Month: May 2018

Reasons Why Walking Is Easy and Enjoyable

Walking is great for body and soul. It is a necessity for any weight loss program. We recommend walking 15 minutes each morning and 15 minutes before each meal. You will feel less hungry because your blood will absorb more oxygen and the protein and carbs in your next meal will be utilized faster as well. Starting a walking regime is not difficult and has many advantages. Walking is one of the very best exercises and there are loads of reasons why it is easy and enjoyable. Here are 7 reasons:

1.) Walking is Free

Considering that you are in good health without physical disabilities, everyone can go walking. It costs nothing and like skiing and other sports one needs no special equipment. Common sense, of course, dictates good comfortable shoes. You don’t need to spend tons of money going to a gym if you are on a weight loss program. Walking is one of the best and most pleasant ways of losing weight.

2.) Walk at Any Season in Any Weather

One usually thinks of walking as an outdoor exercise but it can also take place indoors. More and more people are getting up early to walk indoors in shopping malls. There are even mall groups that walk together making this a social occasion as well. In really bad weather you can elect to walk in your neighborhood mall. You can do your window shopping at the same time. Walking is a great way to lose weight, stay healthy and enjoy yourself.

3.) Walk With Your Dog

Your dog needs to go out for a walk and so do you. This is the perfect time for both of you to have some pleasant time together. It is the best time of day for your pet. Both of you need the exercise and the together time. Don’t have a dog? Maybe it’s time for you to consider visiting your local animal shelter and adopting a new best friend and walking companion. Or you could “borrow” a dog from a friend or neighbor. They might even want to walk with you. If you don’t want a dog of your own you might consider volunteering at the animal shelter as a dog walker. They are sorely needed and you can get lots of walking while helping out an orphan dog with much-needed exercise and human companionship. If you need to lose weight there is a good probability that Fido needs to drop a pound or two also. Lately there has been much talk about our pets as well as their owners being overweight or even obese. Walk off those extra calories and have a good time doing it.

4.) Walk and Enjoy the Countryside

If you live in the country, great! You already know how lovely it is to walk outdoors and enjoy the scenery, flowers and plants. Breathe deeply and walk quickly with a purpose. Swing your arms and feel free. This is wonderful for your whole body. It’s not really exercise: it’s relaxation while burning calories. Bring your dog along and a couple of friends as well. You can all do with a healthy walk in the great outdoors. Lose weight and have fun doing it.

5.) Walk and Enjoy the City

So you live in the city. You must know many interesting places for walking. Walk to your favorite places. Maybe you just want to just walk up and down your street or around the corner. That’s OK. Remember that you are walking and not strolling. Walk with a purpose so that you feel that you are really moving. Take big steps and swing your arms. Move as much as possible. Feels good. Doesn’t it?

6.) Walk in Your Own Time Frame

When you have a walking program you can set your own time frame and location. You choose where and when you want to walk. You are totally in charge. You own your walking program. When you enjoy your walking program you will be more apt to continue. You can make it as pleasant as you wish. When you keep to your own schedule you will walk off the pounds and have fun as well.

7.) Walking is Friendly

You may walk alone or with your dog, a friend or neighbor. Neighbors may stop and talk with you but don’t let this put a dent in your plan. Invite your neighbor to join you. This has the potential of becoming a regular neighborhood walking group. All some people need is someone else to share a walk. No matter what is your exercise of choice you can’t do better than walking for health and enjoyment. With a regular regime of walking 15 minutes each morning and 15 minutes before each meal you should find that you will burn fat and lose weight. You will feel better, stronger and happier. What can possibly be more important to a weight loss regime than constant exercise and sensible meal plan? When you make walking as part (or even all) of your exercise plan you are on the right track for better health, weight loss and a body that you always wanted.

Losing Body Weight by Working Out Effectively

Most of us out there today fail in our weight loss efforts due to two main reasons. The first is we do not exercise. The second is the fact that we do not set realistic goals when we plan our exercise sessions, the result of which we lose motivation once the goals are not accomplished and subsequently lose heart. And when we lose motivation, it is hard to continue working out or exercising when your heart is not in it. For those who do not workout, it is down to pure laziness or lack of time in their daily schedules. Those who struggle to find time to exercise should try to plan their workout plans during weekends or probably fit in an hour or so after or before work to allow for these workout sessions.

Working out effectively is not difficult, provided you plan your workouts in advance and realistically. In reality, you would probably be able to lose weight through simple exercises that could be incorporated in your everyday activities. For starters, start walking instead of driving everywhere! If the grocery store is a few hundred meters away from your home, why not take a quick walk to the store instead of driving there? You could lose a few calories simply by walking. Apply the same principles at your workplace, instead of taking the elevator up to your office, choose the stairs instead in the morning. You could also practise brisk walking instead of walking leisurely, and this would help burn a little bit more calories.

Another way of losing weight would be to create your own gym at home. Most people are most comfortable in their own homes, thus it is recommended that you allocate some space in your home and get some equipment such as a treadmill and a stationary bicycle to fit into the space, this would help you create your own mini-gym at home where you could exercise at your leisure. Or if you do not like working out at home, head to one of the neighbourhood gyms that are available, you could also do weight exercises there that would assist in your weight loss efforts. Or take up some form of sports. Swimming is a good option, so are outdoor cycling, tennis and basketball. Those who love the outdoors should try hiking, mountaineering, trekking as well as other outdoor-based activities.

What Exactly Is a Functional Exercise?

In this era of fad workouts and gimmicks, sometimes we get caught in the hype, without knowing the reason behind it. People use terms that sound interesting and exciting but when you ask them to elaborate, they’re unable to. It’s the same with a workout routine, I’ve seen trainers guide clients through a routine that I didn’t understand the reason they used the selection and sequence of exercises that they did. Apparently, neither did they. Maybe they saw someone else doing it, maybe that workout was from a new video developed by the next person with washboard abs. Either way, the skills and knowledge required to build a successful and individualized program have been replaced with lack of knowledge and aesthetically appealing physiques. These days, it seems as if there is a lot more confusion and debate to what really defines a great workout.

A common misconception people have is that the workout has to leave them overly sore to be effective. People brag about being so sore that they can barely move for three days, vomiting induced by over exertion and being drenched in sweat during the entire workout. If your muscles got that sore, you probably overworked them and unless you’re producing as much testosterone as a bull, you probably caused more damage to your muscles than good. If you had to vomit, there’s a reason why and you either have to adjust your routine, your lifestyle or both so that this isn’t a common practice. If you are sweating profusely, drink enough water to prevent dehydration. While these factors are used by many as scales to rate how effective their workout was, they’re really detrimental to our physical state. The way to counteract this way of thinking is to exercise functionally.

There’s a large variety of exercises that fall under the umbrella of functional training. The best way to describe it is how you can relate your workouts to your daily activities. Typically, a functional exercise program would contain lateral (frontal plane) and rotational (transverse plane) movements in additional to the traditional sagittal plane exercises. A functional exercise program should increase range of motion, improve posture, increase strength and flexibility, while enhancing performance and improving balance and stability. The emphasis is not to build superficial muscle or lose weight but to produce the most enhanced version of yourself by progressively increasing your natural abilities. It also has to do with the lifestyles of each individual. For those that live a sedentary lifestyle, a program would be designed to reverse the misalignment of the body caused by it.

We may come across things in our day that we don’t expect. If we have to run across the street to catch a bus or climb a fence to elude a stray dog, the better shape we’re in, the easier these tasks will be for us. Climbing a ladder requires cross body (contralateral) coordination. Throwing a ball requires hip rotation, along with a contralateral movement pattern. When we push an object, we are usually stand up, not lying down on our backs. While a bench press may increase your strength so you bench press more weight, it doesn’t do much more than that. If you observe the bodies of fighters, they’re not going to win any bodybuilding competitions but they can most certainly outperform a bodybuilder on all levels. Their bodies are extremely functional. That doesn’t mean you have to train yourself to jump into the octagon, it means that performance and good health should be more of a priority than looks.

Instead of being concerned about the exercise you’re doing and if it is functional, consider ways to make each exercise more functional. If you squat on the assisted machine, using dumbbells or free weights will be a better choice. You will activate more stabilizing muscles and improve your range of motion. If you choose to barbell squat four hundred pounds, you may get stronger at the expense of your joints and range of motion. The emphasis on functional training is to allow our bodies to excel in all areas. With this approach your body will adapt to this style of training and the results will be felt all over. Don’t let your definition of healthy be reflected by the definition of your abs. Be truly healthy by optimizing your body and progressing to accomplish more challenging tasks.