3 Fitness Apps to Help Keep You in Shape

Health is wealth. This proverb is pretty old and true. However, everyone is health conscious these days and taking it very seriously now. If you are fit and healthy, you can do anything in the world. The new way of tracking fitness and health is using mobile apps. These apps are well designed
and have several features, which facilitates tracking fitness.

There are thousands of apps claiming to be the best. You might wonder, which one to choose. We have shortlisted three apps for you and described their features below.

  1. Jefit

Jefit boasts of over 7 million registered users. It has over the top features that have helped it to increase the user base greatly. It has excellent analytics, which helps you to track every fitness activity. One of its major features is Curated Fitness Tracker, which you can customize for yourself. This app also has well-crafted workout HD videos and weekly reports, which lets you know the progress of your workouts.

The app is available in paid and free version as well. The free version has features like Workout Routine Planner, Training Log Tracker, Body Stat Tracking, Social Component, Exercise Database, which are more than enough for a beginner. The elite paid plan has more advanced features.  It is available in both play store and app store.

  1. Fitbit Coach

As the name sounds, this app works as a great coach. It tracks all of your activities, food, weight, and sleep to help you check your fitness. It has its own radio stations giving tips on health and fitness. The audio coaching of the app is its most powerful asset. It keeps you motivated and teaches you on every step you move. The app also has multiple trainers and activity levels. You can also pick from indoor and outdoor workouts.  This is a premium app.  It is available in both play store and app store.

  1. MapMyFitness

This is an all in one fitness app. It not only helps you to stay fit but also tracks your nutrition level and the food you eat. Download this app in any of the devices and it will start to work for you. It is also a social network friendly so you can challenge your friends and other known persons, which keeps you motivated. It also has training plans and tutorials for you to choose as your training guide.  It is available in both play store and app store.


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Coping with Stress at the Office

Work stress is probably one of the leading causes of mental health issues, as shown by APA’s Stress in America survey where most participants rated work as the main source of their chronic stress. The worst part about it, is that there’s very little that can be done about it. There is a high opportunity cost associated with trying for a new job since it can uproot your life and even then, there’s no guarantee that things will be any better.

However, chronic stress can be very crippling and overwhelming. Stress can make you gain weight, lead to depression and a host of other physical and mental health issues. Once it gets bad, it is very easy to fall into a downward spiral.

So, if we can’t eliminate stress by getting a new job, there should be ways to handle that stress. As people handle stress very differently, there are a myriad of ways people cope with it. Some methods include:

1. Getting mental health support

Many organizations and businesses have recently started realizing the value of the mental health for their employees’ productivity. So, your employer may have solutions in place to help you get the resources you need to deal with stress. It’s best to ask your employer what options they have in place. You may be able to get free counselling or therapy sessions and if the stress is very crippling, your employers may make arrangements made for you to have more flexible working (such as working from home for some time).

2. Lead a healthy lifestyle

This is an obvious tip but leading a healthy lifestyle can drastically reduce your risk. Eating fried unhealthy foods can cause inflammation in the body and affect your mood.

Also, exercising regularly increase your dopamine levels which can reduce stress. From a psychological perspective, a healthy lifestyle can distract you from your problems and potentially help you expand your social circle.
Avoid beverages like coffee or energy drinks because they can make you feel restless and worsen your stress levels.

3. Try out relaxation techniques

Not everyone has generous employers and therapy can be expensive. In this case you can try alternative methods like meditation. Meditation has been linked extensively to increased focus, better sleep, improved breathing and reduced stress levels. The best part? You can do it in minutes. Studies have shown that even as little as 5 minutes a day can vastly improve your memory and stress levels.  You can find meditation apps and guides for free.  Here are some basic relaxation techniques.

4. Confront your stressors

This is probably the hardest part, since you have very little control. For most people, being surrounded by toxic colleagues is the sole cause of stress. In this case, you should make an active choice to cut them off or talk to your employer to see if there could be an arrangement to limit your contact with them.

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5 Benefits of Yoga for Men

There are many practices people do for relaxation, mental improvement and even concentration. Yoga is one of the practices and comes with a dozen benefits for both men and women. Yoga is a practice that involves breathing, meditation and body postures. All these are combined in one practice. There are many yoga practices and all of them target to improve the mind, breathing and strengthening of body muscles. You can learn yoga online and there are many trainers around the world who can help you enjoy the benefits of yoga. Below is a brief discussion of five yoga benefits for men.

1. Extends the range of motion

As mentioned above yoga involves a wide range of body postures. We all know that men have certain muscles that are improved by exercises at the gym. These muscles include abdomen, shoulders, glutes and even hamstrings. Certain yoga practices can train these muscles through various motions and postures. When practicing yoga you tend to use your natural body weight and resistance to build strong and lean muscles. You also lengthen the muscles and that improves blood flow. With increased blow circulation, there is more oxygen getting to the muscles and that helps them to grow and recover fast during motions.

2. Improves breathing

Yoga involves breathing techniques that help to improves your lung capacity. Many yoga practices focus on breathing in and out. It helps you to get in more air. This is very good in strengthening lung muscles and increasing the capacity of the lungs. This helps you to get in more oxygen which is evenly distributed in the body. With yoga, you can enjoy deeper breaths which is highly essential in increasing energy as well as vitality during workouts and daily activities.

3. Helps in relaxation

Many exercises will make your body active but can’t help you relax as yoga. Yoga helps your body to take a break, keep your mind and body active and above that encourage smooth flow of blood. This gives a good feeling as energy is well distributed in the body. During yoga practices you concentrate on your breathing or specific body postures. This helps your mind and body muscles to relax and recover. This gets you ready for the next activity.

4. Improves men’s sex life

Yoga is helpful in improving your sex performance. It improves blood flow to the genital area and that is good for erection. On top of that, it helps to get rid of toxins that can affect your performance. More so, with yoga men can deal with anxiety which is a main concern when it comes to sex life.

5. Improves body and mind balance

Yoga focuses on improving concentration. When you focus on your breathing while meditating you improve your concentration and that is a good thing for the mind. On top of that, yoga has proved to improve the balance of the body helping muscles to support each other equally. This is as a result of various body postures and other yoga techniques.

Final thoughts

Yoga is a good practice that you should include in your exercise routine. It helps to improve breathing, concentration and even building stronger muscles. It is a good practice for men, women and even children. Therefore, try yoga and you will enjoy all the above benefits for men.

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