Careers in Fitness?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Nowadays people don’t take fitness seriously because there isn’t any career. Career can be generated in the field of fitness.
As a fitness trainer many jobs are available. At gyms and private fitness center they usually require trainers to guide them.
While doing events and seminar related to fitness there theses fitness trainers could be used. While camps they can be useful.
Not just in India also outside India. Many countries are requiring large amount of fitness trainers and they are ready to pay large amount for it.
If you keen on health and fitness and enjoy meeting different people, this job can be ideal for you. To become a fitness trainer, you could complete a recognized qualification before starting work, or you could start as an assistant instructor and complete on the job training.

For a fitness instructor, you will need to be outgoing and friendly. You’ll also need to motivate and inspire people. As a fitness instructor, you would lead and organize group and individual exercise programs to help people to improve their health and fitness.
Your work could involve a range of activities or you could specialize in a particular one. These could include keeping fit, aquacise (training in water), weight training, yoga, Pilates.

Basically a fitness trainer jobs include the following things: Fitness assessments, consultations and introduction sessions for new clients, demonstrating activities for clients to follow, supervising clients to make sure that they are exercising safely and effectively.

To become a fitness instructor you can either complete a nationally recognized qualification through a college or a private training provider before starting work, or start as an assistant with a sports center or gym and complete work based traing to qualify.

Is it safe to exercise in Pregnancy?

From the Workshop by Dr Ruchira Tendolkar-BFY technical director
Edited:  Kartikeya Chaturvedi

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Scientific studies consistently confirm the numerous and outstanding benefits of exercise during pregnancy both for the mother and her developing baby. These benefits are now widely recognized throughout the medical, birthing and fitness communities

Pregnancy affords a unique window of opportunity for women to actively engage in health enhancing activities. Maternal concern for her baby increases the mother’s motivation to form better health habits during pregnancy. Physically active women are more likely to adopt other healthy lifestyle choices. Good habits established at this time can last a lifetime and provide profound benefits for the mother, baby and other family members.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY

  1. More efficient delivery of blood and oxygen to the heart & brain enhancing concentration and energy levels
  2. Helps manage or prevent gestational diabetes
  3. Controls weight gain in an effective manner with all the physical benefits of exercise
  4. Enhances body image, confidence and self awareness
  5. Improves posture and results in fewer aches and pains
  6. Aids in quicker post partum recovery
  7. Decreases incidence of falls
  8. Reduces stress, anxiety and insomnia, imparting an overall improvement in sleeping pattern, lowering risk for depression
  9. A larger placenta develops which increases the capacity to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, nutrients and waste products.
  10. Increases the cardiovascular capacity of the baby

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING LABOUR AND DELIVERY

  1. Shorter first and second stages of labour
  2. Enhanced pain tolerance
  3. Increased stamina for labour and delivery with lesser perceived exertion during labour
  4. Lower incidences of intervention during labour
  5. Good pelvic muscle tone and flexibility resulting in lesser chance of tearing/episiotomies

HEALTHY MOMS RAISE HEALTHY CHILDREN!

Healthy active women are positive role models and are more likely to pass on their healthy lifestyles to their children. They also give birth to leaner, stronger, healthier babies, who may even have better motor functioning and cardiovascular capacity as adults

From the Workshop by Dr Ruchira Tendolkar-BFY technical director

Steps to become Male fitness trainer

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Male Fitness Model Tip #1 – Be willing to sacrifice Strength for Looks
Nobody makes a New Year’s resolution to lose 20 pounds off of their bench press over the next year. But when you’re main focus is to get cut, sometimes you’ll lose a little bit of strength in the process. This being said, do what it takes to achieve your overall goal by putting in extra cardio and eating clean – rather than eating to add bulk. Also, forget about impressing other guys in the gym by lifting heavy when you may need to scale back some instead.

Male Fitness Model Tip #2 – Up your Anaerobic Threshold
At the risk of sounding overly-obvious, I’d like to say that you need to increase your current level of cardio in order to achieve a fitness model physique. However, you don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to go from walking 1 mile daily to running 5 miles a day; instead, you need to steadily increase your anaerobic threshold (AT). Expanding on anaerobic threshold, this refers to your body’s ability to remove lactic acid. Simply put, a higher AT level enables you to work out harder, longer, and recover quicker the next day. Interval training on the treadmill or at an outdoor track is a great way to increase your AT, while there are various other forms of hard exercise that can do the job too.

Male Fitness Model Tip #3 – Strongly consider doing Pilates
The mere mention of this tip might have you rolling your eyes while thinking about the middle-aged, minivan-driving moms who huddle up in posh gyms for Pilates class. Moving past the wimpy stereotype, Pilates is actually a pretty solid workout routine that builds lean muscle, flexibility, and endurance throughout the body. In addition to the obvious physical benefits that Pilates offers, it also relieves stress and helps increase agility. So if you’re truly looking for a new type of exercise that challenges you in unique ways, check out a class sometime. You might even meet some non-middle-aged, mini-driving chicks in the process!

Male Fitness Model Tip #4 – Gradually reduce your Caloric Intake
It goes without saying that a great way to shed a few pounds involves cutting your calories. But do keep in mind that drastically reducing your food intake is by no means a shortcut to getting shredded abs. Sure it might make sense mathematically that, by eating far fewer calories, you’ll lose far more weight. But your body’s metabolic process doesn’t work like a calculator. Instead, it will go into starvation mode when you cut up to 1,000 or more calories out of your daily eating schedule; when this happens, your body stores nearly everything that’s eaten in an effort to maintain homeostasis. Case in point, start with dropping 400-500 calories off your daily diet and go from there.

Male Fitness Model Tip #5: Drink Water….and then drink some more
Sometimes it amazes me how many athletes hit the gym regularly and constantly eat clean, yet forget one very important step in their routine: drinking water. First off, water helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, which, in turn, powers you through tough workouts. Secondly, water plays a huge role in metabolizing all of the protein you eat – or at least should be eating. So rather than opting for sugary juices or soda, be sure to keep water on hand at all times.

Choosing a fitness trainer. Male or Female?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Getting in shape is the goal of many people all over the world. While some of them can do it alone, others need the help of a personal trainer. When you are in the process of choosing a trainer, you may wonder whether it is in your best interest to choose a male or a female. This article will explain why the latter is the best choice.

From A Female Perspective:
Going to the gym is something many women dread, especially after having children. It can be hard to face yourself in the shape you are in, which means it is so much harder to feel comfortable in front of others. Hiring a female personal trainer would make things a bit easier since they may be able to relate. Since the comfort level may be higher, this will increase the chances of you getting the most from your workout. There may be some exercises that will make you feel awkward and you may feel more comfortable discussing this with someone of the same sex.

The female body is not built the same as a man’s, which means that you cannot expect the same exercises to work for both sexes. While there are many male trainers out there that can help you just as much as a female, you may not feel confident enough in this theory to take a chance. The reality is that a female trainer will never second guess herself about the training she is giving you since she most likely employs the same methods as part of her own routine to stay fit. Again. it is important to know that males can be competent in this arena, yet it only makes sense to hire a female for this particular job.

From A Male Perspective:
Have you ever gone to the gym and felt inadequate because all of the men in the room are fit than you are? This is a good reason for you to consider a female personal trainer. While you may think it can affect a man to have a woman whip him into shape, this is a lot better than feeling silently defeated because your body is nowhere near as toned as the one of your male trainer. Yes, females can be just as fit, but there is that part of the male psyche that can accept that easier than the thought of being shown up by another guy.

Going to the gym is something that many guys look forward to, yet there are others that dread the entire idea. Sometimes it is a task to gain enough motivation to get you in the gym and work out. If you have a female personal trainer, you may feel an overwhelming need to impress her. Obviously, this should not be the main reason for hiring a female trainer. You should hire a trainer based on a number of different factors, mostly if there’s a good fit between you and the trainer. Many men find female personal trainers to be a bit less intimidating than their male counterparts, so they can feel free to let her know if they are doing something that is too much for him to handle. When training with another man, it is likely you will end up trying to grin and bear it.
There are several strong arguments that prove that it may be best for you to hire a female personal trainer. If you have any doubts, you can always try a few sessions to see if you like it. While this is not a decision for everyone, many who follow this advice will find that they are much more satisfied with the results.

As mentioned above, the process of hiring a trainer should be done with care – whether you hire a male or female trainer, make sure they have the proper credentials, experience, and qualifications.

Fitness for College Students

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

College students, especially online college students, have packed schedules. Classes, employment, and family or social obligations quickly fill up your calendar. It seems cruel to add another obligation to the list, but here’s one to consider: exercise. Scientific evidence is piling up that shows regular exercise provides important cognitive benefits that could make your scholarly efforts a little less taxing.
Exercise Stimulates Brain Cell Development
Recent human and animal studies show that regular aerobic exercise has profound effects on the brain. A recent New York Times article, “How Exercise Could Lead To A Better Brain” , describes experiments performed on mice at the University of Illinois. Mice who ran regularly on a wheel had more neurons—brain cells—than those who did not.
Also, mice who ran regularly had more complex connections between neurons, meaning they were able to access their brain cells more flexibly. Finally, the mice who ran regularly did better on cognitive tests, such as completing a maze. There’s evidence that this direct relationship also exists in humans.
Exercise Improves Memory Retention
The hippocampus is a structure in the brain that controls the formation, retention, and recall of memories. In most adults, the hippocampus starts to shrink slightly starting in the late 20s, leading to memory loss over time. Evidence from a 2011 study, recounted in the New York Times article mentioned above, shows that exercise prevents this shrinkage and may even promote regrowth.
A group of senior citizens were randomly assigned to a stretching program or a walking program for a year. After the year was over, the stretching group’s brains were scanned, and their hippocampuses had shrunken according to normal expectations. In the walking group, however, the hippocampus had grown. For college students, the implication is clear: regular exercise could benefit the parts of your brain that help you recall information.
Exercise Increases Focus and Concentration
In 2009, a Canadian school for learning-disabled and ADHD children took part in an experiment that involved having students exercise for 20 minutes on treadmills or exercise bikes before starting their math class. Teachers noted a marked improvement in students’ ability to concentrate, participate, and retain information during the class after they had exercised. Inappropriate behavior also improved in the group that exercised.
Additional experiments of this type, such as those taking place at Naperville Central High near Chicago, IL, suggest that three 20-minute sessions a week is the minimum dose needed to reap the concentration-enhancing benefits of exercise.

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Fitness on Weekends

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Blog by: Kartikeya Chaturvedi
The weekends are very indolent at times and specially our beloved Sunday. After a week’s long working schedule comes the weekend, where the normal working class plans to relax and remove stress. Some opt to arise late, some plan picnics, or even at times an informal get together. There are million ways today through which you can rock your weekends. The food and entertainment industry have created such a market that will lure you with their charm. So how does one keep a check on their fitness on weekends? Let’s find out:

  1. Treat the weekend as 2 normal days- wake up early
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    The more you think about the weekend which is approaching, the more your planning goes wrong and then that results in planning things which aren’t fit for your health. Therefore treat all 7 days of the week as equal and do not alienate the Saturdays and Sundays. This will help you plan better and start your day with the schedule your body is used to. Treating the body like a temple for two days a week isn’t a good idea is it?

  2. Try some recreational Activities

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    Fitness is not just about doing exercises. Fitness is an overall composure of the body. Since the weekends provide some spare time, try to indulge in some recreational activities. This will let your mind relax and keep the work-stress away for at least two days. Not only this, you may find a new passion or master in some activity while doing the recreational activities which will benefit you and add something new to your cap. How interesting !

  3. Talk to your old friends
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    Usually we make friends at the place we work or study and forget to be in touch with the friends we made at school or college or the last place you worked. Talking to your old friends is a great way to realise that how worthy you are to someone. This helps one to be motivated and start afresh in the regular week.  So the next time a Sunday comes, recharge that mobile phone and give a ping to an old buddy- see the difference !

  4. Don’t skip your workout on a weekend
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    This is a rule which every fitness-freak knows. If you are irregular with the workouts, nothing’s going to work. So apply the rule of early to bed early to rise and push yourself to workout at least for 30 minutes if not an hour.

  5. Do not put limits on your fun-but don’t be limitless
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    We all want to enjoy the weekends, and we know that. Hence, do not also stop yourself from enjoying your time. Keep the work away, and enjoy the life. Remember your life on this planet is not confined to just doing work. Time is running out, keep the work-life balance put !

We do not want you to miss out on your weekend, but we also do not want you to miss out on your fitness. Just choose the right way and all will be good. After all- All is Well !

BFY Sports and Fitness brings to you different courses and workshops throughout India in select cities. Try to figure out the best fitness course or workshop for you and start making your weekend fitness goals from today
Visit: www.bfysportsnfitness.com

Benefits of Fitness Bands

Resistance bands are made of strong, thin rubber with handles at the end, and come in a variety of resistances depending on your fitness level. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise — chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, triceps extensions, bicep curls, and even squats — without the need for heavy weights.

If you’ve never tried resistance bands, or you’re new to them, you may be surprised at how much benefit you can get from what is essentially a reinforced rubber band, but as is often the case, the simplest tools are often the very best for your health.

10 Benefits of Adding Resistance Bands to Your Workouts

  1. Incredibly Cost-Effective

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Resistance bands are inexpensive and can be purchased for under $10. Even more extensive kits, which may include DVDs and other exercise equipment, can be found for under $40, including Kathy Smith’s Stay Firm Upper Body and Core Kit, which comes with a “figure 8” resistance tube that is specifically designed to challenge your core muscles.

  1. Adaptable for Multiple Fitness Levels

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Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, resistance bands are for you. They come in a variety of resistances, including light, medium and heavy, and you can further adjust the intensity of your resistance-band workouts by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use multiple bands at once to increase the challenge.

  1. Used with Familiar Exercises

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You can often use familiar strength training moves with resistance bands, which means you don’t need to learn a complicated new routine. For instance, resistance bands can replace the weights you use for biceps curls, or can increase the intensity of your push-ups.

  1. Whole-Body Exercises

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Resistance bands can be used for a comprehensive, full-body workout that challenges virtually every major muscle group in your body.

  1. Save on Storage Space

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Resistance bands take up virtually no space to store them, which mean you can use them at home even if you have very little extra space. When your workout is done, simply stash them in a drawer until your next session.

  1. Excellent for Travelling

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Resistance bands are lightweight and easily portable. You can stash them in your suitcase when travelling and use them to get a good workout right in your hotel room.

  1. Add Variety

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Your muscles quickly adapt to movements you do often, which is why adding variety to your workouts is key for challenging your muscles. Resistance bands can be alternated with free weights and exercise machines for ongoing variety.

  1. Easy to Use Alone

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It’s not a good idea to lift heavy weights without an exercise buddy, but resistance bands can be safely used on your own. They’re ideal for exercising any time, at home or on the road.

  1. Can Be Combined with Other Equipment

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Resistance bands are so versatile that you can even use them along with weights, allowing you to get the benefits of two types of exercises at once.

  1. An Effective Workout

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Resistance bands are incredibly simple, but they’re also extremely effective at working your muscles. Additionally, resistance-band training can help you boost stamina, flexibility, range of motion and more.

Take a look at some brilliant courses, and facilities provided by BFY Sports & Fitness to make you fit and stay healthy:

visit : http://www.bfysportsnfitness.com

Blog by-Suryakant Tripathi.

Use of Fitness App

Need to get into better shape, and you don’t want to be left behind. Thankfully, your mobile device can help you become a fitter and healthier you with great health and fitness apps that cost next to nothing. You don’t have to blow through your savings on gym memberships and personal trainer fees if you know how to use your smart phone as a training tool.

Easily Keep Track of Your Progress.

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You want to know how far you’ve come in your personal training efforts, and your smart phone can help you track your progress easier than ever before. Great apps like Strava and Run Keeper use your phone’s GPS to track your mileage and speed whenever you go out running or cycling; giving you can automatically generated progress report. Use apps like these to monitor your progress and share your results with friends to stay motivated while you work out.
Get Free Workout Ideas.

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If you don’t have the time or funds to hit the gym and work with a personal trainer, it can be difficult to plan a workout routine that really works. Luckily, your smart phone can help. Nike Training Club, Vito go and other similar apps offer you tons of workout ideas depending on your current level of fitness and desired workout intensity. Forget about spending all your money on fitness books and professional routines. These apps can help you plan the perfect workout to achieve your fitness goals.

Set Goals That You Can Achieve.

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When you start an exercise routine, it’s important to set realistic goals that you can achieve without killing yourself. Going from a totally sedentary lifestyle to ultimate fitness in 30 days is not a realistic plan for most people, but apps like Couch to 5K can help you set and achieve reasonable goals according to a tested time frame. Couch to 5K guides you through the process of transforming from a couch potato to a 5K runner in 9 weeks, and then ramps up the intensity to help you cover longer distance runs. You’ll stay positive and motivated by setting realistic goals and achieving those using apps like this.

Carry Your Own Yoga Studio.

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Yoga is one of the world’s most popular exercises for developing strength and flexibility, but classes can be too expensive and time consuming for many people. Pocket Yoga is a great app that gives you instructions and diagrams to help you learn a dynamite yoga routine on your own time, wherever you prefer to work out. Carry the yoga studio in your pocket, using great apps like this to design your own workout without the price tag and commitment of regular classes.

Monitor Your Diet Every Day.

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Diet is an important part of fitness, and your smart phone can help you monitor your diet every day. Whether you’re cutting calories and fat or focusing on high protein foods to lose weight, there’s an app that can help you track your food intake. Weight Watchers Mobile and iWeight Deluxe are just two of the many apps that can help you track your diet to stay on the path toward total fitness. Try them out today and see what they can do for your fitness routine.

Take a look at some brilliant courses, and facilities provided by BFY Sports & Fitness to make you fit and stay healthy:

visit : http://www.bfysportsnfitness.com

Blog by- Suryakant Tripathi.

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