Archive for May, 2009

Beat Food Excuses and Eat Right

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Now’s the time to banish all excuses and get over setbacks standing in the way of achieving an ideal bodyweight for yourself. Behind every intention to lose weight or eat right, there always lurks an excuse. In order to resist “cracking” at the first temptation, find a balance in what food habits work for you and determine what is right for you.

Excuse 1: Meal times must be pleasurable. Low fat cooking takes away the joy from enjoying meals.
Learn to be creative when you prepare meals. Low fat cooking can be enjoyable if you apply your mind and make the food taste and look good.
For instance, bake, steam, grill or stir-fry foods instead of deep-frying them. Add herbs (basil, oregano, mint leaves) and spices (pepper, chili, garlic) to dishes and go easy on butter, oils and cream-based sauces. Trim .... Click to Read More

Aqua Exercise

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The results with water exercises are amazing! Get ready to exercise aqua style - for that wonderful toned and sculpted look.

Water acts like a liquid weight machine, providing resistance, cardiovascular exercise and improved range of motion. You don’t need to know how to swim to exercise in water.

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As a child, you probably spent hours in water, swimming pools or the sea, riding waves, playing with friends until you were waterlogged and salt-coated. Even as you grow older, the magical feeling of being in water still remains.

Benefits of aqua exercise
Buoyancy
The buoyancy of the water allows you to stay afloat or glide without much effort.
In addition, each movement requires greater exertion because of the need to overcome water resistance<.... Click to Read More

Don’t Let the Belly Dance

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Train consistently and intelligently. Unfortunately, there is no one best exercise for training the abs. Perform a variety of exercises - include exercises from past and current trends. Also, include traditional crunches as well as effective movements from Pilates, yoga, sports and fitness ball training.

Focus on doing the movement right so that the exercise works for you. This means no sloppy or halfhearted movements.

Imagine gymnasts, acrobats, or dancers performing their skills without control and focus. The result would be disastrous! Lack of control and concentration is the primary reason why results are hard to get.

Motivation, at its highest level, is action. So get set and ready to go.

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How do I get rid of the layer of flab around my abs?
The best way to burn fat is thro.... Click to Read More

Yoga for children – fun with a twist

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Movement is essential for growing bodies. And yoga is a timeless, time-tested and practical technique for developing both mind and body.

Fun with a twist
Many yoga asanas were derived by observing nature and some of them imitate the spirit of animals such as the lion, cat and dog. They also represent parts of the environment such as the mountain, tree, sun – aiming to imbibe their natural grace and qualities.

Benefits
Practicing yoga regularly in the early years helps develop better mental concentration, co-ordination, flexibility, strength, postural awareness and breathing habits. Yoga also balances the functioning of the body’s glandular system and the chakras – the body’s spiritual energy centres.

Start them young
Introducing children to y.... Click to Read More

Exercise Directory

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Confused about which type of exercise is right for you? This exercise directory tells you what to expect from different workout trends. It also assesses the ability of each workout routine to build aerobic stamina, burn fat, build muscle and increase flexibility or coordination. Use this information to know what style of workout suits your goals and temperament; then select the best option suited to your needs.

Spinning
• Burns fat
• Builds muscle
• Builds aerobic stamina
• Needs coordination

Spinning is good for those who already have a good fitness level. A good spinning class gives your heart and lungs an intense workout while also building strength in the legs. It is an excellent exercise program for fat burning.
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Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Regular exercise is vital to good health. It can be tough summoning up the enthusiasm to be consistent with your workouts. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you get the most out of your exercise session.

DO fit in fitness
Schedule “workout” in your planner. Make exercise a commitment.

DON’T get bored
Fitness routines should always be enjoyable. Exercise is a great stress-buster. Vary your workouts so that you enjoy exercising.

DO warm-up and cool-down
A warm-up prepares the body for the activity to follow. Muscles perform better and are less prone to injury when they are warm. A warm-up can mean simply walking or marching for 5 to 10 minutes to raise the body’s core temperature.

A cool-down lowers the body’s t.... Click to Read More