Fitness and Exercise Blog - January 2006 fitness blog

Exercise Reinvigorates Your Body and Mind

There's a British psychologist who has done a study concluding that January 23rd is the most depressing day of the year. This could be due to the weather or the fact that it's more or less the middle of winter for many people.

Whether or not this is true, the best way to stay positive whenever you are feeling a little tired or depressed or the weather has got you down is to exercise. Exercising takes your mind off any worries or problems. It allows you to stay positive and attack any issues or problems you may have in a new positive light. Exercise also reinvigorates your body by filling your lungs with more air, oxygen allowing your whole body to be refreshed, full of new energy.

Posted on: Monday January 23, 2006

Goal Setting for Weight Loss and Exercise Programs

Often when people begin exercising or start a weight loss program, they tend to focus on short-term goals. When those goals aren't realized or they may be set too high and are therefore unattainable, they get frustrated and discouraged. A negative attitude sets in and they eventually give up.

Rather than looking towards the short-term, try to set long-term goals that are achievable and more realistic. By doing this, you are taking much smaller steps towards your goals. You see better results and as a result, you are maintaining a positive outlook. Eventually as you persevere, you will achieve your long-term goals and feel good about yourself, your results.

This short tip is just a generalization. Some people will tend to lose weight or benefit from exercise at a much faster pace, while others at a much slower. It all depends on many factors including your metabolism. Just remember to adjust any goals according to your honest ability to achieve them.

Posted on: Sunday January 22, 2006

Need  To Exercise At All Ages

It's never too late to begin exercising or to exercise. Ideally you should begin exercising when you are young and continue throughout your life. Once you stop, for many people it becomes difficult to get back into it and for most people, they gain weight as a result. Just yesterday, I heard about a recent study in the news that concluded that seniors who exercise will not get Alzheimer's disease.

Another point is that many children these days are over-weight due to a lack of exercise. Instead of taking part in sports, be it organized or not, they are in front of their video games. Technology in today's society is great but can be detrimental to our health. Also, if parents don't exercise, this sends a negative message to the kids. The point I'm trying to make is that when parents exercise and live a healthy lifestyle this sends a positive message to your kids and reinforces the need to exercise for all age groups.

I know it may be hard to begin exercising or you try every year and then quit. In these cases you really need some expert fitness guidance and advice.

Posted on: Tuesday January 17, 2006

Exercise and Nutrition

You've probably heard this many times before, but it's worth repeating. To lose excess weight or maintain your ideal weight you must exercise and eat properly. They go both hand in hand. If you are looking to add size to your physique i.e. bodybuilders, athletes, again you must exercise and make the proper nutritional choices. Today, I will only discuss the importance of exercise and nutrition vis-a-vis weight loss, maintaining your ideal weight.

Exercising regularly between 2 to 3 days a week is important in maintaining strong bones, a healthy heart and for keeping excess weight off. It can encompass anything from a daily brisk walk to cycling, rollerblading or weight training. Preferably a combination of weight training and some cardio exercises.

Many people attempt to exercise, but soon give up. Be it due to lack of willpower, time or lack of results. It's important that when you start to exercise that it becomes part of your lifestyle. That's where an online fitness program will help you.

With respect to proper nutrition, there are so many diet programs but which one is right for you? Which ones actually work? It's tough to decide. You may consider reading the following excellent book, The Flavor Point Diet. It discusses how the choices of food we eat affects our appetite and whether or not we overeat. By making the correct food choices you can eat the right amount of food and prevent weight gain or lose weight by changing your eating habits.

Posted on: Saturday January 7, 2006 5:22pm

Strength Gains - Tip on increasing muscle strength with weight training

So you've been exercising with weights regularly, say 3-4 times a week over the last few years, but you haven't made any gains in strength lately. With the new year, maybe now is a good time to re-evaluate your workout routine. 

If you are experiencing this, it's likely due to the fact that your muscles have grown accustomed to the weights you are using. Try this approach. Increase the weights you are using. For example if you are bench pressing, say the most you can do is 180 pounds at 10-12 repetitions, increase this to 190 pounds. Do as many reps as you possibly can. Don't worry if you can only do 6-8 repetitions. The point of this method of weight training is to force your muscles to get stronger when lifting the heavier weights. It's not about whether or not you can complete a desired number of repetitions. Make sure when you are training this way you use proper form because you want to increase your strength and not hurt yourself over the long run. You may also consider shortening your workout time a little because this method of training is taxing on your body.

This is only an example. You may want to go as heavy as you can and perform only 4 reps. Over time you will find that you will increase your strength gradually and safely.

Posted on: Thursday January 5, 2006 10:38am

Exercising Your Abdominal Muscles, Abs

Looking to get toned and flat abs for the summer? Now's a good time as any to start working on your abdominal muscles.

A lot of people seem to feel they have to have six-pack looking abs. You don't necessarily have to have abdominals that look rock hard like they were sculpted to have great looking abs. The key is to tone them and strengthen them. Toned abs not only look great, but stregnthening them helps you to keep your lower back strong and helps with your posture. So not only does it help with your physical appearance, but it has health benefits.

All it takes is 10-15 minutes a day, 3 times a week. You can do it almost anywhere and no equipment is even necessary! Just vary the exercises up over the three day period. Your can find some simple exercises for your abs here.

Posted on: Wednesday January 4, 2006 12:45pm

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