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Guest Post: Simple Daily Habits to Improve Your Life

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Most people are already aware of some of the things they can do to improve their lives: start going to the gym, watch what you eat, learn new hobbies, etc. But many of us already do those things. I mean, this is Physical Culture Study after all. We lift weights, do cardio, and try to attain a healthier and active body that we can be proud of.

I have been on a mission to improve all aspects of my life for a while now. I started lifting weights only a few years ago, when I was in my late 40s. I embarked on a journey at an age most people consider “too late”. And yet here I am, now in my 50s, and arguably in the best shape of my life. It wasn’t a day and night shift from being an average adult to a fit man, however. It was a gradual change, and I picked up a few simple habits on the way that I believe have helped me tremendously. Today, I share with you some of the simplest daily habits you can take to help improve your life and inch you closer to your goals.

Guest Post: How to Know How Much You’ve Progressed in Training

Fitness tracking is an integral part of training but it’s frequently ignored. There are two things you should know in order to see results: where you are at right now (in terms of fitness goals) and what you have to do to get to where you wish to be.

Once you start training, your body will slowly start to change as you eat properly and exercise. The body keeps the muscles it already has and builds them further, while the fat gets burned away. However, with a lot of cardio and crash dieting, you risk shedding both muscle and fat, eventually looking slim, but weak. In that case, something hasn’t been done right.

The History of Weightlifting Belts

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Owing to the increasing popularity of powerlifting, cross fit and olympic lifting, chances are you either own a weightlifting belt or see them on a regular basis on the gym floor. A means of bracing the abdomen, weightlifting belts are a source of controversy in the weightlifting world between those who see them as legitimate tools in the quest for heavier weights and those purists who prefer all lifts be done without any equipment whatsoever. For the majority of us, they’re simply a novelty to break out on a deadlift PR.

In today’s post, we’re going to explore the history of the weightlifting belt, from ancient mythology to the present day. Far from a new phenomenon then, the belt has long been a lifter’s friend.

Guest Post: What to give up for Lent, and how to stick to it!

If you think back to when you were a child, you will almost certainly remember giving things up for Lent – usually things such as chocolate and crisps. Now that you’re an adult, you might want to step up to the challenge again, but why just give up the same, boring old things that you usually give up?

If you’re looking for something better to choose – we bring you some great ideas about what you can give up for Lent that you might have never thought about before. With this being the case, you might find that you are able to make a very real difference to your life – which is always something to aim for!

Guest Post: Health benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

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What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia is a small, sour tropical fruit of a small to medium sized tree that grows in India and South-East Asia. It is used traditionally as a condiment, to prevent formation and to increase the release of intestinal gas. The dried fruit rind known as Malabar tamarind is traditionally used to help in the treatment of rheumatism and gastrointestinal complaints.

Roland Cziurlok, No Gimmicks Bodybuilding (1995)

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Better to train simple and smart. Judging by the reaction most people to my training philosophy, they must think that pro bodybuilders throw around superhuman weights, perform exhaustive triple drops and negatives, and spend endless hours training every day in the gym. That may describe someone else’s training routine, but I’ve developed a far simpler system that meets my needs.

I rarely vary my routine. It’s always three exercises down for four sets of 12 reps per body part. No forced reps, drop sets or other techniques. Whatever body part I’m training, that’s my routine. And I’m usually done with my workout in 45 minutes.

Workout Woes: The Dangers Of Pushing Yourself Too Hard

We’ve all heard that expression ‘no pain, no gain’ when talking about working out, haven’t we? Although it’s fine to work hard in the gym or when going for a jog, what you don’t want to do is push yourself too hard. You see pain – wherever it may be in the body – is a sign that something is wrong, so don’t ignore it. Pushing past the pain is not the answer – trust us, it will only end badly.