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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