Posts Tagged ‘exercise’



Getting Started With An Exercise Routine

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Taking the first step is always the hardest. The hardest part about starting a fitness and exercise program is just getting started. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Consult your physician. Always speak with your family physician before undertaking an exercise program, just to make sure that you’re health enough to exercise. They can also provide you with other valuable information to help you get started.
  2. Decide whether or not to join a gym. This is probably the biggest decision to make. If you can afford a gym and can work it into your schedule then it’s definitely the way to go. If you can afford a personal trainer then you’ll see even better results. Working out at home can be effective, but the lack of equipment might possibly slow your progress.
  3. Plan your program. Any program should include cardiovascular training, strength training, and even flexibility conditioning. Whether at home or at the gym you need to include all three phases into your workouts. Always start and finish your workouts by stretching. Warmup with cardio training and then move on to strength training.

About.com also has a great directory of information for beginning your training program.

The Importance of Core Training

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Core training has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Training your core muscle group is more involved than training just your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are comprised of just a couple of muscles that have somewhat limited functions. The core muscle group is larger and has more important function.

The core muscle group surrounds your torso and is responsible for helping to stabilize your pelvis and spine. Together, these muscles are what allow you to stand upright and walk on two feet. Improving the conditioning of your core will give you a greater range of motion in your torso and, more importantly, give you more stability and strength around your spine. Poor core conditioning will result in poor mobility and stability.

Any fitness program should focus heavily on core training, rather than just abdominal exercises. About.com has a great article on some of the more common and effective core training exercises.

Fitness Trends For 2011

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Popular fitness programs and methods are constantly changing. Each year new programs become popular and others fall out of favor. The American College of Sports Medicine publishes a list of trends each year. Here are some highlights from the 2011 list.

  • Personal training will continue to grow in popularity. Licensing programs for trainers will help improve the quality of training, which will in turn reduce injuries and encourage more people to hire the services of a personal trainer.
  • Employer sponsored training program and on-site health programs for business will continue to increase in popularity. Businesses are increasingly taking notice of the benefits of having a healthier workforce.
  • Exercise, weight-loss, and childhood obesity prevention continue to be important trends.
  • Pilates is not on the list for the first time in years, perhaps indicating that it was just a fad.

You can find the full list of fitness trends for 2011 at WebMD.