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There are a lot of pills and programs out there you can take, all promising to help you get fit, but many are as misleading as they are dangerous. Find out the facts about getting fit in the article below. Find some great ideas that you can use to achieve fitness without any sales pitches about particular products or services.

Simple push-ups can actually tone your triceps. If you place your hands at 45 degree angles when doing them, you will directly target these muscles. Those triceps will melt like butter then harden like stone beneath the stress of these high-quality push-ups.

Get creative with your new fitness routine. It isn’t necessary to go to the gym to get in shape. Picking a workout regimen that you actually enjoy will continue to give you the motivation you need.

Keep your knees strong by exercising your thighs. A very common sports-related injury is tearing the ligament found behind the kneecap. Quads and hamstrings are the muscles to strengthen to make sure similar injuries don’t happen to you. Leg extensions and curls are great exercises to accomplish this.

While many people enjoy using treadmills in gyms or their own homes, running outside is better exercise. Running on the ground or road is better for you than opting for a treadmill.

Do not think of your workout sessions as hard and sweaty work. These labels and names can drain away your motivation just by hearing them. When you refer to working out, try to reference the activity by what it actually is, as in swimming or jogging.

Avoid dangerous or possibly dangerous fitness methods. True fitness requires a whole body approach and should not focus solely on weight loss. Apply what you’ve learned here, and be on your way to a fitter you today. Use the above information to help you get started.

Fitness and Health Tips

Fitness and Health Tips

 

Here at Yoga Bear we believe that Fitness and Health plays a big part in your Yoga journey and some simple health and fitness tips can help anybody’s Yoga  improve.

 

Build better Abdominals

 You don’t have to work your abs every day, they are just like most other muscles in your body. Training them 2 or 3 times per week is sufficient.

 

Protect your Neck when Crunching

 Make sure you put your tongue on the top of your mouth when crunching. It will align your head correctly,  which will help reduce neck strain.

 

Regular Cardio

 Make sure you do regular cardio sessions; your heart is your most important muscle; tip find a sport/activity  you enjoy doing and get all the health benefits while having fun.

 

Don’t neglect your fruit and vegetables

Try to have the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day for all the health benefits.

 

Drink Enough Water

 Although, there is a lot of debate on the perfect amount of water to have daily. Most health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals to about 2 litres, or half a gallon per day.

 

 

 

 

How Yoga Can Improve Your Heath and Fitness

How Yoga Can Improve Your Heath and Fitness

Yoga is an incredible exercise form that is often overlooked because it does not appear high intensity and people, therefore, doubt that it offers any real health and fitness benefits. This could not be further from the truth, and if we dispel the misconception that all exercise needs to be cardiovascular and leave us massively out of breath and sweating to see any improvement, yoga is revealed as a powerful contender for health and fitness.

 

Improves Core and Muscle Strength

 

One of the biggest issues people struggle with is the core strength.  Office jobs, sitting down all day, armchairs, and for the ladies – childbirth is all detrimental to core strength – and it tends to be something that cardio exercise does not help.  You can be at risk of injury if you hammer the cardio with a weak core as your posture and frame adapt to poor positions.  Core strength is needed to keep everything in place as you move.  The good news is that yoga improves body strength.  Poses such as ‘The Plank’ target the core muscles, while a range of other poses enables you to hit all muscle groups – targeting strength building without straining anything.

 

Decreases Stress

 

Most of us live in a chaotic world, frantically racing from work to home, having to juggle shopping, bills, socialising and of course our jobs.  We live in an almost perpetual state of motion and as a consequence are a nation of poor sleepers.  Leaving the body in a heightened state of stress can impact the mammalian part of the brain (the amygdala) responsible for the fight of flight mechanism.  If our stress levels leave us consistently in this fight or flight stress, we are at risk of many health issues overcoming our vulnerable system.  Stress can be a killer so taking steps to lower levels is vital.  Yoga offers relaxation methods to quiet the mind and halt the relentless chatter we all experience.  This, in turn, boosts the oxygen flow to the brain and shut down the amygdala response enabling us to rest and reset.

 

Perfect for Weight Loss

By stretching the body into the proper place, and recovering the posture we were designed to have, we can aid weight loss with yoga.  Our bodies develop abnormal positions from the constant damage we inflict, and this can cause pain and unhappiness. Sometimes this is subtle, but over-eating is comfort response that many people use to combat feelings of negativity about body image.  By correcting the posture the body begins to look longer and leaner without actually doing anything more than yoga, and if you combine this with the mind clearing, stress releasing benefit (stress is also a major contributory factor with over-eating), it is no surprise that yoga can actually help you lose weight and feel happier with your body.

There are may other benefits to yoga, including increasing flexibility and lowering blood pressure, so it becomes easy to see why this is something we should all be aiming to work into our lives. It is worth making the time, as the benefits to health and fitness are pretty significant.

For more health and fitness tips take a look at the following sites which have many fitness tips www.womenshealthmag.co.uk   www.menshealth.co.uk

If you are looking for a personal trainer in the UK to improve your fitness levels make sure you check there qualifications on the following Personal Trainer Register www.nrpt.co.uk