Summer is just around the corner, and soon it will be time to take off all of that heavy winter clothing. Whether you are a woman putting on your new two piece bathing suit, or a guy going bare chested, everyone wants to tighten up those abs and look good with a bare midriff!
This core workout from ACE (American Council on Exercise) is a great way to get started toning those abdominal muscles. Continue reading →
For many of us, stress is a way of life. We have stress in our jobs, stress related to parenting, stress with the care of aging parents, and stress in our interpersonal relations ships. With the economic downturn, many people have experienced an even higher level of stress than in the past. For those of you who are already committed to a regular schedule of exercise, the good news is that exercise can assist in reducing stress, and there are studies to prove it! For those of you who are having trouble staying in an exercise regime, here is yet another reason to get and keep the body moving! Continue reading →
by Marion Webb
It wasn’t that long ago when Americans paralleled professional success with getting as little sleep as possible.
Today, many have come to realize that chronic sleep deprivation isn’t just bad for business, it’s detrimental to your health.
Suddenly the same doctors who have long warned that a chronic lack of sleep and sedentary living can lead to serious health consequences, including weight gain, obesity and associated chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are getting air time and media attention.
Why? Continue reading →
Recently, scientists in Germany gathered several groups of men and women to look at their cells life spans. Some of them were young and sedentary, others middle-aged and sedentary. Two other groups were, to put it mildly, active. The first of these consisted of professional runners in their 20s, most of them on the national track-and-field team, training about 45 miles per week. The last were serious, middle-aged longtime runners, with an average age of 51 and a typical training regimen of 50 miles per week, putting those young 45-mile-per-week sluggards to shame.
From the first, the scientists noted one aspect of their older runners. It was striking, recalls Dr. Christian Werner, an internal-medicine resident at Saarland University Clinic in Hamburg, to see in our study that many of the middle-aged athletes looked much younger than sedentary control subjects of the same age. Continue reading →
Phil Campbell, â€œReady, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness for Time Crunched Adultsâ€
Many of us find it difficult to maintain our regular workout schedule during the busy Holiday Season. So now that itâ€™s the second week of January, hopefully you have gotten back into your old workout routine, or perhaps are starting a new workout routine.
Psychologists tell us that the initial 8 weeks of beginning any new â€œhabitâ€ are the most crucial, because once we have gotten through that period and have made an activity part of our daily life, we are much more likely to stick with it. Phil Campbell, author of â€œReady, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness for Time Crunched Adultsâ€ talks about the stages we all go through during the first 8 weeks of a new fitness program.
The four phases of learning something new are Form, Storm, Norm, and Perform. Continue reading →
Christmas is over and for many, the long, cold winter stretches ahead with no end in sight. This is a time of year when many people experience the post-holiday blues. Whether it is just a temporary mood swing, or a more long term depression, many studies indicate that exercise can help relieve the symptoms of depression. Continue reading →
Do you hope to maintain quality of life as you grow older? Now you can do more than just hope for a strong, mobile body as you age. It is possible to turn back the clock! The myth is that as we grow older we get much weaker and suffer more aches and pains and that losing muscle and gaining fat are just part of the aging process. The fact is that many of the symptoms of old age are really symptoms of inactivity.
You can slow and possibly even reverse many of the symptoms associated with aging and Strength Training is the weapon of choice for fighting the physical declines associated with aging. Strength training is extremely important in combating declines in muscle mass, bone density, and metabolism along many other positive results.
Here are just a few of the positive results that have been shown to occur with regular strength training: Continue reading →