Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain.

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Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain!
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Our core is made up of several different parts:
1⃣Abodminal muscles – rectus and transverse abdominus + our internal & external obliques
2️⃣Upper back muscles – Latissimus dori
3️⃣Lower back muscles – Extensors & quadratus lumborum
4️⃣Psoas muscle – connects your torso and your legs
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When we do everyday movements, our core muscles contract in order to help support our spine. Our core plays a role in both stabilizing and resisting movement.
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So what are some of the best ab exercises to perform to actually work your core & not place so much stress on your lower back?
1️⃣ Modified curl up – On your back, you are doing a 1/2 crunch. You are only lifting up your neck and head, not your entire body. This will avoid repetitive flexion of your lumbar spine.
2️⃣ Stir the pot – Planking on the stability ball with added movement in your arms.
3️⃣ Side plank – Great stabilizing exercise to work your obliques
4️⃣ Bird dog – Another stabilizing focused exercise to strengthen and stiffen the core.
Instead of stretching your lower back when you have pain, try stretching the muscles around your hips (hamstrings, hip flexors). Tip – It’s important to know that the discs in our back are very sensitive in the morning as they have extra fluid in them at this time, so it is crucial to avoid bending forward first thing in the morning!
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COMMENT BELOW! 👇🏻What are some of your favourite ab exercises?

How To Loose Fat Without Cardio?

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Are you someone that hates cardio? I used to think I needed to do mind-numbing amounts of cardio to lose fat. Follow 👉 @adviceonfitness
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I used to strength train 5x week AND do 30-60 minutes of cardio every. single. day 🤭

🤯I was not only beating my body into the ground & not giving it proper rest, but I was miserable.

👀I hated how I looked, I hated the DREADmill and I genuinely thought that doing more & more cardio would change my body.

🖐🏼Fast forward five years… and the only cardio I do is the stuff I enjoy. LOTS of walking, a bike rides outside, an occasional run, dancing in between sets & some boxing/metcon work!

Now I strength train 4x a week & enjoy hobbies that get me moving & focus on walking a shit ton.

👙Here’s what you need to prioritize (in order of importance for fat loss):

✅ Calorie Deficit: Eating less calories than your body needs is the only way to lose fat
✅ Eat Enough Protein: to maintain muscle mass when you’re dieting (so you get toned and don’t turn “skinny fat”) and to recover from workouts
✅ Lift Weights: 2-5x a week! (3-4 is a sweet spot for most people)
✅ 10k steps / day!
✅ Move!! Finding active hobbies you enjoy will keep you consistent and make it a lot more fun.
✅ Patience & Positivity: cause life is crazy & things take a hell of a lot longer than you want them to.

🤸🏼‍♀️Now if you do enjoy cardio, then GO FOR IT! But if hanging out on a piece of cardio equipment leaves you bored & you just genuinely don’t enjoy it, don’t do it!

Cardio is a tool, but diet is QUEEN for fat loss 👸🏼

☝🏼Find what works for you, your lifestyle, habits, & preferences. Not what works for Carol or Karen, but what works for YOU!
⠀ Afterall, this is YOUR journey. Tag a friend below who needs to cool it on the cardio 😎 – Adviceonfitnes

Balancing Your Hormones.

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Balancing Your Hormones!
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Hormonal Imbalances need to be addressed sooner rather than later as many health concerns can arise from this.
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Some tips:
1️⃣ Eat more healthy FATS such as avocados, grass fed butter and nuts/seeds – Your body needs fats to make hormones. Consuming a diet higher in fat can also help reduce inflammation and lead to weight loss.
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2️⃣ Check in with your emotions – Your emotions and hormones go hand in hand. When you balance out your hormones, you also balance your emotions and vice versa. Too much stress, feeling uptight, upset or whatever emotion it may be directly affects hormone levels.
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3️⃣ Consider which medications you are taking – Although some people MUST take medication, you need to consider the pros and cons. Many medications can help in one area but have negative consequences towards your hormones. Birth control and antibiotics are some examples.
Birth control for an example can cause acne issues. This is something that I have dealt with. I began getting acne on my jaw line and my neck, which is ALL hormonal. I did not make the connection until I stopped the pill and my acne cleared.
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4️⃣ Get more sleep – Your appetite is affected by how much sleep you get. Not getting adequate sleep can cause your appetite to increase due to your hunger hormones being irregular. Getting enough sleep also allows your cortisol levels to be stable so you are more energized and your body can recover & repair properly.
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75% Of Your Body Is Water And Not Fat.

Our bodies are not mostly composed of fat, they’re mostly composed of water. Therefore, most of the weight changes we see from day to day are water changes, not fat change.
A few reasons you see fluctuations on the scale:
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▪️Recent increase in cardio (increases blood volume). This is a biggie, can add up to 5 lbs in some people, just plasma + new red blood cells, & can cause a month-long stall in scale weight.
▪️Recent increase in weight-lifting (sore muscles retain water); eventually there will also be muscle gain, though that is a slower process (weeks)
▪️Any soreness, injury or bruising (causes inflammation = local water retention)
▪️Illness (ditto)
▪️Change in timing of dinner to a later time than usual, and/or addition of a late night snack even if you ate the same total # of daily calories. The timing alone has an effect. Later eating means that the gut will still be holding “gut water” used in the digestive process during the next morning’s weigh-in. Even a 1 hr later dinner time can affect scale weight the next morning
▪️Single unusually large meal within past 5 days – large meals take multiple days to digest, during which not only the meal itself, but also a mass of water equivalent to ~2x the meal’s weight, will all be parked in your gut for digestion.
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▪️Eating more carbs after a period of not having had many carbs (causes liver & muscles to increase glycogen stores; each 1g of glycogen is structurally packaged with 4g water so you end up with water weight)
▪️change in dietary fiber (affects “poop weight”)
▪️change in pooping frequency (obvious reasons)
▪️Recent exposure to heat (hot yoga, exercising in heat)
▪️ Menstrual cycle / birth control – about 1/3 of women have noticeable swings in weight during the week before menstruation / week of menstruation.
▪️increase in sodium intake
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In short, trust your calorie deficit. If you are tracking your food accurately and are really eating at a caloric deficit, there is no way NOT to be losing fat. The fat loss is just hidden on the scale by the myriad causes of fluctuations in water & digestive waste.

Should You Be Doing Keto?


It seems like everyone is jumping on the keto band wagon lately. They all awesome that keto is the end all be all to all your weight loss struggles. 😑⠀

Well me being someone that did keto for 2-3 years I’m here to tell you that keto ❗️IS NOT❗️the end all be all. And ❗️IS NOT❗️ something you should marry. ⠀

Can everyone benefit from a period of ketosis? Yes of corse. Re-sensitizing your body to glucose and carbohydrates can be very beneficial. ⠀

But unless you have a serious medical issue that ketosis can help mid agate or fix your ketogenic is not the holy grail. ⠀

If your an athlete, hard training individual, or someone that does CrossFit, your most likely not gonna be doing yourself any good. ⠀

These training modalities are glycolytic in nature so they will need carbohydrates for optimal performance. ⠀

Some bodybuilding can be performed on lower carbs and maybe even a TKD (targeted keto diet) approach. ⠀

But I won’t classify that as keto. It’s more just carb cycling. Or targeted carbohydrate intake. ⠀

True ketosis is the elimination of carbs for an extended period of time to make your body switch metabolic functions and burn fat for fuel. ⠀

Ketosis has its place in the right application… ⠀

☝🏼 if your someone that is pretty sedentary and doesn’t training for hard or very little. ⠀

✌🏼 If your someone will blood sugar dis regulation and crashes from eating a heavy carb meal. ⠀

But in any other situation I could argue that a balanced diet with optimal amounts of protein accounted for will yelled you just as much benefit if not more. ⠀

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☝🏼 protein is the most thermogenic food. ⠀

✌🏼 carbohydrates have the biggest impact on increasing metabolic activity and athletic performance.⠀
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