Some Of My Fave Fitness Tips

September 3, 2015

Are you trying to get into working out? Are you attempting to get healthier? If so, you are making a good decision. A lot of people simply do not take the necessary steps to care for their health the way that they should. In this article, we will be going over some of the best fitness tips that you can use in order to stay as healthy as you possibly can.

1. Work Out When You Feel Energized.

Some people simply are not morning people. Some people love the mornings and they feel extremely energized as early as possible. Depending on your personality and your body, you are going to want to adjust your workout schedule to meet it’s expectations. You do not want to work out in the morning if you have zero energy before noon. Likewise, you are not going to want to work out late at night if you get tired very early. You should adjust your working out schedule to meet the demands of your body and choose an optimal time that is going to help you get the most out of your workouts.

2. Consume A Good Amount Of Protein.

If your goal is to build muscle, you are going to want to make sure that you are getting a minimum of 1 gram of protein for each pound of your own body weight. This is the minimum amount of protein that you want to get into your body. This is something that you are going to want to do regardless of whether or not you are trying to gain a ton of muscle. When you workout, your body needs protein to provide energy, repair your tissue, and more. Therefore, it is essential that you get a good amount of protein in your diet whether its from supplements or real food.

3. Cardio Wins.

If your mission is to lose weight, cardio is an excellent type of exercise to get into your routine. This is a good warm up exercise as well. Therefore, you should think about including cardio in the beginning of your exercises to give all of your muscles a chance to get going before really exerting yourself. You can do some light jogging or speed walking before you really begin your fitness routine if you want to give yourself a chance to warm up properly. This is going to prepare your body for a good workout.

Parkour Is a Good Technique for Ensuring Fitness

September 1, 2015

Parkour is essentially the art of getting from one place to another with the fastest and most efficient method possible, while only using the strength of the body. The technique is based on efficiency and getting over any stumbling blocks that you are confronted with. Parkour concerns the art of movement.

People who are into Parkour training consistently complete challenging tasks and overcome obstacles, and this also helps them in training their bodies so that they remain physically fit. Martial arts are the art of fighting, but Parkour is considered the art of flight. When any person is confronted with a situation that needs to be avoided, he or she can use Parkour to escape efficiently and bypass any real danger. And you can learn some easy moves on your own.

Parkour is rarely considered competitive, but has a number of techniques that people training in this activity constantly strive to perfect. Fundamental Parkour movements are:

• The Roll
• Vaults
• Precision Jumps
• Cat Leap
• Free Running

In Parkour rolls are made by rolling across your back and not allowing the spine to touch the ground. The rolling movement is made from the shoulder to the opposing hip and this not only saves the spine, but also allows momentum to be resumed.

Vaults allow you to move over obstructions by leaving the floor to do so. There are a number of ways of performing vaults, but the one that is most useful is the Kong vault. In this vault, you dive forward towards an obstacle with outstretched hands, and allow the momentum off the dive to carry the body forward to get across the obstacle. If the hands are correctly placed, you complete the vault and are already in a running position, or ready to face the next obstacle.

Precision jumps require body control and complete focus on the gap to be covered, and needs you to get over the gap and land in a specific position. In these situations you may have no space to take a running start.

A cat leap is essential for getting over tall obstacles that are suitable for vaults. You need to run towards the obstacle and grab its top part, while taking care that your body does not slam against the object. You then have to climb over the obstacle or drop back.

Practitioners of Parkour also need to be able to run freely to impart impetus to all Parkour movements. There also a number of techniques used for this and many of them give a lot of visual appeal to Parkour.

Best iOS Apps for Long Flights

August 31, 2015

I travel on planes a lot, often on longer flights, which can mean boredom. When an internet connection is not available, then to the rescue comes offline specific apps, or apps with an offline function. With every app nowadays pretty much requiring the internet to run, it’s nice to know that there are a few apps that are not that dependant on that infrastructure.

Podcasts

The original is still one of the best, and with the ability to download and play thousands of your favorite podcasts offline, this is a great free app that will keep you entertained and not suck the battery. Video is also supported, and with a nifty search feature to find your interests by category, it’s easy to load up a couple of hours of entertainment in less than a few minutes. This version supports both Airplay and Apple TV, for those that are interested.

The Huffington Post

This is still one of the best free news apps on the iTunes store, mainly because of it’s universal appeal. On first launch users have the ability to set their news preference by country, and then decide on their favorite categories to prioritize news from. The innovative interface actually comes out better looking than the original HuffPo site, while faithfully mimicking features such as favorites, save for offline viewing, and comments. Huffington post is a very diverse news site with several categories to fit just about any niche. With the low footprint of the app, it can run for hours without doing major damage to the battery.

Sudoku

As there is a plethora of Sudoku apps in the store, this version by Mighty Mighty Good Games, stands out as a multi-award winner. The free version of this app has multiple puzzles across four different skill levels. Features include multiple color schemes, the ability to challenge a friend, and even hints. All the puzzles in this app are solvable without guessing, which will be a huge relief for beginner Sudoku players. Whether you’re a veteran of the game or a beginner, this will without a doubt keep you entertained during your flight.

Walking Dead: The Game

Here’s a unique player on the list, the still popular AMC series gets another game on iOS devices, but technically it plays more like a ‘make your own adventure’ rather than a game. The actual app and the first episode are free. Additional episodes, with up to five in total, can be purchased at launch or whenever you finish the original story. Just like the series, each ‘episode’ ends on a cliffhanger, and this is a very easy game to play, and was made for casual players. This is a very addictive app, as every decision you click shapes the story on the screen. You become the main character, so much to the point that by the time the flight ends you don’t realize you’ve been in the air for hours.

Kindle

It’s impossible to make a time passing list without including Kindle, and it’s library of millions of books and almost a million exclusive titles. This free app has remained on the top of the charts for years, and also includes audiobooks in its long list of titles. For the cautious buyer, there is the option of reading any book before purchase. Much like the podcast app, a couple of minutes before leaving an internet connection could load up the app with hours of entertainment. This is a must have for any device online, or offline.