Category Archives: Fitness

5 Different Ways To Exercise On The Beach

As the weather warms up, you may start thinking about how you can lose some of those unwanted pounds you packed on during the winter. And if you happen to live near a shore or are heading out on vacation, the beach is the perfect place to get started. Here are some ways to get exercise while enjoying the sun, water, and balmy breezes on the coast.

Four Great Ab Exercises For a Healthy Core

Have you ever wondered how many times a day you engage your core? Whether it’s carrying groceries, playing golf, picking up children, or even sitting up and walking around, you are engaging your core muscles constantly, which makes them one of the most important muscle groups to keep healthy and strong to avoid back pain and a series of other problems. We’ll go through a few basic core strengthening exercises that can help improve your posture, and help make daily activities easier on your body.

The Plank

This static core exercise is great for engaging all areas of your abdominal muscles. Lay on your stomach, and place all of your weight on your toes and forearms, and lift your body in the air. Keep a straight line from your head to your toes, and hold the position. If you feel like you’re able to do the exercise without much effort for more than 45 seconds, turn the static exercise into a dynamic exercise by raising one leg or one arm for a ten second period, and then alternate legs and arms.

V-Ups

Start off laying down on your back, then extend your legs to a 45 degree angle while keeping them together and straight. Point both arms at the same angle, and then roll up on your spine until your upper body is at a 45 degree angle. Pause at the top for one to three seconds with your fingers pointed towards your toes, and the roll back down with your spine. Repeat the motion as many times as you feel comfortable. It is challenging to keep your legs pointed and your chest up in the air, but concentrate on maintaining good posture and activating your core muscles throughout the exercise.

Russian Twist

Also known as the seated oblique twist, this exercise helps targets your obliques along with the rest of your core muscles. Start by sitting on the floor with your knees bent and together, with a yoga mat or carpet beneath you. Twist slowly so that your chest is pointing to your right side while your hips face forward, and then smoothly rotate your torso so your chest points to the other side. To increase difficulty, raise your legs off the ground and keep them together. You can also hold a medicine ball, and touch the ground with it each time you rotate. While doing this exercise more quickly makes it more challenging, keep your motions fluid and smooth as to avoid injury.

Supermans

We tend to forget that our core muscles include our lower back muscles, and this exercise targets strengthening those important muscles. Lie on your stomach on a yoga mat or on a carpet and extend your arms above your head. Raise both arms and both legs off the ground and hold for three seconds and then relax. Repeat the exercise for as many times as you feel comfortable. An alternative method is to raise your right arm and your left leg, hold for three seconds, and then switch. This gives you greater range of motion and engages more muscles because you are forcing your body to stabilize itself.

A few tips

Before exercising, make sure that your body is relatively warmed up and stretched before doing any exercises. It is best to do warmup exercises for five minutes and then do both dynamic stretches that target your obliques and hip flexers. When progressing through core workouts, focus first on exercises that target your larger core muscle groups, so do exercises that target your rectus abdominis muscles, or your front abdominal muscles, first, and hold off on to exercises that target the smaller oblique muscles for the end. Check out our earlier post for more ideas on core exercises to help strengthen your abs, and only do exercises that you feel comfortable doing. In no time you will be able to move on to more challenging exercises as you strengthen your core and improve your overall health.

5 Reasons Why Skiing is Great Exercise

Let’s face it. The winter season can make you feel like you’re in a slump. Both mentally, and physically. That’s why it’s important to keep up your exercise routine, even when it’s cold outside. Skiing is a great way to get your workout in while having fun. Gorgeous mountain views are just another added bonus. Whether it is cross-country skiing, or downhill, you’re guaranteed to have fun and burn calories doing it. Here are five reasons why skiing is a great form of exercise.

Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is fun and exciting. Even if you are going slow, it is really something to be sitting up high on a horse. A plus to horseback riding is that the trails are beautiful and it is a great way to experience something new as well as taking in all the sights and sounds around you. If you have never been horseback riding you might not understand how fun it can be, but that is not the only benefit. Horseback riding can actually be good for your health as well as good fun. Here are just some of the great health benefits you get from horseback riding.

Outdoor Adventures that Help Reduce Stress

Stress is a common problem today. With busy working environments and even busier social lives it seems we can never catch a break anymore. This is a problem because increasing stress, mentally and physically, causes many health problems such as insomnia and loss of appetite. In some extreme cases stress can even lead to heart disease. However, if you love the great outdoors here are some fun, exciting and also relaxing outdoor adventures that can help boost adrenaline and reduce stress.

How to Have a Healthy Vacation

Travelers usually tend to get overwhelmed with excitement when they go on vacation. When traveling to your destination, it is often that travelers find themselves getting sick and eating outside of their diet, even if they try their hardest to avoid doing so. Although it is hard to keep self control when indulging into a new and unfamiliar place, it is possible that you can still have a healthy and fit vacation. This article informs you on a few ways to stay healthy while on vacation.

Resources for Getting in Shape This Winter

Winter has only begun and we have several more months of it before we can finally hit the beach come spring and summer. When winter sets in, that’s when we transition into “hibernation mode.” I’m guilty of it, as well. Eating and sleeping almost becomes routine when it is too cold to do anything else outside. But regardless, I know that staying fit throughout the winter is just as important as it is any time of year. Often times, we start exercising around January because of the New Year’s resolutions we make or because of the next beach trip we have planned, but then we struggle to stick with it. Here are my tips to staying fit during the winter season:

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Massage therapy is one of the many beneficial therapeutic options you can choose from at a spa or a practice that specializes in massage and aroma therapy. People who get massages for their first time realize the effects immediately, and then they start to question how often a person should actually receive a massage. It’s a great question, as massages are healthy and beneficial for your muscles.

Cardio Exercises For Limited Mobility Fitness

Engaging in heart healthy exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy heart and a long life. The mood boosting powers of exercise are just as important, as exercise can ease depression, stress, anxiety, increase self-esteem, and improve a person’s overall outlook on life. For those with limited mobility, participating in cardiovascular activities may seem more difficult. However, there are many creative and easy to do workouts for people with disabilities. 

Why Pedaling around Town is the Best Way to Travel

There are plenty of reasons as to why bike riding is the way to go in today’s society. Bike riding is one of the best forms of exercise for your body, as it puts little impact on your joints. It isn’t weight bearing so you can often bike no matter what your aches and pains are during running or walking. It also helps the environment, cutting down on car exhaust that is released into the air. Cycling is also a great way to increase your exercise if you are out of shape. With cycling being less impactful than running or walking, individuals can bike further than they could walk/run. This encourages people to stick with the activity, motivating them to continue and making them feel good about themselves.