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There’s one thing I can’t stand about the fitness industry:

It’s full of bitches. (Ironically, I’m now going off on a bitch – ha! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!)

Anyway, there’s a ton of different forms of exercise you can do. Literally tons.

First off, you’ve got weight training in the gym. Then that can be broken down further into many “mini-categories”. For example, you’ve got bodybuilding style training, you’ve got Olympic lifting (no prizes for guessing that’s the thing they do in the… *drumroll*… Olympics!). You’ve also got powerlifting, too, as well as strong-man type training. Oh, and how could I forget CrossFit, too?!

And if you want to go even more in-depth, you can break these 4 categories down even further.

Anyway, we’ll move on from weight lifting. Let’s look at some other types of exercise…

So you’ve also got cardio training, which, just like weight training, can obviously be broken down further. You’ve got running, cycling, rowing, circuit training. Literally too many options for me to even think about, let alone actually write down.

Then you’ve got playing a sport.

And there’s also things like yoga and pilates.

So the point is this: There’s literally a TON of ways you can exercise.

But the one thing I hate about the fitness industry, is that so many people talk down upon on every other form of exercise that isn’t their own. They say it’s “wrong”. They say their way is the best way by a mile.

Do you know what I say to these people?

Shut up!.

Blunt? Yes.

But do they deserve it? Again, yep. Look, the Western world has got overweight. It doesn’t need me to tell you that. So surely we should be encouraging everyone to do any form of exercise, no matter what it is?

But to some people, seeing people exercise in a way that’s different to their own actually annoys them! Pathetic isn’t it. I mean, the amount of people who train in the gym bodybuilding style who look down on crossfitters is unbelievable.

See, I’ve never done CrossFit in my life. Is it perfect? No. There’s a much higher risk of injury (especially for beginners) as opposed to most other forms of training.

But, having said that, does it look fun? Yep!

Does it get people breathing hard and sweating? Yep!

And does it get people great fitness results, whilst helping tone them up? Again, absolutely!

So why so many people speak crap about it is beyond me.

Anyway, to wrap this up, I want to say this:

Do a form of exercise you ENJOY.

That’s literally it, my friend.

Don’t let Bob down the gym, Steve next door, or even me tell you what form of exercise you should be doing.

Just do something you’re gonna stick to.

‘Course, if you want to be a bodybuilder, then you’re gonna have to get in the gym and start lifting weights. Going out for long-distance runs ain’t gonna get you there!

But if you just want to tone up, lose weight, and get fitter so you’ve got more energy and you look and feel better, then just do something you enjoy.

Simple.

Source by Tom Andrews

In 2009 and 2010, the Ab Circle Pro was the biggest selling abdominal exercise machine in the world. Until today, it is reported to have sold over 2 million times in the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia, and even India, among others.

The product was presented by Jennifer Nicole Lee, a famous fitness model who has her own little fitness “empire” comprised of programs, supplements, and fitness products. The Ab Circle Pro was her biggest success to date.

Recently, though Jennifer Nicole Lee announced the release of a new version of her best selling machine: The Ab Circle Mini.

As the name implies, the Mini was designed to mimic the original version of the machine but at a smaller scale. In terms of how these two machines are used and the results they’re supposed to deliver there is really no difference. After all, the original version as well as the new one are marketed as a way to flatten your abs and lose inches with short workouts that can be done at home. This means that if you don’t think the original version works, you won’t find anything really different in how the Mini Circle version works.

The first difference that does exist between the two products is the price. The original Ab Circle Pro costs about $200 while the mini version can be purchased for about $140, a sizable discount. The new price may be one which is more appealing to people who felt they could not afford to buy the original abdominal machine.

The second difference is in the size and weight of the Ab Circle Mini. It is smaller and lighter than the Ab Circle pro. This makes it easier to store and more portable. However, there may be less stability to the machine due to its lightness so you’d need to work slowly with it at first to make sure its stable.

The most important thing was and remains the kind of results you can get with these machines. Both can give you a workout, of that there is no doubt. However, for some people the workout will not be very effective. It seems to be geared more for beginners than for people who are used to exercise regularly.

Whether you choose to get the original version or the mini, be aware that it’s crucial to continue working out the rest of your body and to maintain a healthy diet in order to get any kind of results.

Source by John Davenport

The Minnesota Model is described by McElrath in 1997 as being “inextricably interwoven with the program, practice and philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)”. The AA movement conferred the belief that alcoholism is a physical, mental and spiritual illness and developed the Twelve Steps, which outline a spiritual solution, and the concept of a fellowship where recovery can take place.

The Hazelden Foundation was established in 1949 as an environment in which respect, understanding and acceptance of the dignity of each patient was promoted. The belief developed that time spent in association with other alcoholics, talking with one another and sharing life experiences, was central to recovery. Alcoholism was conceptualized within the disease model as a complex, existential condition of “dis-ease”, which could be relieved by sharing experiences. Furthermore, there was a fundamental belief that addicts have an inherent ability to change their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors to restore health.

Two long-term treatment goals of the Minnesota Model are total abstinence from all mood-altering substances and an improved quality of life. Consistent with the philosophy of AA, the objectives for the individual are to grow in transcendental, spiritual awareness, to recognize personal choice and responsibility, and to develop peer relationships. The resources for recovery, then, lie primarily within the addict with treatment providing the opportunity to discover and use those resources and the therapeutic atmosphere conducive to change. This approach is by nature client-centered.

Much of the work done by clients toward achieving those goals is done within the context of group therapy. Engaging with counselors and members of the peer group, the alcoholic / addict is encouraged to develop meaningful relationship experiences and clarify feelings and definitions of reality. Success of the process is characterized by relief, peace, increased sense of self worth, acceptance by self and the group, and the existential restoration of meaning to life.

The success of the Minnesota Model stems from it addressing the fundamental existential issues of addiction. Common to AA, it is rooted in existential philosophy and incorporates a treatment philosophy and treatment approach that addresses the core issues of addiction. This existential philosophy allows for a caring, nurturing, client-centered environment where the Twelve Steps provide direction and patients suffering from addiction can find healing.

Patients with co-morbid mental health conditions receive concomitant treatment for both conditions within a co-therapy concept. A common mental health diagnosis among chemically dependent patients is borderline personality disorder (BPD), a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect along with impulsivity. About 40% of chemically dependent subjects are also diagnosed with BPD. Those with BPD seem especially prone to the use of substances in order to cope with unwanted affective states.

The frequent co-occurrence of addiction with other mental health problems is of relevance and importance to chemical dependency (CD) counseling. For example, patients with BPD are likely to evoke strong and often negative responses among CD professionals. There is a risk that patients presenting with symptoms of BPD may be negatively stereotyped and treated inappropriately. There may be the tendency for staff to describe the patient in vivid and dramatic terms that can set negative expectations even before the patient arrives on the treatment unit. There may be a tendency to react to self-harming or suicidal acts with horror and/or anger. The CD counselor needs to understand this behavior in the context of the patient’s underlying pain and distress and their inability to express or process those feelings. Counselors need to be educated to understand the etiology and manifestations of disorders such as BPD in order to appreciate the worldview of patients with dual disorders and enhance empathy and respect shown all patients.

Thus, while the Minnesota model has become recognized as the gold standard of chemical dependency residential care across North America, it has some inherent limitations. The disease concept, while introducing scientific rigor and a conceptual framework for conducting research and assigning treatment, is limited by the tendency to label clients as ‘sick’, risking breeding stereotypical views and treatment approaches by clinical staff. Viewing the problem as being the ‘disease’ tends to shift the focus from the individual, manifested within the model by the tendency to conduct group therapy to the relative exclusion …

Starting your fitness journey isn’t easy. There are no magic pills, or no get fit quick programs that will make you fit overnight. It takes continuous work and effort to keep advancing forward.

If you are currently on your fitness journey, I congratulate you. You are taking steps towards leading a healthier life. If you have yet to start a fitness regimen, what is holding you back? Why haven’t you started?

Chances are, you probably have a reason why you haven’t been exercising. In my opinion any reason not to work out is an excuse. Excuses will keep you from living a healthier life, and they are a way to shift the blame from yourself.

When it boils down to it, the only reason you haven’t been exercising is because of you. No one else is to blame, and you can’t say you don’t have enough time. There is always time to exercise, and there is always a way to fit it into a schedule.

Excuses like, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” just delay and prevent you from getting anything done. After all, when tomorrow comes, the same excuse is often used. Someday never comes, so today is always the best day to start if you want change.

Don’t put it off any longer. It is hard to exercise, and it may bring you pain to start a fitness regimen. However, when you don’t do it, you are hurting yourself and your body, so the pain of exercising is worth overcoming.

Today you can begin your journey towards better fitness. In fact, as soon as you are done reading this article you can find a fitness program to start, or formulate your own. You can begin to eat healthier, and start making better decisions.

Starting can be the hardest part for many people. If starting isn’t hard enough, it is even harder for others to actually keep going. Many people eat well, and exercise well for a couple of days and then throw it all out the window and fall back into old habits.

It takes time to establish a habit. The idea is to continue to exercise and eat healthy, and if you fall off the horse for a day, instead of falling back to your old ways, jump back on the horse and keep trotting along. Don’t let a few days of unhealthy choices keep you from continuing your course. Stay on your journey towards better health and keep pushing forward, because the journey never ends.

It’s time to throw out the excuses and start today. What is holding you back from starting your journey towards better fitness?

Source by Marcus Liberty

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