Excerise

Muscle toning is a colloquialism that usually refers to increasing muscle definition, rather than a muscle’s resistance to stretching. The terms “muscle tone” and “muscle strength” are not interchangeable. These two terms refer to very distinct qualities about muscle function. Muscle tone refers to the resistance and tension of a muscle at rest, while muscle strength refers to the power behind a muscle contraction. Exercise that builds muscle and strength also increases muscle tone, which is a measure of one function of a healthy muscle. You don’t have to do separate exercises or stretches to increase your muscle tone. Muscle Tone Muscle tone is a measure of your muscle’s resistance to stretch when the muscle is not undergoing a conscious contraction. Simply put, your muscle tone refers to what your muscles do when you aren’t using them. A well-toned muscle maintains proper posture and alignment when you’re at rest. This Read More
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Some people not interested in developing large muscles or bulking up, but are looking to tone their muscles and appear fit. Gaining muscle tone takes an overall fitness program; one that consists of consistent cardiovascular and weight-training exercise. While strength training is what directly causes muscles to develop and become toned, it’s necessary that you have a healthy body fat percentage to receive the full benefits. If you have too high of a body-fat percentage, your newly toned muscles won’t show to their best advantage.Engage in strength training at least twice a week. Complete a battery of exercises that work the entire body, consisting of the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, back, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps and core. Each exercise should be completed for two sets of 10 to 12 repetitions, though increasing your volume to three sets once you establish a strength base with yield better results. Choose weights that Read More
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Fitness Together – Santa Monica in Los Angeles,California.Continues to grow because of quality service, facilities, and personal trainers who focus on the personalized needs of their clients’ fitness and nutritional needs. Exercise Weight loss and Nutrition May 27, 2010 – PRLog — Exercise and stress are connected. Find out how exercise helps to manage stress, and what types of activity are best for your stress.I’m a self-confessed “stress-pot”. It’s not an easy admission to make, simply because I hate being stressed. And knowing I stress over little things, stresses me out more! Argh.Without exercise, I’d be locked at home, brimming with stress and depression. I know because I’ve been there when injured. It’s something you only notice if exercise is a central part of your being.Most people I know who workout regularly, say that they use exercise to manage their stress. As well as to look better, be healthier and Read More
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If you’re experiencing discomfort in the lower back or find yourself having more trouble bending over or standing up than you used to, it may not be your back at all. It could be, as Chubbs Peterson says in “Happy Gilmore,” “all in the hips.”   Just 7.1 percent of Americans experience hip pain, according to a 2009 study, considerably fewer than feel back or knee pain. But the number of people experiencing discomfort because of their hips may be much higher.   “When it comes to evaluating new clients, I would guess that around 60 percent of the adults we work with have less than optimal hip mobility,” says Mike Perry, a functional movement screen specialist and owner of Skill of Strength, a performance-based training facility in Massachusetts.   That lack of mobility may not result in direct hip pain but could spill over into other parts of the Read More
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You’ve sworn off chocolate, are finally on a first-name basis with vegetables and your high-school math teacher would be impressed with your advanced calorie-counting skills. The gym has become your second home and you just might be spending more time with your step counter than your spouse. You’re following your diet and exercise plan to the letter, and then some—but the scale hasn’t budged and your goal-size pants remain stubbornly snug. What gives?   When not even your hardest work and willpower are making a dent in your goals, it could be time to bend—or even break—some of the rules. Weight loss journeys aren’t one-size-fits-all, and what works for a coworker, cousin or celebrity won’t necessarily get you where you want to be. We asked some of our nutrition and fitness experts to share which rules they wish their clients would stop following.   1. Don’t skip breakfast.   Experts Read More
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You have been walking faithfully four to five days a week, gradually increasing your time to 30 minutes or longer. Congratulations! But after following this routine for several weeks, you may no longer feel the challenge you once did. You feel it’s time to kick it up a notch and see where these legs can take you! The next step for many walkers in your situation is running. Running is a great sport in which almost all individuals can participate. Despite the fact that many people believe running can lead to arthritis of the knees and hips, studies conducted by Stanford University and the Cooper Institute have actually shown that running can improve bone and joint function for those not already suffering from arthritis. Running has been also shown to: Decrease blood pressureIncrease cardiovascular functioningIncrease HDL (the good cholesterol)Improve aerobic enduranceIncrease muscle strength, especially in the lower body and corePromote Read More
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You’re on day five of your friendly squat competition with your coworkers, feeling good. You start the day’s round, but suddenly, you feel a sharp pain in your lower back. Something is not right. What are you doing wrong? When done properly, strength training provides a wide variety of physical benefits—including improving muscle definition, strengthening bones and increasing strength—regardless of age or fitness level. When done improperly, however, it increases risk of injury and can become frustrating due to lack of results. According to physical therapist Tanya Kist, most of the strength training injuries she sees are due to improper lifting techniques. “The most common reason for injuries when working out is not keeping proper form and spine alignment. I also see people trying to lift too much weight without proper form,” she says. “When you stand with your back against the wall, we all have a natural curve, often Read More
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If you’re stuck in a workout rut or looking for a motivating fitness routine, you might consider adding a high-energy Kick-Lift-Box workout to the schedule. A Kick-Lift-Box workout is made up of karate kicks and boxing routines and punches for heart-pumping cardio with weight lifting for strength and endurance set to high energy music with a personal trainer in a private, appointment only strength & conditioning gym in Sandton. You get a total body workout, self-defence skills and whip yourself into shape safely and quickly. Whether you’re a fitness newbie or long-time gym aficionado Kick-Lift-Box twice per week will get you to your fitness goals in no time. You can kick, punch and lift your way to a stress-free zone within minutes of your high-energy Kick-Lift-Box routine with movements that stimulate every muscle group in a simple, effective 50 min workout. You release endorphins which will give your mood a boost Read More
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08June

Boxing

Blasting calories doesn’t mean you must spend countless hours in the gym. Boxing is a super-fast, super easy workout, perfect for days you are feeling too overwhelmed to workout. A typical boxing workout involves a variety of elements that help you burn calories as you work toward losing weight. The aerobic nature of many of boxing’s exercises leads to a high calorie burn without a significant shock to your joints. Boxing is really taking off around the globe. The idea of bulky arms, monster muscles and nose bleeds is wrong. Boxing is a brilliant way of sculpting and toning and that hulk-like muscle mass you’re worried about is just a figment of your imagination. Whether you’re pounding a punch bag or skipping your heart out, boxing training is something everyone should try at least once. On top of toning your muscles, boxing has a load more benefits that make it a Read More
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Learn the Pros and Cons of Each Style of Training You started an exercise program but decided to hold off on the strength training at first. Perhaps it’s because that area of the gym is full of unfamiliar pieces of equipment and people who all look like they know exactly what they are doing. Maybe it’s because your goal is to lose weight and not bulk up, or you’ve heard that strength training isn’t all that important. The truth is that no matter where you are in your fitness journey, strength training is an important part of any well-rounded exercise routine. Although it can be intimidating at first, creating a balanced strength routine isn’t all that difficult. Once you decide to add strength training to your schedule, the next decision becomes how often to do it. This will be answered, in part, by which kind of routine you decide to Read More
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