My mind is at ease when I am at the gym. I wish I could transfer that to everyone else, but I can't, all I can do is encourage people to keep going until they get to the same spot I am at. Yes it took a while. First the gym had to become a habit, then it had to become second nature, but once that happened it was a way of life. Like all other ways of life, it opened me up to a place where I could think clearly, feel better, and even despite all the stress I put om my muscles, relax.
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
Stress can be defined as anything that causes stress on the body's physical or mental resources. Working out is a great way to reduce your levels of stress caused by day to day living. Lifting weights is a stress on the body that is enjoyable and takes pressures off the other stresses you are undergoing; it is a type of stress you will like to include in your everyday life. Although stress has many negative connotations, the stress which you will undergo in the gym is (almost) enjoyable and, if controlled properly will invoke a positive response in both your physical and mental fitness. If you are mentally or physically stressed in your day to day life away from the gym, it will be more difficult for your body to respond with positive muscle growth. Reducing your levels of stress related to your emotional, financial and work related stresses (as well as others) is essential to maximize gains made in the gym. At the same time, bodybuilding is a method of reducing these stresses, and in very little time with some hard work and dedication you will see your stress levels decrease after taking up recreational bodybuilding.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Leg Lift (Roman Chair)
Target Muscles: Rectus abdominis (especially the lower part), Hip flexors
1. Rest yourself on your forearms and grasp the handles for support.
2. Your arms should be fully extended and your lower back slightly arched.
1. Take your legs slightly behind your body.
2. Keeping your legs almost straight, exhale and raise them upwards as high as possible. Ideally they should come just above the level of your hips. Focus on curling your hips towards your rib cage.
3. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return your legs to the starting position.
• Do not swing your knees up or use the momentum of your legs - use the strength of your abdominals to move your hips and legs.
• For maximal results, raise your legs to approximately 30-45° to the horizontal. The abs shorten only when your legs go past parallel- below this point, they hold a static contraction as the hip flexors raise the legs.
• To make the exercise easier, bend your knees to reduce the resistance