If your core is weak, your balance is poor. This leads to an unstable body, increasing the possibility that you could suffer a fall. A week core also makes you feel physically weak. You can support more physical effort when your core is strong. Most people think of core muscles as your abs. But your core is actually composed of 6 groups of 29 muscles located in your upper thigh, lower back, and the sides and front of your stomach. Continue reading
Did you know that the actual time of day which you exercise is important if you are looking to maximize your health benefits? A regular exercise program helps boost heart health and maintain a healthy weight, and can even cut your odds of contracting type II diabetes. And by exercising in the morning as opposed to the evening or the middle of the day, you create a positive health routine that delivers multiple benefits beyond the physical.
Research has shown that those who exercise in the morning rather than at the end of the day tend to be more dedicated and consistent. When you think about it, it just makes sense.
At the end of a long, hard and busy day, it is very easy to make excuses about skipping a daily workout session. Working out when you are fresh in the morning means sticking to this healthy routine. Continue reading
The question of how quickly you can improve your fitness is not an easy one to answer. Why, because it depends on many different factors! And some people may see results faster than others.
The good news, however, is that if you stick to a consistent training program throughout a four week period, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can achieve! Continue reading
Whether you want to lose a few or a hundred pounds, it’s crucial that you understand that the benefits of exercise go way beyond weight loss and cosmetic enhancement. Some benefits of exercise pertain to your health in particular.
Exercising often (3-4 times a week, an hour and a half at least each day) has been found by experts to greatly reduce the risk of several diseases and health conditions. Some diseases that exercise will help you prevent are heart disease, stroke, and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Continue reading
The problem with so many exercise programs is how you feel during and after practicing them. A lot of exercises are high impact. That can mean aches and pains in your back, shoulders, arms, legs and joints. When you relate pain to exercise, you avoid it. High impact exercises can also lead to physical injuries, meaning you end up missing important workout sessions. That’s why the Aqua Fitness Exercise Set was developed – to alleviate the stress and pressure your body undergoes when working out. Let’s hop in the pool and try it out ourselves. Continue reading
Good posture allows you to breathe properly. The extra oxygen which makes it to your brain can actually increase your ability to think and reason properly. You also look better to others and yourself when you practice good posture. You limit your risk of back aches and pain, health concerns due to poor blood circulation and even slipped discs. Let’s find out more about why good posture is so important, and how you can start developing a healthy posture today.
Posture, Get It Straight! Look Ten Years Younger, Ten Pounds Thinner and Feel Better Than Ever by Janice Novak Features and Specs
Exercising once you hit your 50s is important for many reasons. It can minimize the effect of inflammation, improve your heart health drastically, makes you look and feel better, and lowers your risk of contracting heart disease,cancer and other debilitating conditions. The problem is, your body is probably not as physically capable as it once was.
That’s why exercises like yoga are perfect for the “over 50” crowd. Yoga minimizes impact, physical stress and strain, and delivers mental as well as physical benefits. Let’s put the Yoga Over 50 DVD exercise program through its paces and see just what you can expect. Continue reading
Walking as a form of exercise can deliver so many wonderful benefits. It helps keep your heart strong, pumping healthy oxygen throughout your body. As little as 1 or 2 combined hours of walking each week has been proven to reduce the risk of contracting heart disease, and walking also helps you regulate a healthy body weight. Pedometers keep you informed of your progress, so we are going to take the CSX Walking 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker out for a stroll and see just what it has to offer. Continue reading
For balance and mobility while you hike, trekking poles can’t be beat. They are also very versatile for hikers and campers, perfect for a number of “non walking” uses in the great outdoors. PaceMaker Stix has designed its Flip Lock “Expedition” Trekking Poles with some nice features that make them a handy hiking addition, so let’s hit the trail and give this hiking companion a thorough review.
Pace Maker Flip Lock “Expedition” Trekking Poles Features and Specs
- Adjustable telescoping feature
- “Sure grip” rubber feet
- Rugged tungsten tips
- Includes 1 year warranty
- Made of lightweight, durable, aircraft grade aluminum
If you think the title of this post was a little too dramatic, think again. Research has continually proven that sitting actually does take many years off of your life. Even drastically so.
Don’t believe us? Check out these startling statistics revealed by respected scientists and research organizations:
Every hour you sit down and watch TV slices 22 minutes off of your life. (A University of Queensland study on sitting)
If you sit for a total of 11 or more hours daily, your risk of dying within 3 years shoots up a scary 40%. (compared to those who sit for less than 4 hours a day according to a study conducted by Australian researcher and Professor David Dunstan)
Men take on average 7,000 steps per day, women 5,000. (Pedometer researcher Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke – the globally accepted daily step count for preventing weight gain and staying healthy is 10,000).
These are not pie-in-the-sky numbers. This is hard research, and there is plenty more out there. Since the 1970s health professionals and health care institutions have noticed that modern men and women are standing and walking less, and sitting more. Continue reading
Healthy eating and exercising regularly are the two best things you can do to help you live a long and healthy life. Most of us concerned with our health closely watch what we eat but we don’t always recognize the less obvious signs that we are overtraining. We usually recognize these obvious signs of overtraining: Continue reading
You have probably achieved some of the fitness goals you have set during your life. But you have probably failed to reach certain levels of physical fitness as well, haven’t you? You are the same person, so why did you succeed in one physical endeavor and fail in another? Was it because you were not “mentally tough” when you needed to be? Was your mindset to blame? And if it was, how can you change that?
Dr. Jim Loehr is a globally recognized performance psychologist. He wrote a wonderful book titled Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence. In it he discusses and defines mental toughness, revealing that it is made up of the following 7 components:
- attention control
- minimizing negative energy
- increasing positive energy
- maintaining motivation levels
- attitude control
- visual and imagery control
He uses the word energy twice and the word control 3 times in defining the 7 dimensions of mental toughness in physical endeavors. And while the actual meaning of mental toughness may vary from one expert to the next, controlling your energy has a lot to do with your ability to accomplish any physical fitness goals. Continue reading