Archive | May, 2012

ARE YOU HEART SMART

19 May

Test how much you know about how physical activity affects your heart. The following statements are either true or false. Decide what you think, then compare your responses with the answers given below

  • Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart diseases

Heart disease is almost twice as likely to develop ion inactive people, so this is true. Being physically inactive is a risk factor for heart disease along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and being overweight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of getting heart disease. Regular physical activity(even mild to moderate exercise) can reduce this risk. (more…)

Working out while pregnant

11 May

REMEMBER THE DAYS when pregnant women were not to do anything much less exercise? Well, those days are over. Not only is it allowed, pregnant women are encouraged to do a little exercise. Whether you have a fitness routine firmly in a place or you want to be a bit healthier for the wee one, exercising while pregnant can make you feel great.

Exercising during pregnancy is good for you for all the same reasons it is good for everyone else. Furthermore, it can help you carry that extra weight around, physically prepare you for the stress of  labour,  and make it easier to get back in shape after the baby is born. (more…)

Obliques

7 May

THE FOLLOWING EXERCISE work the external and internal obliques, which are the muscles that you use when you twist or rotate your torso from side to side. For these, in addition to thinking about bringing your sternum and pelvis together, imagine your sides working to rotate your torso. Toning this area can help provide support for the lower back. (more…)