Up here in Calgary the weather has been nice although only a little cold over the last couple weeks. I have been on holidays so have not really been at the gym getting exercise and instead have been trying to get workouts in and cardio done outdoors. I am sure I will be kicking myself for not pushing harder in a couple of weeks but the change of pace has been nice. Now that we are into the new year everyone's new years resolutions will kick in today. The gyms will be busy with lots of people … [Read more...] about Running Into A New Year
How long should you exercise? Experts say that you should exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. I don't know about you but 20 minutes is not a long time to exercise. If you get up just 10minutes early and get 20 minutes of exercise the you will have to rush around and still get to work on time. 20 minutes for exercise is easy to find. If you have dinner a few minutes early and then do the cleaning up and have your workout before starting your evening routine you will never miss the time. … [Read more...] about 20 minutes a day
I have written quite a bit over the last week about what you need as far as home fitness equipment goes but thought I would just round out this week with an overview of what you should have for equipment. So here is what I think that you should try to accumulate over the next while. Weightlifting Home Fitness Equipment Mats- The most basic piece of fitness equipment is an exercise mat. You need an exercise mat for doing stretching as well as for doing abs and an exercise mat is always good … [Read more...] about Home Fitness Equipment
I am trying to get a jump start on the winter for everyone by finding some great articles on how best to look for and buy exercise equipment for your home. Most people will just join a gym to use expensive exercise equipment but really there are many reasons to instead buy fitness equipment. I have a few pros and cons on this. Buying Exercise Equipment Buying exercise equipment is not for everyone and can be expensive. First things first, I do own some exercise equipment. I have written about … [Read more...] about Cardio equipment buyers guides
Interval training is a way of doing cardio that will give you the ability to make gains in time and distance much more easily than any other method. The principle of interval training is that you push yourself really hard and then you slow down. This repetitive form of training leads to your body needing to adapt to changes and this is really great for you. The body begins to build new capillaries, and is better able to take in and deliver oxygen to the working muscles. Muscles develop a … [Read more...] about Interval Training
Soccer has always been known as a great alternative to jogging as a great form of exercise but a new study seems to show that Soccer is actually much better as a form of exercise than jogging. University of Copenhagen sports scientist Peter Krustrup and his colleagues conducted their research on 37 men. The researchers strapped heart monitors to their chests and compared blood samples and muscle tissue before and after matches and jogging sessions. The men were split into groups of soccer … [Read more...] about Soccer instead of jogging?
Found this great bit of info from mercola.com. Apparently the best way to really pick up a cardio workout is to have short high intensity peaks in your workout to really push yourself. New findings suggest that it pays to alternate short bursts of high-intensity exercise with gentle recovery during workout regimens at least once a week. Before starting any kind of cardio exercise make sure you are using good quality workout shoes to avoid any possible feet damages and reduce the shock on your … [Read more...] about Best Way To Improve Cardio Workouts
I wrote a post last week about buying used exercise equipment because at this time of year it is much easier to by exercise equipment then it is at any other time of the year and to save money to boot. Anyway in all of the equipment that I mentioned I never did mention the best piece of cardio exercise equipment and that is the rowing machine. Rowing machines are a bit more complex and a bit harder to use than the standard stair machine, exercise bike, or treadmill. A rowing machine is a much … [Read more...] about Rowing Machines
If you want to feel great, have more energy and improve your overall health, take a walk. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and you can do it almost anywhere, anytime, and for free. The generally recognized health benefits of walking regularly are far-reaching: reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases, reduced stress, control, muscle tone, and cardio fitness. Walking for exercise does not need to be strenuous to produce results. Even walking for 30 … [Read more...] about Walking Tips
I was watching Honey we are killing the kids just now and they talked about an exercise called rebounding. Rebounding is a type of exercise done on a mini trampoline at home indoors. I have always liked trampolines because they are so much fun. I looked around and found the following article about rebounding on the trampoline: Rebounding Workout, Rebounder, Gym Rebounder, Mini Trampoline Ever heard of rebounding? Rebounding is a fun way to get great exercise using small controlled … [Read more...] about Trampoline rebounding
I am never sure how many calories I am really burning when I do exercise. Quite often you will have a great workout and according to the numbers you only burned a couple of hundred calories. There is a lot more to calorie burning than what the numbers may say. Some question you should ask yourself are: How long did you exercise? How hard was the workout to you? Did you gain any muscle in the workout? How long where you tired for after your workout? You have to remember when you … [Read more...] about Burning up calories
Time for riding the stationary bike is coming quick. Well, winter is going to be kicking in here in Alberta soon enough. I have been riding my bike still and now this week is great but the weekend does not seem so good. This winter I will be riding a stationary bike that is sitting in the bedroom and has been collecting dust over the summer. After I wipe down the bike, I am looking forward to watching some movies this winter while getting nice long leisurely workouts or, as a change of … [Read more...] about Riding the stationary bike
Every now and again you will get on a treadmill or elliptical trainer and see that it lists the number of METS in the workout, like me you probably glaze over it and just start. But this Mets number is very interesting and important. If you are anything like me it gets kinda confusing sometimes to compare heart rate, calories burned, time, number of miles or floors. It would be much easier to just make a number that takes it all into account. And that is the idea behind METs METs are … [Read more...] about The Value of METs in Weight Loss Workouts
Having a healthy lifestyle involves having proper exercise, as these exercise tips for women will show, and diet. Women nowadays are getting more and more motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper exercise in order to lose fat and , to maintain their physique, and to have a longer and healthier life. Here are a few exercise tips for women to help you achieve your desired and size through proper exercise: Exercise Tips for Women Create a workout plan. One of the main … [Read more...] about Exercise Tips for Women
What happens when you combine running with the practice of T'ai Chi? The answer: chi running. When people first hear about it, they often ask, "What is chi running?". Chirunning, as it is also called, is a relatively new way of running that focuses on form and keeps you relaxed and meditative while running. Danny Dreyer, who popularized chi running, claims that it will result in less pain and fewer injuries. What is the Chi Running Approach? Chi running is mindful running that focuses on every … [Read more...] about What is Chi Running?