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postheadericon Fitness For Optimal Health

The key to achieving optimal health is including fitness in your daily routine.

It is stated in the Bible that our body is our temple. Therefore, it is our obligation to preserve it. For this reason, maintaining the health of both the mind and the body is a noble act.

But of course, this involves a great amount of effort as well as thorough actions. Anyhow, no matter how tough it will be, the fruit is very rewarding. A happy and healthy life, not all is privileged to have it, only the diligent few.

Fitness exercise is very important on ones routine. Through fitness exercise, people are able to fight several diseases. One of which is the killer disease, the heart disease.

Sadly, more and more people nowadays tend to ignore this kind of activity. Hence, more and more people too are suffering from different diseases. No wonder hospital businesses are prospering by gaining lots of clients, even it is against the will of these patients.

In fact, the suggested activities for fitness and health by the Council of the President on Physical Fitness and the Surgeon General are not generally followed by high school students nowadays. This covers the 33 percent of its population throughout the United States.

The attitude of neglecting physical fitness of these youths is usually carried by them as they turn into adulthood. Of course, there will be an increase on the number of sufferers from various diseases caused by weak resistance.

The National Institute on Aging showed a report that America comprises only 58 percent of its people who are engaging in a program of lifetime fitness. And this fitness program is done only in their free time. Only about 26 percent are regularly performing the lifetime fitness program. Most often, about three times each week.

The importance of a commitment to lifetime exercise is always being stressed. However, more people often times neglect it. Frequently, people use to disregard the fact that it can really do an enhancement on the value of one’s life.

Most probably you have already heard that the common causes of deaths in this country are heart disease, stroke, accidents caused by unintended injuries, cancer and chronic lower respiratory ailments. These diseases are actually the five most common causes of deaths yearly as reported by the Center for Disease Control.

Think about it. All of the mentioned common causes of deaths can easily be avoided. But only if people will give enough attention on fitness exercise, much more if they commit themselves into lifetime fitness. But definitely, accidental deaths are excluded.

When referring to lifetime fitness program, we are not only dealing on physical exercise. But also, this program includes a diet that needs to be observed.

It is very imminent that with lifetime commitment of physical fitness, life will be lengthened. And definitely be enjoyed. With a healthy mind and body you can enjoy life more, you can pick more daisies.

The last sell is yours. Will you be cautious of your health and commit to lifetime fitness? Or do you just prefer to abuse it and suffer more in the end?

postheadericon Outdoor Fitness Exercise For Optimal Health

More and more people are now attuned to their fitness needs. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor exercise activity, they will always take the chance to stay physically fit and healthy.

Outdoor exercises are also popular nowadays. Like indoor exercises, you can get a lot of benefits like:

– little equipment is needed in order to have a good workout; but there are also exercises that don’t require any equipment at all
– no more obnoxious people or crowded gyms
– no need to drive back and forth a fitness facility
– you can enjoy the fresh air
– doesn’t require special workout outfit or make-up
– you get a lot of sunshine and vitamin D
– you can work out anytime and anywhere

Some of the reasons for preferring outdoor exercises as a fitness routine may not be included on the list but whatever your reason is, there are still other things to think about. Now that you know the benefits, the next step is to learn the different activities fit for the outdoors.

There are seven top outdoor exercises; if you want to get all sweaty, feeling great and worn out, you can check out these exercises.

Lunges – this kind of exercise should be done in perfect form so that all your leg muscles, as well as your buttock muscles will work with every motion. You can also include some variations like standing lunges, alternative, elevated, walking, and rear lunges.

Push ups – this is truly an effective exercise for your upper body but very few people do this now because they prefer press machines. The push up is a productive exercise that doesn’t require any equipment. The basic movements include standard, wide, and close grips. By doing the three basic movements alternately, you can stimulate the muscles on your shoulders, chest, and triceps. You can achieve easier movement by elevating your hands; for harder movement, try elevating your feet. If you’re brave enough, you can try clapping and bounce push ups.

Squats – doing squats the proper way can provide incredible power. Its effectiveness has been lost due to inappropriate form, improper instruction, and laziness. You can do variations like one leg, standing, pile, wide-stance, and overhead squat. By doing repetitions, you can feel your legs getting tired which means its taking its effect.

Step ups – if you do this exercise properly, then you’re doing a brutal exercise. A bench will do as your equipment, and all you have to do is to step up and down. Just make sure that your head is up at all times and your back is in a straight position. This is also a great cardio exercise.

Chin ups – also called pull ups; use a tree branch or any playground equipment that allows you to pull yourelf up and down. You can repeat this exercise as many times as you like.

Uphill sprints – try this exercise only if you can do a 100 meter dash. This is carried out by running uphill. Find a decent-sized hill and run up fast. Then walk right down. Just keep on repeating.

Duck walks – walk like a duck; squat down and stay put, then start walking. Repeat as necessary.

Doing outdoor exercises the right way is hard, but the benefits you can get can’t be easily ignored.

postheadericon Muscle Building Fitness Exercise Machines Versus Free Weights

Strength training is excellent for developing different muscle groups, and there are plenty of machines that will aid you in your fitness regimen. You need to make comparisons between using exercise machines and free weights. Both have its advantages and disadvantages and the purpose of comparing is to weigh which one meets your fitness needs the best.

The latest construction of free weights is widely available in the form of barbells and dumbbells. Many dumbbells are single weight, one piece items. Some are designed similarly with barbells. It has a bar on the center and the weights are removable. Thus, it gives you the option to change weights. This is less expensive, however time consuming. You need to replace weights for every exercise.

Weigh stack machine have two types, single exercise (created for one movement) and multiple exercise machines (adjustable for performing various exercises).

Free weights are beneficial for strengthening the entire body. Oftentimes this is more effective. Exercises on free weights are done easily. You properly hold the free weights while standing. Your entire body is supporting the weight that is why the muscles actively move during the exercise. This also supports bone mineralization, significant in avoiding osteoporosis in the future. As you lift the free weights, weight stabilization also takes place keeping your body in a steady manner. This promotes additional muscle strength.

The major advantage of training machines over free weights is safety and easy usage. These machines are equipped with control and guides to direct the resistance paths. Thus it is less dangerous and prevents the user from being pinched, injured, or trapped. In case you failed to control the weights, the stacks will never hit you. The spotter’s assistance is not anymore needed when exercising. Heavier weights are more comfortable to lift, increasing your muscle mass. Adjustments on the machines can be easily made that is why this machine is very popular in many fitness centers and gyms.

The free weights major disadvantage is safety. If you perform a bench press using a barbell, the tendency of being trapped is possible especially if you fail to complete a certain repetition. It is advisable to do your exercise with a spotter or a friend to assist you. Keep in mind that greater amounts of control are needed when stabilizing your muscles. Total control is needed when lifting to prevent joints and muscle injuries. Usage and technique must be properly applied when utilizing free weights.

Many manufacturers have created resistance machines with different qualities and designs. Most often these machines are for typical users with typical heights, limb lengths, and weights. The motions of the exercises are guided by these machines. So, sometimes the motion cannot be the perfect motion for the limb length and size of your body. This forces your body to adapt such motion which is not actually good making your exercise useless.

To summarize, free weights can be better for achieving full stabilization of the muscles and freedom of motions, while machines provides safety and easy usage. Consider your fitness goals and choose accordingly.