Active Recovery for Exercise

The body needs a break and rest from our routines. When we change the routines, we are allowing our bodies to rest and recover properly. For example, a runner might need to rest from an injury. The water can be a great source of active recovery for people who exercise and athletes. Using a pool to do a light workout can be one way to change our routines. The key is allowing the muscles to recover by doing something completely different and less intense for our bodies. Stretching and using a foam roller are commonly used for active recovery techniques since it may help prevent injury. Stretching is often overlooked but is a great idea for active recovery since everyone needs flexibility.

Active recovery is not to be confused with cross-training. Both are different but the main difference is the activities for cross-training might still be intense. The activities for active recovery would most likely be less intense. This is only because the muscles need rest and recovery. Someone doing cross-training might run and swim with the same intensity on different days. A person should try to do less on off days and remember they are recovering

Six Pack Abs Workout

The simple truth is that crunches and sit-ups are alright when you start working on your abdominals, but soon you’ll need to do hundreds of crunches in order to feel any sort of effort and you’ll see little improvement, if any.

The reason is that crunches and sit-ups are low intensity ab exercises. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that crunches are not good exercises, but they don’t give you the kind of abs workout that you’re looking for.

If you want to get six pack abs, you will need to do much more complicated and difficult exercises.

What many people don’t know and what keeps them from getting the abs they long for is that in order to get perfect abs you should invest more of your time in full body workouts than in abs exercises alone.

The reason for this is two-fold:

  • You need to reduce your overall body fat and this won’t be done by abs exercises.
  • The abs serve as supporting muscle for nearly any strength building exercise you do, regardless of the muscle group you’re focusing on. You see, while you’re working your pecs, biceps or

30 Minute Energy Infusion

It’s not only on the football field when fatigue limits us. Fatigue clouds our life vision, robs us of our greatness. When we tire easily everyday tasks are harder and take longer to perform. Our ability to concentrate is compromised. Even driving a car is more difficult and dangerous. It can even become obvious to our superiors at work. It AFFECTS every area of our lives.

Fatigue is amplified by unhealthy habits. Energy is increased and created by positive habits. If you are constantly running low on energy at work in the afternoon be aware that you can change this. Try all of the following suggestions for 30 minutes at see what happens.

  • Walk briskly for 10 minutes outside in the sun
  • Drink 16 ounces of fresh non-tap water
  • Do 50 jumping jacks
  • Eat 2 servings of whole unprocessed food
  • Take 20 deep , slow breaths
  • Do 5 different stretches
  • Meditate deeply for 5 minutes

This routine should take you no more than 30 minutes. Perform it at mid-day break or lunch. Do it INTENSELY. The energy infusion will last for 3-4 hours.

Have fun and prosper !!

How Jump Higher

Plyometrics Exercises – increase your explosive power

Every athlete wants to add those few inches to their jump. Plyometrics exercises have been especially designed for any sports that involves jumping. This type of exercise helps develop the ‘explosive’ ability in the athletes, which helps them to sprint faster and take big leaps as they jump, as for example a basketball player would do. The easiest way that you could do Plyometric exercise at home is to get a strong looking sturdy bench, or any kind of step. What you need to do is to jump on top of the step with as much power as you can gather, and then immediately jump back down. If it is too easy for you, you would need to increase the height of the step and by that make the exercise more effective for your purposes. This exercise is one of the very basic Plyometrics exercises, but has proven to be very effective in providing power build-up for jumping higher.

Improving Your Jumping Technique and keeping track of it

Taking the example of a basketball player, many of these players do not have a proper jumping skill, though they

Lose Stomach Fat

You’ll be glad to know that in the last few years there has been some great breakthroughs when it comes down to rapid fat loss – & great arguments such as, is cardio actually good for you. Also such statements as ab exercises will not burn of of!

Well I personally have some some extensive research on these topics and will say that firstly ab exercises will not get rid of your stomach fat, what they will do though is build the abdominal muscle.

If you still have a fair bit of fat on your stomach it does not matter how big your stomach muscles are as they are still going to be hidden under a layer of fat. So your core focus should be on getting rid of the fat as you already have abs, believe me they are there. There just hidden under your fat!

OK so how do you get rid of this fat you ask?

I highly recommend a mix of interval training and resistance training & correct eating. If you set yourself up with a game plan to involve all three into your life you will experience some massive


An additionally important concept related to exercise is your “baseline.” Each person has a different one. A “baseline” is the level of exercise that you can maintain over a period of time. This simply means that the pain you get while exercising with Fibromyaglia doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle. You also must remember that there will always be good days and bad days. You shouldn’t quit or reduce your exercising because of a bad day. (Keep in mind you may want to moderate it a bit if you have a bad flare-up that lasts days or weeks.)

You should always begin exercise training with stretching weather you have Fibromyalgia or not. Stretching helps lubricate ligaments and joints, reduces stiffness and keeps ligaments and tendons from shortening over time. Stretching must be a gentle process and it should feel good to warm up with stretching.

Mild aerobic activity, such as walking, for a few minutes before stretching is a good way to warm up before you get started with your personalized exercise routine. Low-impact, easy aerobic exercise that should be done daily is the next step. Aerobic exercise has many benefits to your health. It specifically helps

Intelligent Training

Yet the neurological aspects of exercise are much more important than the muscles themselves, for it is the nervous system that activates and coordinates them.

With that in mind, it is extremely important to be aware of the neurological demands of an exercise.

Certain exercises are neurologically demanding so it is essential that you don’t put more of them in one workout than your nervous system can handle.

This fact is crucial. The high-energy demands of such exercises mean your chances of training with poor form increase much faster than with conventional bodybuilding or machine-based exercises.

So being conscious of the neurological load of an exercise means that you are better able to avoid degeneration of form. Your body learns to move by performing the exercise. This is particularly the case with neurologically demanding exercises.

Failure to end your workout before form deteriorates will result in faulty programming. This is where the saying “training to failure equals training to fail” comes from.

By training to the point your form fails, you not only risk injury, but you train your body to remember the improper form.

Always Sequence Exercises in Descending Complexity

Get Fit On A Budget

You do not have to believe all those commercials that say you need to have the latest fitness equipment in order to get fit and lose weight. Those machines not only cost money but nine out of ten times they do not live up to their promises and wind up collecting dust under your bed. Save your money and instead try taking a brisk walk everyday. You can walk through your neighborhood, local parks or even around a high school football field during the summer when it’s not being used. If it is raining, take a ride to your town mall and do laps around the mall. Not only will you get a great workout, you can also check out the latest deals. Other quick and free things you can do is to take the stairs whenever possible and park further away at stores.

You can also get a great workout by cleaning. Working out in the garden can burn up to 400 calories in an hour which is almost the same as you can get from walking your dog. Shoveling Snow can burn almost 500 calories in an hour! Virtually every household chore can be turned

Pole Dancing for Exercise

The Pole Dancing Academy in Dorset was set up by Steph Bates who has years of experience in both gymnastics and dancing. Steph runs individual lessons to people of all ages and with varying degrees of fitness.

Pole dancing requires a lot of body strength and a 30 minute sessions will feel like a 60 minute session the next day!

Muscles in your arms, legs and abdomen will be working harder than they’ve worked before giving you that well toned look you’ve always been after. Each session is approached as an exercise session, with warming up and cooling down stretches. Most people coming to Pole dancing sessions will find they have muscles they didn’t know they had so it’s important to warm them up before using them.

If you can hold your own body weight on your arms you’ll have a great advantage but this strength will come after practise.

Some people worry that they’ll have to dance in their underwear but at the Pole Dancing Academy all dancers must wear at least shorts and an exercise top – similar to that worn for aerobic exercise and if you’re worried about showing your legs

Body Sculpting Routine for Men

The first portion of a complete body sculpting routine for men is the upper body routine. Because many men are already comfortable with exercise for this area of the body, it’s generally the part of the body that’s well-defined and toned. Here are some simple exercises that can be used for the upper body:

  • Pushups – targets the entire upper body and upper back
  • Military presses – take a barbell or dumbbells in each hand to lift the hands above the shoulders, pressing towards the ceiling. You can also alternate one arm at a time to help protect your low back.
  • Bench presses – lying on a weight bench, you will push the weights up from the shoulders
  • Bicep curls – take a weight in one hand and lift into a curl position to the shoulder
  • Tricep dips – on a weight bench, place your palms behind your body, slowly lower the upper body down

But many men forget that a complete body sculpting routine for men should include lower body exercises as well. This will help the body be balanced in its tone and symmetry – no sense in having great