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Abdominal Exercises

Straight Legged Toe Touches

Muscles worked – Lower, Middle and Upper Abdominals

Details – Lay on the floor (preferably on an exercise mat) with your legs stretched out and together pointing into the air. Your legs and your abdomen should be at right angles to each other. Your head and neck should be slightly lifted off the ground and your shoulders should also be very slightly elevated. Place your arms together and in front of you with your fingers pointing towards your toes.

Reach for your toes as far as you can. This will contract the abdominals. Also, lift your head, neck and shoulders off the floor and breathe out as you reach up with your arms and contract your abdominals. Crunch up as far as is comfortable and bear in mind that reaching your toes is an unrealistic target.

Gradually lower your body back to its original position. This will relax the abdominals. Breathe out as you lower your body. Relax for a second or two and repeat the process.

Aerobic Activities

Doing aerobic exercises is a great fun for everyone let them be children or adults. Some examples of aerobic activities involves:

· Jogging

· Swimming

· Brisk walking

· Bicycling

· Running

· Ice-skating

· Aerobic dancing

· Rowing

· Walking

And many others are there. From all these walking is considered to be the best aerobic exercise because it is easy, cheap and safe. While walking you don’t require any other equipment except good shoes.

Choosing an exercise:

The best exercise for a person is the one he really enjoys doing. Alternating the new activities with the old activity will keep you more enthusiastic. So here are some suggestions:

Indoor Activities:

here this is one kind of working out in gym. If the treadmill, rowing or stationery cycle does not keep you enthusiastic then you can sample some group activities that strikes your excitement. For that you can participate in group cycling class or stay cool with indoor swimming.

Home activities:

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Reduce Body Fat

Water Intake: The optimum amount of water you should drink each day is actually one-half your total body weight in ounces. I know how difficult this is so start out with 8 glasses of eight ounces of water each day. Once you achieve your goal, try to set a higher goal and reach for one-half of your total body weight in ounces each day. Drinking water helps to flush the fat, and toxins out of your body.

Exercise: Aerobic exercise will help your health more that you think. I am not begging you to attend aerobics class, I am just asking you to do a little walking each day, or at the very least three times a week. Aerobic exercise helps with your health maintenance program. Aerobic exercise will increase the amount of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) in your body, which helps prevent cardiovascular disease. Aerobic exercise will also increase you basal metabolic rate which burns your stored body fat as the fuel source for aerobic training. Keep in mind that aerobic training also serves to maintain

Cardio Impact

The first method of cardio that I am going to explain is walking. Walking is the most common form of cardio exercise, and some people don`t even realize that they are doing cardiovascular activity just by walking around the house. Walking is a very low-impact exercise, and is one of the few cardio exercises that can be incorporated into your own lifestyle. Another form of walking that can be used is power walking. Power walking at the gym is easy because you can just hop on a treadmill and take off. You should choose a walking routine that emphasizes incline movements and you should alternate paces to shock your muscles into new growth.

Jogging is the most common exercise known to the public. Most jogging program`s paces are determined on one`s physical conditioning. Beginner joggers should practice speed walking before they progress to a jogging routine. Jogging is not for everyone because it can be hard on your knees and is simply not an option when it is zero degrees outside. Jogging is a very good cardiovascular exercise because it burns twice as many calories per hour than that of walking, and it should be used by

Personal Fitness

Even a few 10-minute sessions a day can lead to increased stamina as well as a long list of benefits to the mind, body and spirit. Here are some ways exercise can stimulate the energy level of you harried Modern Moms out there:

o Let go of the guilt and schedule your exercise time – Simply put, don’t ignore your personal needs. Exercise is one of the best ways to not only enhance your energy but preserve your sanity. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t have energy or patience for anyone else.

o Exercise first thing in the morning to jump start your day – Your chances of sticking to your program increase significantly if you exercise in the morning compared to later in the day when excuses and fatigue take over. Your metabolism will be elevated for more than 7 hours following a one hour morning workout, so you will have more stamina to take you through the day.

o Add activity to your work day – To renew your vigor in the day to day grind, find a better way to commute to work, like walking, biking, parking a mile

Walking Program

1. Put walking on your calendar and think of it as an appointment you must keep.

2. Set a new goal. You may add strength training to your walking program or walk additional steps.

3. Work towards your new goal in increments. If you start to lift weights, for example, lift small ones.

4. Check your walking shoes for wear and replace them, if necessary.

5. Wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. When your feet are wet walking isn’t fun.

6. Get a walking buddy. You may ask one of your best friends to walk with you, or invite a new neighbor to join you on your morning walk.

7. Start a walking group or join one. Companionship can be the difference between walking and not walking.

8. Bring kids and grandkids along. Your fitness model could have a huge impact on a children’s lives.

9. Cut yourself some slack. Fitness is a goal that takes time and is worth your time.

10. Always have an alternate plan. If the forecast is rain, call your walking buddy or walking group members and agree to walk at

Burning Calories

Here are some fun activities I do and the calories burned out of them. Maybe you’ll want to do the same. Check it out….

1. Gardening – I clean my garden, water the flowers, plant seeds, trim shrubs, watch my blooming flowers, etc. Gardening during these seasons is fun and gives me lots of enjoyment. It is like a workout as I burn about 100-120 calories in 30 minutes gardening.

2. Bicycling -I love doing this activity. I can go anywhere I want as far as I can reach. This is like a low impact workout. But I don’t really go far, most of the time it is just in the neighborhood area. After riding about 30 minutes, I will have burned about 300 calories. This is a great way to stay in shape.

3. Trekking – I like to go trekking at a conservation park. It is fun and I enjoy the nice scenery; I also burn off some calories. For these activities I need more preparation because I have to wear a special outfit and need to do more warming up exercise to avoid cramps while climbing high area. For 30 minutes of

Exercise At Desk

You’re a great multi-tasker. Take a moment to get away from it all and take a lift.

Pilates instructor Alisa Wyatt, calls this exercise “The Elevator.” You can do this simple Pilates exercise sitting right at your desk to cinch your waist and keep your belly from hanging over.

Alisa says:

“Sit up tall and let your shoulders relax. Imagine your belly button is the elevator at the top of a ten-floor building. As you exhale, sink the elevator down to the 1st floor. Hold it there as you breathe lightly. Work up to holding to a count of 10. Do this exercise 3 times a day for a stronger waist in a week!”

When you’ve mastered holding your belly button on the 1st floor, try adding this:

“Sink the elevator to the 1st floor and then go from the 1st floor to the basement, quickly for a count of 50. This works the muscles in a different way.”

Be productive while getting your work responsibilities complete. Squeeze in an exercise and benefit those stomach muscles that wrap around your waist like a corset.

Work it and enjoy your work day.

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Problem Areas Solved

To help fine-tune specific body parts, your workouts are going to have to be more frequent. The best way to get this done is to break your day into two halves. In the morning, perform a quick 15-20 minute workout involving weights done in a circuit. By circuit I mean doing one exercise after another without any rest. In the afternoon, get into classes such as kickboxing and spinning, which Campus Activities provide for all students.

Carbohydrates: Friend or Foe

Carbohydrates are not the enemy, but when you are looking to get leaner quickly,they can be. The best suggestions are that all your carbs should come from veggies such as broccoli, celery, spinach, lettuce, and cucumbers. Stay away from juices, candies, breads, and pastries.

Protein is your friend

Make sure every single time you are eating, you have protein on your plate. Protein can be egg whites, peanuts, chicken, fish, turkey, or low salt ham. Whenever you are eating, make sure that you have one of those things in your plate. Also make sure you are consuming five to six small meals as well.


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Circuit Training

Generally speaking, people have been instructed to perform 3 sets of any given exercise for 8-12 reps. Circuit training offers a radical change from this methodology. Individuals who have been following more of a traditional approach should find that circuit training is a welcome change. Since the body adapts very quickly this change is often exactly what is required to “shock” the body into producing results.

One of the reasons why circuit training is effective is that it involves less rest in between sets which serves to increase the intensity of the workout because you will probably be doing more work in less time. This movement from exercise to exercise also produces an aerobic training effect which can burn more calories. Remember, increasing the intensity means increasing the opportunity for results.

Circuit training takes planning. You have to know what exercises you will perform and in what order and the amount of resistance. This is often difficult in crowded public gyms where the equipment is always in use. It may be better to use machines that only require you to move the pin to change the weight than to use free weights that involve more preparation.

Successful Fitness Lifestyle

I know many women have similar frustrations while pursuing their fitness lifestyle. There’s a lot of new research out there in the Fitness world and from that dearth of research is a new hybrid of personal trainers. They’re called Fitness Lifestyle Coaches, they can provide both exercise and behavioral guidance and they are a cheaper alternative to a Personal Fitness Trainer. I will address your question in the mindset of a Fitness Lifestyle Coach so you will catch a glimpse of how the lifestyle fitness coaching process can work.

So, lets get down to basics and define fitness, which includes three elements. First you need a cardio challenge where the heart and breathing rate are significantly raised. The second ingredient is strength training where the muscles are challenged with resistance work. Thirdly is Flexibility, muscles need to stretch to maintain mobility. Remember, you get stiff then you get old. Trying to take on all 3 elements in the beginning may feel daunting, so don’t.

Pick one element you enjoy; all three are equally important so choosing one can be the key to starting a lifestyle in which you can consistently participate. Once one element becomes a

Gym Scams

Ridiculously Low Rates – It’s becoming increasingly crowded out there. With so many gyms fighting each other over customers, membership fees are plummeting. However, you should remember that operating a gym is a very expensive endeavor. In order to provide customers with the best experience, the gym or health club must have plenty of operating capital. Low-end gyms, while having much cheaper rates, mean bad exercise equipment, crowded areas, less sanitary facilities and less customer focus. When choosing a gym or health club, it may be best to go to the more expensive places.

Beware of False Advertising – There are many gyms that advertise low-rates, zero-membership fees, or some other way that you can save when joining. However, most of these gyms get the money out of the customer, one way or the other. Be sure to read the contract for any hidden charges that they may impose. Others advertise huge discounts, only to cripple or limit much or their services until the member pays in full. Others, on the other hand, flat-out lie about their services and member benefits. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and inspect the service agreement fully.



Women who are pregnant will get a fantastic workout. Endurance is built which helps with labor because it is low impact and cardiovascular in nature. Treadmills are not that expensive especially the lower end models and they are easy to use. Losing weight and body fat is possible with the use of a treadmill.

It is a non-physical benefit that treadmills don’t take up a great amount of space. If space is an issue you can find manual treadmills that are powered by your movement only and they fold, if space is an issue, although some could take up a whole room.

Doing research and talking to professionals will help you find one that would be appropriate for you. The best idea is to take a look at different models. What features are you looking for on your treadmill? There are some things you should be aware of when looking at assorted models.

All you want to do is workout and this can be overwhelming. Your machine size can be affected by the type of motor it has. Most importantly you should check out the belt trackers. It’s the movement type and running belt placement

Busy Mom Get Time for Fitness

School schedules, car pools and after school activities combined with household chores and a full-time job doesn’t allow for much time to exercise and workout. However, that excuse is no longer good enough. Today’s mom knows how to get things done. They can squeeze in a last minute dentist appointment for little Tamie and show up without a moment to spare for a class play that little Tommy forgot to mention. Super mom can always find time to do whatever needs to be done to run a happy home for all of the occupants. So the “I don’t have time” doesn’t fly anymore. In fact, moms everywhere should be embarrassed to use the excuse when a real mom knows, if you really want to do something it’s like that Divine Sisterhood stuff , scoot on over , because here comes mom!

It is important to take care of yourself. Plenty of rest and exercise should therefore be one of those little things that you mark on the calendar and do. In fact, do it now. Mark in your day planner or on the dry-erase board your “me-time.” Then, dust off that tennis racket and head on out

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You must keep in mind that the higher the box, the more difficult the exercise. Stand up straight, place your feet flat on the floor, and stand directly if front of your box. Hold a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your head up and bend your knee’s slightly. Rotate your hands so that your palms are facing inward towards each other. Lift your left foot, and place it onto the box, shift your weight onto that leg and push, straightening the leg and lifting your right foot off the floor.

This leaves you standing on top of the box. Now step back off the box leading with the right foot. Return to the starting position with both feet on the floor. Now repeat with the right foot leading onto the box, shift the weight onto that leg and push, straightening the leg and lifting your left foot off the floor so that you are now again standing on top of the box. Now step back off the box leading with your left foot. Return to the starting position with both feet on the floor. This is one repetition. Now repeat until you have completed three sets

About Backyard Trampoline

Different Types of Trampolines

There are three main types of trampolines available and they all come in varying sizes. There is a size and shape for everyone. The three types are:


This design is made to keep the person who is jumping in the center of the trampoline. This style is ideal for younger children, especially if a guard is used to stop falls.

* Rectangular

This design offers more area to jump on. The springs are also a lot more flexible which enables the person using the trampoline to jump higher. This type of trampoline is ideal for teenagers and is favored by professional trampoline jumpers and gymnasts.


This design is a lot like the rectangular trampoline but will not allow as high a bounce. The square trampoline is also a lot smaller. This is another good backyard option if there are smaller children using it.

It is recommended all trampolines that are being used by smaller children have proper guards and padding on the springs, and that adult supervision be provided for safety reasons. Also it is advisable that trampolines not be bounced on when the

Lower Back Exercise Routine

Lower back exercises should be done at the end of your training routine due to the fact that they need to assist the prime movers during other exercises. For example, in a traditional squat movement the lower back muscles are firing to help balance the position of the body relative to the Olympic bar which is resting across the upper traps along your shoulders. The prime movers of the squat are the leg muscles while the lower back muscles are the assisters. The squat can be a very fatiguing movement for the legs but also for the lower back. This is why you would not want to fatigue the lower back muscles before you perform the squat.

The appropriate time to perform lower back exercise would be at the very end of your workout. Because the lower back does assist in so many movements, it is not necessary to train it in the same manner you train other body parts. A few safe and effective movements are enough lower back exercise to keep the muscles up to task as an essential part of the core.

Here are a few examples that can be done on a

Sneak Exercise Into Your Day

Don’t like or feel like you have time to go to the gym? The good news is exercise does not have to involve getting on a treadmill or pumping iron at the gym to be effective. It can be relatively low cost and not a huge time investment. However, before you start, check with your doctor if you have not exercised in awhile or if you are pregnant. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for your activity. Many joint or back injuries are caused by wearing old or worn-out shoes. Here are ten ways to get moving:

  1. Park away from your office, trip to the store or school and walk. These small walks add up through the day. In fact, studies have shown that small bursts of exercise throughout the day are more effective than one long burst.
  2. Take the steps instead of the elevator. If you are going between floors, walk up the steps. Need a quick break in the afternoon – walk up and down a few times. Exercise will revive you much more than a trip to the coffee machine.
  3. Wear a fitness tracker and measure your steps. There are many inexpensive trackers as

Body Toning Exercises

For women readers

Women everywhere need to realize how important body toning exercises are for their health. As you become older, your body is going to stop producing the hormone oestrogen, which can lead to brittle bones that are prone to breaking. This happens to a lot of women, no matter how much milk you drink or calcium supplements you take. To help combat this problem, you can start doing regular workouts that include body toning exercises. What you’re doing is strengthening the muscles in your body to support your bones and keep them from breaking as well as increasing the bone density – stronger bones and sleeker muscles is a winning combination.

For everyone that worries about their weight

Body toning exercises are a great idea when you’re trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss. When your body has more muscle, it can burn more calories – even when you’re just sitting on the sofa. Try doing things like lifting weights, pilates, and even yoga to get those muscles stronger than ever – and turn them into fat burning machines. You might even reward them for their hard work with a sweet or

Info of Exercising on Vacation

I also ride my bike twenty miles each morning. But the reason I am writing this is not to talk about me, but to report to you about an observation that I made while riding each morning. This is something that I am very perplexed about. I saw so many people out for their morning walk, and jog. At first I was very excited to see so many people exercising. After a few days however, I made it a point to stop and speak with one person each morning. The reason for this chat was to ask them if they normally exercised, and if when they returned from their vacation if they would continue. I was so surprised by the answer. I found that most people do not have a regular exercise plan, and most of them thought that they would try and exercise upon their return, but felt they would probably stop based on all the previous times they tried.

This is so sad! They started to make the necessary changes and form new habits, but the experts all say it takes 30 days to form this new habit, they were so close!
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