Top 5 Calorie-Burning Activities

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Top Calorie-Burning Activities

Top Calorie Burning Exercises

If you are trying to look your best, be healthy and maintain a good weight for your height and build, it can sometimes be frustrating to know which activities will help you most. Everyone knows that going to the gym will help you burn calories, but is it the only way?
And is it the best way?

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Not necessarily.

There are a ton of different ways to stay in shape, some being better than others. Here are the top five activities for burning calories to help you stay healthy and thin for as long as you desire…

1. Ice skating: Not only does this wonderful sport get you out in the cold, which helps you burn calories, but it also makes you use every muscle of the body. Whether you are figure skating or playing hockey, putting those skates on and skating around the frozen pond or skate rink will get your heart rate up and burn more calories than you realized.


Fitness Blunders

Fitness Blunders

There is nothing more frustrating than putting in the time and energy to lose weight and get fit only for it not to do much good. Do you ever feel like you sweat, pump weight, do cardio, but you just don’t see a reflection of all the work you’re doing? Or maybe you keep getting hurt. If so, there might be a reason that this is occurring other than you having a slow metabolism, your accident prone, or that you are just “meant” to be overweight because of your mama.

If you are putting in the time and energy to get a slimmer, healthier body but you aren’t seeing the results that you thought you would the reason might be because you are making some mistakes. Here’s a look at ten different blunders that you might be making that are keeping you from obtaining that body you have always dreamed of…


How to Look Your Best During Spring Break

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How to Look Your Best for Spring Break

How to Look Your Best for Spring Break

Spring Break is a great time. Or at least it should be. If you are in your late teens or 20s, then that special week that comes every year known as “Spring Break” is something to be planned for. It is a seven day period that is all about good times, letting loose and enjoying life.

So, with all of that said, it is understandable that a person would want to look their best for such a special period of time that only comes once a year. If you are concerned with showing off your best side during spring break then take a few minutes and keep reading the following three tips that will help you look your best during spring break.


Stability Ball Exercises

Stability Ball Exercises

Are you looking for an easy way to incorporate core exercises and light weight lifting into your workout routine? Would you like to be able to do these exercises at home, in the comfort of your own home? One of the best ways that you can include core moves and weight training moves that use your body weight is by using a stability ball.

A fabulous way to put an extra oomph into your workout, research has actually shown that the use of a stability ball can double the effectiveness of exercises. These ingenious rubber balls come in a multitude of sizes and colors. Also called exercise balls, stability balls are easily inflatable and make it simple to get a good workout in in the privacy of your own home. Ranging from 55 to 65 centimeters or 21 to 25 inches, your height is what determines which ball would be best for you. Often times, stability balls can be purchased with instructional videos or pamphlets that will outline different exercises and stretches to do.


3 Reasons You Need to Do Yoga

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Reasons to do Yoga

Reasons to do Yoga

If you want to depend less on going to the doctor and paying a lot of money in medical bills then you need to check out yoga. A practice that has stood the test of time, yoga is a practice that nurtures the body in way that reverses aging, diminishes the power of disease, and reduces the chance of illness becoming present.

What does all of that mean exactly?

For a layman, the spiritual talk connected with yoga can have you possibly running for the hills. But yoga is more than woowoo stuff. The benefits of a consistent yoga practice are proven by science. Combining the various branches of the yoga tree, i.e. asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, etc, the body is given a tool to heal, support and revitalize every cell and every space between.


What is Circuit Training?

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Circuit Training Exercises

Circuit Training Exercises

Do you believe that you have to put in at least an hour of hard core work to get a svelte body and toned stomach? If you think that working out has to take a long time to get results, then you need to learn about a great trick that shortens the time and the effort but gives you the same results. It’s called Circuit Training.

Circuit training is the secret for all of us out there that want to be healthy but live incredibly busy lives. It works for busy parents and business people. It works for students and the elderly. In fact, circuit training is an excellent source of fitness for everyone, despite your age, size or health level.


Barefoot Running Benefits

Barefoot Running

It goes against everything we have been taught. If you are a runner, or are interested in running, chances are you have heard the hype that a good pair of structured, cushioned running shoes is the way to go. It is supposed to keep your feet healthy, support your joints and assist you in avoiding injuries. But is this the truth?

Experts are now saying no.

According to studies done on the subject, jogging with running shoes could be causing more problems than helping you to avoid them. Why? Well, experts are finding that running barefoot is fabulous for strengthening the feet as well as connecting with the natural way our bodies are made for running. This helps in avoiding shin splints, ankle issues and plantar fasciitis. In addition, research has shown that people running with cushioned shoes tend to beat their feet up more than those that run with minimal support because they are not able to feel the true ground that they are running on.


Understanding Body Weight Training

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Body Weight Training

Body Weight Training

It may be hard to believe, but your body has everything you need to weight train. Once upon a time, long, long ago, that is all that people had to get their muscles strong and ready to move mountains. Way back then, body weight training had more to do with necessity than it did with looks, but the actions were just the same.

Going back in history, bodyweight weight training can be found in the world of the Romans and Spartans. Today, such strong men and women as the Navy SEALS still incorporate this ancient form of weight training. Why? Well, one reason is that it is easy to incorporate whether you are in a hotel room or on the beach. Bodyweight weight training doesn’t cost money and it is always there ready to be used. Not to mention, the effectiveness is just as good as working out with metal or plastic weights or nautilus machines. In fact, some fitness experts believe that it is the best way to lose excess fat and gain muscle.


Kickboxing Workout

Kickboxing Workout

Fitness experts agree: keeping your workout routine fresh and varied is the best way to get the healthy body you want and to avoid the awful plateau that can come from doing the same workout without any change up. If you are looking to include something fun and invigorating into your exercise routine, a great workout to consider is kickboxing.

Kickboxing has a multitude of benefits. Not only does kickboxing get your heart rate up, but it also gets muscles working that you may not even know you had. A simple workout that is easy to integrate whether you work out at home or in the gym, kickboxing makes you sweat while at the same time toning the entire body.


Fitness Programs for Older Adults

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Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Fitness Programs for Older Adults

An unfortunate truth about aging is that a decrease in oxygen intake promotes a decrease in healthy tissue. By not exercising, our bodies slowly deteriorate. To slow the aging process down, it is imperative to continue a healthy fitness program, especially for older adults.

By implementing a fitness program into life, elderly people can assist their bones in staying strong, help their muscles remain flexible and decrease their possibility of falling, which can lead to awful realities that include death. In fact, according to health experts, people that are 65 or older have almost twice the chance of falling and seriously hurting themselves versus younger people.  Why? Well, it is believed that there is a definite link between a decrease in muscle strength and flexibility, the processing of sensory stimuli as well as a slower response time. This can be easily avoided if a person continues with an exercise plan throughout their lifetime.



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