We are the CHAMPIONS!
People often ask me why I always choose the indoor treadmill when I buy new home exercise equipment. You would think that after some many years pounding away on my treadmill that I would eventually feel like making a change and go for something different to brighten things up.
I can understand why someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy exercise or doesn’t train for a particular sport would want to change things up every so often. Me on the other hand, I love to run. To be honest I think running is in my blood, I really don’t know what I would do without it.
Although I prefer to run outdoors whenever possible, during the winter months the thought of getting out in the freezing weather doesn’t often appeal. Having a treadmill in my house is a saviour during these months and if I didn’t have it I would be a shadow of my former self by the time spring came back round if I couldn’t get my workouts done on my trusty exercise machine.
So if you’re like me and you love to run then I believe you should be looking to get a treadmill whenever you are in the market for a new exercise device. To keep in top shape in a particular movement you need to be practicing that specific movement. There is surprisingly little crossover effect when you train on say a rower or stepper and if you find yourself using these exercise machines instead of a treadmill you will lose far more of your conditioning during the off-season.
For many people choosing exercise equipment throws up all sort of difficult questions but if you are a runner you’re lucky because you don’t have any decisions to make.… Read More
Don’t have time to get fit? How about 4 minutes in the pool?
In this latest water aerobics tutorial with “shape up with pooja”, learn how to get a water workout with “high intensity interval training” in the pool. These water aerobics exercises will help you with reducing body fat + increasing stamina and lean muscle mass.
In this Aqua Aerobics Online Class, Pooja demonstrates how to do “Hurdle Jumps” where you alternate between high intensity water workouts with rest phases and get fabulous results, all under 5 minutes.
This pool workout is for cardio fitness + improving speed, agility and power. It is also a perfect aqua aerobics exercise for those times when you are crunched for time.
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There are two common misconceptions woman have when they hear weight training. First they think they are going to have to go to the gym and start "pumping iron," and second they think they are going to "get buff," meaning they'll develop "big" muscles. Let's put these myths to rest. First, you do not have to lift anything if you do not want to – many yoga poses are considered weight training, and second, women do not have enough testosterone in their body to develop big guy muscles, so stop worrying!
What weight training can do for you is give you a leaner, firmer body. You see muscle burns more calories and there before you will be able to burn fat easier if you have a few muscles. And being toned, makes you look younger. We are not talking big muscles, rather what we are talking about is firm arms, some definition in the legs such as the calves, and just an overall look of fitness. So what type of weight training should you use? Glad you asked.
There are many different types of weight training works outs. We'll look at four popular methods that require little or no investment in equipment by you. Remember you can mix and match weight training. The key is that you do it and that you work all your muscle groups.
Resistance Band Exercises
Resistance band exercises are popular because they are inexpensive, easy to use, and effective. They are perfect for an at home weight training program. It is a great way to strengthen specific certain muscle groups. It's also a great way to target smaller muscle groups that are harder to target. Resistance bands are color-coded which indicates how stiff they are. You can start light and build if you've never done any weight training. The bands are very affordable.
Hand Weights At The Gym
You can join a gym a use the hand weights there or you can spend a little and buy your own set of dumbbells. They are very affordable and then you can work out at home. Hand weights will tone and shape you giving you total fitness. They begin at as low as 0.5 kg and go up from there. They are perfect for developing skeletal muscles. Hand weights will tone and develop muscles. You are not going to get huge buff muscles. What you will get is shapely muscles, less body fat.
Challenging Yoga Positions
Few, realize that yoga can be a form of weight training, especially some of the more challenging positions. The difference with eastern types of workouts is that it is not just about physical stimuli. It involves the connection of the mind with the workout. The great thing about yoga is that you do not require any additional equipment. You just need your mind and body.
Using Your Own Body Weight
Another easy method of weight training that involves no cost is to use your own body weight. For example sit-ups, calf … Read More