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Fight the Festive Flab the Fun Way – Pole Fitness

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If you told your friends that you were going to take up pole dancing ten years ago they may have reacted as though you’d told them you were going to become a lap dancer or take up a new job in the sex trade. To many people, pole dancing was certainly not the kind of thing any respectable girls should be involved with.

Fortunately times have changed and pole dancing has shed a lot of its old associations and is recognised by many as a sport and a really fun way to stay in shape. Pole dancing now has international championships and competitions as well as regulations and its celebrities, just like any other sport, even if you can don your glad rags to take part.

Pole dancing can be traced back to the twelfth century, where it began as a fertility dance performed around a wooden pole, although the dancing was far removed from the styles and technique you will see today. Modern pole dancing moves are more akin to 1950s burlesque performances. Pole dancing owes a lot to Fawnia Mondey who did a lot to legitimise it as a form of dance though her dance lessons and DVDs which allowed people to learn pole dancing in the privacy of their own homes and made it more mainstream.

You’ll often here pole dancing referred to as pole fitness or pole sport as dancers like to emphasise the strength, flexibility and skill that is needed to deliver a breath-taking performance. While pole dancing is easy to get started in some of the moves are highly complex and can take months of practice to get right. A quick search on YouTube and you will come across some jaw-dropping routines, which make you think more of acrobatic circus performances than sleazy clubs. Watching a dancer support her whole body in a horizontal position just using her hands or feet shows the gymnastic skill and strength needed to perform some of these advanced tricks.

Why Choose Pole Fitness?

Pole fitness is really taking off as a way of keeping fit. As well as being fun it can help to improve your core muscles as well as your flexibility. You will develop strength in your hands and legs, and then when you progress to more complex moves you will works areas that most sports won’t reach such as your underarms or hips!

If at first you don’t succeed.

While some moves are easy to get the first time, others can take a lot of patience to master. To begin with you should expect a few bruises from gripping the pole tightly and most likely falling off a few times as some moves will take a lot of practice to get right. You should you use a pole mat to cushion your falls and know your limits so you never push yourself too hard. A lot of people find that once they have gotten over the initial hurdles and put a routine together that they are hooked. They find that their body improves and they develop more strength better posture and that they generally feel a lot sexier than before they started dancing.

It’s easier than you might think to take the plunge with pole dancing schools popping up all over the place and many gyms offering classes. You don’t even need to leave your own home if you don’t want to. YouTube has lots of pole dancing tutorials and there are a wide range of DVD lessons to choose from. There are a lot of choices for dance poles too. You can get permanent poles for your home, but most people choose one the portable pole models on the market. This means that the pole does not need to be a permanent feature in the living room (or wherever you choose to put it). If you are apprehensive about taking a class at a school or gym, then you may find one of the many pole dancing experience days more suitable, they also make great days out for the girls if you are shy to have a go alone.

I hope that this intro to pole fitness has tempted you to give it a try. I’m Caitin and I’ve been pole dancing for 3 years. It took me a few lessons to really get into the swing of things but then I was hooked. When I’m not dancing I write for . As well as keeping up to date with the latest gossip on our blog you can also compare prices of a wide range of pole dancing poles. You can also find me on twitter at @poledancepoles

20 Habits That Make You Fat

In today’s society there are many ways to develop poor health choices. The following are 20 habits that can increase fat content.

Low-fat foods

Low-fat foods substitute fat with simple carbohydrates which act as a type of fat fuel. Not only does a high carbohydrate diet fuel increased fat development, but carbohydrates digest quickly and can cause rebound hunger.

Not Seeking Help

Many people fail multiple times at dieting, but continue to try without guidance. Seeking nutritional counselling can better inform you and help in creating a healthier lifestyle.

Poor Sleep Habits

Sleeping too much or too little can cause increased fat retention. Too little sleep causes increased sugar consumption and too much sleep can cause fat to be stored. Six to eight hours is optimal.

Free Food

Complimentary food at restaurants such as bread sticks or chips contain minimal nutrition value, but come at a price. Some bread sticks contain 150 calories and can quickly increase the total calories of the meal.

Drinking Pop

Both regular and diet soda can increase fat. Regular contains high carbohydrate values, and diet pop contains artificial sugars that can increase appetite.

Skipping Meals

Taking a meal off can slow down metabolism and increased fat produced. Five small meals per day can increase metabolism throughout the day.

Eating Quickly

Eating too fast doesn’t allow the body to understand it is consuming calories. Taking more time to eat allows the body to catch up and feel full after much less food consumption.

Too Much TV

Studies have shown that reducing TV time can increased calories burned. Multitasking while watching also helps burn calories.

Value Meals

These may be cheaper, but they contain more calories and may be more food than you want.

Looking At Buffets

When eating at a buffet style restaurant try to face away from the food. This creates a decreased need to consume more food.

Plate Size

When given the option, choosing a smaller plate can save on calories. Larger plates have more food and calories.

Serving Dishes

When serving a family style meal, avoid placing the serving dishes on the table. Place them away from the table to limit the access to more food.

White Bread

Choosing white bread over wheat bread creates higher carbohydrate consumption. These extra carbohydrates cause rebound hunger and a sugar rush.

Big Bites

Taking big bites of food has shown to increase calorie consumption. Smaller bites help the body feel fuller and can decrease calorie consumption.

Not Getting Enough Water

Water is not only fuel for the body, but it also can make you feel full faster. People who drink water before a meal consume fewer calories.

Overweight Friends

People who surround themselves with overweight people tend to be overweight themselves. This is from increased calories consumed when hanging out, as well as decreased accountability towards weight loss.

Late Night Eating

When sleeping a good amount the body can burn fat. If the stomach is busy processing recently eaten food, however, the fat burning process is put on hold.

Not Using A Scale

When people are monitoring weight with a scale they are more likely to be focused on their goals. Being aware of what works and what doesn’t for weight loss is a good step to continue losing weight.

Fruity Drinks

Fruit drinks from the store or a restaurant usually contain high amounts of syrups and sugars. This equates to a larger waistline.

Emotional Eating

When emotions are running high, don’t head for food. Not only does this create unnecessary calorie consumption, but it also increases the likelihood of more emotional eating.

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