Fitness and Workout Routines


Get That Flat Stomach

Want a fabulous super-flat stomach like the ones the stars have?

The good news is that not only is it possible but it is easy to do. The not-so-good news is that you have to do it right otherwise it won’t work.

The big myth is that you can spot reduce fat. Believe me, fat can not be spot reduced, if you have a layer of fat over your stomach then the only way to get rid of it is to lose the fat from everywhere else, too.

So the first thing to do is eat right and lose some weight. At the same time combine your diet with general exercise to increase the amount of calories that your body needs and so aid fat reduction.
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Lack of Rest and its Effect on Your Physique Development Efforts

Exercise, nutrition, and rest — the triad that ensures optimal health and efficient recuperation in your efforts to create the physique that you desire. All three are vital and are all equally important. Without sufficient attention in each area, your athletic performance and development results bomb.

Much has been said about exercise and nutrition and their effects on physique enhancement, but how often do you hear about rest and its importance to your physique development goals?

How Much Rest Do You Need?
Recuperation from training occurs only during rest and sleep. The general rule of thumb for complete recuperation is 7.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night. If you are training intensely, a 30-60 minute nap a day is also recommended. (1)
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How to Avoid Fitness Failure

It’s easy to fall into bad habits and find reasons for your fitness regime to fail. Here are some practical suggestions to stay on track:

Stay real: the desire to get fit can grip men in frenzy of activity and expense. To avoid failures don’t set high targets and make grand plans.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Where possible walk to pass on a message rather than sending an email. Reconsider labor-saving devices and go for manual instead of automated.

Get a Pedometer: You might want to consider buying a pedometer as a simple investment. Depending on the type you opt for this can provide you with feedback as to how much you are moving and even give a rudimentary idea of how many calories you are using up.
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Aerobics Basics and How to Do Aerobic Excercise

Placing the body in an aerobic state means, living or active only in the presence of oxygen. Which simply means to get ones’ heart rate to increase slightly for an extended period of time by continues movement.

Aerobics are an extremely potent way of increasing the fat burning process. Placing the body in an aerobic state increases the body’s metabolism, the body’s fat burning mechanism. This in turn will not only burn more calories but more importantly calories in the form of body fat tissue.

The more popular aerobics are in the form of stair stepping, walking, swimming, rowing, jump roping, jogging, stair climbing, etc. To say one aerobic exercise is better than another is not true. Any form of aerobics that increases the body’s metabolism for an extended period of time and that can be done on a daily basis is a great aerobic exercise.
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How Aerobic Exercises Affect Diet and Weight Loss

Aerobic exercises are any exercises that temporarily elevates respiration and heart rate. Some of the more popular aerobic exercises are: walking, jogging, treadmill, stair climber, jumping rope, swimming, rowing, bicycling, hiking, stair stepping, general aerobics classes, etc.

The key to optimizing the use of aerobic exercises is to elevate the heart rate slightly (so that you are breathing noticeably heavier than normal but not so much that you are out of breathe) for a continuous period of at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Which aerobic exercises or exercise a person chooses is completely a personal matter. For example, one of the best aerobic exercises is walking. It is by far the easiest of all aerobic exercises yet easily places the body in the fat burning zone by slightly increasing a persons’ heart rate over an extended period of time.
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Exercise and Your Heart

Over the last several years, you’ve managed to fit a brisk 1/2 hr walk into your schedule on most days. The payback is you feel better, and friends say you look better too! Of course, getting into the habit of walking each day was the biggest hurdle, but now you look forward to your daily excursion. It feels perfect.

But a recent National Academy of Sciences report has you wondering if you’re doing enough. Taking into consideration the expanding girth of many North Americans, the academy is recommending that people get at least 60 mins of moderate activity on a daily basis.

So does this mean your 1/2 hr walk isn’t enough? The answer depends on your current health condition and your fitness goals.
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Back Pain Exercises

You can minimize low back pain with exercises that strengthen your hamstrings, abdominals, back, hips and thighs. Do not progress into any strengthening program until you have prepared your body aerobically for approximately 12 weeks. This prepares your body for the demands of a strength-training program. To achieve this aerobic/cardiovascular condition commit to recreational activities like swimming, walking, jogging, hiking or cycling.

Before beginning any strengthening and flexibility program you should warm up your muscles with slow rhythmic exercises for a total of 10 minutes. For example, walk indoors or outdoors at your home. Ensure you are breathing during all exercises i.e. exhale on exertion and inhale back to starting position.
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Exercises Facts

Exercise is an extremely important addition to any weight loss program. Exercise not only strengthens individual muscles, the heart, and lungs but for weight loss purposes enhances the fat burning process.

Exercise does more than just burn calories. Exercise allows the food eaten to be assimilated and dispersed throughout the body more effectively due to the body’s loss of energy as well as the increase in the intravascular ability to transport nutrients.

The addition of muscle tissue increases the body’s metabolism, the body’s fat burning mechanism. This increase in muscle tissue does not have to be as a result of weight training as any exercise combined with a proper diet will build and strengthen muscles slightly on their own. Thus allowing for fat tissue to be burned 24 hours per day.
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Exercise or Diet – Which is Best?

Losing weight? So, should you get out your running shoes, or cut down on calories? Which one is guaranteed to wave away the pounds and produce that slim, look-at-me figure we all want?

Ten years ago there was no contest – diets (and very restrictive diets they were, too) were all that were available but now, in the light of modern research, that’s all changing.

People who are naturally slim are nearly always people who are active, either with physical jobs or those ‘always on the go’. People who are not naturally slim – well, they tend to be people who prefer less active roles and spend more time sitting or choosing less active options.
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Fine Tuning the Abs

A large percentage of the people who weight-lift say that the thing they feel they need the most work on are their abs. Everybody wishes they had abs like [insert preferred celebrity here] but fears that no matter how hard they try, they never will. And partially, this is true, because everyone has different body and muscle types and yours simply may not match up to the desired look. However, by avoiding a few common mistakes, you can bring yourself to a point where you will be happy with the abs you have:

* Don’t work your abs every day – When you work out you are tearing muscle. That muscle needs time off to heal. So try to give your abs at least one day off between workouts. If your routine is 5 days a week, do them on the 1, 3, and 5.
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