Lifestyle Changes for the “Skinny Fat”

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The skinny-fat phenomena is one that affects up to a quarter of average-weighted people, and describes those who look fit and healthy from the outside, but actually have a number of health problems brewing beneath the surface. If you feel as though you may fall into this category, these are the lifestyle changes that you need to make in order to bring your health back up to scratch.

Healthy Oils
Many people who are skinny-fat try to stay away from oily foods, believing them to be unhealthy. While there is no denying that a greasy bag of fries will bring absolutely no benefits to your body, there are certain oils and fats that are necessary for good health. The most important of these are omega-3 fats, which can be found in highest concentrations in oily fish, such as salmons and sardines. Incorporating more of these into your diet will help to stabilize your cholesterol while reducing blood pressure.

Build Some Muscle
Building muscle mass is vital if you are skinny fat, and the best way to do this is through weight training. This encourages your body to store its lean muscle, rather than use it as fuel, and will help to add some more tone to your body. In order to support your increasing muscle mass, be sure to consume plenty of protein, whether in the form of eggs, meat, or seeds, as this will protect your newly acquired muscles.

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Support Your Natural Metabolism
While you may think that you have a naturally fast metabolism, there are many lifestyle habits that actually alter this, and it is likely that your true metabolism has been hidden for a while. Soft drinks, which contain artificial sweeteners, can interfere with the chemicals within your body, affecting your metabolism, as can sleep deprivation, which also increases sugar and carbohydrate cravings. In addition to watching your diet and ensuring you are getting sufficient sleep, you should also be incorporating regular cardio sessions into your routine, as this will boost your natural metabolism while helping with your fitness levels.

Keep Stress Levels to a Minimum
Stress is actually one of the main factors behind the skinny-fat phenomena, and while stress can often be unavoidable, there are still many ways in which you can take control over this and bring your stress levels back down. Different methods work for different people, so you will need to try out a few and see what helps when you are really stressed. Whether it may be ten minutes of meditation, taking some time to work out, or spending a couple of hours on a hobby that you are truly passionate about, keeping stress levels to a minimum will help your body to thrive.

Research has shown that being skinny-fat puts the body under incredible amounts of stress, and can actually be even worse for you than obesity. If you think that you are skinny-fat, then now is the time to implement these lifestyle changes, so that you can soon get back to your healthiest self.

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New Styles in Fitness

When it comes to working out, there are always new types of fitness classes being created, designed to keep you energized and motivated. From exciting new classes to workout trends that are set to take over, these are some new fitness styles that you simply have to try.

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Small Group Training
Up until now, those seeking workout guidance would either join a fitness group, or hire a personal trainer. Small group training is a concept that combines both of these, utilizing the environment of a fitness class but with smaller sized groups, designed to speed up the way in which you progress, and keep more of the focus on your own individual goals. Classes are usually restricted to around eight people, and each participant will be able to receive one-on-one training during each session, helping them to train much more effectively.

Free Dancing
There are countless fitness classes out there that make use of various dance moves, teaching participants structured techniques in order to ensure that everybody is getting a good workout. However, a new type of dance class seems to be increasing in popularity, and this one completely does away with all of those prescribed steps. Instead, powerful, hip-shaking music is played, and participants are encouraged to move their bodies freely to the beat, in any way that they feel comfortable. The concept of these classes arose from the idea that each body is unique, meaning that there should not be a one-size-fits-all workout class, and, with the intense amount of cardio you will be receiving from each class, you are still guaranteed a healthy session of exercise.

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Hiking Yoga
The beach yoga craze has officially been and gone, and a new sort of yoga is now taking the fitness world by storm. Hiking Yoga originated in San Francisco in 2009, but has only recently been making waves around the world. The original sessions were 90 minutes long, with instructors leading students through three miles of extraordinary nature trails, stopping along the way, at particularly scenic spots, to practice some yoga. The beauty of Hiking Yoga is, no matter where in the world you do it, you are guaranteed a different experience, and will enjoy the cardio benefits of hiking, plus the mental benefits of yoga, along with the health-boosting benefits of fresh air.

Barre Classes
Barre classes have been growing in popularity over the past couple of years, and this shows no sign whatsoever of slowing down. Incorporating the use of a ballet barre, as well as maybe a couple of ballet moves, these classes bring in techniques from many other dance and exercise styles. Borrowing methods from yoga to Pilates to functional training, barre classes have the ability to help you to exercise many different muscle groups at one time, and, when accompanied with high-energy music, is always a fun workout.

It is common knowledge that working out is vital to a healthy mind and body, and, with many more people now recognizing the importance of this, there are an abundance of fitness classes popping up everywhere. However, for those who want to try something different, choosing one of the above styles of classes, whether it may be a yoga hike in the great outdoors or working out in small groups, will guarantee you some positive results.