Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aquasize To A Flatter Stomach!


When the weather is warm, there is nothing quite like going for a refreshing swim at the local pool.

To add to the benefits, you can use it as an opportunity to work on those stomach muscles.

The water provides natural resistance, making the pool a great place to do stomach exercises to flatten out that tummy. Despite the greater resistance water has than air, aquasizing is low-impact, meaning less strain on joints.

Try these exercises the next time you take a trip down to your pool.

*** Remember, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout routine, and always warm up properly to prevent injury.

  • The first set of exercises to try is called the 
       jump and dig.
  • There are two moves in this set, one for the upper body and one for the lower body. 
  • The former is great for your obliques, and the latter works on your abdominals. 
  • To start, stand in water that is between your belly button and chest. 
  • To work the lower body (including your abdominals), put your feet a wide distance apart, then jump so your knees come up to the surface of the water and back down. (Picture a frog as you do it; this will help you get the form right.) 
  • Next, to work the upper body, begin by making a scoop with both hands at the surface of the water. 
  • Bring your hand scoop below the surface, then scoop up and to one side. 
  • Alternate sides to work the obliques on both sides. 
  • Start by doing the two moves separately for three minutes each. 
  • Once you have mastered the form, do them at the same time to exercise both sets of stomach muscles at once. 

As you build strength and endurance, you can add water gloves to increase resistance. You can also do the exercises faster, packing more reps into each three minute period.

Form is key, though. Do not sacrifice form for the sake of speed. It is better to do it properly than quickly.

Also remember... set fitness goals and work toward them at a gradual pace. Do not push yourself too hard, too fast. You may want to see results fast, but an injury will seriously, delay your workout goals. Start small, know your limits, and build gradually.

As long as you are working on your midsection, here are a few additional tips.

  • First, proper diet is essential to any fitness routine. A great, hard workout can be completely negated by improper eating habits. 
  • Second, stay hydrated both while working out and in everyday life. A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight in pounds, divide it by 2 and drink that number of ounces of water each day. This helps to keep the body functioning at it's highest level. 
  • Third, REST! This means not only getting plenty of sleep, but also getting the right kind of sleep. Spend all night sleeping on your stomach, and you will wake up with a sore back, making it difficult to do your stomach exercises. 
Also be sure to schedule off days into your routine to give your muscles a chance to rest and rebuild.
Now you already have a great start on a toned, flat stomach! 
Hopefully, this helps!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fitness Regimes You Can Follow to Get Rid of Belly Fat

Let us cut to the chase and get straight to the point; belly fat is one of the irritating aspects of human body and today, we're going to discuss few exercises that can allow you to shed the belly fats, fast. Read on.

  • 1. Vacuum Pose

This might sound strange to you, but a lot of people have benefited from this single exercise alone. What you need to do is suck your belly for nearly 20-25 seconds and repeat the exercise several times for at least 5 minutes at least 2 times a day.

Some people even do this exercise for 10-15 minutes too; there is no harm in this, but on an average 5 minutes shall be sufficient for anybody out there! If you follow this regime for just 30 days to 45 days, I bet it's going to be really beneficial to you.

  • 2. Hindu Squats

One of the most popular cardio exercises, Hindu Squats are perhaps most effective when it comes to shedding excess fats from the stomach. Initially, you need to aim for about 100 repetition every week; however, as the time increases, you need to boost the repetitions to around 300-500 reps each week.

The good part of this exercise is you do not need to repeat the process all at once; you can take breaks in between and then achieve the task. Over 100 repetitions, in one go, can be really tiring and stressful, therefore, it is advised to do it at regular intervals.

  • 3. Activate The Endocrine System

When you stimulate the endocrine system, one can lose weight quite naturally; you don't need to work hard for this. In fact, it can be fun too all you need to do is spin your body till you feel dizzy. However, do not spin to an extent of getting out of control and falling down.

Generally, spinning 10-15 times are considered to be an ideal number for this exercise; and there repeating the process for 4-5 times per day is adequate to disturb the hormones and body functions to get the Endocrine system stimulated.

To conclude, having an attractive tummy is everybody's dream, but very few, who know the above mentioned exercises, manage to have it. If you are among them, then it is highly advisable for you to get started with any of the exercise as soon as possible. You don't need to begin all the three at once; just move gradually, one after the other!

Be - Your Best!
Bart D. Ebinger



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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Benefits Of Stretching

Anti Aging Benefits Of Stretching Exercises

In many exercise programs, be it weight lifting for building and toning muscles or cardio vascular exercises for increasing stamina and to lose weight, most people do not perform enough stretching exercises. Although stretching exercises can be performed by anyone, at any age, unless that person has some physical restriction. What is worse, many people do not even stretch before and after exercising. Unbeknownst to most people, stretching also has anti aging benefits.

  • Benefits of stretching exercises for muscle growth 

Stretching is an important aspect of exercising and should be a part of any exercise routine and program. There are many wonderful benefits when you perform regular stretching exercises. Stretching exercises not only, help you to warm up and cool down before and after your workouts, it can and will actually, help your muscles to grow bigger and stronger, as well.

Stretching exercises help muscle growth because stretching lengthens your muscles and giving your muscle fibers a greater range of motion when lifting weights. So, in effect, it recruits more muscle fibers, causing your muscles to grow stronger and bigger from your weight training.

By stretching your muscles after an intensive workout will reduce muscle soreness commonly known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which usually, occurs a day after your workout.

Performing stretching exercises before your workout or before a physically, demanding sporting activity will also, decrease your chances of sustaining injuries and muscle cramps which will certainly, destroy the joy of your activity.

When you stretch regularly, stretching exercises will help you gain agility which, will make your daily chores much more pleasant and if, you play sports, you will notice your agility is much better than others, who do not stretch. This will put you in a more beneficial position against your opponents.

  • Anti Aging Benefits Of Stretching Exercises

If, you are a baby boomer and age is catching up, this agility will make your life so much more pleasurable, because you will be able to avoid stiff muscles and stiff joints, unlike your peers who do not stretch. You will be more mobile, agile and suffering from less pain associated with aging and stiff body parts. These anti-aging benefits from stretching regularly are priceless. Benefits that money will never be able to buy.

In addition, you can stretch anytime, anywhere and whenever you choose. Stretching exercises need not be limited as a pre and post workout activity. So, start a stretching exercise routine soon and make it part of your everyday lifestyle. You will surely, enjoy the pleasures and anti-aging benefits that a regular stretching routine can bring you.

I Hope This Helps!

Be - Your Best!
Bart D. Ebinger



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Family Ties

Building Strong Ties Within A Family

Family ties can be considered something that is always needed by human beings. People need strong family ties to feel loved and safe in this world.

The world of today is the world of scientific innovation and it is changing at a very fast pace. These good changes have unfortunately, led to many changes which are not good. The importance of the family unit and family ties is still evident, but the family unit itself is becoming less common. Many people do not consider it necessary to live with those people with whom they have bloodlines.

Although this may have some positive effects, such as, the number of dependents decreases in this way and most of the people are able to afford the cost of living for themselves, but there are certain disadvantages.

The existence of a family unit in the society ensures the stability and peace we have always dreamed. In the absence of the all the importance we give to the family unit, society will not be able to reduce crime rates, automatically. Eventuslly, there will be many social problems, which will originate as a result of the breaking ties in families.

The family unit is so important, as it makes all the members of the same family, responsible for each other. This in turn, helps retain the structure of a family, which is of the utmost importantance to mankind.

Bare with me, I realize that is a bit of a stretch, for the purposes of this post, but there is no doubt of the importance of family unit existence in this world.

As the world is changing today at a very fast pace, it is important that you put some effort to build a family life for your family. You may need to put a lot of effort in at some stages. But, the efforts you make will result in a family with stronger bondage and understanding toward each other. This will in turn, enrich your experience with your family.

Living a life which is full of love and care is a dream for all of us. It is very important to everyone. You need to put a little effort in to get the desired results.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sports Activities

An Invigorating Family Past Time: Sports Activities

If you are feeling bored, listless, and out of shape, you need a new past time.  Sports activities will get your blood pumping and help you get back into shape.  Not only will you be getting good exercise but you will be starting a valuable family past time.  Sports activities are a great way to spend time with your kids.  So get up off the couch, put down that soda, and get out in the yard for a little touch football.

If touch football is not for you, why not play a little kickball with your kids.  Set up a diamond similar to a baseball diamond.  Now the pitcher rolls a large soft ball, like a playground ball, on the ground to the "batter."  Only in kickball, the batter kicks the ball and runs to first base.  Since the ball is soft, the fielding team can throw the ball at the runner to get him out.  Since the kicker will almost always manage to kick the ball and foul balls are rare, this is a classic game to play with young kids and others who are not very athletic.

A fun family game that makes a good past time sports activity is tetherball.  This rousing game can be played with one or two people.  Tetherball is called that because the ball is on a tether - it is on a rope tied at the top of a pole.  The ball hangs about hand level.  The object is to hit the ball and make the rope wrap around the pole.  The two players attempt to make the ball go different directions.  If you have never played tetherball, you should give it a try.  It is really fun!  And it really gets you moving (and laughing!)

Sand volleyball may have started on the beaches, but many towns are now installing sand volleyball courts in their public parks.  The littler kids can sit in a safe place and play with their sand toys while Mom, Dad, and the older kids hit a beach ball or volleyball back and forth over a net.  The sand feels good on bare feet (but not so good inside your shoes!)  The kids will enjoy this past time sports.


Staying Motivated to Exercise

Exercise is always a do-it-yourself venture. No other person and no machine can do it for you. Therefore, it is important to have those motivating factors so, that a person who is into exercise in order to lose weight, will hang about.

This is what people, who are overweight should learn to understand. However, even if, it's easy to set instructions and follow, this is not the same case for almost 35% of Americans who are unable to prevent being overweight.

Of course, once we are overweight, we usually want to trim down for a many reasons, some related to physical condition and fitness, while others would want to enhance their physique and appearance. Remember; it is never too late to be fit.

In the past 50 to 75 years, physical activity has become the exception rather than the rule, both at home and on the job. People tend to drive where others once walked. People tend to flick a switch and machines do the hauling, lifting, pushing, and pulling for them.

However, people who try to lose weight tend to believe that weight gain is likely to happen if, they will not take forward-looking steps to stop it.

The point here is that health experts believe that people lose their way, especially when it comes to dieting. They tend to go back to their old eating habits, even after they learn to enjoy low-fat eating. They tend to return to their inactive ways even though they enjoy exercising.

But, despite the momentum toward weight gain, you can stop it from happening, experts say. There are plenty of good reasons to avoid excess pounds, reasons that go beyond vanity or social appearance. There are many reasons in order to keep you motivated to exercise and stay healthy for the rest of your life.

Ways to Lose Big 

1. Have an explicit goal

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bored? Look at These Hobby Ideas

Have you ever played one too many computer games or watched one 
too many old reruns? You just can't get into another mystery and 
you just feel flat? Maybe you are suffering from boredom, that 
familiar accomaniment to our automated, precooked lifestyles. If, 
so, you need to check out these hobby ideas. Hobbies have been 
found to be therapeutic as they relieve stress and get the mind 
active. In this article, you'll find hobby ideas for every sort 
of person, from the intellectual to the athlete, from the homemaker 
to the attorney.

Many times we are bored because we have become too inactive.  If, 
this is your problem, you might like a sports hobby. Have you ever 
tried tennis?  How about golf, cornhole, frisbee golf? Many people simply love bowling until 
it becomes an important part of their lives. Sports hobbies get you 
out of the house and often are a way to make friends with others.  
Then again, some active hobbies can be enjoyed in our own homes, such 
as, weight lifting and doing aerobic dance to a video.