6 Reasons Your Pet Improves Health

We’ve all heard the famous saying, dog is man’s best friend, and apparently they are shown to more than just good company. Pets can help us to stay in shape and live longer, and I know all our Healthy Men readers are all about that! so today we have a guest post by Ryan giving us 6 Reasons Your Pet Improves Health:

Pets have been long a companion of humans in hunting and in solitude. However, little we expect that pets can become partners in gaining a windfall of health benefits. Your dog may be more useful to you than just fetching your slippers or your cat being just downright adorable. New researches found out that owning a pet may help you win the battle against chronic diseases such as stress and anxiety. Perhaps you are unaware, that keeping a pet may be the best defense you can have against the common cold. If you are interested to know how your pet can improve your health then read on. Continue reading


Healthy Man Approved Recipe

Do any of the other REAL MEN out there feel like most weight loss foods and healthy eating habits are directed towards women? I know I do. I mean what man really wants to eat a sweet potato veggie burger? We need our man food!

You can still enjoy breaded foods! Don’t give up on chicken fingers! You will just have to make a few small adjustments, but don’t worry, they will still taste wonderful! Here is an easy recipe that you can use to impress the guys, while staying <relatively> healthy. Continue reading


Healthy Meal Planning Tips

Offering healthy meals to your family is one of the vital ways to ensure that they remain hail and healthy. However, cooking healthy meals needs some planning in advance so that it becomes easier for you to make healthy meals every day. Just like you would not plan for a holiday without knowing where to go, you should not start your day without having an idea of what you and your family will eat. The very presence of ‘idea’ for cooking itself indicates that planning before cooking is indispensable. However, this does not mean that you will need to plan every nibble.

 

What is emphasized here is that because of several unhealthy choices that are easily and readily available, it’s high time to get smarter and prepare a cooking plan. Let such a plan include healthy choices and then get them approved by kids and other adults in your family by telling them about the good tastes and health benefits. But no planning can be successful without applying some tips. So, here are some Healthy Meals planning tips that can be helpful to you.

 

Plan on Sunday

 

Sunday is the best day to plan the cooking menu of the entire week. Take the help of Internet or go through some cookbooks or magazines to choose seven healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that offer adequate calories. Ensure that you add sources of lean protein (beans or lentils), fibers (vegetables and whole grains), vitamins (fruits), and minerals (vegetables and fruits). It is better to choose the most liked items by your family.

 

Include family members while planning

 

Do not sit back alone and plan for healthy eating, as that carries a risk of rejection from your kids or other family members. Therefore, consider involving your kids, partner, and other family members while you plan. Ask them what they would like to eat but set some rules or guidelines so that they do not pressurize you to choose those tempting, unhealthy foods such as white pastas, white breads, burgers, and pizzas.

 

Announce your menu

 

A small white board is enough whereon you can write with a marker pen about the menu just like you would see in some restaurants where the boards reveal special menu of the day. Write your menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner of the day and let everyone see what they will be getting to eat.

 

Always keep a grocery list

 

To be specific, take a blank paper and write down all that you will need to cook the chosen dishes for the next week. Once you decide with your family about the meals, it becomes easy to identify the ingredients that are required to cook the chosen dishes. Take it to the grocery store and buy only what is written in it. And yes, do not throw away the list. Keep it for your next Sunday planning! Most of the times, the ingredients will be the same, only the dishes and cooking methods will vary. Furthermore, a readymade list will also save much of your planning time.

 

Author Bio: Marguerite being a fitness enthusiast loves to blog on fitness and topics related to fitness also enjoys writing recipes and healthy eating tips. You can check out her latest post on how to lose lower belly fat on her website.

 


Exercise makes men more Masculine

Becoming more masculine in general makes your body look more like what people around you expect from men. In order to make your body look more masculine, you can consider workouts that target improvement in specific areas of your body that people mostly notice. You need to focus mainly on your upper body not only to draw attention from your hips, but also for the fact that large arms and broad shoulders are considered to be highly masculine.

Well, this does not mean that you should ignore your lower part of the body. You should be balanced, and require strong legs and cores to hold up the rest of the body. Cardio workouts can be considered, however they are not as effective as upper body exercises in order to affect the manner in which your gender is read. Some of the good upper body workouts to make men look more masculine have been discussed below.

 

seated shoulder pressShoulder Press or Overhead Press: The bar overhead needs to be pressed in a straight line. Since your head will come in the way, you need to move your torso and head during the overhead press. Tilt your head back quickly so that the bar passes your nose or chin without hitting them. Look forward and once the bar is in the forehead level, your torso needs to be shifted forward. Keep the weight overhead pressed. When your chin almost touches your chest, do not look down but forward. Squeeze traps and back, shoulders and lock your elbows.

 

shrug a dugDumbbell Shrug: Stand straight holding a dumbbell on each hand, your palms should face your torso, and arms to be stretched on the sides. Lift dumbbells by raising your shoulders to the maximum height while you exhale. Try and hold the contraction for a second at the top. Lower dumbbells in its original position and repeat.

 

Pushups: Lie with your face down on the floor. Place your palms at shoulder level, and point your fingers forward. Push yourself upwards until the entire weight of your body rests on your toes and palms. Lower your position and repeat. To accent your chest, place the hands broader than shoulder width. In order to target the triceps and back, bring your hands together with index fingers and thumbs touching one another. This workout helps you cut back that belly fat.

 

Bicep Curls: Stand up straight holding dumbbells in each hand, keeping your elbows near to your torso and twirl the palms until they face forward. Keep your upper arms in a still position, exhale as well as curl the weight while you contract your biceps. Continue raising weights until biceps are completely contracted, and your dumbbells are halted at the shoulder level. Remain in the contracted position for a few seconds as you squeeze the biceps. Thereafter, inhale and gradually start lowering the dumbbells in its initial position and repeat.

In addition to these workouts, testosterone has a vital role to play in the maintenance and development of various male characteristics and is useful for vitality and good health too. Testosterone contributes towards healthy bone density, red blood cells, and muscle mass. The hormone is responsible for typical masculine behavior in a man. Thus, the main characteristic of a man is the masculinity.

Author Bio: Marguerite being a fitness enthusiast loves to blog on fitness and topics related to fitness. You can check out her latest post on How To Lose Belly Fat on her website.


I’ll Rant You Listen

Getting fit is not an easy thing.  It takes more work than however much you are exerting now.  In fact, that is kind of the equation to the matter.  To get in shape or in better shape you have to start exercising your body harder than you already are.  You need resistance to press yourself against, you need contrast and dissonance.  This is going to be uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, it is still totally enjoyable.

You will love to learn that feeling of pressure against you.  Most people who are not totally fit will look at  those who spend their lives in the gym or on the trail constantly running or working out, and they will see them as fanatical.  It is no less fanatical then spending the same amount of time sitting.  The only difference is one is healthy, feels great, and looks great too.  Between the fanatical couch potato and the fanatical gym rat which would you rather be.  I know when you put it like that they both sound bad. Quick interjection if I may, once I had a bet rat, he was adorable. What that isn’t girly, pet rats are for men. Dang it I am a man. I knew I shouldn’t have told you that. Anyway the point is rats aren’t bad, but no body likes potatoes. Besides they are both just two expressions.

There are three reasons to exercise:  Improve muscular strength , lose weight like 50 cent did, or for general health.  Most people will start to exercise to lose weight, second highest demographic will exercise to improve strength. Seriously most people just want to look sexy as hell with their shirts off. Luckily for them, their overall health is being maintained and strengthened with the exercise.  The funny thing is you start to notice change in health much before you actually start to see weight drop or muscle gain. Just after one day of exercise your chances of dying actually decrease… well depending on the exercise.

When you start exercising the first few routines are going to seem a bit pathetic.  It is your first time, most likely you are a little bit pathetic. It is nothing against you, I was too my first time.  Within a week of exercising though you will start to really feel a change in the internal fir that drives you. Truthfully, you will be able to push your self so much harder after just a while of exercising.

 

 


Guest Post- Preventing Injury in the Gym

Spring is finally here and it is time to start on that exercise you routine you have been avoiding for the past winter.  The cold is no longer an excuse to keep you from your new journey to fitness.  If you still find it hard to get motivated you might think hitting the gym is the answer.  So, as you waltz merrily through the doors of your local gym just remember that you need to be careful when you exercise or you could end up injured.  Here are a few tips to help keep you safe in the gym.

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Two things you should try to avoid while exercising in the gym are overtraining and training incorrectly.  These are the cause of many of the common injuries in gym.  Training with poor technique is the quickest way to sustain an injury and the most easily avoidable.  So, if it has been awhile since you last went to the gym or you are starting at a new one, sign up for an introductory course.  This will allow you to brush up on your technique, meet the qualified staff and perhaps get a few tips and acquaint you with the equipment.

Even if you are a regular gym-goer, and you already know what type of shoes to wear etc,  you may not be familiar with the newest equipment in your gym.  All those seemingly simple machines can be deceptively tricky.  Rather than trying to figure it out on your own and risking an injury ask how they work.  For those of us who do not frequent gyms even the treadmills pose problems.  No two treadmills are alike.  The buttons seem to be arranged in the least sensible manner possible and they it seems that the machine speeds up and slows down at will rather than as you command.  Instead of hopping on the treadmill assuming you know how it works and then searching blindly for the stop button ask how it works.  You don’t want to risk a sprained ankle or head injury because you can’t find the stop button and you are too tired and wobbly legged to continue running, forcing you to jump off the terrifying machine.  Stay safe; ask how to use the equipment.

The risk of overtraining may be greater than that posed by gym equipment.  It is important to remember that fitness is not a race or a competition.  Start with the lowest weights and work up to higher ones.  There is no sense in using weights too heavy for you and risking an injury at the start of your new exercise program. If an exercise is too easy for you it is always possible to add more weight.  But once you have strained a muscle you will need to spend weeks letting it heal.  The last thing you want to do is damage your tendons because you were a bit overzealous at the start.  Before you begin exercising remember to stretch.  Stretching is an easy way to loosen your muscles, get them used to the range of motion you will put them through during your exercises and lastly help prevent injury.  Well stretched muscles will be less likely to strain or tear.

Paying attention to your form, especially for new and unfamiliar exercises will also help prevent injury.  Many of the most common injuries can be avoided by using the proper form.  Even simple exercises such as squats and lunges require the right form.  Making sure your knees never pass your toes will prevent stress and damage to your knees.  Another easy way to prevent injury is to take each exercise slowly.  It will be easier to pay attention to form if you take it slow and you will be less likely to strain a muscle in a rapid unfamiliar movement.  Be cautious when you do free weight exercises.  Only use weights you can handle easily.  If you must lock out your elbows to do a front or lateral raise then the weight is too heavy for you.  Locking out your elbows is improper form and deciding to push through the exercise anyway will only put you at risk of a micro tear in your tendon.  It will not make you stronger.  Listen to your body and your muscles.  If an exercise hurts or begins to hurt do not continue doing it.  Your body knows what it needs and ignoring it will only cause you suffering later.

If you are in a rush or on a tight schedule take your exercises at the same slow pace and do less of them. Getting in more repetitions in less time stresses your joints and risks poor technique.  Plus you are in the gym to have a good workout.  Slow down, enjoy that burn.  Even if you are in a hurry your muscles still need to be stretched and treated with care.  Skipping these important steps and ignoring form will very likely be the cause of an injury and that would be an unfortunate start to your routine.

An introductory session would be a great time to be reminded of these little tips by qualified gym staff.  Ask whether any of the staff members are trained in first aid.  You can also check on the qualifications of various instructors in case you are thinking about taking a class.  The same safety rules apply in classes.  Take things slow and listen to your body.  Just because yoga looks easy does not mean you can bend like that at first.  If you are a beginner then you should stick with the basics.  If you decide to try out complicated poses and headstands on your first day you just might need the person trained in first aid to save you or untangle you.  Asking the right questions and taking things slowly is the easiest way to stay injury free during your gym experience.


Great Calorie-Cutting Exercises

In order to lose weight, or just to look like a beast, calorie control is essential.  The part of calories that people have the hardest time with is trying to burn them off.  Some exercises are certainly better than others when it comes to accomplishing this.  Here are some of, what I think are, the best exercises used for cutting calories.

Running

Running is probably the most common form of exercise, which is everybody’s “go to” exercise when they want to lose weight and it is rightfully so. Running is a cardio exercise that can help you burn a lot of calories. The amount of calories you burn while running can increase by increasing the incline that you run on. Some home treadmills make this an easier thing to do since most of them now days come with incline training built in.

Swimming

I am a big advocate of swimming. It is one of my favorite things to do; and not only is it fun to do, it is arguably the best cardio, calorie-burning exercise out there. Unlike running, this exercise is low-impact, meaning that there is less impact and strain on your joints when you exercise. It is a perfect exercise that you can do no matter what your weight is, and if your weight is a little high it can help you keep it under control. It really is the ultimate exercise, just make sure you know what you are doing! To learn how to do a proper stroke, click here.

Biking

This, too, is a very effective cardio exercise. One of the main benefits of cycling is that it is low-impact as well. One thing that should be noted is that spending the same amount of exercise on cycling as running will not get you the same results. Because cycling doesn’t require as much effort, you will have to exercise for a longer period of time to burn the same amount of calories.

Well, there ya have it. Those are my favorite exercises that burn a lot of calories.

 

Jordan works and goes to school full time. He enjoys the outdoors, healthy living, music, and just about all sports and loves blogging about all of them. Follow him on Twitter at, and you can also find him on Google+.


Tips from Mr.Buddha

Buddha is this Buddhist who has some solid philosophies on life.  Never in my whole life have I ever met or even heard a story about a Buddhist who was upset or depressed.  Most of the Buddhists, according to my biased, shallow Hollywood-illustrated perspective, are skinny and strong too.  So that makes them a perfect example for fitness and motivation.

Buddha

He isn't skinny, but the people who listen to him are.

 

I give you a crash course on Buddhist philosophy.

  • 1. Follow the three R’s
  1. Respect yourself
  2. Respect others
  3. Responsibility for your actions

If you are respecting yourself then you wouldn’t ever do anything disrespectful right.  You would give a kid a cigarette because that is terribly unhealthy and disrespectful.  So why should you allow yourself to smoke, drink, eat garbage (not actual garbage, but like fast food and stuff).  And if you are going to disregard all self-respect then you had better be willing to take responsibility for your actions, whether it be cancer, belligerence or diabetes.

 

  • Learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly

Oh Buddha, you sneaky man you.  Now remember we are not going to disrespect anyone, not even ourselves,  so “breaking rules” could be better put “finding effective strategies towards our goals”.  The key to this one is learn.  You need to understand the situations around you if you want to beat them.

 

  • Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it.

Ok, this one to me seems pretty clear.  He is obviously talking about weight loss.  Even though he doesn’t look very fit and skinny in that statue he is still much healthier than he was a few years before that was carved.

I hope all this motivation was ambiguous enough to allow you to misconstrue some sort of meaning.  Seriously though, the Buddhists have some hard core philosophies.


The Truth About the Atkins Diet

Let’s level for a second, there is a large number of people nowadays who don’t consider themselves physically fit (whether that is true or perceived is a different discussion), and would consent to saying that losing a little bit of weight might actually be a good thing.  In fact, studies have said that as of 2010 in 1/4 of the states in America the obesity rate is over 30%, which only goes to show, that for many of it wouldn’t be a bad thing for us to not only consider shaking things up a bit, but also consider changing our eating habits and lifestyle as well. Continue reading