knee in and return to your original position.

    This will count as one rep. Knees must be below the hips and elbows below the shoulders. Back must be flat. Concentrate your weight on your working side.

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    So this challenge can be a great way to start your hard work towards fitness and health but of course, the success entirely depends on how long you keep challenging yourself.

    Featured photo credit: Airman Doing Pushup via upload.wikimedia.org

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    Last Updated on August 12, 2019

    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

    Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

    But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

    I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

    Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

    1. Nuts

    The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

    Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

    Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

    Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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    2. Blueberries

    Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

    When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

    3. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

    4. Broccoli

    While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

    Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

    Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

    5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

    Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

    The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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    Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

    6. Soy

    Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

    Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

    Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

    7. Dark Chocolate

    When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

    Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

    8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

    Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

    B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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    Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

    Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

    To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

    9. Foods Rich in Zinc

    Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

    Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

    Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

    10. Gingko Biloba

    This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

    It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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    However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

    11. Green and Black Tea

    Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

    Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

    Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

    12. Sage and Rosemary

    Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

    Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

    When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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