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Improve Your Balance

Improve Your Balance

Balance falls into the same category as flexibility and core strength. Our bodies need these to properly function, though it seems as though it isn’t a major priority to most people. Core strength works as an anchor for your body and helps maintain balance. Core exercises such as sit-ups or using a balance board will strengthen your core while improving your balance.

One legged exercises will also improve balance as you are focusing on strengthening your leg muscles. Tai chi is believed to improve flexibility, balance, cardio respiratory fitness, muscle strength, and endurance. Stretching is a wonderful way to improve balance and motion. Stretching a few times a week will improve balance, especially with a set of light weights.

Vision is a huge aspect in balance. Have you ever noticed it easier to balance when you have your gaze fixed on a particular area rather than looking all over? Vision works with the proprioceptive systems to maintain balance and prevent many falls.  You can start by just standing up tall and closing your eyes without moving. Over time, combine a narrow base of support with some-leg balances while closing your eyes. This will definitely improve your balance.

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.

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.

Health Benefits of Yoga

jackie4Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. “Yoga” means united, because you are uniting your mind, body, and breathe. Yoga is practiced to improve overall fitness and to reduce stress.

Yoga improves your overall health by relieving tension in the muscles. Your back, neck, and shoulders tend to carry the most tension throughout the day. Through yoga, you will notice improvements in your muscle flexibility. Maybe you couldn’t touch your toes in the beginning; but if you stick with yoga, you will notice a gradual loosening of the muscles.

Yoga also helps perfect your posture. Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and joint problems later in life. As you slump, your body may recompense by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back which cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. The left prefrontal cortex shows a heightened activity in meditators, which correlates with greater levels of happiness. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peacefulness of body, helping you relax and manage your stress and anxiety.

3 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workouts to Try

3 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workouts to Try

1-Stationary bike for a  5 minute warm up followed by 7-8 cycles of 30 second sprints then 60 secoexercisingnd moderate intensity cycling.

2- Sprint for 30 seconds, and then walk for 60 seconds.

3- 60 Seconds Sprint/Fast Jog, 120 Seconds Walk/Slow Jog

See how many rounds you can do.  Beginners start with 5 minutes.  Work up to 20-30 minutes.  You can do it!!

Do not begin any exercise program without consulting your physician.

Weekend Workout- No equipment required

Weekend Workout- No equipment required

Weekend Workout- No equipment required
Warm up by walking or jogging 5 minutes. Be sure to stretch after warmup and after workout.
You can do it!!!

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-6 times.jackie13
1. Jumping jacks
2. Plank hold
3. Walking lunges
4. Pushups
5. Squats
6. Tricep dips
7. Burpees
8. 30 second res

Weekend Work out – No equipment required

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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

Kick Up Your Cardio to Lose Weight. Here’s your plan!

Kick Up Your Cardio to Lose Weight. Here’s your plan!

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Add an additional 15 minutes of fat burning cardio to each workout. Try sprinting or increasing resistance. Go all out for 30 seconds then back to baseline for the next 30 seconds. Continue for 15 minutes.

Here’s is Your Weekend Workout (Beginner & Advanced Versions)

Here’s is Your Weekend Workout (Beginner & Advanced Versions)

Weekend Workout

Try this workout: A is for beginnMattapoisetters, B is for more advanced
Warm up walking & stretch 5 minutes
A- march in place 3 minutes
B-skip for 3 minutes outside or treadmill
A- 10 reverse lunges each leg
B- 10 jump lunges each side
A- 10 push-ups standing against wall
B- 10 military push-ups
A- walk or jog 10 minutes
B- sprint 10 minutes,( 30 sec sprint, 30 sec walk)

Repeat entire workout out 3 -5 times.

Stretch!!