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Fighting Flu with Fitness

The concept is simple: in order for your immune system to work, you have to move. This isn’t a far – out concept, it is a medically recognized fact. One of the reasons health care providers try to get patients moving as soon as possible after surgery is to stimulate immune response and decrease the chance of infection. The same principle applies to preventing the flu (maybe if you go home and rest you will also buy some more medicine, causing an increase in profit. Maybe that’s why they prescribe you some rest, so you can remain ill, but that’s a whole other story). If you engage in a daily exercise routine and get the proper amount of vitamins, you have a significantly reduce chance of getting the flu.

Movement is crucial to fighting illness off. While we have a pump to get blood through the circulatory system – the heart – there is no pump for the lymphatic system, which provides a crucial line of defense against infection by carrying lymph fluid throughout the body.

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

Getting Great Abs

You want to make sure you do not come up to far. Doing so you are getting away from concentrating on the ab muscles. So how do we correct these problems? Okay let’s start with the hand behind the neck. Let’s put them behind the ears. Remember they are only there to help with your balance, not to push on your neck. Keep your elbows out wide and sit up nice and slow for a better contraction and then go down slow. This will help maximize the contraction. Here is another exercise for the abs. This one is for the lower abs. Start off lying on your back. Move you legs so they are pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Keep your legs straight without locking your knees. Keep your hands palm side down by the sides of your buns and thighs. Keep your head on the floor so you are looking up at the ceiling or sky if outdoors. Your body would look like the letter “L”. Now this position is the start of the exercise.

You will want

When to Stop Exercising

The primary limiting factor in sports that require great endurance is the time it takes for your heart to pump oxygen in your bloodstream from your lungs into your muscles. A study from the University of Connecticut (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, May, 2006) shows that with dehydration, your heart beats with far less force so it pumps far less blood with each beat, and is unable to bring as much oxygen to your muscles.

You can’t depend on thirst to tell you when you lack fluids. Certain brain cells called osmoreceptors tell you when you are thirty, but only after the salt concentration of your blood has risen considerably. When you exercise, you sweat. Sweat contains far more water than salt in comparison to blood. So you lose far more water than salt during exercise and blood levels of salt rise. By the time that a your blood salt concentration is high enough to trip off the osmoreceptors, you are severely dehydrated and it is too late for you to be able to drink enough during exercise to catch up with your water deficit. On the other hand, if you take salt with fluids,

Get Your Booty In Shape

To get the derriere in the best shape possible, you will first have to do some exercises with weights. The following three exercises are killer shaping exercises for the butt:

1. Squats – The king of all leg exercises, this exercise will really firm up that back region, if done properly. Standing tall, with your feet shoulder width apart, bend at the knees and thrust your hips backwards like you’re going to sit in a chair. Make sure your knees don’t go out past your toes when you squat, keep your weight on your heels and stay flat footed, and go deep enough on your squats so the top of your thigh is parallel to the ground. Supposedly, this is a Jennifer Lopez favorite.

2. Lunges – Another great exercise for the butt. If you were to just do lunges, you would make all your friends jealous of how firm your “butt” has become. Remember to step a good length, keep the foot flat, don’t let the knees go past the toes, keep your back tight, and explode back to the standing position.

3. Stiff Legged Deadlifts – You will feel this all through the

Pillars of Fitness

Cardiovascular exercises such as running on the treadmill and working the step machine all work the most important muscle-your heart. Regular cardiovascular exercise is a prescription against heart disease, the leading cause of death for Canadians. Also, the calories burned can help shed a little leftover winter insulation.

The best way to lose weight, though, is to increase metabolic rate. While many methods such as eating small, frequent meals, drinking green tea, and sitting in the sauna have been suggested, one surefire way to boost slow metabolism is to increase lean body mass by lifting weights.

Another essential benefit of pumping weights is the significant increase in bone strength, which is important given that 1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis.

Mara’s best choice, then, will be to combine cardiovascular training with weight training. With only so much time in her day, though, how can Mara do both forms of exercise in an effective, time-efficient manner? Here are some guidelines to help cardiovascular and weight training live in peaceful co-existence.

To obtain solid results, weight training should be performed at least three times each week. As for cardiovascular exercise-be it a vigorous spinning class or

About Killer Ab Workout

Now with all of those figures on the ab workout commercials you may tell yourself that it is impossible. Well, that is not true at all. If you actually “do” your ab workout everyday, you will get to the shape you want to be in. There are also other factors at play when trying to develop those six-pack abs.

The key to a killer ab workout is to exercise daily while eating healthy. What eight-minute abs and abs of steel don’t let you know is that you have to eat right while using their videos everyday. If you want the killer abs you dream of, you are going to need a killer ab workout as well as a diet that will burn the fat and build the muscle.

Here are some tips to a killer ab workout:

Believe it or not running is key in developing your dream abs. If you can’t run then walk. There are also alternatives to running such as jumping rope or playing sports.

Again, you will need to ditch that fast food diet and start eating some healthy foods for once. A great diet that really works is a

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

Effects Of Exercise On Body Temperature

A regular exercise routine prevents your body’s temperature rhythm from remaining relatively level throughout the day. With an appropriate body temperature rhythm, you will find that you can get a deep sleep even if you’ve had a stressful day or can’t perform your regular exercise on a certain day. Exercise also delays the drop in the body’s temperature in the evening, and this delay lets you remain awake and alert for a longer time without feeling drowsy or tired. And, as everyone knows, exercise is a great stress reliever, and stress is one of the main reasons for the development of sleep disorders.

If you don’t already have an exercise program, you really should consider starting one right away. The best time to perform exercise is in the morning because it encourages a quick rise in temperature. You should avoid exercise for three hours before you go to sleep, since your body’s temperature will likely still be rising, and you could find falling asleep or sleeping deeply to be more difficult.

You don’t have to run right out and join a gym in order to get regular exercise. It is possible to obtain the benefits that

Protecting from 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.


Dark Side of Fitness

The consequences of this new “disease” can be very serious, often requiring many months of expensive rehabilitation or even surgery. Some young athletes are left facing a lifetime of pain and physical restrictions.

The article emphasizes the role played by pressure from coaches and parents and by a culture in many sports that places so much emphasis on performance, and on winning, that players often ignore the pain signals coming from their bodies.

I was struck by the parallels between this teenage phenomenon and the wave of injuries reported during the early stages of the fitness boom of the 1980s. At that time, there were a great many newspaper and magazine reports of everything from severe shin splints caused by prolonged running on concrete to serious back and neck pain due to improper methods of weight lifting.

I can well remember the sudden influx of students during that period who came for Alexander Technique lessons after giving up on demanding exercise regimes because of pain or injury. They just wanted to learn how they could get back to where they were before and sadly that was not always possible. It seems that when a new

Maintain Healthy Bones While Working Out


The most abundant mineral in the human body, Calcium helps the body primarily by regulating metabolic and hormone processes, muscle contraction, wound healing, blood clotting, blood pressure maintenance, and nerve transmission. The most important attribute of calcium, however, is its ability to build strong bones and teeth.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals needed by the body, but which is typically lacking in the diet. Also, only an estimated 20-30{de3710366abd2362f85f6791752ff510b3623b6acfebf984ac93ec68338c0f3f} of calcium in the diet is absorbed by the body. Because of the fact that almost everybody is not able to obtain enough calcium, this happens to be where calcium supplements are extremely beneficial.

Calcium is also said to be able to help with reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and colon cancer, in addition to preventing osteoporosis.

However, Calcium has to be present alongside other essential minerals in order for it to be effective and absorbed by the body. These other minerals are Magnesium, Potassium, Boron, Vitamin D, Silicon, Zinc, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12.


Magnesium is a very important mineral because of its role in bodily processes involving muscle and nerve functions. In addition

Enjoy Exercise

Never start exercise with too much stress, do it in a relaxed mood and environment. Exercise outdoors if you can and enjoy the nature. Listen to your favorite music, and enjoy while you exercise. While exercising outdoors use earphones and also be careful about what’s going around you. By listening to music or even listening to interesting books on tape will make your exercise more enjoyable. You can even exercise in front of the television by watching your favorite song or favorite programme.

Ask your friends to join your exercise program. Join a gym or a health club for a sport or recreational activity. When you join a gym or a social club you get to meet new people who could give you company and this makes your exercise more social and enjoyable.

After finishing a vigorous session reward yourself with a massage, sit in a whirlpool or sauna. Go out with your partner after the exercise session. Set goals and when you reach them, reward yourself.

Breathing, Factor in Fitness

1. The first one includes all the sports that use the technique of respiratory stop or blocking. The most typical among these are force sports such as athletic weight throwing, weightlifting, body building, gymnastics etc. In short, we might say that here the anaerobic extreme is concerned – the one which imposes apnea (blocking the thorax and respiration). The main advantage of diaphragm blocking is the rising, for the moment, of the explosive force of the sportsman. A rise in execution speed for maximum force efforts has also been observed. The classic example is the snatch of weightlifting in which force and speed are simultaneously implied on the basis of respiratory blocking.

This respiratory blocking, inevitable in the above-mentioned sports, has also some disadvantages. Among these we could mention high pressure values in the thorax, abdomen and skull, high pressure on blood vessels with low feed-back through the veins etc. Thus, due to the rising of pressure inside the eyes the aggravation of previous short-sightedness is possible. Also, in the inferior limbs, varicose veins can either appear or worsen. Effort in exclusively anaerobic conditions increases rigidity both in the blood vessels and in the muscles.


Office Workout

Instead of nervous going to fitness club you can make your workout in the office in front of your computer and desk. People can not imagine how to do it. You can sit in your chair and for example lift your legs to the body or stand up and move legs to the back and up. There are many exercises that don’t need any equipment; you can use your body’s parts as weight. Women’s most problem areas are thighs, hips and but. Use your problem part in your daily workout.

1) While I am writing this article I sit on chair and tighten up my butt and rest, 30 reps.

2) After that stand up and lift all body weight on your toes – make 30 reps – this exercise is for calve muscles.

3) March on side for 20 seconds and start lift your leg to the side – tighten hips, both legs and lift one leg – make 20 reps. Alternate the other leg.

4) Rest while marching on side.

5) Sit on your chair, bend knees and lift them to the ceiling – this exercise is for the abs. Make

About Fitness for Busy People

Running or walking may be a good choice. Both are excellent kinds of physical exercises to burn more calories, shed those unwanted pounds and control your weight. For example, a 150 lb person walking at 3mph burns approximately 320 calories per hour. Brisk walking at 4.5 mph burns even more calories, about 440 calories per hour. Heavier people burn more calories than thinner ones.

Both running and walking have many advantages:

– You can run or walk even if you have only half an hour of spare time.

– You do not have to go to a gym; go out and run or walk along the street or in the park.

– You do not need any special equipment, just a pair of comfortable running shoes.

Running or walking: which one to choose?

When choosing between running and walking, consider your general physical state. Take up walking instead of running if you have increased arterial pressure, problems with your spine or much excess weight. Your physical activity should be appropriate for your age. It is always a good idea to ask your doctor for advice before making any significant changes to your

Exercising on Vacation

It puts me into a meditative trace. Not only do I enjoy my time spent on the beach, 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

About Exercise For Toning Hips

The following routine has been specially designed for toning hip muscles.

For best results, start with 15-20 repetitions and one set. Increase gradually to 2 sets. Complete the routine at least 2 times a week and you will see results within the first few weeks. These numbers are general guidelines. For best results, consult a personal trainer. If you have any injuries or medical ailments, please obtain a physicians clearance before starting any exercise program.

Side Lying Hip Raises – Hip toning.

Starting Position: Lie on your left side on a mat with the legs straight. Support your heard in your hands and keep the left leg bent. Movement: Slowly raise the right leg 8-12 inches up in the air, keeping the knee straight. Lower it gradually. Complete 15-20 repetitions and repeat on the opposite side. To make this exercise harder, you can try using weight cuffs around the ankles. Start with 1 lb and work your way up to 5 lbs within 4-6 weeks. Another way to make the exercise harder is to raise the leg and then trace large circles clockwise 10 times, followed by another 10 repetitions anticlockwise.

Seated Hip Toning

Full Body Workout

Measure the Weights

Don’t just start off with lifting the heavy weights straightaway. According to the experts; this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make if you are starting off with a gym routine. Start with slow and steady steps. Begin with lifting small weights and then gradually increase the weights once your stamina is built up.

Maximum Body Training

For all those who regularly follow a good gym routine, Tabata Protocol is a familiar term. This is a type of gym exercise which helps you to strengthen the muscles of your neck and back. Basically, this method is used in Aerobics. It is also known as the 20:10 method; where you need to repeat 8 rounds, follow for 20 seconds, then take 10 seconds rest, and then repeat.

Kettlebell Usage

Also known as the kettlebell swing, this workout move is well known for better performance, especially if you are an athlete. This exercise improves the performance of your heart and back muscles. Moreover, it also builds up your stamina and increases your muscular strength. Start with 20 swings in 3 blocks and take it up to 200 swings, or 20

Old Folks Exercise

Drop Down to the Old Folks Center

Most centers have an exercise program. Nothing is more vigorous than waving your hands at your neighbor. You will bend over and stretch. After the exercise you can stay for that 3000 calorie lunch. That will make you sleepy. Go home and take a long nap in front of As the World Turns.

Walking Around the Mall and its Alternatives

Lots of old folks like to walk around the mall. You can walk at your own pace, stopping at interesting window displays. After the walk, you can go to the food court and eat a couple of those great cinnamon buns with milk or your favorite hot beverage.

I prefer hot chocolate myself.

Mall walking seems to be more fun if you are a member of a group. That way you have someone to lie to while eating your cinnamon bun.

If the mall is too far away, then walk around your house or apartment.

When your spouse says, “Stop that! What the heck are you doing anyway?” try the Charles Atlas method of dynamic tension.

Nobody will be kicking sand in your