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What You Need to Know About Sports Injuries

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

When working out, it is important for you to be aware of your body and to be able to recognize when it is telling you there is a problem.  By knowing what is normal and what is not normal for your body, you will be better able to recognize a sports injury when it occurs. (more…)

Sleep Or Exercise? Reasons to Fit Plenty of Sleep Into Your Schedule

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Are you trying to figure out when you will fit in your regular workout routine?  As you take a look at your schedule and look for a spot for your workout, make certain you are not sacrificing other important aspects of your lifestyle in order to get your exercise.  For example, falling back on fast food or processed meals in order to make time for your exercise routine will be counterproductive, as these foods are bad for your health and are loaded with extra calories.  Similarly, you want to be certain you are getting plenty of sleep each night, so don’t cut into your sleep time in order to workout in the morning. (more…)

Varying Your Routine with Special Classes

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Are you considering hitting the gym to help you add some variety to your workout routine?  While having your own personal home gym is certainly the most convenient and effective method for getting in shape or for staying in shape, you still might want to consider taking advantage of some of the classes being offered at your local gym.  This way, you can keep your workout routine varied while also socializing with other people who share your interest in staying fit. At the same time, when you join a class, you don’t have to worry about the troubles associated with joining a gym, such as trying to get a turn on the machines or dealing with large groups of people. (more…)

Including Squats in Your Workout Routine

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

If you are looking for a great exercise that doesn’t require using any type of special exercise equipment, you might want to consider adding squats to your regular routine.  Squats are an excellent exercise for toning and building muscles and offers a number of benefits - all without having to purchase anything special.

Benefits of Squats

The biggest benefit of squats is the fact that it allows you to workout so many different parts of the body with just one exercise.  In fact, squats can do all of the following:

  • · Allow you to work out all of your major muscle groups
  • · Burn a significant amount of calories
  • · Tone your thighs and your buttocks
  • · Increase the overall flexibility of your lower body
  • · Increase the strength of your mid-section and lower back
  • · Increase the strength of your lungs and your heart

Of course, in order to enjoy all of these benefits, it is important to use the proper form when performing squats.

Tips for Performing Squats

When performing squats, you can choose to use weights or to simply use your own body weight.  If you are just getting started with squats, it is a good idea to forego the weights until after you have become accustomed to the exercise.  This way, you can be certain to get the proper form down in order to avoid potential injury.  If you aren’t certain about the proper form, it would be a good idea to consult with a professional in order to make certain you are doing the exercise properly. 

While squats are not the only exercise you should include in a routine, it is certainly something that should be added to your routine. If you are interested in interval training, you may want to use the squat as the exercise you perform while “resting” from the treadmill or elliptical machine.

Get More Protein in Your Diet with Tuna Fish

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Nearly everyone is aware of the importance of including protein in your diet.  Protein helps your muscles repair themselves after a workout while also helping to build muscle in the boy.  Unfortunately, many protein sources are also high in fats and other materials that can be bad for your heart.  Or, the protein source may be high in calories.  If you like fish, however, eating canned tuna can provide you with an excellent source of protein while also being convenient and easy to prepare. (more…)

Using Interval Training for a Better Treadmill Workout

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

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Building Muscle Mass with Compound Exercises

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Are you trying to build up muscle mass?  If so, you might want to add compound exercises into your workout routine.  This type of exercise is quite popular with body builders because it is rather effective at building up mass, partly because these exercises help encourage the body to release testosterone.  In turn, the testosterone stimulates muscle growth throughout the body. (more…)

To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Have you always heard that you should take time to stretch out your muscles before working out?  If so, you may be surprised to hear that some experts are now saying that stretching before a workout does not help prevent muscle soreness and that it may not even be necessary. 

According to a recent study, stretching before exercising only reduced the amount of soreness participants experienced one day after their workout by less than 0.5 on a 100 point scale.  When stretching after the workout, participants only experienced reduced soreness by 1 point on a 100 point scale.  When evaluating soreness three days and four days after exercise, the researchers found similar results.

So, what is the right thing to do?  Should you stretch out before you hop on your elliptical trainer or treadmill, or should you skip it altogether?  Although there is a debate in the exercise world regarding whether or not stretching is necessary, there is no doubt that stretching beforehand does not cause any harm.  In addition, stretching in general is a good component to include in any workout routine, as it helps keep your ligaments flexible.  Unless you are really strapped for time, there is certainly nothing wrong with adding stretching before or after your regular workout routine.

Using the Glycemic Index to Aid in Weight Loss

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Are you trying to burn off some extra pounds?  If so, you might want to check out the glycemic index when deciding what foods you should and should not include in your diet. (more…)

Getting a Great Cardio Workout with Nothing but a Jump Rope

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

If you are looking to get a great cardio workout, but you have an extremely limited budget, you might want to look into getting a simple jump rope.  Although it is still best to use a machine such as an elliptical trainer or a treadmill in order to stave off boredom and to get a more complete workout, a jump rope can be a good option until your budget expands.  In fact, using a jump rope for your at home workout offers a number of benefits.  (more…)




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