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5 Super Simple Exercises That Won’t Make You Sweat

5 Super Simple Exercises That Won’t Make You Sweat

Interested in getting fit, but absolutely hate the idea of sweating or being out of breath? If you answered this question with a resounding, “yes!”, then we understand your pain (literally and figuratively). True, starting up a sport or workout is really difficult, especially if you’ve never had experience in doing so.

However, there are some exercises you can do, to get it good shape without having to worry about getting tired. In this article, we’ll give you five super-easy workouts that you can do that won’t make you sweat. Not only will you start getting in shape afterwards, but you’ll also begin to enjoy doing it for the long run. Let’s get started!

Yoga.

Besides just being a calming stretching routine, yoga has some incredible benefits that can help you get in shape while also improving your health. Stretching areas such as your back, legs, shoulders, and so forth lead to increased flexibility, so that you can move more easily around the house and go on with your day-to-day activities without feeling tense or tight.

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    It also enhances your posture, so no more of that awful slouching position! In addition, yoga has also been shown to lower heart rate, decrease inflammation and stress levels, and also give you that energy boost when you’re feeling particularly sluggish during the afternoon slump; it has also been shown to build immunity, so as to prevent sickness, and also fight against depression.

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    Mentally, it increases positive feelings while it also makes you feel more calm and in control of your body. So don’t wait a minute longer ; get a yoga mat, and start doing those stretches!

    Light jogging.

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      Granted, you might think any form of jogging, let alone running, is too much of an effort, let alone making you sweat by the first half-mile. While there’s a little bit of sweating involved in jogging, it’s nowhere as near as that of high-intensity, long-distance runs. Better yet, you don’t necessarily have to continuously jog to get the health benefits; even pairing it with some power-walking will do the trick!

      In other words, light jogging means going at a pace which exerts 50 percent or less of your energy; doing so will not only make you less likely to get tired easily, but also help you run longer distances, thereby burning more calories and whittling that waistline. Even better, it can be done anywhere: you may choose to go for a light jog around the block or do a few laps around the track.

      Either way, you’re moving your body without having to exert too much energy while also getting the cardiovascular benefits from doing so. Pretty soon, you’ll have toned legs in no time!

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      Line dancing.

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        You might associate line dancing with country music and, especially if you’re not particularly a fan of the music genre, you might be put off by the idea of dancing to it. While this specific activity certainly has had its roots in country music, it has over the years evolved to encompass other types of music, from jazz to pop to even Salsa.

        Nowadays, there’s a variety of different music that you can line dance to, while also not having to worry about sweating profusely at the end. Essentially, line dancing has only a few positions, called “walls;” they determine which direction you face, as well as how often you switch from side to side.

        Ranging from the one-wall dance to the four-wall dance, you can perform a multitude of creative steps while also enjoying the music and company. Line dancing is also a social thing, so you can also even make friends with fellow line dancers in the process!

        Tai chi.

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          Known as the “slower version of martial arts,” tai chi is a type of exercise that originated in China and combines sport with dance to create an elegant flow of self-expression, while also promoting health benefits in the process. Just like with yoga, tai chi helps to alleviate stress and depression, and it can also even reduce chronic pain in the muscles and joints, which is especially useful as you get older.

          It also provides increased flexibility and also better balance so that you can strengthen your core muscles and keep your body stable and able to take on any forces that might knock you down- literally and figuratively.

          Besides its physical benefits, tai chi offers improved mindfulness, so as to keep you calm and concentrated; it’s a great way to detach yourself from other activities (e.g. work, chores, paying bills, etc.) and instead focus on the moment of practicing an art that allows you to express yourself without judgment, as well as offering many rewards for being patient and strong-willed in body and mind.

          Pilates.

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            Many of us have probably heard the word “Pilates” tossed around everywhere in the fitness world, but just what is it exactly? In essence, Pilates is a type of exercise that targets certain areas of the body—the core, back, joints—in low-impact way. Specifically, it focuses on workouts that enhance flexibility, promote muscle strength, and even improve your back posture.

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            Even more so, doing Pilates doesn’t require you to get a lot of equipment, as you only need a solid, stable mat for just about any exercise for this particular one. You might find that many hard-core, professional athletes do Pilates on the side to complement their training sessions, but don’t let them intimidate you into doing it yourself.

            In fact, anyone from a beginner to a professional can take part in Pilates, with varying workouts geared towards your level. With that said, give it a go; you won’t regret it!

            Take-away message

            If you hate the idea of sweating while working out, then you don’t have to let that stop you from getting in shape. There are many workouts that result in minimal sweat while also working out your muscles efficiently. From yoga to light jogging to tai chi, the possibilities for getting into good shape with less sweat are endless.

            Featured photo credit: 5 Super Simple Exercises That Won’t Make You Sweat via causeiloverunning.com

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            Last Updated on November 11, 2018

            How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

            How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

            There’s a common misconception that building muscle occurs entirely in the gym from exercise and lifting weights. In this article, we are going to debunk this notion that weight lifting and gym exercise yields 100%, or even 90% for that matter, of muscle building results.

            So how to gain muscle fast in a healthy way?

            Yes working-out is a critical aspect of developing muscle, however it should not be the focal point. Building muscle occurs primarily outside of the gym by way of diet/eating habits, and sleep regimen.

            How Is Muscle Developed?

            Muscle is developed from damaging the tissue during exercise, and facilitating the most optimal circumstances for repair and growth of those same tissues. This means you will not only need to exercise, but you should focus on carbohydrates around your exercises, and adequate rest and recovery between workouts.

            If your focus is building muscle and not losing weight, focusing on a high-carb diet with carb loading around the workout days will yield great results. Yes, you absolutely can lose fat and build muscle following a low-carb diet, but you’ll make faster progress if you follow a high-carb diet instead. Now don’t take that as a green-light to stuff your face with pasta, bread, and all sorts of other carb-heavy foods.

            Let’s examine Glycogen – a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage in humans. Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that’s stored in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise, and low glycogen levels decreases your ability to gain strength and muscle. The best way to maintain high levels of muscle glycogen is to eat a high-carb diet, with around 1 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight.

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            The time of ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement on muscle glycogen storage post exercise was examined in a study with twelve male cyclists that exercised continuously for 70 min on a cycle ergometer at 68% VO2max, interrupted by six 2-min intervals at 88% VO2max, on two separate occasions. The results suggest that delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.

            How to Gain Muscle Fast?

            If you want to gain muscle as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible, then you want high muscle glycogen levels. Here’s a few effective approaches to building muscle:

            Muscle Growth and Glycogen Levels

            The primary driver of gaining muscle and its growth is progressive tension overload, which involves exposing your muscles to increasingly greater levels of tension over time. The most effective way to achieve this is to get as strong as possible on heavy compound lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, over head press, bent over barbell rows..etc).

            When you keep glycogen levels high, you’re going to gain strength faster, which means gaining muscle faster, too. Having higher levels of muscle glycogen will more than likely help you build muscle faster.

            Maintaining high muscle glycogen levels also improves post-workout genetic signaling relating to muscle growth and repair.

            Muscle Recovery and Glycogen Levels

            Not only do higher muscle glycogen levels yield quicker strength gains, it will also improve recovery between workouts.

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            On the contrary, low muscle glycogen levels are associated with overtraining, and even increasingly popular low-carb diets, which deplete muscle glycogen. Low glycogen levels also increase cortisol and reduce testosterone levels in athletes, which is a key component needed for building muscle.

            Those on a low-carb diets also have reduced insulin levels. Insulin, in addition to helping store nutrients, also has powerful anti-catabolic properties. Basically insulin decreases the rate at which muscle proteins are broken down, which in turn creates a more anabolic environment conducive to muscle growth and development.

            Intermittent Fasting (“IF”) and Testosterone

            Fasting is not just a beneficial way to manage your weight, caloric intake, and start shredding as I have indicated in previous articles. Some research shows that fasting can be a source of strength enhancement and increases in testosterone stimulation.

            As humans age metabolism slows and testosterone production decreases, this simply means that the body will no longer be able to work as efficiently as it did in earlier years. This is one of the primary reasons why you should take more care to your diet.

            Research has shown that intermittent fasting can enhance the ability to secrete growth hormone in the body.[1] This is one of the primary reasons why IF is one of the preferred dietary habits of bodybuilders and strength athletes such as myself, whom will utilize an approach that emphasizes fasting phases (2 of 7 days of the week for example).

            Research has also shown that IF can increase the bodies ability to signal luteinizing hormone.[2] In non-obese men, an intermittent fasting testosterone study showed that IF increased LH (luteinizing hormone – a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.

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            Luteinizing hormone is one that works in both men and women to enhance our ability to be sexually active and productive. In women, luteinizing hormone can trigger ovulation, and in men, works to stimulate testosterone.

            Intermittent fasting also increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so effective, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.

            Gaining Muscle and Macro Nutrients – Protein!

            Something that absolutely cannot go overlooked is the protein consumption. Personally, I believe protein should be primarily consumed in food, however if looking to gain muscle, it can often be quite difficult to hit daily macro nutrient requirements.

            If one is to build muscle consistently a general rule of thumb is to aim for 1-1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight on a daily basis. So as a 200lb man I would be needing to consume 200grams – 250grams of protein per day. I would aim for the higher consumption on days when very active and training.

            As I’m sure you’re aware, it can often be quite difficult to consume that much protein, especially in food! It’s in these cases where supplementing protein isn’t a bad idea and I have discussed in great detail the different types of protein in previous articles.

            Generally speaking, I lean towards Whey Protein Isolate, or non-dairy options such as Hemp Protein, or Pea Protein. As of late I have been waking up every morning and consuming one scoop of Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein Bovines from grass-fed beef. Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable and act as building blocks; renewing bodily tissues such as skin, bones and joints.[3]

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            Collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting tissue structure. Consuming protein such as Collagen in the morning is beneficial as the stomachs acids are needed to optimally break-down and absorb protein.

            Though this has been a topic of great debate, I also firmly believe adequate carbohydrates are required to build muscle, especially if you are exercising/training often. With all the low-carb movements floating around the internet, there’s lots of misinformation. Muscle-building requires energy which is typically through an increased intake of carbohydrates.

            Yes to gain mass, you have to ensure you’re consuming enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue damaged from training; but also consider carbohydrates because gaining size requires filling your muscles with glycogen as we discussed earlier in this article.

            Conclusion

            If you’re serious about gaining muscle fast the healthy way, it requires commitment and consistency. You will need to exercise and I highly suggest you download MyFitnessPal to track progress, set goals, and maintain diet.

            It’s also motivational because you can find like-minded people in the fitness community, or encourage your friends to download the app as well and follow each other. I personally did this when I was losing weight and gaining muscle, and it was a blast to see my own progress and that of people I care about.

            As always I’m not just here to write about the steps you need to take, I’m also here to help! You can message me anytime or email me with any questions you may have. I’m more than happy to assist with your muscle building and weight loss goals!

            Featured photo credit: Arthur Edelman via how to gain muscle fast

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