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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Exercising, Fitness | 0 comments

Are You Flexible?

Are You Flexible?

What is flexibility? Essentially, flexibility is the ability to perform pain-free movement around the joints with the help of muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, together with the joints. What is stretching? The appropriate definition would be: a type of movement or exercise done to achieve increased flexibility for general well-being, sports-specific reasons or rehabilitation purpose. While being flexible is highly beneficial in general fitness, being hyper-flexible can cause you physical damage. Therefore, it is essential to incorporate a safe stretching routine with proper stretching techniques. Finally, prior to begin any flexibility program, it is wise to have a flexibility assessment done by a trained professional. The major benefits to any flexibility program and subsequent results will include: 1. Increased movement around a joint 2. Injury prevention and treatment 3. Increased co-ordination 4. Improved circulation 5. Decreased soreness due to other activity Types of stretches are either 1) static (slow / without movement, sustained) or 2) passive (static with the assistance of another person). Even though this article focuses primarily on static stretching which is safe and effective for the...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Exercising | 0 comments

Benefits of Aerobics

Benefits of Aerobics

Most of us aspire to have a lean, well toned body. However, before setting out to achieve this goal, you need to focus on your cardiovascular and respiratory function, commonly referred to CV or aerobic exercise, by developing a rudimentary fitness base and after that you can progress in to body toning and sports specific activity. Aerobics can be defined as a physical activity that uses and supplies oxygen + fat, utilizing it for energy production in a specific time frame! Out of many energy production systems in the human body, Aerobics falls under the endurance system or aerobic glycolysis. For many, “aerobics” means attending an aerobic class in order to get an effective workout. However, there are many other alternative forms of effective aerobic exercises such as: Cycling (indoor or outdoor) Walking Swimming Dancing (especially Latin American) Rowing Shopping Walking your pet Playing a sport with your kids After a period of participation some might feel stagnated with their current exercises. At this point, an option might be to join a group class, which might also...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Exercising, Nutrition | 0 comments

Exercise or Food?

Exercise or Food?

This is a global issue among many fitness seeking diet-conscious people who are trying to be healthy, look good, prevent disease, lose weight (reduce fat), and to carry on daily  physical and/or athletic activities. So what do most people do in order to achieve such goals as listed above? Many popular beliefs that the #1 way to GET RESULTS immediately and over the long-term include the following list: Exercising more and eating less Exercising and eat what they like Eating healthy without exercising Eating huge quantities and exercising a lot However, all of these approached are misnomers and yet are common mistakes people make in their fervent and zealous efforts to improve their physical appearance and achieve their health and fitness goals.  Instead, and according to worldwide research and studies performed by top fitness industry institutions, it’s widely recommended that exercising in accordance with your lifestyle requirements, eating healthy quantities of food in a balanced diet, and finding a healthy balance of all of your activities, is the only way...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

Fitness Facts

Fitness Facts

Eating small meals every 2-3 hours will increase your metabolism and reduce fat storage. Make sure that these are healthy meals containing balanced amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. During your workouts do exercises that incorporate compound movements rather than simple ones. This will not only help in burning more calories, but will also tone more muscle at once! Fat free foods, when eaten in excess, will still be stored as fat! Fat free cookies and crackers are made up of a whole lot of SUGAR! The secret is out! Sugar is just as fattening of a substance than fat itself, when eaten in excess. Pump some iron! Did you know that 1 lb of muscle burns 30-50 calories per day, while 1 lb of fat only burns about 9 calories per day? The more muscle your body contains the more calories you burn each day. Make a habit of weighting and measuring yourself monthly and tracking your gains and losses. This will prevent gradual weight gain from creeping up...

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