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Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

 

Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight.  Put aside 15- 20 minutes if you are just starting out.  Try to increase your workout to 45 to 60 minutes per workout.  By exercising at low to moderate intensity you will burn less calories than high intensity such as sprinting. You can torch calories quicker by increasing your level of intensity. If you are just starting out take it slow.  You will see progress if you are consistent.

Here is a workout to try: “A” for beginners, “B” is a bit higher intensity

Cardio- A-Walk for 15- 20 minutes      B-Jog of run for 20- 30 minutes

Strength training/toning:

A- 10 pushups standing against the wall or on your knees on floor

B-10 military pushups

A- 15 squats  B-15 jump squats

A-    10 Modified Jumping jacks  B- 15 jumping jacks

A&B 10-15 bicep curls

A&B 10-15 abdominal crunches

Repeat strength training 1-4 times depending upon your level of fitness

 

Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine!

Benefits of Sprinting

Will sprinting help me burn fat? What are the benefits of sprinting?

Sprinting WILL help you burn fat and burn fat faster than a lower intensity workout such as jogging or going for a long run. Cardio fitness helps the heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The pounding of weight-bearing activities like walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.
Professor James Timmons from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh reports that sprinting “can boost the body’s metabolism sharply, helping to prevent weight gain and diabetes.” He states “sprinting not only burns calories during its duration, but greatly improves overall metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories even when not sprinting.”
According to the Mayo Clinic “within two months of starting, frequent aerobic exercise can increase HDL cholesterol by about 5 percent in otherwise healthy sedentary adults.” One study showed individuals who ran more than 50 miles per week had significantly greater increases in HDL cholesterol (good fat) and significantly greater decreases in body fat, triglyceride levels, and the risk of coronary heart disease than individuals who ran less than 10 miles per week. In addition, the long-distance runners had a nearly 50% reduction in high blood pressure and more than a 50% reduction in the use of medications to lower blood pressure and plasma cholesterol levels.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all healthy adults should do the following:
1. Frequency of training: three to five days per week
2. Intensity of training: 55/65%-90% of maximum heart rate
3. Duration of training: 20-60 minutes of continuous or intermittent aerobic activity
4. Mode of activity: any activity that uses large muscle groups, which can be maintained continuously and is rhythmical and aerobic in nature (for example, walking-hiking, running-jogging, cycling, bicycling, cross-country skiing, aerobic dance/group exercise, rope skipping, rowing, stair climbing, swimming, skating, and various endurance game activities or some combination thereof).
Sprinting does have many health benefits, especially for your heart and lungs. Regular cardio exercise is key to keeping up with your overall health and fitness!sprinting2

 

 

 

 

Leg Toning Exercises

Sure, summer isn’t for a while yet, but that isn’t an excuse not get into shape! To target these tricky-to-hit muscles (thighs and the surrounding ones,) beginners should do each of the standing exercises 15 to 20 times; the intermediate and advanced 25 to 30 times. This routine has been created by Matthew Hurst, who is the owner of Training Zone.

Wide-Stance Squat

(A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
(B) Slowly lower for two counts into a squat position. Hold the squat for one count, then straighten your legs for two counts to go back to the starting position.

First-Position Plié Squat

Begin with heels touching and toes slightly turned out. (A) Keeping heels together, rise up onto your toes. (Hold on to a wall if you feel wobbly, but maintain posture.)
(B) Bend your knees into a half squat for two counts, then come back up in two counts, keeping heels together.

Squat with Ball

(A)  Position your feet shoulder-width apart with toes pointed straight ahead. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your legs just above the knees.
(B) Squeezing your inner thighs to keep the ball steady, lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one, then return to standing for two counts.

Wide-Stance Arm Swing

(A)  Place your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart and point toes to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Grasp a dumbbell (three to five pounds for beginners, 8 to 12 for more advanced) vertically in front of your stomach.

(B) With arms straight, lift the weight to shoulder height as you lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one count, then slowly lower the weight and return to standing for two counts.

Inner-Thigh Press with Rubber Ball

atLying on your back on a mat, bend your knees so that the soles of your feet are flat on the floor. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your knees. Contract your inner thighs to squeeze the ball for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds, then repeat the cycle four more times.

Weekend Workout

 

Weekend Workout

jackie13Here is a nice little Tabata style workout for you to try.

 

Warm up for 8 minutes.  Jog, walk, march, stretch,etc.

 

Repeat each exercise for 20 seconds then take 10 second break. Repeat sequence 8 times.

Burpees

Pushups

Jumping jack

Squats (or hop squats)

 

Cool down and stretch!!! Great job!!!

 

 

Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program!

 

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing PilatesPilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight LossIf you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.

Looking to get in shape? Try swimming!

swimmingA pool might not be the first place you think of going when you’re looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.
These are a few workouts if you’re interested in using the pool to get some exercise:
Breaststroke: Sweep through. Reach your arms overhead, palms together. Rotating your palms outward, pull down until your hands are nearly level with your chin. Bring your hands inward by your chest, then reach again. Whip it. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Turn your toes outward and kick your legs back and together (like a frog) as you extend your arms forward.
Backstroke: Eyes up. Look straight up at the sky or ceiling—not at your toes, which causes your hips to sink—so your head is in line with your spine. Make a Y. Reach back with each arm at a 45-degree angle to your body; it places less stress on your shoulders and makes your stroke stronger.
Freestyle is also fan favorite because it’s easy to learn and it burns major calories, as do all these exercises.The swimming pool is a great place to burn calories and build muscle. If you’re a generally adventurous person, swim workouts can also be very helpful should you ever be in a situation where they can be applied to safety.

Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

sprintingHIIT, (High intensity interval training) is a form of cardio training that involves cycles of high intensity bursts and low to moderate intensity recovery. This cardio workout is said to burn fat not only faster but more efficiently than that of a low intensity cardio workout such as jogging or going for a long run. This is because the higher intensity allows the body to burn fat faster in total than at lower intensity routines, although the ratio of fat to glycogen ratio is lower. Additionally, there’s also an ‘after burn’ effect known as EPOC (excess-post exercise oxygen consumption). This increases your metabolism and burns more calories for up to 24 hours after interval training.

Try adding some sprints to your workout!

Burn Fat by Sprinting

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Burn Fat by Sprinting

 

Sprinting will help yosprinting2u burn fat and burn fat faster than a lower intensity workout such as jogging or going for a long run. Cardio fitness helps the ability of your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The pounding of weight-bearing activities like walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.

Weekend Work out – No equipment required

fb6.23Weekend Work out – No equipment required

Warm up for 5 minutes (exp. -walk, jog, march in place)

Squats 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Mountain Climbers 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges right leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges left leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Bicycle (abdominal) crunches- 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Pushups 45 seconds, 15 second rest

Repeat 4- 6 times

Stretch!   Great job!!

Do not begin any exercise program with out consulting your doctor

Only 48 days until spring! Have you made plans to get it shape? 5 Tips to get you started.

Only 48 days until spring! Have you made plans to get it shape? 5 Tips to get you started.

1- Eat a nutritious breakfast.  Eggs or egg whites (even better!) with non-starchy veggies like broccoli, onions, peppers and jackie13mushrooms will stimulate your metabolism.
2-Exercise! Put aside a minimum of 30 minutes per day to walk, bike, elliptical or weight lift.
3-No late night snacking!
4-Meditate.  Meditation can help ease stress.  It can also help you program your ideal body image and create that road map to it! (hypnosis can too!)
5- Make water your beverage of choice.  Eat your fruit don’t drink it.  Many experts suggest drinking 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day.