Monday, December 31, 2012

The 10 Best Treadmills

Treadmills for Improving Overall Fitness

Concerned about how to improve your fitness level at home without purchasing an expensive gym membership? Then you obviously need fitness equipment and especially treadmills to get you started.  The treadmills that I recommend below all have multifunctional features such as powerful motors, entertainment or programmable exercise routines.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Specialized Wrestling Workouts

Two U.S. Air Force members wrestling in a Grec...
Two U.S. Air Force members wrestling in a Greco-Roman match. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Use Specialized Wrestling Workouts to Train for Tough Matches

The typical wrestling workout session involves spending about 50 percent of the time in the neutral position perfecting takedown skills. This is a smart workout approach because of the great importance takedown superiority has for winning matches. Next, both bottom and top mat wrestling would be equally divided for the purpose of polishing escape or reversal and ride or pinning combination skills.

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12 Days of Fitness: Hamstring exercises

Werth Hamstring Stretch
Werth Hamstring Stretch (Photo credit: matturick)

12 Days of Fitness: Hamstring exercises you can do at home

We're on day six of the 12 days of fitness. KING 5's Jean Enersen and exercise master Kari Anderson serve up a helping of hamstring exercises you can do at ...

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Working Out
Working Out (Photo credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)
Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boost Your Workout With An Exercise Ball

More Balls
More Balls (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
Balls, those specifically for exercise and those for sports or leisure activity, can be used to tone and strengthen your body. They can even be used to improve core stability and balance.

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Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012

The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012

Here are the 100 people determined by Greatist to be the most influential figures in fitness, health, and happiness this year.

Exercises for Thighs

Thighs workout exercises for women

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Strengthen Core with Simple Exercise

MaryBeth Winstead, a mom of two in Raleigh and owner of Healthy Moms of Wake County, shares a simple fitness exercise that can help strengthen your core, back and abdominal muscles.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Statins Plus Exercise Best at Lowering Cholesterol, Study Finds

People who exercise along with taking statins to lower their high cholesterol levels can dramatically reduce their risk of dying, a large new study suggests.

"The reduction in death is independent; whatever statins do is independent of what exercise does," said lead researcher Peter Kokkinos, a professor in the cardiology department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Kokkinos is talking about regular moderate exercise -- not vigorous workouts. "Thirty minutes a day of brisk walking -- not a whole lot," he said.

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To Get More Fit, Find a Stronger Workout Partner

What would it take to get you to regularly exercise longer than you do now?

New research suggests that you might just need a virtual buddy who you think is stronger than you.

A small study of female college students suggests that competing against a teammate or virtual partner helps people ramp up their exercise more effectively than if they worked out alone.

The study also found that even though participants who were paired with a strong workout partner exercised much longer, they didn't feel any more tired after the fitness bout than did people who exercised alone for a shorter period of time.

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Aerobic Exercise Seems Best for Weight, Fat Loss

If you want to burn fat and lose weight, aerobic exercise beats resistance training, a new study says.

Olympic Medalists May Also Claim 'Survival Advantage'

Olympic medal winners live longer than people in the general population, but athletes who do high- or moderate-intensity sports have no survival advantage over those who do low-intensity activities such as golf, according to two new studies.

Health Tip: Balance Holiday Buffets With More Exercise

If you tend to indulge in your favorite holiday treats, you may want to schedule some extra exercise to help offset those added calories.

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Regular Exercise May Add Years to Life, Study Finds

A new study suggests that physically active people are likely to live several years longer than inactive people.

The findings don't say anything about whether those extra years are good ones, and the limits of the research don't prove that activity may guarantee longer life spans.

Still, the Canadian study adds more evidence that being active pays dividends in the long run.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bodyweight Exercise Fitness Tips

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Sprints for Cardio Training? You Better Believe It

Sprints for Cardio Training? You Better Believe It

Sprints are one of the most effective cardio training exercises you can use. This extremely explosive exercise is a favorite among athletes, and for good reason.

Sprints not only increase athleticism and explosiveness, but the exercise also decreases fat and will effectively build lean muscle. Have you ever seen a picture of a professional sprinter? They are absolutely ripped, and this is because of all the high-intensity anaerobic cardio training they utilize.

In this post, I'm going to explain several sprint variations that you can start using to spice up your cardio routine and subsequently transform your body.

Make sure that you ALWAYS use dynamic stretching prior to these explosive exercises to prevent any unnecessary injury.

The Traditional Sprint
The traditional sprint is performed on a flat surface with no obvious variations. You will run no further than 60 yards with this exercise.

This is because any sprint further than 60 yards may cause your body to enter an aerobic state and will increase lactic acid build up in your legs. In addition, no person can maintain 100 percent intensity for distances exceeding 60 yards, not even the most elite athletes.

The key to this exercise is to remember that you are exerting your maximum amount of effort in the shortest amount of time. You should always be trying to push your physical limits!

Here is a beginners traditional sprint routine: 4 reps at 60 yards, 4 reps at 40 yards, 2 reps at 20 yards.

You should consider using the traditional sprint for an extended amount of time to build up a solid foundation for more advanced exercises in the future.

Some people have this negative view of hill sprints, but I personally embrace the challenge. I may be sick in the head, but I get a tingling feeling in my stomach knowing when it's hill sprints day! That's because I know I'm going to push my body to its limits.

For this variation, make sure you start out on an incline that is appropriate to your level of fitness advancement. Hill sprints will quadruple the gains you have seen from consistently using the traditional version.

Here is a sample hill sprints regime: 4 reps at 50 yards, 2 reps at 40 yards, 2 reps at 30 yards, and 2 reps on flat ground at 60 yards.

These are two of the most popular sprint variations that you can utilize within your cardio training routine. You can also use interval sprints and resistance sprints to challenge your body even further.

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Dumbbell Full Body Workout

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Compound Dumbbell Exercise : Fitness Tutorials

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Friday, December 14, 2012

More Parks Don't Mean More Walking: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who live within a half-mile of lots of parks and fields go on fewer walks than those who don't have much parkland nearby, a new study from Australia suggests.

The findings run contrary to the notion that people get more exercise and are healthier when they have access to outdoor recreation, researchers said.

It's possible, they added, that urban neighborhoods with few parks may instead have lots of cafes, schools and community centers that facilitate walking for transportation.

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Health Tip: Warm Up Before You Work Out

Warming up before a workout helps prepare your body for exercise, making you less vulnerable to injury.

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Exercise Programs for Kids Seem to Have Little Impact: Study

Formal physical exercise programs for children have only a small impact on overall activity and thus on weight loss, British researchers report.

Their study raises questions about the best ways to help children attain or maintain a healthy weight.

"Physical activity interventions are not increasing physical activity sufficiently to impact on the body mass or body fat of children," said lead researcher Brad Metcalf, of the department of endocrinology and metabolism at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, England.

"It is in everyone's interest to find something that works effectively," he added.

But other experts said instead of dismissing organized interventions as ineffective, policymakers should conclude that still more is needed to stem childhood obesity. In the United States, about 17 percent of children aged 2 years and older are obese.

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Walkable Neighborhoods Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People living in communities that lend themselves to walking had a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes than those living in the least walkable neighborhoods in a large new study from Canada.

"If you have fewer opportunities for physical activity in your daily life, then you may gain more weight...and you're also more likely to develop diabetes," said Dr. Gillian Booth, the lead author and a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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Exercise May Prevent Stress and Anxiety, Study Suggests

(HealthDay News) -- Feeling anxious? Hit the gym, experts say.
A new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that moderate exercise can help people manage future stress and anxiety, and the emotional and mental health benefits of exercise may last long after a workout ends...

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