Famous Fitness Options

As life accelerates, people are feeling an intense need to get into regular exercise programs and workouts to keep fit. Those who do so willingly enjoy innumerable benefits. Those not so willing often have to adopt it as a treatment to fix what later ails them. ?

People really want more from their lives today know the benefit of regular exercise. They are signing up for regular exercise programs. As we know that necessity is the mother of invention, and many new avenues of different exercise programs and fitness classes have become popular as people seek to improve their health. The fitness programs that most of the gyms are offering today are:

yoga – This is a whole body fitness regime from ancient India. It was created thousands of years ago by the sages to keep physical as well as mental fitness maintained and improving. It includes various postures and breathing techniques to calm the body. This is also a step to increase connection with spiritual aspects of the self.

Pilates Classes – This is similar to Yoga in its approach to fitness. They help you improve body posture; strengthen core muscles and work to strengthen overall the body. The main emphasis is given on strengthening muscles and body balancing.

Weight Loss – As obesity is growing, more and more people are aware of weight loss benefits. Gyms are offering many weight loss exercise programs on demand. This helps to reduce weight and helps a return to healthy living. These programmes may include cardio exercise, fat and calorie burning exercise, body toning exercises and workouts for strengthening muscles.

Body Toning Programs – These help you achieve a flat and firm stomach, buttocks, thighs, and toned muscles. These exercises are generally done lying on a mat and work well.

Tai-Chi and Karate Programs – Earlier these were considered for self-defence only, but now they are important workouts to strengthen muscles and tone-up your body. They offer exercise through the dynamic of physical combat that serves both the body and mind.

Swimming – This has been a great way of gaining health for ages. This is a whole body exercise which strengthens your body and is a lot of fun in the water. Every one enjoys swimming, and its good for every one of all ages. This is often helpful for people suffering from back pain or arthritis.

Cycling – This is also a good exercise for those who cannot take up heavy exercise. It allows you to maintain the level of speed and effort thats right for your own pace. This firms up muscles in legs and improves heart and lung functionality, a great fitness program for all, especially for ladies, and elders.

Fitness programs for seniors – There are many special fitness programs for seniors. They can include cardio, aerobic, dance, swimming, cycling, and many more activities. These programs are designed in consideration of common complications that seniors or elderly people may face. ?

You should consult your gym administrator before taking up any exercise program. You should discuss any health issues with him/her in detail before signng up for a program.

Fitness: 8 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

Staying motivated is the mantra of keeping fit. That is why our friends, our co-workers, our relatives motivate us to keep going, and not to give up. Sometimes, though, you ask, “Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it?s going to hurt? Why?” The answer is simple. You can?t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don?t is staying motivated. If you?re motivated, you?ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you?ll reach your goal.

Need more reasons? Here are 8 of our ?hidden? reasons to stay motivated. Use one or all of them to keep the fire burning inside you.

1. Gives you purpose: Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here it is, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that?s going to jump start your day, go for your morning jog, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. When you?re motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.

2. Fit into that dress: It?s been hanging up in your closet for two years now, just waiting to be thrown on for a night on the town. All it takes is to go that extra mile and stay on track. Before you know it, those two years will be ancient history.

3. Make the week easier: Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it?s only Tuesday? This happens when you?re not working towards anything. When you have a goal in mind, you?ll want to cook that healthy dinner or go to the gym. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable.

4. Confidence: How did it feel after that first jog around the block? Or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath? The more you accomplish, the more you?ll believe in yourself.

5. Power of momentum: It?s a scientific fact ? something in motion tends to stay in motion. Momentum builds quickly and can lead to great results. Suddenly, you?re not only working for the goal, but also to keep your streak alive. Even more reason to reach your goals.

6. The ?wow? effect: Picture this: Walking into a bar, you run into someone from high school, and their eyes light up. They gasp, “Wow, you look great!” By sticking with your goals, this can happen. Watch the “wows” add up.

7. Inspire others: When friends and family see how hard you?re working, they?ll wonder how they can reach their own goals. Guess who they?re going to look to for help? By staying motivated, you?ll not only help yourself, but others too.

8. Keep gaining experience: The more you do, the more you will learn and understand. You?ll discover which tactics work best for you and which ones don?t. It?s like weeding out the garden – not the most enjoyable job in the world, but when you?re done, all that?s left are beautiful flowers. Keep sticking with it and soon it will be all flowers for you.

Beer and Fitness

I start writing this article as I sit in a cabana on vacation with my family. I’m totally relaxed sipping an ice cold can of the finest cerveza the room bar has to offer.

Sipping an ice cold beer as I write an article on fitness? This may sound strange to some but to me it is the only way to live.

You see, fitness is a lifestyle that should be embraced as a way of life that in which enhances all of your experiences.

To deny yourself of life’s pleasures so you can die a good looking corpse with 6% body fat and a butt you can bounce a quarter off of should not be our goal.

The reason why this beer tastes so good and actually gives me a buzz is because I don’t drink that often at all and therefore tend to enjoy it more. After months of hard work, a healthy breakfast off egg whites, toast and some chicken stir fry (gotta love the all inclusive resorts) a full hour in the gym and an hour nap watching MI3, I’ve earned this.

Training hard and eating smart 80% of the time is what gives you the guilt free 20% that you end up enjoying even more.

The Pareto principle aka the 80/20 rule is nothing new and has been written and talked about for a long time. Success means applying this rule to your all areas of your life, fitness is no different.

Today’s executives are as busy as ever but feel the need to have a balanced life more than before.

What good is all that power, money, prestige and freedom if you’re too tired and out of shape to really enjoy any of it? What good is being married and have children if you don’t have the energy to play or spend time with them. To make love you have to give love. To give love you need to have passion and passion takes energy. If your energy is low you can bet that the most important areas of your life are suffering too.

I believe the fitness industry is about to come full circle. It has blown up to monumental proportions in a world that cries out for more, more, more.

This has only one inevitable end before it all comes crashing down unless balanced is achieved.

Instead of thinking “I’m going to eat healthy starting now, go to the gym 6 days a week and run every morning.” You should be thinking about what you want out of life, not fitness.

The breakthrough is that nobody really wants fitness. They want what fitness can give them.

It isn’t about 18″ arms, 6 pack abs or a flat stomach. It’s not about being able to run a 17 minute 5 km run or eating something green with every meal.

These are all surface level goals that really have nothing to do with the quality of your life. It is what doing these things or having these things will bring you in terms of experiences and ultimately feelings.

When you can link small everyday decisions that affect a positive physical change to life altering mega happiness that is when things start to move.

Being “fit”…why?

To have a certain look perhaps to give you more confidence? Maybe more respect is what you are after and a feeling of satisfaction. Great, but why?

Confidence comes from within and the decisions you make. You want confidence simply DO what a fit confident person does and do it today. It is the confidence that you exude in yourself that will transfer to others. Make people feel good about themselves and they will want to be around you and make you happy too.
Now you have the confidence because you are DOING what they are doing. So you don’t look like they do just yet. So what! Give it some time.

Want respect? Respect others and the only way you can respect others is if you respect yourself first.

You want to just look better or perhaps for your future wife or husband, boyfriend or girlfriend. Looks will fade and what will remain is your character.
The character of a person who lives their life with passion and caring for themselves and others is what will draw that person into your life a lot faster than a tight ass.

All of these examples are linked to what fitness means to you personally but let’s look at what it means to your ability to contribute to others and again how that comes back to you.

Simply put you’ll feel better. If you suffer from anxiety, depression or stress it is hurting your ability to smile and make others happy. It is hurting your ability to build your business and focus on the big picture.

I have had many clients over the years and when they decided to make a physical change, everything got better.

Their mental state, relationships, finances, everything.

It starts out as a general feeling of discomfort or lack of forward motion. There life may not be where that want it to be and they see getting fit as the vehicle in which to change that and for many of us it is the first step.

The first goal may be to lose 30 pounds but in the end everything gets better. That first goal blends into another and another. Maybe it is fitness related maybe it is not. The point is that you can only see up one level at a time. When you elevate your life you can see higher and further than before and new goals make themselves visible to you only when you have achieved the ones that you can see now.

Excite yourself for the wondrous goals that are so amazing you can’t even fathom them yet.

Lisa wanted to lose some weight to feel better about herself. She ended up competing in a fitness modeling contest, got married and had the confidence to quit her fulltime job so that she could go back to school and become a teacher like she always wanted.

Carl was fresh out of a terrible relationship but after the weight loss and muscle building found the courage meet new people. Now is the happiest he has ever been and is dating a hot young chick 10 years younger.

Frank had his daughter, father and aunt die all within one year. If not for fitness his life, marriage and business would have fallen apart. Fitness… kept it all together.

All of these people and so many more just like them have one thing in common, they have linked fitness to positive life experiences and are now designing their life with fitness as the medium.

Once you make the very real connection with “fitness” whether that means playing sports, eating healthy or going to the gym you give yourself the power to do it for life.

Your ability to make new friends, keep the ones you have, make more money, get things done, have new experiences everything in your life gets better when you can simply apply a fitness lifestyle and the 80/20 rule to your life.

And for god’s sake don’t forget to have fun along the way and the ride because there is no end (except for that one big one).

So the next time we meet and you see me enjoying a cold beer on a beach somewhere don’t forget what it took to get us there and come join me.

Endurance Conditioning – Force Factor

Muscular endurance is the ability of a skeletal muscle or group of muscles to continue contracting over a long period. When you have good muscular endurance, you have the ability to resist fatigue while holding a position, carrying something for a long period of time, or repeating a movement without getting tired. As you train for muscular endurance through a process called endurance conditioning, your muscles adapt as a result of changes in the slow-twitch or red fibers. These fibers have a high capacity to use oxygen due to the large amount of blood supply found in them. They are slow to contract but have the ability to continue to contract over long periods of time.

Walking Exercise Is Good Among All Exercise

A big study that has been following over 13,000 nurses since 1986 found that those who were healthy and exercising or walking for exercise in 1986 were less likely to have any of 10 major diseases or have had heart surgery by age 70. They also were less likely to have cognitive impairment, physical impairment or mental health problems.

A warm core makes your muscles and joints more supple, which help you, avoid strains and sprains. That makes afternoon or early evening ideal for exercises that tap your muscles, like strength training, stretching, and interval workouts.”Increasing energy expenditure from walking was associated with a similar elevation in odds of successful survival, as those who got more exercise, according to the conclusion of the paper published on the findings of the Nurses’ Health Study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, provide evidence that higher levels of midlife physical activity are associated with exceptional health status among women who survive to older ages and corroborate the potential role of physical activity in improving overall health.

This is great confirmation that beyond helping manage your weight, walking and exercise is a great retirement investment! Even if you can’t put much money into savings, you can save up a nest egg of health for your later years.Walking has long been considered to be one of the more beneficial things we can do to extend our lives and health. With a form of exercise as easy as walking, you would think that more people would join in. While certainly more people are walking on the whole, a great many people that could be are not. Why is this? Most of the time, it is simply because they do not have a plan. This article will lay out a plan that most anyone can do, and show you how to get the most bangs for your walk.As with any walking or exercise regimen, it is important to first consult with your doctor and make sure you are healthy enough. Please check with your doctor before attempting this walking regimen.

The first thing you should do is to gauge your current walking ability. That is, how far can you walk without stopping? How fast can you walk without becoming winded? These are important factors in figuring out an effective walking regimen. Consider your initial walk to be a baseline for your plan.Head out to a measurable walking area such as a track, and walk as far as you can at regular speed. Make sure you warm up first by stretching and loosening up the muscles. At regular speed, walk for as far as you can. When you do get tired or winded, then you should mark down the distance that this occurs. On a separate occasion, go out and test your walking speed. A good distance is to walk a mile, and do it at a good clip. Time yourself for this walk.

Now that you have a couple of baselines, you are able to set up a walking regimen that can work for you. A good start up regimen with walking is to walk about four times per week. If you walk effectively, and get your heart rates moving, then four times per week is a great start. Two of these walks should be quick walking, and two should be more distance oriented. Take your baseline speed number, that is how long you can walk quickly, and add a couple of minutes each time you walk. As for distance, you should walk an extra tenth of a mile, each time that you walk.

It is important to schedule this walking regimen and that you do not depend on just ?finding the time? to walk. If you do the latter, you will quickly see that the time does not materialize out of the air. You have to plan for it.
Another key to success is to make sure that you bring along plenty of water, and that you do not walk during the heat of the day. Walk early in the morning or in the evenings. The last thing you want is to give yourself a heat stroke while trying to improve your health. Get yourself a mile counter, as well as a pulse monitor. These are highly effective at monitoring what you have done, and will help you stay focused on the goal.

There will come days when you are unable to keep your schedule. It is important during those times to try to find the walking throughout the day. Instead of taking elevators, take the stairs. Instead of riding to the diner from work for lunch, walk the two or three blocks. There are plenty of opportunities to walk if you seek them out. Give yourself as steady of a regimen as possible as your body will get used to it.

Once you are in a walking regimen, then you should constantly be challenging your best. You can always up your goals if you find yourself walking faster and farther. Do not try to overdo it in the beginning, however, or you could injure yourself.

Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity:

Reduce the risk of premature death.
Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease.
Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol.
Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer.
Reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat.
Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints.
Reduce depression and anxiety.
Improve psychological well-being.
Enhanced work, recreation, and sport performance.