Staying active is one of the best ways to lose weight. Incorporating physical activities into your daily routine is easiest way to do this. A great exercise that can be incorporated into daily activities is taking the stairs. When you are going up a building, skip the elevator and just take the stairs. Walking up stairs is challenging for your muscles, but relatively gentle on your knees (as opposed to walking down stairs which is easy on your muscles but damaging to your knees).
The actor who played Tony Soprano in HBO's the Sopranos, James Gandolfini, recently died of cardiac arrest (a heart attack). He was a well known actor who was overweight. At this point it is impossible to say what exactly caused Mr. Gandolfini's heart attack, but we can say one thing for sure: Being overweight or obese significantly increases you chances of having a heart attack. The best prevention for a heart attack is to lose weight with exercise and a heart healthy diet (avoid foods that are high in cholesterol or high in carbohydrates). Also be on the lookout for the signs for a heart attack, such as: chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or ...Read More
New gyms always seem so intimidating. There are lots of people and machines you don't recognize. It's enough to make you wonder: why bother? Remember: everyone is new to a gym at one point. Even those muscular guys who seem to live at the gym had to start the hard way: as a gym newbie just like you! In fact, most experienced gym members don't mind showing the new members how the equipment works. Even those scary, muscular gym buffs who seem to live at the gym can be very helpful to new gym members. You just have to ask them. So stop using the scariness of the gym to avoid exercising, and get in there! You'll be a pro before you know ...Read More
(Number of calories burned listed above on a treadmill; it is the third number) Everyone who has used a piece of electronic exercise equipment has seen them: the calorie counters that display how many calories you have burned by working out. The number of calories burned always seems depressingly low. You've worked extremely hard, your muscles are burning, and sweating is dripping down your face, but it looks like you have barely burned any calories at all. Don't worry, you've burned more calories than you think you have. That's because exercise equipment only counts the calories you burn by doing that exercise; they don't count the calories you burn normally (or when you're "resting" as we say in the medical community). Think about it, a ...Read More
(Image ©Kitt-Stock on deviantART) There are so many different exercise shoes [and shoes for exercise] that we can't keep count. Trends in shoe design come and go as fast as in any other part of the world of fashion. And they all seem to promise so much, but what do they really deliver? The answer is that no pair of shoes will help you much if you aren't already out there exercising. You are never going to be able to stand in one place and get a good workout. Not even in Shape Ups from Skechers. That being said, a good pair of shoes is important if you are going to exercise. However, what works for you will depend upon you. Each person is different ...Read More
(Image ©somadjinn on deviantART) One of the secrets almost all the athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympics (and any other major sporting event) share is using jogging as a way to train and exercise. This reasons are simple: 1) Jogging is cheap and simple. All you need is a pair of shoes, and many people consider even that optional, and 2) Jogging is an incredible total body workout, getting them into shape faster and burning more calories than almost all other types of exercise. If you can stand jogging -- either outside or on a treadmill -- then there is no other exercise we can recommend so enthusiastically! It burns calories incredibly fast, and provides a great workout for your legs, butt, abs, and arms. (If you can't ...Read More
(Image ©ferelwing-stock on deviantART) A lot of people -- parents in particular -- have trouble fitting their exercise routines in with their busy schedules. Well, we have an idea for great exercise that will allow you to spend quality time with your family at the same time! Play With Your Children ...and we mean really play with them. Get in there and run, jump, dodge, and dance with them! Children, boys especially, have boundless energy. It doesn't take long, running around with them, to work up a good sweat. And we practically guarantee that you will run out of steam before they do, while having fun! The best part: after all that you will have burned plenty of calories! Remember, when it comes to diet and exercise you have ...Read More
(Photographer: Michal Zacharzewski) For those of you that don't know, the Nintendo Wii (pictured above, to the left of the TV), the Xbox Kinect, and the Playstation Move are video game systems that are played by moving and jumping around, not by using a controller. While using these devices you'll find yourself sweating and breathing heavily. (Remember: we said to burn calories you require more oxygen to fuel the fires in your muscles!) Our opinion: These devices are not a perfect replacement for "regular" exercise (jogging, biking, swimming, etc.), but they are pretty darn good! The Wii, Kinect, and Move can all be used by children and adults to burn those calories. We're serious about this. If you can fit in "regular" exercise to your routine then please ...Read More