Monday, May 02, 2005

Do You Feel Comfortably "In Shape" To Enjoy the Warm Weather Dayz Ahead

I guess today is the moment of reckoning. Looking in the mirror, do you really feel good about your image? I can answer that for most of us.

It all depends on your own perception of body image. I dealt with that topic previously.

Let's say that you like almost everything about your physique, but just want to tone up. That I feel is the proper assessment of the vast majority of us.

If it's only a matter of 5 pounds and some toning, I think I can provide some answers.

First off, cut down a little on your food consumption. If you eat a whole sandwich for lunch, try half a sandwich. Substitute say, strawberries for that cookie. Add more fruit and fiber to your diet. Hell, even try the new food pryamid website to get you started at
http://www.mypryamid.gov

To get yourself motivated, just flex your pecs. WOOOF. I found that some pecs pumping exercises are really simple. Try doing a pushup using the tips of your fingers instead of your entire hand. Try one and don't give up. The more you try, the more you can do. Also vary this with fisting your hands as if you have a sword and that you are striking it into the ground. Try as many of these as you can. You'd be amazed that, first, you can do it, and second, that these exercises down regularly and routinely do product amazing results.

For the abs, some simple stomach crunches will do the trick as well. Also I find brisk walking an excellent way to reduce the waist in addition to eating less. Also try substituting flavored water or fruit juices for sugar sodas. Of course, the diet soda stuff is fine, as long as you don't over do it.

If you have any personal fitness tips that have worked well for you, please share. I know you guyz are woofy and the best dudes a guy can ever have as buds. It just goes to show that anything you set your mind to do, you can do and do better than anyone else. And if you need a little help or push, all of us are here to help.

5 comments:

brandon said...

Hey bufftuff thanks for the comments on my blog. It's encouraging to know that people are reading my ramblings and aren't bored (yet!)

About dieting tips, I have some. If you have a box of cookies or chocolate (i.e. cheat food), put them out of sight. Never leave them on the counter where you can see it everytime you walk through the kitchen. I actually forget about food if it's tucked away in the cupboard. The same goes for food at a restaurant - ask for a to-go box at the BEGINNING of the meal and put half of the portion in the to-go box before you start eating. This way you won't feel obligated to finish the whole portion and you have more than enough to warrant a to-go box.

Cement Brunette said...

Of course we should all keep in mind that the shape of our bodies and our weight is also part genetic and as hard as we try we might not be able to change it. Not that we shouldn't try, though.

Keith said...

Another good trick, if your a potato chip freak like me, is to eat cereal (sugar coated or not) instead of the chips. My doctor told me this and it has helped keep weight off.

circleinasquare said...

No matter HOW much time I spend in the gym, I just don't seem to get ANY taller or hairier...

Dumbek said...

Lots and lots of water. No non-diet sodas and (I hate to say it) the beer has to go. Well...at least stick with light beer.

As for exercise, anything physical is good, as long as you do it consistently.

It's amazing how a few small changes can make a big difference.