Achieving your ideal body comes only after weeks of extreme dedication and hard work. You might commonly hear exercise and diet being the key to health, weight loss, and muscle building, but you may be unsure about the benefits of certain kinds of workouts. Beginning an exercise program can be difficult without the right facts. This article will give you the basic tools you will need to start your strength training regimen, and will supplement your goals to live a healthy, strong, and injury-free lifestyle.
While eating well and partaking in cardiovascular workouts are essential to living a balanced life, strength training has several benefits that have an enormous impact on one's health. Maintaining a consistent weight training regimen, increases metabolic rate (number of calories burned), and enhances muscle fiber size, strength, and endurance. Strength training simultaneously decreases your chances of injury and resting blood pressure and heart rate (Cranky Fitness). Lastly, spending time with weight machines or dumbbells will ultimately lead you to the body you have always envisioned.
Music characterizes many of our modern day activities. We listen to music when we watch television shows and movies, when we eat dinner at a nice restaurant, and when we are relaxing by the pool with our friends. Most vibrantly however, we tend to make a conscious effort to listen to music while we exercise. We all may have different personal justifications for our desire to listen to music while working out. Nonetheless, countless research has found that there are neurological and psychological reactions that occur when exercise and music occur simultaneously. Listening to music while exercising helps to reduce the feeling of fatigue, increase levels of psychological arousal, initiate a physiological relaxation response, and improve motor coordination (Jabr). The following research reveals why music is such an effective tool in helping you to revitalize your workout and crush your fitness goals.
Being moderately overweight or obese appears to increase the risk for developing coronary heart disease events independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies in the September 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
We’ve all felt it. We’ve felt it in those moments when at a particular mile marker, the rhythmic repetition of our feet on pavement, grass or sand allows us to slide into the zone of one-pointed focus, clarity of mind or even dare I say a state of bliss. Or, we’ve felt it perched on a surfboard scanning the horizon, catching a wave, sweating on a trail, pulling ourselves up on a rock wall, pedaling furiously on a trail, or even gazing off into the horizon.
Ever feel like your sweaty palms are trying to talk to you? Maybe they are saying “I'm too hot,” or maybe they are saying “I'm nervous.” What would you do if you could actually hear what your hand had to say?
Biofeedback will let you do just that: see and hear exactly how your body is responding to life. By attaching sensors to the body that measures heart rate, body temperature, respiration, muscle tension, and blood pressure on a computer screen, you can gain awareness of your physiology. By understanding how your body reacts to your physical, mental, and emotional states, you can learn to direct your physiological activities to enhance health. In other words, Biofeedback can tell you your hands are sweaty because your heart is beating faster and your breathing rate is increased, because you are worrying about your big presentation tomorrow.
Want to improve your athletic performance, learn new techniques, and enhance motivation all without even lifting a finger? It may sound like a catchphrase of an infomercial for a new miracle product, but visualization is a completely free and effective method to complement your exercise routine.
Whether it’s called imagery, visualization, or mental preparation, they all refer to the mental skills which create and recreate an experience in the mind. When you watch a great pitch in a baseball game and try to copy it, or envision your arms paddling out to catch the perfect wave, you are recalling information stored in your memory and shaping them into usable images. Creating these images can prepare you mentally for performance, and is a great tool for athletes and exercisers alike.
Do you love to breathe in the fresh mountain air and test your strength by hiking? Do you love to stretch and elongate your muscles with yoga? What if you could hike and do yoga at the same time, all the while making new friends along the way? Tali Miller-Sanchez’s love for both activities inspired her to unite yoga and hiking together, creating YogaHikes—a challenging workout combining hiking to get your heart rate up, and yoga overlooking the beautiful natural scenery of Santa Barbara, to calm your mind.
Tali, a yoga lover as well as owner and teacher of the company Dew Drop Yoga, teaches several types of yoga. An enthusiastic yogi almost her entire life, her teaching career began during a trip around the world.
For most of us who live in this busy world where our cell phones are now literally attached to our ears, the idea of sitting quietly for more than a few minutes and focusing solely on our thoughts sounds either impossible or just downright scary. We can hardly sit still for ten minutes to wait for a table at a restaurant or at the doctor’s office. Why else would there be so many magazines around but to cater to the small attention spans we’ve all come to acquire? This is probably why many people have never even thought of trying meditation. Not even in the form of a hot, relaxing bubble bath once in a while.
But did you know that daily meditation has been found to improve overall health and stress levels? A 2007 study by Chinese scientists revealed that forty people who had spent five days meditating for twenty minutes a day had higher stress reduction than the other forty people that practiced simple muscle relaxation techniques. So it’s time to get the picture of the cross-legged, ooming and aahing yoga instructor out of your mind, because contrary to popular belief, meditation is not just for the overtly spiritual.
When you picture Tai Chi , what do you see? A group of people enacting different movements gracefully in a park? Or a spiritual leader, guiding his pupils through ancient Chinese holistic practices meant to inspire balance of the body and mind? Well, either is true. In fact, Tai Chi can be practiced in many different ways and forms according to your fitness and spiritual needs. While it is important to keep in mind the basics of Tai Chi, sometimes modifying the traditional movements to fit your lifestyle can be helpful in achieving the desired state of balance.
For most of the country, access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables is nearly unattainable. There are but a few areas that can boast the same favorite climate as here along the coast of California.
You might have heard that eating locally reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and that organic food is void of pesticides and herbicides and often tastes better. While you often have to pay a bit more for organic and locally grown produce, you can almost always tell the difference in the taste. Free of the preservatives and pesticides of store-bought fruit and vegetables, organic produce is usually healthier, too. But you might be asking yourself, what's the most convenient way to eat organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables in Santa Barbara?