Monday, November 9, 2020

Some exercises for upper body toning without weights.

Living the college life truly presents you with limited options to do the things you want to do. However, in the case of freshman biology student Garry Y. Itkin, this has not stopped him from doing one of the things he is passionate about, which is fitness. In this blog, he shares some exercises that can help you tone your upper body, without using any equipment. 

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1. Push-up Push-ups are very popular for those who really want a good workout on the major muscle groups of the body, but with a limited space to do it. This particularly strengthens the shoulders, abdominal muscles, and the chest. For beginners who may find this a tad too challenging, decrease the resistance and use your knees as your fulcrum instead of your feet, suggests Garry Y. Itkin.

2. Plank The plank is simple enough to understand because all you really need to do is use up the same space as you would in doing pushups, and hold your position while remaining as motionless as a wooden plank. However, this is not simple to undergo because it really challenges your core. That’s what makes it effective in sculpting and strengthening your abdominal muscles. 

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3. Triceps box dip This exercise specifically targets your triceps, shoulders, and chest. Sitting on the floor, you can start with your back facing a step or a chair with your feet extended forward. Place your hands on top of the chair with your fingers pointing towards your body, and gently lift yourself up. This will surely tone your arms perfectly in the long run, shares Garry Y. Itkin.

The simple fact is, you don’t really need a lot of space or equipment to be at the top of your fitness game. What’s more important is your commitment to go through the motions with these simple upper body exercises.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Budgeting your finances in college for better and healthier living.

     Many young adults discover in college that newfound independence can be costly. They might end up spending their allowances on non-essentials like junk food and end up shorting their own wallet. If this is your or someone you know, the good news is managing your finances is a habit anybody can learn. Here are following things you can do to start being financially secure while staying in school according to Garry Y. Itkin.


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The first thing you need to learn is categorizing items into needs versus wants. When we say need, it’s something essential to living like food, clothing, or housing. As for wants, these are things that are nice to have but are ultimately things you can do without like a Netflix subscription. Once you know what those are, you can start zeroing on things that you must absolutely have room for in your budget according to Garry Y. Itkin.

Now you need to make an actual budget which is a laundry list of items you need to spend on for a particular period of time alongside their costs. This will help you ensure you’ve covered all your bases while tracking how much money you have left. This will show you if you’re financially healthy or you have to tighten your belt until you get your next round of finances as per Garry Y. Itkin.

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Of course, it won’t be all roses all the time. If you’re working with less money that you really need, will need to sacrifice spending on luxury items like eating out or subscribing to video streaming services. You’ll have to make sure you stop spending and recalculate your finances accordingly. Just divide your money and mindfully live according to your daily limits.

Budgeting can be difficult but if you have a lot of self-discipline, you’ll get by and manage.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How hard workouts can benefit the mind.

 Among Garry Y. Itkin’s favorite things about going hard on workouts are the mental benefits it carries for him. He explains that these benefits aren’t more evident than when he does HIIT and CrossFit routines. 

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Here are some examples of how hard workouts can benefit the mind.

Lowered stress levels: Any workout is a great stress-reliever. However, Garry Y. Itkin notes that the more intense the exercise, the more a person can release their pent-up stress. Hard workouts also cause the brain to release endorphins, which puts a person in a much more positive frame of mind.

Better sleep: Mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and the like all affect a person’s sleep, which in turn affects their physical and mental well-being. Hard workouts have the power to tire a person out to the point that they will be able to catch some much-needed sleep. 

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Increased self-appreciation: Garry Y. Itkin mentions that one of the most pleasant benefits that people received from regularly doing HIIT and CrossFit routines is developing a healthy appreciation for themselves and their bodies. With all the positive physical results, people who do these hard workouts see themselves in a different light, with much more confidence.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CrossFit and Intermittent Fasting: How effective are they?

Garry Y. Itkin is all about fitness and health, especially in the context of college life. He shares some of the things he’s learned in blogs.

For today, he looks at two incredibly popular fitness movements that have gained momentum over the past two decades – CrossFit and intermittent fasting, or IF. He has seen a number of people who have combined both and have showed spectacular results. 

 
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However, Garry Y. Itkin has become overly conscious of the sustainability of it all. After all, as far as fitness goes, if something cannot be done for the rest of one’s life, can it really be worth doing? For him, effectivity is connected to sustainability.

CrossFit is quite intense and extreme and may not be good on a person’s joints when done every day. But when done three to four times a week, it can be a good replacement for ordinary cardio and weight training. So, is CrossFit sustainable, Garry Y. Itkin notes that if one can afford it, the answer is very much so. 
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Intermittent fasting on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. While it may be effective in quick weight loss, Garry Y. Itkin explains that IF is by no means sustainable. Not to eat for over half of the day has obvious obstacles such as scheduling and the like. What he suggests is to do IF on a cycle basis, while doing CrossFit regularly.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mindset: The other half of a sustainable fit lifestyle.

In all his years studying and learning about the important and finer points of fitness, Garry Y. Itkin has come to believe several undeniable truths. One of the most important of these truths is that in sustaining a fit lifestyle, one's mindset is just as important as anything else.

Here are some things people who are on their way to their health goals have to remember about their mindset.

Overcoming the “I just don’t wanna do it” mentality


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When people don't want to exercise, they will come up with almost every excuse known to man. They don't have the time. They don't have the equipment. They feel like they're coming down with something. Whatever it is, the root of these reasons is that they simply don't want to work out.

If a person wants to, they will find ways to overcome the hurdles. This is part of the mindset of people who successfully transform themselves and sustain their healthy lifestyle.



Listening to one’s body

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Like many of life's endeavors, safety still takes priority in sustaining a healthy lifestyle. What does this mean when cultivating the proper mindset? One should always consider their limit and listen to their body. If the body says it had enough for the day, then it's time to rest.

Garry Y. Itkin explains that there is no shame in calling it a day and continuing tomorrow or the next scheduled workout session. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pandemic preparations: Improving lung health.

Garry Y. Itkin continues to do whatever he can do to help in the battle against COVID-19. Today, he shares some very important tips on activities that people can do to improve overall lung and heart health, which is key, especially given the fact that the virus targets both these vital organs.

Regular cardio


Even if it’s just jogging in place, raising one’s heart rate can do wonders for both the lungs and heart. Cardio exercises promote the excellent circulation of both blood and oxygen. Garry Y. Itkin mentions that people can go slow at first, especially those who are doing cardio exercises for the first time. Then they can gradually increase the intensity, and maybe even do full-on high-intensity interval training, or HIIT when they’ve ramped up their fitness levels.

Breathing exercises

Several breathing exercises found on the internet are pretty effective, Garry Y. Itkin notes. While breathing exercises may seem mundane at first, because it’s something people do every second of every minute, they require effort from the lungs. They expand and contract and strengthen the lungs. Inhaling steam while doing these exercises makes it twice as effective.



Sleep

Sleep may probably be the most overlooked activity in health and fitness. Garry Y. Itkin explains that in sleep, the body repairs itself. The lack of a good night’s rest can have negative effects on the body that can range from mild to severe. At least seven hours of sleep should do the trick.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Can a regular fitness routine have a significant impact on chronic diseases?




For today’s blog, Garry Y. Itkin discusses how significant an impact a regular fitness routine could have on the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases.
Chronic diseases are diseases that stay with a person, and given the wrong circumstance could worsen over time. Diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and muscle and joint pain are some examples of these chronic diseases.


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Fitness routines, on the other hand, range from weightlifting and running to doing sports and even simple walking. The concept with regular fitness routines is to keep oneself active enough to elevate the heart rate and boost metabolism.

Aerobic exercise is an effective fitness routine that helps those who suffer from heart disease and diabetes, as it is known to improve blood circulation and aid in weight loss – two crucial factors in the battle against these two chronic diseases. Aerobic exercises have also been known to increase lung strength, which is key for people with asthma.
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As for people with muscle and joint pain, swimming is one of the best exercises since it is both low-impact and therapeutic to the body.

However, whatever exercise a person struggling with a chronic disease chooses to do, Garry Y. Itkin mentions that it is still always prudent to consult with a physician first to get clearance.