Month: June 2018

Working Out at Home Versus Working Out at a Gym

Exercise should be an integral part of your life. But, the question that is often asked (especially those who love to analyze issues) is: Is it better to workout at home or to workout at a gym? The simple answer to that question is: Yes. There are pros and cons of working out at home; there are pros and cons of working out at a gym. The bottom line is that you can and should incorporate exercise in your life.

Personally, I like working out at home. When I used to work out at a gym, it would take me about 30-45 minutes to get ready, drive down to the gym, and to get started in my workouts. Currently, it would only take me 30-45 minutes to finish my workouts. I vary my workouts with resistance training (e.g. weights and bands), treadmill workouts, exercise DVDs, etc. There is no shortage on what to do at home. I do not have to worry as much on the way I look (although I do not worry as much on my looks when I work out at a gym). Obviously, there are some times when I have to wait on particular exercise equipments because other people are using them. Then, a major reason why I do not work out in gyms is that there are membership dues that have to be paid. For the cost of the membership, you can purchase all the equipment you need and even keep the equipment. Even if you do not use the gym membership which is common for many people, you still have to pay those annoying membership fees. During the beginning of the year, it is almost impossible to get a good workout because of the huge crowds at the gyms. This is the time of year when resolutions take effect. After a few months (around March), the crowds start to thin out.

But, there are benefits of working out in a gymnasium. There is no shortage of the variety of equipments. You can use treadmills, elliptical cycles, free weights, and other equipments. In addition, most gyms offer step classes, yoga classes, and a multitude of classes that can benefit your physical fitness. A big advantage of using gyms as a workout place is the availability of saunas and swimming pools. Saunas are a great place to detoxify yourself after a workout. When I see many of the gyms now, they look like vacation resorts with areas for kids to play while you workout, outdoor seating areas to enjoy the sun, etc. There are also fitness consultants and trainers who can advise you. But, these consultants and trainers can also be a con against using gyms (that is another issue for another time). Working out at a gym can place emphasis on your fitness goals. Just like going to a workplace to work, you are going to the gym to exercise.

Thus, do not evaluate this issue too much. You will get analysis paralysis. Just do the exercises. Then, work out at home and then work out at a gym. You can decide which is best for you. Personal fitness is about you and your fitness- with emphasis on personal (you).

Walking in Bad Weather

When the weather is cold outside, it is not inviting for most people to go outside and walk for exercise. Usually, it is just about being prepared. In the winter months, try to plan ahead and put together a fitness walking schedule for the next few day based on the weather forecast for the area you plan to walk in.

If you are lucky, you may be able to schedule your walking exercise in between any expected rainy periods. Also, if you have mentally prepared yourself to be walking for fitness on a certain day, you are more likely to get out and complete your task if you are prepared in advance for the weather.

Of course, there is always the option of walking indoors on a treadmill. However, many people tend to get bored very easily walking on the spot and getting nowhere. But it does have its good points such as you can watch TV and stay warm while working out. Another way to avoid the bad weather while trying to walk for fitness is to join a gym and use their treadmills. This will give you some company in the form of the other gym members using treadmills at the same time.

People have also known to walk around large indoor car parks to stay dry while doing their walking workout. If this is done at the right time of day when there are not many cars around, then this is a great way to keep up with your planned walking schedule while staying dry.

Walking to stay fit during unpleasant weather is not all bad. For one thing, it is a lot cooler so you can usually walk faster for longer before you feel too hot. It can also give your workout a new edge, especially if you are walking as hard as you can into a head wind. The extra calories that will be used in this situation will be worth the effort, even of you don not think so at the time!

So if you decide that you are going to do your workout walking in the colder weather, be sure to warm up first by walking slightly slower to begin with before gradually building up speed. And wear the right type of clothing. Layers are usually good but anything which will protect you from the elements without you overheating is usually a good idea.

Special caution is needed in snow and icy conditions. If you are unsure of your walking capabilities or you have recently began walking as s fitness plan, it would be advised to avoid these types of conditions for your own safety.

Working Out During Cold Weather

Cold weather doesn’t create favorable conditions for working out. When it’s snowing or raining you usually don’t feel like getting out of bed or leaving the couch and definitely not for exercising. But due the cold weather you shouldn’t breakaway from your daily fitness routine. Read on to find out how you can exercise even when it’s cold outside.

Outdoor Workouts

There are some people who continue with outdoor exercises even during the winters. And if you happen to be one of them then just follow the tips discussed below.

Dress in layers: You can dress in layers so that you can easily take of the warm clothes whenever you’re feeling hot. You should wear sweat wicking clothes first and then put on the warm layer on that. Always protect your head and ear from the cold weather by wearing caps.

Avoid the wind: Take the paths which are sheltered and are clear from snow and muddy puddles.

Warm up indoors: Do your warm exercises at home before you head off outside. Make yourself warm by wearing clothes directly from the dryer and by putting your hands and feet in warm water.

Working out at the Gym

Working out at the gym is a good option during bad weather. You can do most of the outdoor exercises in the gym. You can walk, run, and jog on the treadmill. You can cycle on the stationary bikes. You don’t have to drag yourself outside in the cold weather when you can comfortably practice the same exercises indoors.
You can also join group fitness classes like step aerobics, kickboxing and spinning. They provide a great workout for the body and are very effective in burning body fat.

Working out at home

There are some exercises which can be done in your bedroom is as affective as using machines and free weights. You can practice the exercises at home without going in the cold weather.

Squats- Place your feet about thirteen to seventeen inches away and keep the back straight with your head facing up. Take the support of a desk or a cabinet. Then squat down where your upper thigh is parallel to the floor and then stand up. This exercise will help you build muscles in the thighs and keep your buttocks toned

Lunges- Stand straight and put one foot forward and the other at the back. Keep your chest up and bring your upper down bending your leg. You should maintain a distance of at least one to two feet between your legs. Don’t bring your knees forward than your toes as you go down and then pull back up comfortably.

Chin-ups- This is a great workout for the upper body. For chin-ups you can use the door frame in your house. Make a firm under hand grip of the frame and then hang yourself stretching the muscles in your arm. Then slowly drag your body up so that your chin reaches the height of the bar. Again lower your body and repeat the process.

Push Up- It helps to build chest, arms and shoulder muscles. Lie on the floor with your face and place your hands near your waist with your palms on the floor. Then push up to make your arms straight lifting your upper body from the floor, then lower it and repeat the process again. If you have doubts about the exercises discussed in this article consult a fitness trainer.

Exercises to Help You Get Up After A Fall

When old people fall, some of them may have trouble getting back up again if they are weak or have been injured. However, sometimes even a younger person may experience difficulty getting upright again after a fall. I was surprised when, not long ago, a friend of mine told me that her daughter fell down and could not get back up until someone came to help her.

Advertisers tell people they should not fall, and to buy their product to help prevent falls. Senior citizens are made to feel petrified about the possibility of a fall since they are warned that they could break a bone or be stranded and not able to get up off the floor. While it is normal to not want to fall, and, as we get older, most of us do not take as many crazy risks as we did in younger days, there are certainly things each of us can do to reduce the chance of injury when we hit the floor and to enable us to get back up again!

Diet and exercise are both key factors here. This article will focus on the exercise factor. Exercise can help prevent falls by making your muscles stronger and more flexible. It can help improve your balance. It can also increase your stamina or endurance, reducing the likelihood that you will trip or lose your balance because of being tired. It is important to do exercise specific to each goal you want to accomplish: strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance.

STRENGTH EXERCISES. It is vital to build strength in your arms, legs, and abdominal area. Use those arms, work with dumbbells, do wall push-ups, and do other things that are weight bearing. Leg muscles can be built by doing squats, and using your legs to get up from a chair. The abdominal muscles can be helped by practicing turning to one side while lying down, doing crunches or sit-ups. Of course, approach your strength building exercises carefully. Do fewer times to start, use lighter weights, increase repetitions or weight slowly to avoid injury. Do the strength-building exercises two or three days a week. If you are doing intense strength-building exercises, your muscles will probably need a day to recover between workouts.

FLEXIBILITY. Stretching exercises will increase flexibility. Lots of things to choose from here. A great place to be creative. Touch your toes from sitting or standing. Move your arms in different directions. Twist your waist. Keep your neck muscles flexible, too. Stretching can be done everyday.

BALANCE. Stand on one foot, hold on to something if you need to, but work towards not holding on to anything. Get up out of a chair without holding on to the chair. Walking helps balance, too. Balance activities can be practiced daily.

ENDURANCE or STAMINA. There are many ways to build endurance and stamina. Walking, of course, is one of the best. Cleaning your house, mowing the lawn, or any exercise that requires exertion for a certain amount of time will increase your ability to keep going. As with all exercise, regardless of what your goals are, build up to it or your body may react in a negative way with aches and pains. If you don’t overdo it and need a day to recover, endurance activities can be done everyday, too.

Physical fitness is important to your health, whether you experience a fall or not. Realize, though, that taking the time to work on fitness now could be a real life saver to you and definitely should help you feel better every day of your life!