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Interval Training

June 15th, 2009
Stuck in an exercise rut? Try interval training – a wonderful way to break out of a plateau and revitalize your workout sessions. What is interval training? Interval training is a repeated series of high-intensity exercise bouts, alternated with low-intensity exercise bouts or rest periods to form a workout. Interspersing more demanding and less demanding exercise segments within a workout is challenging and greatly improves the cardiovascular efficiency. Also, the low intensity bursts allow for active recovery from the high intensity segments. What are the benefits of interval training? Interval training is an effective and efficient way to achieve higher level of fitness. It can improve your fitness level, increase speed, burn more calories and add variety to your fitness regime. • You'll burn more calories. With interval training you can increase calorie or energy...

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Cycling

June 11th, 2009
Cycling indoors or outdoors is an enjoyable experience! Outdoor cycling can be fun with options of cycling in the park, along beaches or on roads. Indoor cycling is becoming increasingly popular with ‘spin’ classes and the convenience of the stationary bike. Why cycle? Cycling is low-impact form of exercise that improves your general health while being gentle on your joints. Most exercise bikes (recumbent bikes, upright bikes and indoor spinning) provide a mechanism for applying resistance to the pedals which increases the intensity of the exercise. You can opt for an intense exercise regime or easy-pace workout based on your fitness level and goals. Research indicates that exercising for 30 minutes on most days can offer substantial benefits, even if those 30 minutes are broken up into two or three separate sessions....

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Beat Food Excuses and Eat Right

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...

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Aqua Exercise

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. Box 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 Improved lung capacity In water hydrostatic pressure pushes against the chest and body. This helps...

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Don’t Let the Belly Dance

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. box How do I get rid of the layer of flab around my abs? The best way to burn fat is through diet modification...

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Yoga for children – fun with a twist

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 yoga asanas as an activity that is fun and entertaining helps channel their natural energy to a fitter body....

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