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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Ways To Tone Tummy

Tune up your tummy exercises by using proper form, if you’re already doing a workout routine but aren’t seeing results, there’s a problem. You may have the wrong kind, or the exercises may just not be working for you. Consulting a personal trainer, or taking a second look at that workout video to see what you’re doing wrong can seriously help. You can also try to add weight to your arms and legs while working out if you have been finding that the moves you’ve been doing aren’t as effective as you want them to be.

Take up yoga for relaxation purposes. If you’re older than 30, a good part of the reason your tummy is hard to tone is due to cortisone – a stress hormone that also forces your body to store fat near your abs. By trying out tummy exercises that also double as a relaxation ritual, you’ll get better results sooner. As the cortisone levels in your body decreases, your metabolism rises. Cool, huh?

Sit up straight. Studies have shown people who have better posture burn 10% more fat and calories than those who slouch. The subjects who improved their posture lost weight without changing their food or exercise routines. They also looked thinner while doing it. Maybe mom was right about sitting straight.

Don’t focus solely on tummy exercises, if you’ve been toiling away at crunches and other tummy exercises, you may be shocked to find out that this can actually impede your ability to get a toned belly. In order to get gorgeous abs, you actually need to focus on your back muscles, as well. Yes – your back muscles will actually pull your ab muscles taut, making your tummy much more toned. It’s also worth reminding newbies to the exercise world that fat cannot melt on one part of your body alone. Weight loss happens throughout your body at a somewhat even pace.

Supplement your workout routine or just switch it up. Many professional bodybuilders, weight loss enthusiasts, and models often want to add an extra kick to their workout routine in two ways. The first way that bodybuilders add more edge to their workout is by trying out a new workout routine, or at least cycling through different routines. So if you usually try to use the workout machines at your local gym, opt for a Zumba class instead next time. Or, try new workout moves from your latest gym magazine. Another common way to add more oomph to a workout is to ingest thermogenic supplements before a workout. They help you burn more body fat and calories over the same amount of time than if no supplements are used.

Exercises for Toning Arms

The Biceps Curl

Here you’ll need a pair of dumbbells or other similar weights. Stand first while positioning your feet to face front and be shoulder-width apart. Hold dumbbells in your hands with palms facing forward. Then curl the dumbbells toward your chest while slightly bending your knees.

You can begin with just 10 reps for each set. In carrying out this exercise, you’re bound to firm up the front part of your arms.

The Lateral Raise

In doing lateral raises, you can address the fats in the front and back parts of your arms. At the same time, you’ll be able to exercise your pectorals and shoulders.

To start off, you ought to be in a standing position the same way as in the biceps curl while holding the dumbbells. However, your palms must be facing your body instead of facing front. Once you’re ready, begin to raise your arms to the sides while keeping them straight. Raise them up only until they are aligned with your shoulders, with your palms facing down. Make sure to relax your neck muscles as you perform this exercise.

The Triceps Stretch

Of course it’s also important to give attention to your triceps separately to achieve well-toned arms. This time, you need to lie down first on your back and lift your hands while holding the dumbbells. Put the dumbbells together as your palms face each other. Inhale and start bending your elbows toward the sides of your face as you lower the weights. Be sure to just move the forearms, with the elbows staying in the same spot all throughout. Now you have to exhale along with raising your hands back to the original position.

Unique Workout Trends

Surfset Fitness is a unique surf-inspired workout that draws from the real movements of surfing to create workouts that build balance, enhance core strength, improve agility, and build lean muscle and improve coordination. Performed on a Surfset board (an enhanced surfboard designed to simulate the physical demands of surfing without the ocean), these surf-inspired movements come together to create an engaging and energetic workout that can accommodate everyone, from the experienced surfer to a first-timer.

Pound: Rockout is a full body “jam session” that combines light resistance with consistent full body drumming. Rock, rap, dubstep, pop and old school music fuse to create the Poundtrack series, and lightly weighted drumsticks are used in conjunction with easy-to-follow (and not complex or embarrassing) cardio moves and strength training. This 45-minute class torches calories in an extremely fun way.

Cy-Yo fuses cycling and yoga, and helps cycle and yoga enthusiasts alike in efficiently blending the two popular and beneficial workouts. You warm up with 10 minutes of yoga, then get your blood pumping with 40 minutes of cycling speed, which is followed by another 10 minutes of yoga to cool you down and stretch you out. Another class called Cycle In/Yoga Out fuses the two together, but only in two parts (30 minutes of cycling followed by 30 minutes of yoga). In these fusion classes there are options, and which one you choose is all about personal preference.

Hoopnotica is perhaps one of the most nostalgic workouts around, bringing us all back to our carefree childhood hoola-huping playground time. While adulthood and fitness are most often fused together to make “workout time,” Hoopnotica and other hoop fitness movements reintroduce the concept of playtime, making workouts fun and energizing. Hoop fitness aims to make a refreshing and joyful impact on fitness.

Home Fitness Training

• People who live far from the gym or fitness center – Some people are lucky enough to be able to find a gym close to where they live. Unfortunately for many, they would need to make a 30-60 minute commute just to get to the nearest fitness center. That’s a lot of wasted time, especially for people who want to squeeze in a good workout despite their very busy schedules. If going to the gym to work out is too much of a hassle, then they would be better off doing their exercise routines at home.

• Stay-at-home moms and dads – Staying at home to take care of the kids isn’t as easy as many people think. Many times, it’s actually a workout in itself. Of course, nothing beats a real home fitness training routine to keep one’s energy up throughout the day. Parents who stay at home sneak in a good work out while their children are taking their afternoon nap. This way, they can get the exercise they need without having to leave their kids in the care of a babysitter.

• People who are on a tight budget – In this economy, a gym membership is a luxury many people can’t afford. After comparing the cost of the monthly dues one has to pay for exercise classes at the fitness center with the price of a good instructional exercise DVD and a few basic workout equipment, the choice becomes pretty obvious. There are also a lot of free exercise tips and instructional material available online for those who don’t want to spend a dime on a good workout plan.

• People who are uncomfortable working out in public – For many people who want to exercise to lose weight, showing off flabs instead of abs at the gym is a frightening thought. Working out at home helps give them the privacy they need to do their exercises and shed off that extra weight.

• People who can afford an in-home personal trainer – Having one-on-one workout sessions with a personal trainer can really do wonders for one’s health and physique. Not everyone can afford this, but for those who can, there’s just no other way to do it.