Facilitated Stretching

Facilitated stretching is also known as “active assisted stretching,” or “PNF” (Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), and is similar to “active isolated-stretching.” Facilitated stretching utilizes active motion and measured bodywork to enhance motor skills and increase flexibility. Involving the work of one muscle at a time, facilitated stretching is administered by gentle stretches that release the muscle before it has a chance to protectively contract.

Originally developed for patients suffering from paralysis, facilitated stretching is more than just a typical exercise. With the stretcher’s aid, this therapy helps to lengthen and contract specific muscles, relaxing and allowing movement around joint areas. Improving the body’s potential to heal itself, this beneficial exercise enhances overall performance.

In a typical session, the limbs of the client are gently stretched by a partner, practitioner or trainer. Facilitated stretching is often administered by a certified personal fitness trainer, physical therapist or experienced massage therapist, and is known to improve flexibility, range of motion, and to relieve muscle stiffness. As a general rule, stretches should not be painful, so this is a relatively non-invasive and therapeutic exercise.

For the novice or the expert athlete, facilitated stretching is beneficial in improving strength, and can

Eight Pack Abs

The identical method that you would go about getting six pack abs, naturally. The only distinction here is that you are now aware of the prospect of getting eight pack abs, and that you can work your way towards this objective. Without this information of course you might never be able to define that added abs pack, but now that you know, well, the rest as they say, is history, true?

But if you’ve never had a six pack, let alone contemplated having eight pack abs, how would you go about getting them? Yes, the same way as for a six pack, but what can you do to first start the process then to make sure that you keep the momentum going and get to your aim without becoming excessively side tracked.

Well, first of all, you should preferably take a good long hard look at your diet and cut out those foods and things which are not only bad for you, but which you know are certainly harmful to you! Starting here, is the best idea and you could do no better than to go out and get yourself a healthy eating book to help

Lose Chin Fat

Many experts say the only way to lose chin fat is through weight loss or through surgical or other medical procedures, because it’s nearly impossible to exercise the chin area. They’re right about losing chin fat via these methods, but wrong about exercising the chin and adjacent areas of the face. In fact, if you want to get both the chin fat and tighten up the sags left behind, you need to lose weight and exercise the muscles around your chin.

Odds are if you have a double chin, you have excess weight on the rest of your body that you need to take off. Start with a healthy diet low in calories and fat, and an aerobic exercise program designed to burn calories and fat. Getting down to your recommended weight will get rid of the fat that fills out your double chin, but, especially in middle-aged and older people, the double chin isn’t completely gone because the area under the chin is left “holding the bag,” so to speak. Short of having a chin lift, you may not be able to get rid of the sagging skin, but by toning the muscles in the area,

Ways To Increase Vertical Jump

While some people believe vertical leaps are solely based upon leg strength and muscles, an assortment of additional body parts play an important role in vertical jumping. This means a training program focused on the legs, abdomen, and even the arms provides some of the best ways to increase vertical jump. Below you will find a few suggestions to consider when you are interested in enhancing your impressive leap into the air:

  • Leap-ups: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, one should jump into the air while looking straight
    ahead. Once they come down about ΒΌ of the way, they should immediately soar into the air. The purpose of this exercise is to train the muscles to better respond to the movements associated with jumping into the air. In the end, an improved vertical leap is the result.
  • Stretching: One of the lesser-known ways to increase vertical jump is through stretching, which provides an athlete with the flexibility needed to gracefully leap into the air.
  • Calf Raises: To start, place your heels over an object that permits them from touching the ground, such as a step or book. The object of the exercise is to go

Total Body Workout

  • First, a dumbell workout. For muscle and strength building, a pair of dumbells are a convenient and simple solution. A vast assortment of muscle building exercises can be had with dumbells.

You’ll want to pick one dumbell exercise for each major muscle group. Do a few muscle groups on one day, while performing other muscle groups on another day (in other words you don’t have to do all the muscle groups in one 20 minute workout).

After you perform a set of dumbell exercise, immediately move on to the next activity, such as…

  • Fitness ball exercises. A fitness ball can add great benefit to a total body workout. In between your dumbell sets you can perform a number of exercises on the fitness ball, most notably you can do abdominal exercises to tighten your stomach, or lower back exercises to strengthen your back.

Pushups, sit ups, and even squats can be performed with a fitness ball, adding to the total body workout.

By going from dumbells to the fitness ball, one right after the other, you can finish up the bulk of your routine in 15 minutes. Then…

  • Finish up your last

Physical Fitness For Child

Exercise regulates body fat and increases metabolism so your child will be less likely to be overweight. The risk of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels will be reduced, along with a lesser risk of developing Type II diabetes or heart disease. Your kids will become leaner, with stronger muscles and bones. Physical activity will also improve your child’s sleep pattern and their mental activities on a daily basis.

Not all children have a positive attitude towards physical activities, some children are happy to be included and run around playing until they are exhausted. Others will shy away from getting involved in team sports and other activities. These children often need encouragement from family and friends before they will become interested. One way to encourage physical activity when not at school is to get the entire family involved. This will help your child to gain confidence in themselves by participating with people they are comfortable with. This may also allow them to be able to take that confidence with them to school.

Parents should make it a point to limit the inactivity as well as find motivational techniques to get your kids to exercise. Set limits

Cardio to Burn Belly Fat

The Australian study compared a 20-minute interval training workout (done 3x’s per week) against a 40-minute slow cardio workout (also done 3x’s per week). Women did the workout for 15 weeks, and only the interval group lost belly fat. The cardio group got practically no results at all.

So spot reduction is possible, as long as you don’t expect slow cardio or endless crunches to do the trick. Instead, you need to use interval training. According to Professor Steve Boucher, the Australian co-author of the latest interval training study to show intervals work better than slow cardio, “high intensity intermittent exercise may result in greater fat loss in the abdomen”.

Basically, interval training burns stomach fat first, over all other sources of fat on the body.

Now we all have heard that spot reduction doesn’t work. If you haven’t, here is the story. For some reason, many people think that by doing tons of crunches, they will burn stomach fat. Unfortunately, that just isn’t true.

In fact, Boucher quotes the following example…

“…researchers have examined the fat content of elite tennis players’ racket arm. The logic here is that if a tennis player

About Exercising After Baby

The first thing to keep in mind, is no crazy exercise for at least six weeks for a normal delivery, eight if you had a c-section. Your doctor will give you a list of exercises that you can do during the post partum period. Some of them include walking. You will find that slow walking will get your body ready for a higher intensity workout. Yoga might be another exercise your doctor gives you the OK for. It gets your blood flowing and it helps reduce stress, which trust me you might experience a lot of after you bring your baby home. Some of the poses will have to be avoided but you will be able to do the basic moves. You might even be able to find a postnatal yoga class at a gym. As long as you had a normal birth, your doctor should give you the OK to do pelvic tilts. C-section moms might have to wait a little longer before they do any sort of abdominal exercises.

Other things to keep in mind, is to listen to your body. Do not push yourself or your body during your postpartum period. You are not

Outdoor Activities in Houston

If a casual walk is more up your street, you’ll get plenty of exercise wandering round the Houston Zoo, which is located in Hermann Park. If you’re there for a few hours, you’ll notch up a few miles worth of exercise while seeing the monkeys, sea lions and tigers.

If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, there are always the immensely popular Boot Camps, which are run at several locations in and around Houston. These are designed for people who want to lose weight and get fit, and although they certainly achieve that aim, they are not for the faint of heart. Classes take place in parks around Houston, giving you the chance to enjoy some fresh air while you are testing out your fitness levels.

It’s worth remembering that when you are taking part in any outdoor activity, the weather can play a big part. Check the forecast before you venture out and make sure you put on the appropriate clothing for the activity you are doing. Most importantly, make sure your shoes are suitable and don’t have slippery soles, especially if you are out jogging in the colder months of the year.

Importance of Muscle Stretching

Stretching is very important for your muscles’ health, it brings oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the muscles and relaxes them. Relaxed muscles will less likely tear or spasm. When you exercise you shorten the muscle; stretching elongates the muscle. I always say, “A long muscle is a healthy muscle.”

I would like to clear up a question that everyone of my clients ask me: “When do I stretch, before or after my workout?” The answer is simple, BOTH! It is essential to do a warm-up before your workout to decrease chances of injury, increase your core temperature and mobility in the joints. Once the body is warmed up then you should stretch out the muscles that you are going to work out, if not all the muscles in your body. Then do your workout, followed by a cool-down including a full body stretch.

Why should I stretch:

  • Prevent injury (a strong flexible muscle resists stress better)
  • Reduce muscle tension and relax the body
  • Increase speed and range of motion of the joint
  • Prevent post exercise muscle soreness
  • Help with co-ordination by allowing easier movement
  • Maintain current flexibility level into