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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Anytime Anywhere Exercises

Circuit Training At Home

Circuit training involves doing a mix of aerobic, resistance and flexibility exercises in quick succession to work the various muscle groups. It helps to improve your muscles and stretches them after about of exercise. There are modified exercises we can do at home.

For cardiovascular benefits, you can try vacuuming, or dancing in invigorating music. Or you can stimulate a boxing match by wrapping towels around your fists, and punching into a pillow held up by a partner.

For strength training or resistance exercises, fill up your water bottle with water or sand and do some bicep or tricep curls while watching television. Or, you can sit down and clamp a pillow between your ankles, lifting it up and down. This exercise is good for abdominal training.

To stretch your muscles, lie down in front of television, if you cannot miss the program you watch, with one leg straight and the other leg bent. Draw the knee of the bent leg close to your chest with the help of a towel wrapped around the calves. This is good for stretching your hamstrings.

Commuting to Work and at Home

Learn to activate your abdominals through sit-ups and crunches, so when you are on the trains or buses, you can lightly contract your abdominal muscles. The correct way is the reflex action of tightening your midsection when someone is about to punch you in the stomach.

Working with Computer

When you are working on the computer, twist your trunk to the sides slowly for eight to ten times. This movement increases mobility in your oblique, or side abdominal muscles.

Driving

When driving, keep the shoulder relaxed and at the same time, do deep abdominal breathing. With each exhalation, contract the abdominal muscles. This exercise prevents tight shoulders and a stiff neck.

If you force yourself doing something you don’t enjoy, you will probably end up not doing it again. So pick up those exercises you feel fun or easy and start doing them.

 

Home Exercise

At home, you can train at your own time. You are unaffected by the timings of your gym or your trainer. This is an excellent solution for stay-at-home moms, individuals who work from home, and individuals with an erratic work schedule. It’s nice not to have to pay for a gym membership.

Personally, I enjoy exercising at home, because that’s how I started. It’s fun and convenient. I have a treadmill that faces a large TV, some dumbbells and a never-say-die attitude. That’s all it takes. With the number of tools available today, it is simple to set up a gym atmosphere in the comforts of your own home. I train most of my clients in their own home. To get results at home, you need self-motivation and discipline, since you are going to be on your own. It’s not as hard as you think and can be enjoyable and beneficial. When you are committed mentally to pursue a leaner, energized and dynamic fitness level, changes happen much faster.

There are some reasons that home exercise can fail. It’s likely your hectic schedule or a long commute discourages you from exercise. Sometimes, an individual can get intimidated by the social atmosphere of a health club. After all, if a club is a place where people flirt more and exercise less, you might find yourself less inclined to go! It could also be crowded, and many people do not like waiting in line for the equipment. With home exercise, there is not waiting period. Despite the popularity of health clubs, many individuals are now exercising at home. In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a study conducted by Stanford University. The study said exercising at home is just as beneficial as working out at a health club. Interestingly, the study also found people who trained at home were more likely to stick with their program than those who exercised at a club.

The advantages of working out at home include convenience, cost effectiveness and control over the atmosphere and timing. You don’t have to wait in line for any equipment, and can pace yourself. There is no fear of embarrassment, or feeling of incompetence On the other hand, there may be some minor drawbacks to home exercise. Working out in solitude may affect your long-term compliance, it’s easy to get distracted, bored or lackluster in your efforts. If you follow the same routine for each and every workout, chances are you will give up at some point. The body adjusts to an exercise routine very quickly. It’s important to change up your routine every 3-4 weeks. If you don’t know what you are doing, you may get injured.

Strength Training Exercises At Home For The Upper Body and Abdominals.

For best results, warm up for 10-15 minutes with light aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, jogging). Deep breathing and stretching for 3-5 minutes before you begin strength training helps the muscles relax and rejuvenate.

The following exercises do not require any equipment, other than a pair of dumbbells. This is a unique method that I have developed on my own, and it has helped thousands of clients get results.

Push-ups, seated rows, triceps dips, shoulder raises, overhead shoulder presses, lateral shoulder raises, biceps curls, regular abdominal crunches. reverse abdominal crunches, standing trunk twists.

 

Jump Rope Workout

When starting an exercise program, it’s important that you work your way into it. If you have been doing aerobic exercise for some time, you’ll be able to “jump” into a fitness jump rope workout easily. Once you’re comfortable with the motion, you can increase your speed and incorporate different jumps.

For those new to aerobic exercise or for those resuming an exercise program after some time off, it’s very important to take it slow as your body adjusts. In addition, because jump roping is a high impact exercise, meaning that both feet leave the ground simultaneously, there is a greater risk of injury.

Even if you were a star jump roper as a child, chances are you may need to practice jumping as an adult. Go easy on yourself as you become accustomed to the movement. Even basic jumping requires a high level of coordination.

As you become accustomed to the movement, you can increase the length of time you exercise, the speed at which you jump, and the types of moves you incorporate into your routine.

Warm Up

For both experienced and new exercisers, it is vital to warm up before beginning a fitness jump rope workout. Warming up slowly raises your heart rate gradually, allowing your muscles time to adjust to the increased workload placed on them.

A good warm up for jump roping could be walking briskly for a few minutes, stepping in place, light bouncing on one’s feet, and eventually slow jumping as you start your workout.

Once your muscles are warm and loose, consider stretching the primary muscles involved. This includes your legs, calves, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. Ease into jumping slowly.

Add Variety

As you become used to the movement and to exercise, your fitness jump rope workout will become easier. This is a signal that it is time to make some changes. Just as your mind needs variety to stay engaged, so too does your body. When an exercise program becomes too routine, your body adjusts and the workout is no longer as effective.

There are a number of ways that you can change a jump rope fitness workout to ensure that you continue to challenge yourself and improve your cardiovascular health.

One way is to learn new jumping styles. Crossing your arms in front, or spinning the rope to alternating sides of your body are just two ways you can mix up the style. Consult a jump-rope book for new techniques.

Alternately, see if there’s a jump rope club in your area. You can learn new techniques and meet people with similar interests, which is also a great motivator.

Vary your speed. As your cardiovascular health improves, you’ll be able to jump faster for longer periods. Keep in mind that this can also increase your chances of injury. One method to help offset this risk is to incorporate interval training.

With interval training, you alternate between easy, moderate, or difficult levels of jumping. You can do this by changing your speed from slower to faster. Interval training has shown to be very effective, and because you’re not going full-steam throughout the entire workout, your chances of injury are less.

 

Why Exercise Programs Fail?

Jumping in with both feet – Jumping into a fitness program with both feet is very common. Many times people get all ho-hum with their goals and exercise program and have a do-or-die attitude. Granted, it’s a good attitude to have, but it can also be a legacy.

Begin your program slowly by taking small successful steps each day, week, and month rather than just diving into the program and hitting rock bottom suddenly. You must have elbow room to ensure success. The body does respond to small amounts of exercise and those who begin by doing too much too quickly end up on the sidelines due to burnout.

Carrying all your eggs in one basket – All too often, many people begin their fitness endeavors by cutting calories, adding endless hours of cardio, and popping weight loss supplements left and right. Your body adapts very quickly and if you use all your resources at one time, you won’t have anything to fall back on when you hit a stalling point.

Begin lowering calories slowly and adding cardio slowly. Keep harmony and balance. After a few weeks you can incorporate the supplement of your choice to help give the body a boost.

Not knowing where to begin – Not knowing where to begin is not uncommon. Many people don’t have a starting point or know how to create one. Establishing a starting point is crucial and can be a significant factor in your success.

A quality starting point should include your current body status (weight and body fat percentage). This will allow you to determine your caloric base and macro nutrient intake. In addition to your stats, you need to make a fitness plan to include resistance training and cardio to build lean muscle and decrease body fat.

Not following the fitness plan – Many create wonderful fitness programs, yet fail to follow it properly. This can be anything from not doing it at all or simply doing too much. Most of the time my focus is on those not following it, but in this case I want to tap on those who do follow it, but in excess.

If you create a plan of weight training four days a week for 45 to 60 minutes and cardio for four days a week for 30 minutes for the first week and cardio 40 minutes the second week, then do that. Don’t overstate your cardio before it’s time. More is not better. It’s how you implement it.

Improper nutrition – You can exercise until you are blue in the face and you won’t see desired results until your nutrition is in order. Many venturing onto a fitness program choose poor quality food rather than whole food that nourishes the body.

For continual success in your fitness endeavors, set short and long-term goals, pace yourself, create a fitness program and follow it as prescribed. Staying consistent on your program will ensure success.

 

Why Exercise On The Cardiovascular System is Important?

Doing exercise has more importance than just to lose weight; it also keeps your cardiovascular system healthy. The cardiovascular system consists of the veins, arteries, capillaries and the heart.

Exercise helps to improve your blood circulation because when you exercise the heart pumps the blood to the outer limbs for example the hands and feet. Exercise also helps to oxygenate your blood and so carry a good supply oxygen to your organs in your body.

It also helps strengthen your heart, because the heart is a muscle just like your triceps and biceps, although it never tires, and as you exercise the heart gets stronger. The fitter you are the less your heart has to work because your blood vessels will work better, as exercise will help the blood vessel linings to be more flexible.

The fitter you are the lower your blood pressure will be as a stronger heart can beat slower but still pump large volumes of blood around the body. On the other hand a weak heart needs to work harder to do the same work.

Your resting heart rate is also lower if you are fitter because the heart does not need to pump so often, it is found that athletes can have a very low resting heart rate.

One simple way to improve your cardiovascular system is by walking, although you do need to walk briskly because if you only walk slowly than there will be no benefit for you. Walking briskly just twenty minutes per day can help to achieve fitness and for an added benefit if you walk and tense your stomach muscles, it will help strengthen those muscles as well. It is quite a good idea to incorporate into your walk a hill or so, it does not have to be that steep to get the benefit, but it will get your heart pumping.

If you do not like the idea of walking than you could try some other form of exercise such as cycling, jump on a mini trampoline or swimming.

It does not really matter what you do as long as you do something, you need to get your heart pumping and the only way you can do that is to do some sort of exercise. Your body will be thankful that you have and your benefit will be that you have a stronger cardiovascular system.

 

Useless Exercises

Sitting Abdominal Crunch Machine – I don’t know what the official name of this machine is, but it is at every health club. Any machine for whatever muscle group has a limited range of motion based on the design of the machine, and this one is no exception. You are not targeting the abdominal muscles effectively with this piece of equipment. Skip this machine and grab a mat. Doing floor exercises such as abdominal crunches, reverse crunches, or toe reaches, going in a slow and controlled manner, will be a better use of your time to get a flatter stomach.

Lat Pulldown Behind the Head – This isn’t a useless exercise done correctly. Studies have shown that if the exercise is performed pulling the bar behind your head, you could be doing damage to your rotator cuffs. You have to do it absolutely perfect to avoid that, which hardly anyone does. Pull the bar down in front of you and you will get the same benefit for your back, without potential damage to your shoulders.

Side Bends – My wife was complaining about her supposed love handles (my wife sees a different person in the mirror than I do, she is in great shape) and asked if she should do these. They don’t work! All it will do is build the muscle and push your bodyfat out further so that everybody can notice your love handles. That’s not what you want, RIGHT?? The obliques are small muscles and just a little stimulation can really develop them. To eliminate the extra fat around the obliques, watch your diet and burn off your bodyfat with aerobic work. Then utilize the abdominal exercises listed in the exercise above and they will indirectly work your obliques. This will be a far better approach to getting rid of those love handles then doing side bends.

Inner and Outer Thigh Machine – This is one of the most popular exercises for ladies trying to tone up those inner and outer thighs. The waiting line is a mile long for this machine, as women do hundreds of sets and repetitions to achieve the leaner leg. I can’t stand this machine. I wish I had invented it because I would be rich. What people don’t realize is that because of the design of this machine and limited range of motion, you are really only hitting a very small portion of the leg. You should perform lunges and/or squats and eliminate this exercise from your workout. You are much better off hitting your inner and outer thighs during those exercises, then spending the 15 minutes on this machine. Just because everybody is doing it, doesn’t mean it is right. Be brave and challenge yourself with squats and lunges and I guarantee you’ll love the results.

Russian Twists – This is the exercise where an individual is standing with a broomstick on his/her shoulders and the person twists side to side. As a warm-up, this might be alright, but as an exercise to reduce the love handles, no. It doesn’t do anything. See Side Bends to find out how to work the obliques better.

Make efficient and good use of your time when you work out and avoid these exercises like the plague. Use the alternatives that I suggest and get better results faster. These suggestions will ultimately get you to your final goal… A BETTER YOU!!