Archive | October, 2011

Best Ways to Burn Calories

31 Oct

AEROBIC EXERCISE IS THE BEST WAY to burn calories and lose weight. Although aerobic dancing is certainly a fun way to exercise, there are plenty of other ways to get an aerobic workout. Any endurance exercise is aerobic and that includes running, cycling, swimming, and many team sports. The most important thing is that you find some aerobic activity you enjoy. Read on to find out which exercise suits you best and pick up training tips on how to improve your performance. (more…)

Realistic expectations

22 Oct

AS YOU MOVE ALONG THE PATH to fitness, it is important to remember that your personal physique will respond to exercise in its own unique way. In truth, there is only so much you can do to change what you are born with; your body type, your VO2max to some extent  and of course, gender are some things that are impossible to change through exercise. Keep in mind the limitations imposed by nature as you begin exercising as well once you have been exercising regularly (more…)

The heart of the matter

21 Oct


ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK
about fitness and exercise without mentioning the heart and the cardiovascular system. Aerobic exercise(exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood moving) is one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular health. Since heart disease claims many lives each year, improving your heart health can help you lead a long, healthy life. (more…)

Keep a fitness diary

21 Oct

KEEPING A FITNESS DIARY is an effective way to keep track of your goals and stick to your fitness routine. This can be a plain notebook or diary or an actual “Fitness journal” that has lines for weight, goals, calorie counting and so forth.

What goes into the diary?

To start with, you could note down the results of the fitness assessment given earlier. Then, any kind of physical evaluation- one you do at home or a professionally done evaluation should go into the fitness diary to record your progress. (more…)

Healthy eating…

14 Oct

THE GOOD NEWS is that you don’t have to obsess over gram of fat or calorie in every bite of food in order to maintain or get to a healthy weight. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about fat or calories, it just means that healthy eating doesn’t have to involve obsessive  diet restrictions.

If you are eating from all the food groups, you should be able to get all your vitamins and minerals through food without needing supplements. You should consider adding supplements to your diet if you lead a very hectic lifestyle and don’t eat right, if you are on low calorie diet, if you are vegan, or if you have dairy allergies. If none of these applies to you, the you should be able to get very thing you need by eating a variety of foods. (more…)

Plyometrics

10 Oct

PLYOMETRIC TRAINING is specific work to enhance explosive power. In other words, it involves a lot of jumping. Plyometric training is used for sports that require short bursts of power such as tennis, basketball, or skiting, but its also a good exercise for anyone who wants to increase his or her power.

Have fun…

Here are a few plyometric exercises to add to your routine. Once again, I like to think of how people were young- always  jumping and hopping around.  Apply this attitude of fun and try some jumping. Also,  make sure to warm up adequately and stretch before you begin. (more…)

Measure your heart rate…

7 Oct

THE BEST WAY TO MEASURE your workout intensity is by monitoring your heart rate. Your heart rate is basically your pulse. Your target heart rate is what your heart rate should be while you are exercising. Staying within your target heart rate can help you have productive, safe workouts.

If you are exercising too far below your target heart rate, you won’t reap all the benefits of exercise. But if you are too far above it, you are going to get tired and overheated, and you are more likely to injure3 yourself. Beginners who exercise too hard, too fast are often the ones to drop out.

You can also measure your heart rate on your own. (more…)