Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fitting Fitness Into Your Busy Day

When it comes to health and fitness training time is always an issue. Some of us are busy, some of us are very busy, and some of us are so busy we don't even know which way is up. Sound familiar? If you are the kind of person who is on the go the minute the alarm rings in the morning to the minute your head hits the pillow at night this article is for you. If you have kids who eat up all your time and you dream of a little time to yourself, this article is for you. If you want desperately to get fit but other commitments are making it next to impossible this article is for you.
Here's the good news, getting fit doesn't take that much time. You need to address two areas in your life; exercise and diet. In fact, if you are stuck for time to workout, the diet portion is going to have more of a drastic effect on your fitness. Think about it, if you don't have time to burn the calories then you need to cut them from your diet.
Wait a minute! You are probably thinking to yourself that food is one of the only sources of pleasure in your busy day. I agree with you, it should be. Eating well better darn well also be delicious. If it isn't then you are doomed to fail your diet. So understand what I am saying, you will eat well but you must also enjoy your food. I am not talking about a radical starvation diet or diet extremes where you avoid carbs or fats at all costs. Your diet should be well-balanced.
Here are a few golden rules for dieting:
1. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day
2. Avoid processed foods
3. Avoid foods with refined sugar
Here's a last tip, if you are the type who eats a lot of fast food because you are so busy, just make better choices. Order water instead of pop with your meal. Have a salad instead of fries with your burger or sandwich. Have honey instead of sugar in your coffee. All these small choices made day after day will add up in the long run. Think about it, maybe you have been putting on 5 to 10 pounds a year for a few years. Not a lot of weight over the course of a year. This slow addition of fat has been because of all these small choices. So you don't have to make big changes to reverse this weight gain.
As for a fitness routine do one set of the following as you roll out of bed in the morning and just before you go to bed at night:
1. Push ups
2. Lunges (Take a long stride of a stance and do 1 set each for side)
3. Crunches (Remember to hold your hands by your ears, not inter-laced behind your head - don't pull on your neck while you do these)
4. IF YOU ARE FEELING AMBITIOUS - Chin ups ( you can get a chin up bar that installs in a door frame for around $20 from most sports stores)
If you follow a simple fitness routine like the one outlined above you will definitely get strong. This will result in a sleek and shapely physique. As you lose weight and shed fat you will reveal this new toned body.
Fitness workout programs don't have to be a one or two hour ordeal. It can be and short and sweet if that is all you have time to do. What is important is that you do something to keep your body strong and performing well. One day at some point in the future you just may have more free time to join a gym or a running club or whatever you like to do. When that day comes you will be ready for it because this little fitness exercise plan and simple diet has kept you fit.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Love Your Health and Fitness Business Even More, When You Have Tax Forms Software

There are many different types of people out there. No, that statement isn't a new revelation or any big surprise. I am talking about the different types of people who own home based businesses in home fitness. Many are fortunate like me and have made a full time career out of home fitness. Other people are supplementing their income by working part time in this field. Then, there's the third type of person. This is the person who dreams of working in home fitness but has not taken the step yet.
There may be one reason that they haven't taken that step yet - taxes. The word "taxes" mean one thing to most people. Taxes mean money. The good news is that it does not have to mean money leaving your pocket. It can mean money is going in to your pocket. People that work in the home health AND fitness industry full time and part time have discovered that being self employed is one of the most rewarding, financially beneficial career choices they can make. One of the things that make home fitness both rewarding and beneficial is tax forms software. Here are some key reasons why tax forms software is so valuable for a self employed person:
  • The forms will help you understand what you need to save, track, and monitor when it comes time to figure out your taxes. Even if you have a CPA do your taxes in the end you should still have your own understanding of the system and how it works. Knowledge is power. You may even think of a deduction or two for your business that the CPA may not have known about.
  • Tax forms software allows you to create 1099 forms for those people who you have paid for services with your business. That will help you keep track for your taxes. The other thing it will do is show that you run a professional business and are that you are organized. Professional organization inspires confidence in others. When you are self employed all people should be looked at as a prospect, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Everybody has a need for fitness. Sometimes it's just a matter of waiting for them to actually acknowledge it.
  • Forms are the best way to track everything and keep reliable records. Tax forms software provides you with the most current versions of those forms. Better yet, they are laid out in a way that is familiar to tax professionals and the IRS. With that type of detail you will be a lot more relaxed if you ever have to work with the IRS on a tax audit. (By the way, it is just a myth that self employed people are get audited a lot more than others).
  • Tax forms software is not only very affordable, but it makes you more efficient. Affordability and efficiency play a key role for all home-based business entrepreneurs. You have to find a balance on how to get what you need for daily operations, streamlining, and marketing. When you are dividing up the budget you want the best quality you can get for your allotted dollars in each area. Tax forms software will not bring clients in the door so it is good to know that you can find it at a very affordable price. It does make you more efficient though and that is what will give you time to get more clients.
  • You can look online for home fitness tax tips. They will be available through many sources. There are also home fitness companies (for example: Team Beachbody) that have a network of fitness professionals who can share their experiences with you.
There are many ways to add it up, but tax forms software helps you break it down. It makes what could be a very hard, daunting task become a task that is manageable and a bit easier. From there, the rest of the pieces fall into place. Your home based business will start to grow because you can spend your time on its growth and not on behind the scenes in management and endless paperwork. Don't forget - when you combine tax forms software with a home fitness and health business you will be reducing your output in taxes. So, instead of putting your energy into tax season you can put your energy into your passion for home business.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Health and Fitness Tips For Men

Americans today are living life on the fast track. Most of the internet searches are for fast or easy weight loss. While most of the information is geared towards women, men are also interested and in need of health and fitness tips.
Men have the advantage where they can lose weight much easier than women. There are many different health and fitness programs out there for men. Yoga and Pilates are not just for women anymore. There are exercise videos that focus on Yoga and Pilates for Men. There are different types of home exercise equipment that are low cost and easy to use. You just need to have the motivation to follow through with your plans for a healthier life.
Heart Disease, Diabetes, prostate cancer, and other health issues are a rising concern for men. These reasons can and should be a good source of motivation for men today. Men can follow these health and fitness tips to lose weight and get healthy and fit.
Starting out the day with a healthy breakfast helps to kick start metabolism and keeps blood sugar levels even. It also gives a person more energy. When a man eats breakfast, he is less likely to eat larger portions of unhealthy food later in the day. Eating plenty of fiber rich foods is important to fill up and feel satisfied between meals. Try to eat whole grains - whole wheat bread, potatoes, and brown rice, instead of white bread, white rice, and pastas - that are simple starches and turn right into sugar. The whole grains take longer to digest and can assist with maintaining lean muscle tissue.
Men are able to eat larger portions of protein than women. They should still concentrate on eating lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, and fish on a daily basis instead of red meat. They should also make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Men can also benefit from portion control and watching their portion sizes. Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day as opposed to eating the three traditional square meals a day really does help to keep the metabolism running smoothly and helps to build lean muscle tissue.
The best way to lose weight is with a combination of cardio, strength training and a healthy diet. But, the cornerstone of most weight loss programs is cardio. Exercising on a daily basis is a good way to get in shape and boost metabolism. Many men are concerned about building muscle and may only concentrate on strength training. Cardio is necessary in any fitness program because:
1) It helps you burn more calories in one sitting. Getting your heart rate up means your blood is pumping, you're breathing hard, you're sweating and burning calories.
2) With many cardio exercises, you can burn 100 to 500 calories depending on how hard you work, how long you exercise and how much you weigh.
3) Burning calories with exercise means you don't have to cut as many calories from your diet.
4) You can do cardio exercise most days of the week without worrying about injury or over training.
Nutritional supplements can be used in conjunction with eating healthy foods and exercise to build lean muscle. There are many supplements out there designed especially for men and their unique health and fitness needs. They are not meant to be a shortcut to weight change, and taking too much of any one supplement can pose serious health risks. The good news is that average person is unlikely to take so much of a nutrient that they run into trouble. But it's always wise to check in with a doctor before you start using a supplement regularly. And that's definitely true if you're using any supplement in high doses or for prolonged periods of time.
It is very important that you keep yourself hydrated during any strenuous activity. Sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and All Sport can give you a needed energy boost during your activity. They are designed to rapidly replace fluids and to increase the sugar (glucose) circulating in your blood. Energy Drinks can help boost your energy, but many use sugar and caffeine as their active ingredients used as stimulants. In fact, excessive use of energy drinks can cause symptoms such as upset stomach, leg weakness, heart palpitations, being jittery, nervousness, and more. Drink these energy drinks on an empty stomach and the effects can be magnified. Never underestimate the power of drinking water and making sure to get at least 6-8 glasses a day.