So you’ve decided to start a programme of exercise. You are wired, determined, ambitious, hopeful, but the reality is there’s a chance that your good resolutions won’t last, that your dreams of a fit and healthy new you might never materialise.
If you really want to succeed in your worthwhile quest, here are ten schoolboy errors to avoid. Read More…
The Contemporary Context
Yoga has been distilled from the knowledgeable few to the common man with far reaching positive effects. Apart from the divine aspect, yoga has added great value to individuals’ lives irrespective of their age and profession.
More importantly, yoga training is offered by certain experts all over the world to all those who are interested in enhancing their lives. Read More…
Many jobs these days involve sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer and this results in poor circulation and strains the muscles of the body which are constantly working to correct our postures.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a few exercises that take no more than five minutes and won’t make us break into a sweat but gives us the movement we need to get rid of the kinks in our bodies which we develop through sitting for long periods without regular breaks?
Well there is, and the image provided speaks for itself because it’s easy to follow and anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level.
The ability to swim is something that many of us take for granted. Perhaps we wanted to take lessons when we were younger, or perhaps, as in most cases, we were ‘made’ to learn.
Whether a trip to the pool was encouraged or enforced, the fact is that swimming is a fantastic life skill to have and enjoy. Much like riding your bike, it’s something that you never forget.
The nature of aquatic activities means that it is a sport or leisure activity that can be enjoyed regardless of most mental or physical challenges. Read More…
We all aspire to get that lovely toned set of six-pack abs. But the question is ‘just how do we get them? Well, you will most likely have seen numerous pop-ups when browsing the web that claim to be able to give you that six-pack or even an 8-pack in a few short weeks with some simple products. Do not be fooled! If it was that simple, we would all be walking around with rock hard abs and there would be no need to sign up to a gym or do any real exercise. Read More…
For those serious about improving their fitness, it’s easy to fall prey to the mentality that rest days are a sign of weakness. And as for those “easy day” workouts — why should you ever not work as hard as you can?
More than anything, rest days and easy workouts are a mental challenge. Everyone knows how not to exercise, or how to run slowly. But it’s hard to convince yourself that you are not going to slower or weaker if you take time off to let your body recover. Read More…
Most of us recognize the benefits of exercise in theory; in practice however, many of us may feel we simply can’t create the time in our day for cardio and resistance training. Between work and family commitments, there’s precious little time left over for a stint at the gym.
That said, certain exercises are more efficient than others. These types of exercises, known as multi-joint exercises or compound exercises, utilize a number of different muscle groups at same time, which burns more calories and builds more strength. Better yet, you can use your own body weight as resistance for many of these exercises, so no need to go to the gym.
If you only have 10 minutes to exercise, grab a corner of the office or the living room and try these exercises to get maximum benefit in the minimum amount of time: Read More…
Health and fitness is a growing phenomenon, and while many men still visit the gym regularly, not everyone has the time.
However one way round this is to use a fitness app on your smartphone but with so many to choose from, which is the best for your circumstances?
Below is a list of 6 useful apps, covering a diverse range of smartphones currently available on the market Read More…
Stress is becoming a big killer in the modern decade. More and more people are getting stressed, particularly at work, where deadlines need to be met, and projects need to be completed, and it is easy to understand why.
Stress can be caused by:
- Friends and family
- Your health (or lack there of)
- Your finances
- Fear of the unknown!
You see, stress is one of the main reasons behind any form of illness. Stress can even cause rage, which can even be responsible for suppressing your immune system, one of the most fundamental systems that keeps your body healthy and happy. Read More…
With summer fast approaching here is Maximum Sports Nutrition’s top tips on getting lean, mean and ripped for the summer. If you have a holiday coming up and you want to look your best on the beach try and stick to these simple principles.
Firstly, sit down and write a list of goals you would like to achieve, eg ‘gain 7 pounds of muscle’ or ‘drop 7lbs of fat’. To stay motivated, find a picture to remind yourself of what you’re trying to achieve. Setting realistic goals is so important when wanting to change your physical appearance, and remember, it doesn’t happen overnight. Read More…
While America is known for high obesity rates, the numbers for those who work out are climbing also. Since 2001, the number of women exercising regularlyhas increased by 8.6% to a total of 46.7% and the number of men reporting exercise increased by 3.5% to 49.7%.
While the men may have not jumped as high as the ladies as far as numbers, they still improved and more men still work out more than women.
Now you are probably wondering how to become more fit and join those rising percentages. Here are some great workouts and gyms that are sweeping the nation.
If you are one of those people who do not like the gym setting because they are too crowded or you just do not want to pay for a membership, P90X and Insanity are for you. These workouts will keep you moving and will shed the pounds quick if you are looking to lose weight. Read More…