Recording Yourself Helps Increase Your Reps
— Exercise is half mental — you’ve got to stay focused and dedicated to your workout if you want any results. For most people, the hardest part of working out is the motivation; people get lazy doing reps. You can trick yourself into doing a few extra reps by filming yourself as you work out. We all have a tendency to over-perform when we know we’re on camera, and the same follows as we exercise.
— Have many times have you thought to yourself, “wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to combine yoga with push-ups?” Maybe never, but this variation on the push-up does just that. It mixes up the great upper body workout provided by a push-up with the excellent muscle stretching of a yoga pose. Beginners should be careful — this exercise may be a little bit harder to pull off than it looks.
NEAT Activities to Burn Calories
— Short for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, NEAT activities do exactly what they sound like — help you burn calories without really exercising. Calories are, in the most basic terms, what your body uses for energy. By using up the excess energy with simple movements, you end up burning off some calories. By increasing the number of times you do little gestures like tapping your fingers or wiggling your feet, you can burn up to 350 calories a day!
Fight Off Carpal Tunnel with a Few Simple Desk Exercises
— Most office workers today spend a lot of time at their computers, increasing the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. With a few simple exercises, though, you can reduce the strain on your carpals and lessen the chances of developing the condition. The exercises are easy enough to do at your desk, and can be done while on the job.
Add More to Your Squats by Using a Pillow
— If you think about it, exercises work by increasing the strain on your body. The only way to get stronger muscles is to give them a hard time. You can make your squats a little more difficult (which makes them a little more effective at the same time) by standing on a pillow and throwing your balance off.
Learn What Your Foot Type is Before Buying Running Shoes
— The speed and distance you run can be significantly affected by how comfortable your feet are. After all, it’s pretty hard to keep pace when you feel like you’re dying from the ankle down. Before you spend your hard-earned cash on some high-tech running shoes, remember that not all feet are made the same; some people are flat-footed, while some have high arches. Different shoes are just made to fit better with different types of feet, and getting the right type of running shoes can mean a world of difference when it comes to comfort.
Watching TV can Help You Lose Weight
— Television gets a bad rap for getting people out of shape. After all, most individuals just sit in front of it all day without getting a minute of exercise. You can use TV’s ability to mesmerize you to your fitness advantage by watching your favourite shows as you’re exercising. TV provides a great distraction to the aches and pains of your workout, and may even make it seem a little fun.
13 Tips to Actually Enjoy Exercising
— Who said workouts have to feel like work? Boost your motivation by applying these simple tips to make exercise fun for a change. As long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing, the all-consuming desire to getting off the treadmill and resume a state of vegetation seems to fly away.
Ditch the Crunches; Do Push-ups Instead
— As anyone who’s ever done a lot of crunches will tell you — they give you a lot of back pain. The human body just wasn’t meant to move like that. Instead of risking long-term back injury in your quest for washboard abs, try upping the amount of push-ups you do instead. The position your body is in as you do push-ups puts a little bit of strain on your abdominal muscles, too, giving them a substantial workout.
Getting Fit with Minimal Equipment
— Going to the gym is a great way to stay fit, but it can be both bothersome and expensive. Unfortunately, you probably find yourself going there because you just don’t have the right equipment for your workouts. These exercises will help you stay in shape with little to no use of equipment at all.
Five Quick Exercises You can Do at Your Desk
— It’s a pretty common excuse: “I don’t go to the gym because I don’t have the time.” Of course, for some of those who say it, it’s a valid excuse. If you’re one of those unfortunate enough to have their exercise time swallowed alive by work, here are a few exercises that are simple and easy enough to do right at your desk.
Improve Muscle Tone with 10 Minutes of Exercise a Day
— It’s a busy, busy world these days, and the quest for the all-mighty dollar has people scrambling for time. Between work, sleep, and recreational time, there’s not much space left for exercise. However, with a few guidelines and some basic exercises, you can squeeze a quality workout into ten minutes’ time.
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