Defining Your Workout Goals
If you have decided that you want to build muscle and reshape your body you will need to implement a workout regime that will help you gain muscles.
Choosing a workout plan is all about knowing what you want.
Which muscles do you want to focus on?
Or are you looking for a full-body makeover?
Either way you will have to work each muscle group separately and at different times in order to maximize the benefits to the muscles and encourage the greatest growth. Here a few workout tips sure to get you started on the right path.Get a Wash-board Stomach: Arguably the most complained-about body part among those looking to improve their appearance is the abdominal area. To achieve this, you must both strengthen the abdominal muscles and burn the fat that is layered over these muscles. Effective exercises to get your abs shrinking include planks, in which you support your body in a push-up position on your elbows, making sure you are a straight line from shoulder to hip, for periods of 30-90 seconds or more depending on your shape. Basic crunches can be very effective if done correctly, meaning they are performed using your ab muscles and not your neck. Adding weights increases the intensity and really build muscle. By adding a twist to the side at the peak of the crunch works those stubborn obliques.Be Your Own Back Up: A strong back isn’t just attractive, it helps keep your entire body healthy. Building these muscles means controlled, precise movements that train the specific muscle groups that make up the entire back. One such exercise is dumbbell rows. Holding a hand weight and supporting yourself with one knee on a bench, lean over and pull the weight from right above the floor up to your side by bending your elbow. Be sure to contract the back muscles a little harder at the peak of the rep and hold for a beat. Another exercise is aptly called the “Superman”. Lying on your belly with your ankles together and your arms stretc… Read more
How To Start A Fitness Program
You can get audio or video tapes that give breathing instruction and teach relaxation techniques at health food stores, bookstores, and by mail order. It’s probably fine to learn breath and relaxation from a tape or booklet, but don’t try the yoga exercises without a skilled teacher. He or she can make corrections, caution you when necessary, and help you to adapt poses, if you need to.
It will be worth it to you to spend a little time finding an instructor who is right for you. Your diabetes nurse educator or other health care professional may be able to recommend a yoga instructor. Get referrals for a yoga instructor as you would for any professional you might wish to consult.
Yoga instructors aren’t required to be certified, but many are, through many different programs. Ask prospective teachers if they are certified. A certified teacher isn’t necessarily better than someone who isn’t certified, but it’s something to consider.
Yoga is fun, healthy, and calming. It’s a wise way handed down over several thousands of years. There is little danger in yoga, and even a little progress brings with it freedom and peace of mind.
Although most people with diabetes can exercise safely, exercise involves some risks. To shift the benefit-to-risk ratio in your favor, take these precautions:
Have a medical exam before you begin your exercise program, including an exercise test with EKG monitoring, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, you are over 35, you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, you smoke, or you have a family history of heart disease.
Discuss with your doctor any unusual symptoms that you experience during or after exercise such as discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw, or arms; nausea, dizziness, fainting, or excessive shortness of breath; or short-term changes in vision.
If you have diabetes-related complications, check with your healthcare team about special precautions. Con… Read more
Cure For Asthma
Yoga breathing exercises could help sufferers of mild asthma and may help reduce their use of low-dose drug inhalers in wheezing attacks.
Researchers from the Respiratory Medicine Unit, City University, Nottingham, call for more studies of ways of improving breathing control which they say have been largely ignored by Western medicine.
While yoga practitioners have long believed in the benefits of pranayama breathing exercises for asthmatics, this has been hard to study formally. But, using a Pink City lung – a device that imposes slow breathing on the user and can mimic pranayama breathing exercises – it was possible to measure the effects of controlled breathing in a hospital trial.
Two simulated pranayama exercises were tested: slow deep breathing and breathing out for twice as long as breathing in.
In asthma, the airways become restricted making breathing difficult. It is increasing in the UK, with more than three million children and adults affected, and are responsible for 2,000 deaths annually.
The doctors used standard clinical tests to measure the volume of air patients were able to blow out in a second and to test the irritability of their airways. After yoga, their airways were two times less irritable.
We found a good guide to using yoga to cure asthma, complete with videos showing each pose/exercise. It is a great way to get started. Here’s the page to go to: CLICK HERE!
Though asthma patients should not stop their medication, they should experiment with breathing exercises.
The Origins Of Kundalini Yoga
The word Kundalini is a familiar one to all students of Yoga, as it is well known as the power, in the form of a coiled serpent, residing in Muladhara Chakra, the first of the seven Chakras, the other six being Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, A nahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara, in order.
Less is historically known of the Agamas than the Vedas, because the latter provide descriptive poem-pictures of Vedic life. The original Agamas are twenty-eight in number. They are called Saiva Agamas as they focus on establishing a relationship with and ultimately realizing the Supreme Being Siva. They carry names like Vira, Hero. Siddha, Perfected and Swayambhuva, naturally revealed.
The Agamas are divided into four parts called padas, lessons. The first two padas – Chariya good conduct, and Kriya, external worship,- include all the details of personal home life, house planning, town planning, personal worship in temples, the architectural plans for temples and sculpture as well as the intricacies of temple puja. The final two padas – Yoga, internalized worship and union, and Jnana, enlightened wisdom, – vividly describe the processes and stages of kundalini yoga, and the Cod-like plateaus of consciousness reached when Sivahood is attained. In the actual texts, the padas are ordered with jnana first, yoga second, then kriya and chariya – unfurling from a God-state to a human state.
The Agamas contain tens of thousands of verses, much more prolific than the Vedas. Though the Vedas stayed strictly in Sanskrit, the Agamas proliferated across India and oilier countries through many languages. But they fared poorly over the millennia, particularly the Yoga and Jnana Padas – so high and powerful. The custodian Saiva priests neglected them. Many padas of entire Agamas were lost or destroyed.
If you are interested in learning more about Kundalini Yoga then you could do much worse than go to this web page: History of Kundalini Yoga
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Instant 10 Minute Yoga: New Form Of Yoga
Do you drag yourself out of bed on Monday mornings, exhausted before you’ve even begun the week. Or maybe you can’t enjoy your evenings, because work drains you of every ounce of energy.
Don’t worry, you can boost your energy levels and balance your body with a new form of yoga – dynamic yoga.
Its simplicity and almost instantaneous benefits have made it one of the most fashionable alternative exercises of the new Millennium. Normally known for its relaxation benefits, dynamic yoga can boost your energy levels in just 10 minutes.
It includes some of the most basic yoga postures. You can try each of them individually, or in succession, but none of them should be rushed. However, you should feel the benefits after just ten minutes.
The deep stretches and graceful movements help to unblock energy, improve muscle tone and increase your general stamina. When practiced regularly, say enthusiasts, you will experience improved energy levels, greater sexual vitality and better self-discipline. In the long-term, the breathing and body exercises will help detoxify your mind of tension and strain, creating calm and an inner peace.
You can try a 10 minute yoga session by visiting mindbodygreen.com and see for yourself how much de-stressing and relaxation you can get done in just 10 minutes!
Losing Weight With Zumba
Since it offers a unique approach to losing weight, Zumba has become very popular. With only two or three workouts each week, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have shed their pounds for good. However, to get the optimum results from a Zumba work out, there are some guidelines that you should follow. This fun and exciting way to lose weight and fat is something you should definitely check out.
I read a page about a woman called Ericka who made a real go of losing weight with Zumba – around 50lbs (23Kg). I’d like to share it with you! Ericka’s Zumba weight loss adventure!
Doing It The Zumba Way
What makes it so dynamic, creative, and exciting as a fitness program is the way it fuses Latin music with international stylings. Its goal is the tone and sculpt the entire body using both slow and fast movements that come from routines that focus on fitness and aerobic interval training. In order to help you boost your caloric and fat burn, Zumba is focused on interval training. There are also resistance training principles involved as well. Your whole body is toned with a focus on the arms, abs, legs, and glutes. Since this workout gets your heart rate up, it is good for your cardiovascular system as well.
Zumba mixes both body sculpting movements and dance movements that have a focus on being easy to follow. These movements include salsa, merengue, mambo, cumbia, and flamenco. You will occasionally find hip hop and belly dance movements as well. Incorporating movements such as hip swiveling, arm swinging, and toe tapping, you will be sure to move around a lot and thus burn more calories. The best part about Zumba is that it never feels like exercising. The one hour sessions are more like a party. This is what keeps people coming back for more.
The biggest advantage of Zumba when used as a weight loss regimen, is that the workout does not require that much. You don’t have to have any background in dance. You… Read more
Cure For Modern Day Stresses
Yoga is a 3,000-year-old, Hindu discipline of mind and body that became known in Western society with the hippie generation of the Sixties and early Seventies. Its image as a mystic practice is disappearing as fast as the stressful aspects of the Eighties are appearing.
As an effective method of stress management, yoga is spreading into the business world, the helping professions, nursing and old age homes, and is used in the treatment of alcoholics, hyperactive children and youngsters with learning disabilities. Yoga centers are getting stiff competition from adult education classes of community colleges, boards of education and parks and recreation departments.
The meaning of yoga is union of the body, mind and spirit with truth. There are many kinds of yoga to study, and there can be endless years of practice for the willing student.
Hatha Yoga is among the most popular forms in the west. It emphasizes the practice of postures, which stretch and strengthen the body, help develop a sense of balance and flexibility, as well as body awareness and mental concentration. All forms of yoga incorporate the practice of proper breathing techniques for relaxation, to rest the mind from its constant chatter, to experience an internal calm, and to energize and purify the body.
As stress levels in society reach new heights, Raja Yoga, the yoga of meditation, is growing in popularity in Western society, while others, such as Krya Yoga, the yoga of cleansing, and Mantra Yoga, the yoga of chanting, not surprisingly, have little appeal for newcomers.
Stretching and toning, though beneficial, aren’t the primary reasons people turn to yoga. Newcomers are hoping that yoga will provide them with a means for handling stress and diffusing tension. The difference between exercise and yoga is that yoga has a meditative quality.
A lot of people are exercising for the psychological benefits and trying many of the Eastern activities, … Read more