It's summer, and who wants to go to the gym (or down to the basement) and do a strength workout on a gorgeous day? With a bit of imagination, you can do most any gym exercise outside, using your own body weight. And as an added bonus, research has shown that compared with exercising indoors, exercising outdoors is associated with greater feelings of revitalization, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy.
Here’s a strength workout that will take you through Downtown Kenosha. For all exercises, try to do 8 to 15 repetitions (reps), starting at one set and building to 3 sets. Take about a minute rest between each set.
Three of the top body-weight exercises are the pushup, squats, and lunges.
All three of these can be hard work, particularly for the beginning exerciser. But if you do them incorrectly, all that demanding work is for naught. And you increase the chance of injury.
Listed below are some of the errors with pushups, squats, and lunges, and how you can fix your technique to avoid injury and get the most bang for the buck.
A popular myth is that there is a specific range of heart rates in which you must exercise to burn fat. Even many cardio machines display a "fat-burning zone" on their panels, encouraging people to exercise in a specific heart rate range. Have you ever wondered if you really have to exercise in a specific heart rate zone to lose fat? And what happens if you venture out of that zone?
Ready to start or continue your exercise program in the New Year? Wearing fitness apparel that feels good and using accessories that make exercising more effective can help you be successful. However, with dozens of options you may find it challenging to choose the fitness products that best meets your needs.
You probably know that exercise is good for you, but did you know that it can both improve the quality of your life and reduce the risks of developing diseases? Regularly participating in moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.
Although some old fitness fictions, such as "no pain, no gain" and "spot reducing" are fading fast, plenty of popular exercise misconceptions still exist. Here are some of the most common myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise research.