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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Get Fit Without Hitting The Gym

1. Hike. Consider going out on a Saturday you don’t have anything going on and taking a long hike around the neighborhood. Or, head out to a hiking trail and get away from it all. Even better!

2. Plant a garden. Don’t underestimate how many calories you can burn doing yard work. Whether you chose to plant flowers or mow your grass, you will burn fat while improving the look of your yard.

3. Go swimming. Swimming is a significant calorie burning activity for the entire body and is great fun as well. Take your kids out for a day at the pool.

4. Walk and talk. Next time a friend calls to get together, consider going for a walk and catching up rather than going somewhere to sit. It is a fast and easy way to boost your calorie burn.

5. Turn up the music and dance. Few activities burn calories like dancing, so give this a try next time you are stuck inside and need some exercise. As an added benefit, this is one of the top ways to boost your mood as well.

6. Do a deep clean. Every so often, set an afternoon aside to do some deep cleaning in your house. A few hours of this – really getting down and scrubbing will work almost every muscle in your body. Book a massage for yourself afterward as a reward for all your hard work.

Components of Fitness

1. Cardiorespiratory endurance

Cardiorespiratory endurance is the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen during sustained physical activity. It consists of exercise like walking, running, biking, rowing, treadmills, jogging etc. that forces functioning of your cardiovascular system i.e. lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It consists of aerobic physical activities lasting longer than 90 seconds. It is very important to be fit in your cardiovascular systems. To improve cardiovascular endurance, aerobic exercise should be performed at least 3 times per week, 15-20 minutes each day.

2. Muscular endurance

Muscular endurance is the ability to perform repeated muscular effort over a period of time without fatigue. A good muscular endurance can perform more number of repetitions of a particular strength training exercise such as running, jogging, cross-training on an elliptical machine, etc.

3. Muscular strength

Muscular strength is defined as the maximum amount of force produced by a muscle in a single effort. It is the ability of the muscle to exert strength during a workout or an activity. To increase your muscular strength, exercise using heavy weight for 3-6 times. It is measured by maximum amount of strength a muscle has while lifting or during an exertion. The best ways to improve the muscular strength is by performing anaerobic weightlifting exercises like the bench press, leg press, shoulder press, or bicep curls etc.

4. Flexibility

Flexibility is defined as the ability to bend and move the joints through full range of motion. It depends upon many variables like gender, age, body composition, behavioral activity etc. By the flexibility of your joints the fitness level is measured. If you have good flexibility, injuries related to joints could be prevented but poor flexibility increases your risk of injury. It helps in improving lower back health, reducing the appearance and effects of arthritis, and reducing muscle-tendon injuries. Exercises such as stretching, yoga, Pilates, swimming etc. are the way to improve the physical flexibility.

5. Body composition

Body composition is the percent of body fat compared to your lean body mass (muscles, bones, tendons, ligament, organs etc.). High percentages of body fat can lead to coronary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic disease, low energy and many more. It is directly relates to the overall fitness level. It consider the individual body type according to the height, frame size, weight and the ratio of the fat mass to lean muscle mass.

Exercise Plans Are Important

It Helps You Create a Reasonable Schedule

Many people simply work out when they can find the time, or when it seems the most convenient. The problem with that is that it tends to cause a lack of working out except on a rare basis. However, if you have a strict exercise plan, you know what to expect, and you can create a schedule accordingly. This lets you create a workout schedule that works best for your busy lifestyle, ensuring you stay fit and lose weight. You’ll also able to keep up with your other responsibilities as well.

You Can Get Your Family Involved

This is also a good way to get other people in your household involved in the workout routines. Perhaps you want to start going on a weekly hike to let your kids enjoy nature, or you want to go for a nice swim in your backyard pool with your spouse a few evenings a week. These activities are fun and good exercise. They can also be great family bonding sessions. Add them to your exercise plan so your family members know what to expect as well.

You Have Something to Work Toward

Finally, when starting to exercise more often, it helps to know what you’re working toward. Exercise plans don’t just include the types of exercises and a schedule you need to stick to. They also allow you to set workout goals. You can set a certain number of steps to walk each day and track them with your Fitbit. Or set a number of miles you want to walk or run throughout the week.

Waving Adieus to Calories

Hitting the Gym

For some folks gymnasium is their second home. The few hours spent on pampering and toning their bodies is like heaven to them. It is a healthy choice for those who are sitting on their chairs for affixed 8 hours a day and have unfixed lunch timings. Waking up early in the morning at six at spending an hour or two at this physical arena will definitely raise your spirits and give you the much-needed energy for the deadlines. Easy exercises include spot jogging, yoga, and leg stretching with dance sessions. After all that sweating, you can grab a glass of a fruit juice or oatmeal. Nothing beats such dietary habits.

Office exercises

Can you type your work reports and do your exercises at the same time? You can if you steal some time of your breaks. Cover your eyes with cold cotton balls for ten fifteen minutes and relax back on your chair. Put your palms on your eyes and press them lightly (like an eye massage) for few minutes. This will relax your retinal movements. People are often tensed about their over timings at workplace but that should not stop you from moving around the premises. Whenever you feel stiff just get up, move around the office building, and get some fresh air. This will give you the benefit of a healthy breath and creative ideas. This is a fact. Moving around the open environment will boost up your creativity level and not staring at your computer screen jolting for some ideas. If there is a park around your area than do not hesitate to grab a swing or running on the jogging track for a while. Try it.