8 Tips To Boost Your Metabolism

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Your Metabolism is Your Fat Loss Foundation!

It keeps burning and burning fat 24 hours a day…the only problem is, do you have a fast metabolism? And if not, what can you do about it to boost your metabolism and burn fat to lose weight?

Your metabolism is basically how many calories you burn each day. Children have faster metabolic rates than adults, and we all know about the legendary metabolism’s of teenage boys. That’s the metabolism you wish you had.

And while it is inevitable that your metabolism decreases with age, it doesn’t doom you to gaining weight. It might even decrease 30% over your life, but really, is that any reason to become overweight? No way. Not when you can turn it around with a couple of simple, proven techniques listed below… » Read more

Is It Worth Stretching Before Exercising?

Man doing stretching exercise at the park

Many people believe that stretching before exercise is unnecessary. They think it to be a myth propagated by fitness trainers, who have nothing more to do than just waste precious time pulling hands and stretching legs.

But what people don’t realize is that stretching before exercise is probably the only thing that saves them from injury when they are lifting weights or doing splits and jumps.

Warm up first before you begin stretching

However, stretching is not the first part of an exercise regime. The first step is to warm up the body. Alternatively you could even take a warm shower, dry up and begin your stretches. The process of warming up allows the blood in your body to circulate freely, so that it can reach the maximum level. The reason is that you need to get your blood circulation going before you can actually stretch. » Read more

The 2 Stages of Warming Up Before You Exercise

Young lady stretching

Warming up before exercise prepares the body for the work out session ahead by loosening up the body muscles and getting them ready for more extensive exercises.

According to the experts, it is necessary to sweat a little when warming up before exercise. However, at the same time, it should not be so tiring that you are left completely exhausted.

The two stages of warming up

It is a common belief that just a little bit of bending and stretching is what warming up before exercise is all about. Nevertheless, although these are part of the warming up procedure, there is more to it.

Experts are of the opinion that there are two primary stages of warming up. The first stage is using those muscles in aerobic activities, which would be required for working out and then move on to some stretching exercises, lending further flexibility to the muscles. » Read more

What Are The Best Exercises For The Chest Muscles?

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What are the chest muscles?

The chest muscles are the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor, hence the popular slang, ‘pecs’ in reference to the chest. The bigger of the two, the pectoralis major covers the sternum, the clavicle and joins the shoulders to the upper arms.  The pectoralis minor is below the pectoralis major.

What do these muscles do?

The chest muscles are responsible for moving the arms in and out, that is close to the body and away the body, as well as rotation of the shoulders and shrugging. Chest muscles are also important for good posture.

Chest workouts are an important part of the exercise routine for certain groups of sports people: tennis players, swimmers, rugby players and any other sport where you have to lift or throw an object. » Read more

Why Slowly Cooling Down After Exercising Is Important

Young adults using running machine at the fitness club

Cooling down after exercise is just as important in reducing the risk of injury as the warming up process before exercise. Cooling down means gradually slowing down the level of activity.

The major purpose of warming up is to prepare the body and mind for rigorous activity, whereas that of cooling down is to assist in recovery and to bring the body back to a pre-exercise or pre-workout state.

Returning back to the normal state

Cooling down also helps the heart rate and breathing to return back to normal. Cooling down after exercise helps prevent dizziness and needless pain. During a rigorous workout, the body experiences a number of stressful processes.

Muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments tend to undergo a lot of strain, and waste products build up inside the body. Cooling down after exercise, if performed correctly, will help the body flush the toxins and release the strains. » Read more

6 Possible Causes of Running Pain

Running is one of the most popular and the easiest ways to get in shape and stay healthy. It is also one of the easiest ways to injure yourself and bring about serious running pain.

Running pain is common and typically affects the ankles, feet, hips and knees most often. The stress and impact of running is often tough on the joints and muscles of the body, especially if you keep going once running pain begins.

6 Possible Causes of Running Pain

Running pain can occur for a number of different reasons ranging from the terrain on which the runner is working out to the type of shoes he or she wears. It is important to stretch properly with each workout, wear the proper equipment, and pace yourself in order to prevent running pain and injuries such as: » Read more

The Importance of a Proper Weight Lifting Warm-Up

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One of the most costly mistakes that I see in the gym week in and week out is that the majority of lifters fail to recognize the importance of a proper warm-up.

Some lifters perform a wimpy, worthless warm-up that consists of 1 set of 20 reps using the weight of the bar, and others neglect the warm-up process altogether.

There are two main reasons why a proper warm-up will serve you well both in the short and long term…

1) A proper warm-up will increase the amount of weight that you are able to lift during your actual workout, thereby maximizing muscle stimulation and growth.

2) A proper warm-up will greatly decrease your chances of injury.

Now I don’t know about you, but to me that looks like two perfectly good reasons to spend a simple 15-20 minutes before each workout properly warming up. » Read more

The Health Benefits of Weight Lifting

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Weight lifting is a great way to improve muscle tone and increase overall body strength. Weight lifting, when done with a view to improve the body, is also called strength training and should be a part of any balanced exercise regime.

When done in moderation, it helps burn fat, tone the body and increase the ability of the body to bear stress and strain.

Various Weight Training Exercises

There is a range of exercises than can be done with weights. The simplest is to jog, walk or perform aerobic exercises with weights fitted to the ankles or carried in the hands. Care must be taken to never use weights when warming up or stretching. The excessive strain on the muscle can lead to serious tears or pulls on the muscle. » Read more

Muscles Used By The Squat Exercise

Man performing the squat exercise

When you want to build lower body strength, you need an effective exercise. Weight training is one of the most often used techniques for helping to build muscle mass with the squat as one of the most often repeated exercises. However, it will help for you to have a good understanding of how the squat will work for you and what you need to do to make the most of each movement.

Which muscles are affected when performing the Squat?

When it comes to the squat, not only is an exercise that everyday exercisers do, but it’s also a featured event in weightlifting competition. The squat is meant to test strength and endurance in the muscle as well the maximum potential that the muscles in the lower body can attain. » Read more

General Tips For Weightlifting Beginners

Man performing the squat exercise

There is a lot of confusion among the uninitiated about weightlifting, with many confusing weight training and body building with weightlifting.

The first tip for weightlifting is to know that it is a sport not an exercise.

Equipment Used In Weightlifting

Almost everyone, whether they are interested in weightlifting or not, knows that weight lifters use free weights, that is, barbells and dumbbells when training. However there are lots more machines and accessories that are used in weightlifting.

Some of these machines are used for various purposes. So be prepared when you ask for tips on weightlifting to hear the names of equipment you never heard of before. » Read more

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