Reasons to Avoid Exercise

Feeling better leads to more energy. More energy leads to doing more work.

You will live longer. Again, a troubling development. Living longer can only mean one thing… more bills. More taxes to pay, more groceries to buy, and you know your clothes will wear out eventually. Living longer also puts you at risk of all of your clothes going out of style, forcing the additional expense of new clothing. Research has proven over and over again that people who perform some type of exercise on a regular basis live longer, there’s no denying it. Sure we all know someone that didn’t do a healthy thing in their life and still manage to keep living, but why take that chance?

Living longer leads to more bills.

You will be less stressed. NO STRESS?! How will I get anything done? For some people, the only thing that gets them out of bed in the morning is the stress of potentially losing their job if they don’t get there on time. Stress is fuel for life! Stress let’s you know you’re still alive! When you wasted your time and didn’t study for the big final that was

Get a Firm and Shapely Booty

Traditional Squats

The squat is a compound exercise (works all the muscles simultaneously in that muscle group) and top-class for adding shape to your bottom. Include this exercise first in your bun training to ensure you target the entire glute muscle simultaneously.

Use a variety of rep ranges and sets. It’s safest to squat until your upper legs (from knee to hip) are parallel to the floor. However, at times you can squat past parallel, provided the poundage you use is light. Also, with light poundage you can vary foot placement and foot width to further target other areas of the upper legs.

Pile Squats

Further extend the traditional squat by adding pile squats to your program. Pile squats can add some variety and help target the muscles of the inner and outer thighs to a much greater degree.

If you are unfamiliar with the pile squats it’s simply taking a wide-stance with your toes pointing outward. Hold a dumbbell in front of you and squat straight down and rise back in a controlled manner.

Reverse Partial Squats

Training a muscle in its strongest position, which is the contraction point, it

Side Poses for Balance

Even the back of the body tends to get more attention that the side. Most of us experience back pain from time to time so we have that awareness. We can feel the back stretching when we do forward bends, just as we can feel the front of the body stretching in a back bend.

However, in Parighasana (Gate Pose), the side of the body is the focus. This intense lateral stretch is named for its shape, which resembles a bar used for shutting a gate. Since this pose allows a full expansion of the lungs because it opens the side ribs, it is a gateway to improved breathing. It helps to tone the waist due to the stretch of the abdominal obliques and can help provide stability for the lower back by stretching muscles deep in the back of the waist. This can be extremely beneficial if you have a stiff back and can help prevent and/or ease lower back pain.

Parighasana is excellent preparation for Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) due to the fact that it opens the hips and creates length in the sides. It also can transform your breathing

Hatha Yoga

In Hatha Yoga participants combine a series of stretching exercises referred to as asanas, specialized breathing techniques and mental concentration. In fact, the famous Lotus position is one of the many asanas used in Hatha Yoga.

The goal of the using Hatha Yoga, and most certainly the other forms of Yoga as well, is to fuse and blend the human spirit with the spirit of the Universe. In so doing the person practicing Yoga increases their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health along the way. It is the practice of living as one with the surrounding environment and the world as a whole.

One of the main focuses of Hatha Yoga, unlike some of the other subsets of Yoga, is that Hatha Yoga is predominately practiced to prepare the body so that the spirit can accomplish its mission. What many people don’t understand is that when there is an unhealthy and unfit body, it is very difficult for the spirit to accomplish its tasks. Therefore in Hatha Yoga the goal is to encourage the body to move toward a level of health and well-being which will then act as a launching pad for the spirit to

Eliminate Cellulite Through Exercising

It is important to remember that cellulite is not related to being overweight. Average and thin people also get cellulite.

The exacta cause of cellulite is not yet known. Cellulite is an elegant name for collections of fat beneath your skin. This causes the surface of the skin to dimple and look lumpy. It is commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and butt.

No matter what the cause is, if you have cellulite, chances are you want to get rid of it. American women spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on various products hoping to rid themselves of those ugly skin dimples.

Here are three exercises that will help you eliminate cellulite without spending a lot of money. Lying on your side, do ten repetitions of each of the following exercises:

  • Bring your knees forward; your hips should be at a 90 degree angle. Straighten your top leg out in front of you; you should uphold the 90 degree hip placement. Lift the top leg slowly up around 3 feet off the ground and then lower.
  • Straighten your legs; your body should be in a straight line. Tilt your hips forward

About Family Fitness

One of the most favourite exercises is dancing. Everyone is able to select their favourite music and you’ll all have a chance to dance to it. It’s also fun for the younger generation to watch older ones dance.

Another favourite exercise is swimming. If you have a YMCA, community center, or if your school is lucky enough to have a pool ask if you can use it for practising. You can also use your creativity in the pool with different types of swimming, races, or water ballet. Another option if you have the pool to yourselves is to arrange `his and hers` swimming competitions.

One great game the whole family can play is Twister, plus it has the added advantage of stretching all your muscles. Make sure you play enough games to warm up those muscles (4-8 games). Since weather is one of the main reasons why many families around the country don’t go out for walks, it’s worth going to the Mall. Walk at a good brisk pace for at least 20-30 minutes, or less if you feel you’re becoming short of breath. When you are there you can reward yourself with some window shopping.

Fed Up With Diets

I hate to even say the word “diet,” because the instant I say that word, I begin to feel deprived of not eating what I like to eat.

Most people love to eat.

We love those wonderful foods called “comfort foods,” either at our favorite restaurant, at a friend’s cookout, or simply at home. After repeating this much enjoyed pleasure, day in and day out, we often ignore the pounds that begin to add up.

An increasingly amount of people carry too much weight in the United States, but interestingly enough, the urge to lose weight and engaging in some type of exercise, has been on the rise.

Last Monday, at work, I dropped my file folder. As I attempted to pick up my folder, I heard the sound of “rip-rip-rip.” Yep, the back side of my pants tore away from the stitched seam. I was a good sport, as my co-workers joked and laughed at this unfortunate incident.

That day, I made up my mind to drop some weight and take charge of my life.

My downfall is bread. I simply love bread. It can come in any form, shape, or

Yoga Balls

Yoga Balls are the new craze in the market due to its viable uses which provides the best posture and stability factor for those who practice yoga. This is an inflatable piece which is now being part of an exercise routine for many. It is made out of PVC vinyl or rubber. Once it is inflated it is used basically for basic muscles like abdomen, chest and back.

The essence of the ball is instability which lets you use other muscles to balance the ball. This helps to stress on the other specific muscles. It helps in strengthening your lower back, buttocks, abdomen, chest and arms. By using these yoga balls the yoga poses becomes extremely easy and comfortable. It is a great instrument for having a healthy body with strong muscles to complete the yoga poses.

The ball helps in stretching and removing the stress which is one of the grave issues for many. This helps in achieving stability by controlling the ball. It gives a proper shape to your body, tones your muscles, as well as can be fun in doing most of the yoga poses with the ball. There are different sizes and

Way to Get a Flat, Firm Stomach

Despite it all though, the one thing that has become almost an obsession today is the way our abs look. It seems that everyone is looking for those ever elusive “six pack abs”, but much like Ponce De Leon’s search for the fountain of youth, it seems like it is impossible to find.

Now, while there is no “magical formula” for attaining a flat, firm, and toned stomach, there is something you can do that if done regularly, will get you the results that you are looking for. To get these results, stomach crunches need to be done daily but keep in mind that stomach exercises alone will not burn the fat off of your midsection.

Keeping your calories in check along with doing your crunches everyday will be the way for you to see that flat, chiseled, sexy stomach. Crunches are easy to do, and if done properly, are very effective for toning those abs. Here is a step by step breakdown of the proper way to get the most out of your crunches.

Lie flat on your back on the floor with your legs bent to about a 90-degree angle with both your

Yoga for Busy People

How to add yoga to your daily schedule? You can’t just start doing yoga asana in the middle of the office. You can take other aspects of yoga and use them throughout your day. Practice awareness of your surroundings it easier said then done but once you get the hang of it you will notice that you are more aware of what is happening around you. You will enjoy life more and your senses will bring you closer to everyday occurrences that you may not have noticed before. A walk down the street while practicing awareness will show you the beauty of nature and give you peace and a calmness that will make your day more enjoyable.

By being in tune with your surroundings, you will be in control and that control will be conveyed by the language you use with people. When you are in a business meeting and you are in complete awareness of your environment you will be able to give very helpful input. Know what is happening in your body and be aware of your mental state. Do you need numerous cups of coffee with sugar to get through your day then transform