Exercise & Fitness Information

Get Your Exercise ? Without Actually Exercising


With a few minor adjustments it is possible to get the exercise that is suggested and not go out of your way or spend money at the gym!

Current Recommendations are 30-60 Minutes of Exercise, Everyday?


This is the latest advice to the public and many are surprised at the sheer quantity and confused as to what constitutes exercise.

Use an Exercise Training Diary to Keep Your Workouts on Track


A road map is a very handy tool when you?re setting out on a long trip. It helps point you in the direction you want to go and can be a lifesaver when you?ve strayed off course.

Flattening Your Stomach in Four Easy Steps


You look at it every day and wish it would just go away; that little pouch below your belly button that keeps staring back at you. You do crunches, sit ups, the works, and yet there it is just ?hanging around.? There are all sorts of cute names for it: snack pouch, spare tire, love handles, and the list goes on. All you know is that you want it gone.

Warming Up Properly


In our ?Stretching? article series (http://optimumlife.co.nz/Fitness%20Articles/Stretching/Stretching1.htm), we discussed why it?s important to stretch as part of your workout. We also touched on the importance of warming up before even *thinking* about stretching. Since that article, I?ve had a couple of questions about warming up, so it seemed like a good topic for this week?s Optimum Fitness News.

Physical Fitness - Is Your Workout Missing Something?


Hiking along a rocky trail, two of the three friends carefully picked their way from rock to rock. But one leaped from rock to rock, bounding by the others like a gazelle running and leaping from rock to rock. Never missing his footing, the others wondered at his almost supernatural grace and skill. "How does he do that?" they thought.

Is Exercise Making You Feel Worse?


I'm sure you've heard the following statement over and over again: exercise can help you to beat stress, or alleviate anxiety or boost a depressed mind. This is only true in part. Because many exercises can actually worsen these illnesses. And even if you perform exercises that can help, these exercises will only help temporarily.

How to Start a Walking Program


Did you know that walking is the number one participation sport in the world? Walking is one of the best things you can do for overall health and wellness. When you walk you use more muscles than any other sport. In fact, walking uses almost all of the 650 muscles and 203 bones found in the human body. So what are you waiting for?

When Exercising Right Looks Wrong III (Back)


Hopefully, if you read my last article I got you thinking. Thinking about different ways to train, not necessarily using machines, but using your entire body with each exercise. We talked about the changes exercise science has brought about and the risks of continuing to train the way we currently do. Our bodies, as I alluded to, were not designed to be cramped into a one size fits all machine and forced to move in a specific pattern. That pattern unfortunately is single jointed, and those of us in the know understand that even putting food in your mouth requires 3 major and around 24 smaller joints. We need to train the same way that our body was designed to operate.

Sweating Vacation


It seems like everyone is concerned about putting on the pounds over the annual holiday season, but what about summer vacations? We spend the greater part of the new year trying to shed the weight gained from an over-indulgence of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies and various other sweets in order to slip into that new bikini or eliminate the gut before shedding the shirt at the beach. What happens when you reach your destination of summer frolicking? Toss your diet out the window and reward yourself with excess? Stay loyal to your eating and exercise plan? Somehow manage to find a happy medium? I was faced with these questions when I embarked on a weeklong excursion of bliss to Kona Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Exercise and Diet ? For Your Waistline


Caring for your body is the most important thing you can do in your life. You only get one body, and it needs attention. Too often in society, we let things get out of control and then we try to find the easy way out. In weight loss, this means crash diets and diet pills. These are not the best for our bodies, as they suck out the energy and don?t provide enough nutrition.

Strength Training FAQs


Do you need some beginner's strength training 'how to' information? I know you must have tons of questions. I will try my best to cover most of the beginner questions with this article. Just remember, above all else have fun and train safe!

10 Best Workout Tips


Top Trainers share their secrets to getting slim, toned and strong in record time. It guarantees that you will see results in no time.

Exercise Smarter Not Harder ? 10 Ways to Make Consistent Progress in Your Exercise Plan!


My name is Greg Ryan. I am a fitness expert, professional bodybuilder personal trainer to movie stars, and former employee of Kathy Smith. For twenty years I have been able to keep my body fat levels lower than most, and consistently exercise five days a week, and having fun in the mean time. Not because I am anything special, but because I have learned a few tricks along the way, that I would like to share with you. Start incorporating them into your plan today and notice the difference tomorrow.

See How Trampolines Can Be Part Of Any Exercise Program


When the trampoline was invented by a young boy intrigued by the ability of aerialists to bounce in a net and perform artistic maneuvers while they did so, it literally became the "springboard" for a whole new sport.

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