Woman to Woman- Making Fitness Attainable

The Internet is saturated with information on how to get fit. Weight loss, muscle building, body cleansing, workout routines…it’s all out there. More often than not, this is general information that applies to men and women interchangeably. As a woman, however, your body works differently than a man’s. there are certain things you’ll have to do to make sure that you are really acting in the best interest of your health when following any working or diet regime. When on the path toward fitness, keep the following things in mind:

  1. Your body uses water differently. Men and women metabolize at different rates, meaning that they use water differently during exercise. While men may tend to look sweatier at the gym, women sweat slower and longer over time after completing a workout. This means that you need a steady intake of water and fluids before, during, and after your workout. Keep an easily accessible water bottle with you throughout the day to make sure you are getting the hydration you need.
  2. Your muscles have different capabilities. Men are conditioned for upper body strength while women have more natural strength in their lower bodies. This means that your upper body muscles will naturally not start off as strong as a male peer. Train your upper body slowly and consistently to build strength, and don’t be discouraged by starting at a low resistance level.
  3. Your body needs compassion. Once a month, a woman’s body goes through a cycle that can impact her overall fitness capabilities. Pay attention to how your monthly cycle impacts you physically. You can push yourself through emotional swings and monthly laziness, but if your body goes through a temporary weakening with each menstrual cycle, pay attention to that and cater to it Maybe you need to reduce your cardio time and/or decrease the amount of weight you are using for resistance training. This is natural and should not be considered a setback.
  4. Don’t cut yourself short. Despite all the differences in a woman’s body, which may sometimes be viewed as weaknesses, don’t sell yourself short. As a woman, you have every capability to develop a strong, lean body and maintain a healthy fitness level. If you want to reach a level of general health and fitness, you can achieve this by knowing your body and paying attention to what it needs. If you aim to become a show-quality builder, then we suggest talking with your doctor or a qualified personal trainer to make sure you are achieving those goals in a safe, effective manner. Remember that being a woman does not make it impossible for you to reach your fitness goals, it just means that you need to do so carefully.
Losing Weight Without Dieting

Have you ever noticed the first three letters in the word “diet”? D-I-E. That may be why they are often so hard to stick with–because they make you feel like you’re dying instead of living. Losing weight shouldn’t make you feel that way. If you want to lose weight, and feel more alive while you’re doing it, it will take some actual lifestyle changes. Forget trends and fads. The following tips will help you lose weight gradually and keep it off for good.

1. Instead of counting calories, watch your portion sizes. Most of us are eating much more than we need. If this extra food is not burned off by your daily activities or by extra exercise, whatever does not leave the body as waste will sit in the body as fat and toxins. If you want to lose weight, you have to be mindful of what a serving size is and try to stick to it. A serving of meat is about the size of the palm of your hand. If you have a porterhouse steak that is about twice that size, you can afford to share. Your waistline will thank you.

2. Fiber and water work together to keep you and your digestive tract in shape. Women should be consuming 25 grams of fiber per day, and men should be consuming 35 grams. Getting the right amount of fiber along with those 8 cups of water that you should be drinking will help move food that is not needed in the body through the digestive tract and out the other end. Fiber also helps you feel fuller longer, which helps to keep your appetite in check.

3. Don’t eliminate your favorite foods. A huge part of the reason diets often do not work is that they introduce foods that are strange or not exactly appetizing while making you cut out your favorites. No sugar, no starch, no fat–no fun! Once you get off the diet and go back to eating what you want, you will end up gaining the weight back because most of the time you’ll end up eating more than you normally would simply because you felt deprived before. So, don’t follow a meal plan that doesn’t include the foods you love. If you want to eat a candy bar, eat a candy bar. Just make it a “fun sized” candy bar instead of king size. If you want a slice of pizza, make it thin crust. Those and other small changes can make a huge difference if you want to lose weight and keep it off.