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OXYGEN: A SECRET WEAPON FOR FITNESS? 

Expert Offers Insight into the “Oxygen-Enhanced Exercise” Trend & Shares Breathing Tips to Improve Health & Enhance Your Workout

Have you seen anyone at your gym wearing unusual face masks as they workout? If not, you are sure to encounter this soon and when you do, there is no need for alarm. It’s called oxygen-enhanced exercise, and it’s a holistic approach to fitness that has recently skyrocketed in popularity. Once available and common only with Olympians and pro athletes (like Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Mario Lemieux,) this training method has hit the mainstream and now at-home-exercisers and workout warriors across the country are using it as an all-natural way to gain an athletic advantage.

Oxygen-enhanced exercise is a scientifically proven phenomenon that’s said to benefit the body by reducing the physical stress of exercise, accelerating recovery, helping you sleep, giving you more energy, and improving your metabolism.

According to breathing expert Michael Grant White, oxygen is crucial for peak athletic performance.

“Playing sports, weight-lifting, circuit training, or any other intense physical activity, of course, burns calories and builds muscle, but many people don’t consider the wear and tear it has on their body. Lack of oxygen ages the body at a much greater rate…”

…says White, who has studied breathing over the past 24 years and has seen a rapid rise in interest for oxygen-enhanced exercise. As anti-doping initiatives spread across the country, and athletic drug testing becomes more prevalent, many athletes are turning to oxygen-enhanced exercise as a way to amplify their workouts without the use of drugs, chemicals, surgery, or invasive techniques.

We all know oxygen and exercise go hand-in-hand, but in case you missed this high school biology lesson, here’s a quick recap of the science: During exercise, your muscles have to contract and work harder, which increases their demand for oxygen. The amount needed is much more than you are taking in. Your body first burns the existing oxygen in the red blood cells and when this runs out, the body turns to fermentation for its energy needs. Instead of using oxygen, the muscles convert glucose into lactic acid and this is when fatigue sets in. Oxygen-enhanced exercise leverages the body’s already-existing system for oxygenating the blood before this happens.

If you’re not ready to sport an oxygen mask, you can still enhance your workout through mindful breathing. According to research, proper breathing should be one of your main focuses during exercise. It’s easy to underestimate just how much it impacts our overall health and fitness. Oxygen helps the body maintain pH balance, it increases neuronal energy metabolism in the brain, detoxifies the blood, and strengthens the immune system by killing harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Oxygen also plays a huge role in the recovery process because it helps restore pre-exercise ATP levels and helps your liver break down lactic acid into simple carbohydrates.

“Not all breathing is created equal, there are breathing techniques you can do to enhance your workout…”

…says White who has trained athletes to use proper breathing techniques and seen first-hand how better breathing can help strengthen endurance, lower lactic acid production, and improve stamina for cardio-centric activities (like running, swimming, biking, etc.) In addition, simple breathing techniques can help athletes (at any level of fitness) recover more quickly from high-intensity activities.

In short: better breathing = better health.

Michael Grant White is on a mission to awaken the breathing consciousness of the world. He has insight into the oxygen-enhanced exercise trend and can share breathing tips people can use at home to improve their health and their workout.


IN AN INTERVIEW / ARTICLE:

  • Breathing Tricks to Improve Your Health & Enhance Your Workout
  • Unlikely Ways Your Breathing Impacts Your Life
  • Fascinating Link Between Breathing & The Brain
  • Insight into the “Oxygen-Enhanced Exercise” Trend: An All-Natural Approach to Improve Health & Enhance Workouts

ABOUT MICHAEL GRANT WHITE:

Michael Grant White is a holistic health expert, author, and international speaker who has dedicated his career to helping people improve their health through better breathing. As an Optimal Breathing Coach and the founder of My Oxygen Machine and Breathing.com, White is on a mission to make the world healthier one breath at a time.

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 https://breathing.com

How to get fit the right way

There’s a right way and a wrong way to get fit. This is not to say that there’s a strict blueprint for people to get fit. The way that individuals achieve their fitness goals depends on their different anatomies and what their body compositions are made of. This being said, there are a number of best practices that exist to help people to get fit.

What not to do

Be inconsistent with your training regime

Attaining physical fitness is not a one-time thing. You also don’t become fit overnight after having done a super burst of cardio and weight training.

Reaching your fitness goals takes a lot of effort, dedication and perseverance. You need to be able to train your mind to get up on a freezing cold winter morning and get to the gym when your body is screaming at you to turn over an get another hour or two’s shut-eye. Your mind is incredibly powerful and can overcome anything – especially a few whimpers that your body makes that don’t amount to much.

But, at the same time, if you know that you physically are unable to get up early and exercise, don’t! Rather opt to exercise on your way home from work. This goes as well for choosing exercises that you hate but know are ‘good’ for you. Don’t do it! The best way to motivate yourself to carry on with exercising is to make it as pleasant as possible. So make sure that you do everything in your power to ensure that you enjoy your exercise programme.

Eat whatever junk food you want

Yes, in your training routine you’ll be burning a mountain load of calories. This is especially true if you’re training with a personal trainer as he or she will be putting you through your paces.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever junk food you want. Remember that junk food – such as deep-fried chips, hamburgers and the like – contain trans fats which are harmful to your heart health. So, no matter how much you exercise, the fats will still be sitting in your arteries waiting to cause havoc.

What to do

Set realistic fitness goals

No matter how much you push yourself to achieve your fitness goals, if they are not realistic (in other words, you can physically achieve them) you mind as well not start. If you set unrealistic goals for yourself, deep down you know that you won’t ever achieve them however you’ll keep pushing to do so because there’s a glimmer of hope in you that you’ll succeed.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set lofty fitness goals. If you feel that you have it in your to achieve these, then great! If you feel that this is true then you need to make yourself accountable to achieving what you set out to.

But don’t make the fitness goals that you set for yourself out of your grasp. Although you may think that it’s forcing you to aim higher, because you’re not achieving what you set out to it will end up demotivating you and causing you to abandon the fitness lifestyle.

Eat a balanced diet

We said above that you shouldn’t eat whatever junk food you want, on a regular basis, as this could very well be detrimental to your health. You do need to eat a healthy and balanced diet to keep up your fitness levels. However, what you shouldn’t do is to deny yourself junk food entirely. This is because if you do this you may end up bingeing on foods that aren’t great for you as you’ve denied yourself these treats for so long.

Give yourself a treat day once in a while when you let yourself have that hamburger and fries, or that glass of wine. This will curb your cravings and make sure that you keep everything in check.

Getting fit is never easy but follow the tips that we’ve outlined above,and you’ll be well on your way to walking the fitness journey!

Getting in Shape With Autumn Calabrese

What to Eat In a Day to Get Fit

There’s nothing more frustrating than working out and not seeing the results you want. When you spend hours at the gym, that hard work can easily be undone by a few extra slices of pizza here and there. But, eating to lose weight is not as hard or complicated as one might think. You don’t have to starve, you don’t have to eliminate food groups (unless you have a food sensitivity) and you don’t have to crash diet. Applying a few basic principles to your daily meals can make a big difference.

Portion Control

The first principal is portion control.This is very important because you can overeat on healthy food too. We live in an age of super sized, oversized and family sized meals.The truth is we don’t need any where near as much at one meal as we are actually consuming.

Balanced Macronutrients

The second principal is balanced macronutrients. Don’t let the science terminology scare you, it just means having a balance between your lean protein, your healthy carbohydrates and your healthy fats. We usually don’t have an issue taking in carbohydrates or even fat for that matter but a lot of times it’s the wrong types of carbohydrates or fats. When it comes to protein a lot of people don’t eat it that much and when they do its in very large quantities, like a huge steak. Having a balance between these three macronutrients at each meal will help you lose weight.

Eliminating Processed Foods

Last but definitely not least, principal three, significantly reducing or eliminating highly processed foods especially those containing high amounts of processed sugars. The goal is to get back to natural, real food. Some foods that have been minimally processed are ok in moderation but the rest has to go if you want to lose weight. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a cookie or enjoy dessert, it just means that instead of buying the ones that can last a lifetime on a shelf, you make it at home with natural ingredients and no preservatives.

If you want more help and a lot more detail on how these three principals work and how to apply them you can check Ultimate Portion Fix, created by  Beachbody’s Super Trainer and nutrition expert, Autumn Calabrese.

Autumn’s program Ultimate Portion Fix is an update of the classic Portion Fix program (that you may know and love) that has helped thousands understand the correct amount of food to eat. Ultimate Portion Fix has been perfected over the past five years, and is designed to help people understand the “why” behind what foods they put in their bodies.

About Autumn Calabrese

Celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom Autumn Calabrese has created breakthrough fitness programs 80 Day Obsession®, 21 Day Fix®, 21 Day Fix EXTREME®, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel® and Country Heat®. She’s revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to healthy eating.

Together with her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese, she authored the portion-control cookbook, FIXATE and hosts the cooking show by the same name that streams on Beachbody® On Demand. FIXATE features simple, delicious recipes, all perfectly portion-controlled and easy to make. Her goal as a health and fitness expert is to motivate and inspire people to make the lasting changes that will serve them and their families for the rest of their lives.

A premium nutrition program created by Autumn Calabrese using the strategies she’s learned to compete in fitness competitions and coach thousands of people to lose weight. The program teaches you portion control with the right amount of macronutrients to fuel your body. The Ultimate Portion Fix program will show you how to lose weight simply, and sustain it.

No Cardio Weight Loss

By Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of LIIFT4 | Joel Freeman

Yup, it’s true, “cardio is hardio.” I, for one, abhor the idea of spending hours on a treadmill or elliptical, which can torch a bunch of calories while you’re doing them, but which really don’t create a sustained, post-workout burn. But what if there was a way to get a days-long calorie burn that helped optimized fat loss—sound good? It’s possible!

If you want to lose fat (and weight), then you need to train with weights! It’s THAT simple, and the reason is that the recovery process from weightlifting is usually longer and more intensive—and thus requires more energy (and calorie burning!)—than from steady state cardio. Plus, muscle is more “metabolically active” than fat, so the more you gain from lifting weights, the more calories you’ll burn all day long.

Oh, you don’t want to look like a bodybuilder and have big, “bulky” muscles? Well that’s fine, because it’s not going to happen for most people, especially women. Studies show that while women can enjoy similar strength increases as men from weightlifting, they typically don’t see similar increases in muscle size. In short, they get all of the strength without the bulk. It’s a win-win. Most men will never reach bodybuilder status, either; it takes years of intense, focused training to get to that point. But guys, you can still build plenty of head-turning muscle with the right program.

So how do you get started? Find a trainer or streaming workout program that motivates you, and start LIGHT! If you are newer to lifting weights, you want to be sure to learn the proper mechanics (AKA form) before you start lifting heavy. The better your form is, the more effective your training will be, the faster you’ll reach your goals, and the fewer injuries you’ll have along the way. Easing into your training will also minimize the soreness that often comes with starting a new program (or switching up an existing one). But don’t let soreness deter you! Stretch, rest, hydrate, eat healthfully, and you’ll recover quickly and optimize your results. You can do it!

3 Transformation Tips From Gold’s Gym Fitness Influencer

1 Set Micro Goals: Break your large goals into smaller steps. If you’d ultimately like to lose 100 pounds, start 10. If you’d like to cut out sugar, cut it out at a few meals first. If you’d like to make it in the gym 5/6 days a week over the next year, focus on making it 5/6 a week for the next month. Not only do micro-goals make your larger goals more manageable, they also give you a psychological confidence boost by achieving them.

2 Don’t Over Complicate Things: There’s keto, cardio timing, CrossFit, paleo, HIIT, classes, Powerlifting, gluten free, bodybuilding, macro counting… there are a million different buzz words in the fitness industry. Keep it simple when you’re starting out.

3 Focus on the FOUR Pillars:  There are four pillars – nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress. Focus on eating a nutrient rich diet that puts you in a caloric deficit (and drinking about a gallon of water), moving more than you normally would through exercise or activity, getting better, longer sleeps, and making efforts to reduce your stress. As you move closer to your goals and get a handle on those four basic tenants, you can start to focus on other variables. Nail the basics.  THEN upgrade

LIIFT4 Effective Strength Training Routine

Top 5 reasons why you need to strength train 2-4 times per week. By Beachbody Super Trainer and Creator of LIIFT4, Joel Freeman.

1. Effective Fat Loss: Weight training increases your body’s caloric burn during and after every session due to increased post exercise oxygen consumption. A cardio workout alone does not have this same effect. Strength training will also offset the negative outcomes that caloric restriction induces by telling your body to preserve and build muscle, preventing or reducing metabolic decline.

2. Muscle mass IS your metabolism—the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. After the age of 30, physically inactive people can lose 3-8% of their muscle mass each decade and can even increase after the age of 60! This results in a reduced metabolism, which makes it much easier to gain weight and result in limited physical ability to participate in daily activities like carrying grocery bags, cleaning the house, climbing a stair case, etc. Lifting weights is the most effective way to help our bodies preserve and build muscle as we age.

3. Carves Sexy Curves: Lifting maintains and builds new muscle that will help create an aesthetically pleasing hourglass shape: round shoulders, tight waist, and defined legs, perky rear, etc. While most men understand these benefits, women tend to fear becoming “bulky” if they lift weights. Women simply do not have enough natural testosterone to accomplish this. With proper diet, the result will always be sexy, tight curves.

4. Stress Relief & Improved Sleep:  Just 5 minutes of exercise can trigger anti-anxiety responses in the body. Those who regularly strength train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations as those who do not. Since stress is a common cause of sleep issues, reducing stress can also improve your ability to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and wake less often.

5. Boosts Confidence: If you’re not happy with yourself first, how can you be happy for anyone else? Self-confidence can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle and looking and feeling better is a great start to improve upon yourself, your relationships and work performance.

How to maximize your results in your sessions when you are strength training 2-4 times per week.

1. Weight training with enough intensity and selecting the right weights are essential to maximize the results. Lift 5 more pounds if your last set wasn’t challenging enough. It should be challenging! Progressive overload will keep your muscles engaged and advancing past plateaus. You are challenging your muscles, so they can grow and get stronger all while burning the maximum number of calories every workout.

2. Eat enough protein. Protein is the building block of muscle, and if you’re not getting enough your body can’t repair and build the muscle you’re asking it to after a strength training session. Try eating 0.8-1 gram of protein per pound you weigh every day.  Select high quality proteins like lean meats, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, nuts & seeds, and even tofu. If you have a difficult time consuming enough protein from foods, add a protein shake as a snack or right after your weight training session.

3. Try to get 8 hours of sleep.  Sleep is one of the times your body produces the most growth hormone, therefore the more sleep you get the faster your muscles will recover and build from weight training exercises.

4. Be consistent! Building muscle takes time. Keep lifting and challenging your muscles and your results will show.