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Use Your Body Weight as Effective Fitness Equipment

Body weight exercises are an effective and inexpensive way of working out. By using only the resistance of your own body, you can gain strength, endurance and inner peace. Body weight exercises are great because you can get an effective workout anytime, any place, with no equipment. Walking, swimming, dancing and yoga are all considered body weight exercises. While I encourage you to explore those, here are a couple specific body weight exercises to try out:

The Superman Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs outstretched, with a neutral spine so your elbows are by ears. Contracting your lower back, gently lift your arms and legs off the ground, hold for a few breaths, and slowly release them back to the floor. Repeat. This exercise works your lower back and core. (more…)

Body Breakthroughs on The Doctors

Update: This episode will air again on June 10, 2011.

Tune in this Friday, November 5 to The Doctors to learn about body problem breakthroughs that can help you get the shape you have always dreamed of having.

On the show, The Doctors will tell you how to look like a million bucks without breaking a sweat. Plus, get the latest breakthroughs to help you peel off the pounds, tone your tummy and turn back the clock. (more…)

Use Isometric Core Exercises to Avoid Back and Neck Strain

What is the difference between isometric core exercises and crunches? First off, isometric (iso meaning same, and metric meaning distance) exercises are those in which the joint angle or muscle length do not change during the movement, or, in other words, the body is held in a non-moving or stable position to help isolate the targeted muscle group.  This type of movement is great for improving muscular strength and endurance without placing too much stress on the body.

Crunches are great for core strength and  endurance, as well, and isolates the abdominals extremely well, but places unnecessary stress on the neck and back. For most, this is no big deal, and the body can handle the stress, but for some with injuries or general weakness, those movement can cause pain, and even injury. (more…)

Ask Mary Answers Your Burning Questions About Belly Fat

Mary Hartley, RD, MPH, is the director of nutrition for Calorie Count, providing domain expertise on issues related to nutrition, weight loss and health. She creates original content for weekly blogs and newsletters, for the Calorie Count library, and for her popular daily Question-and-Answer section, Ask Mary. Ms. Hartley also furnishes direction for the site features and for product development.

Calorie Count members are more concerned with belly fat than with any other weight issue. Here are two of the readers’ favorite “Ask Mary Q+As” about weight around the middle.

Ask Mary: What is the quickest way to tone my midsection? (more…)

Improve Posture for Surprising Health Benefits

Do you have good posture? Are you hunched over at your desk while typing on the computer? Proper posture may not seem like that big of a deal, but realistically, it truly is. Proper posture is about more than holding your head up high; it is crucial for eliminating any unnecessary strains to certain muscles, joints, bones, or organs.

With correct posture, you can look taller, slimmer, and come across as being extremely confident- all of which are “A-OK” in my book. (more…)

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s Abs Taking Over the Fitness World

You may know Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s reality show, The Jersey Shore. What you might not know is that his financial empire is growing. Given his beginnings as a personal trainer, it’s not surprising that his fame has shifted to the fitness industry and beyond.

Sorrentino is expected to make $5 million in endorsements and other financial ventures by the end of the year. The Situation Ab Workout is his DVD scheduled for release this winter. A lot of us are excited to start reading those reviews and finding out the secret to Situation-abs. Sorrentino’s abs seem to get more publicity than he does, so it’s only natural that they start making some money.

The Situation is also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Although he hasn’t been known for earning the highest scores, he’s hanging in there and so far hasn’t been sent home. (more…)

Yoga for Abs

If you’re tired of doing countless sit-ups and crunches, maybe you need to rethink your abs workout routine.

While the Indian yoga sages are best remembered for their pretzel-like flexibility and their inner stillness, yogis also sported enviably-toned abs. Even though walking around with a six-pack 5,000 years ago may not have carried the allure it does today, we can still learn a lot from these ancient bendy-types about developing strong and lean abdominal muscles.

Yoga for abs is an excellent way to not just look amazing in a midriff, but solid core muscles also help to prevent back pain, support proper posture and develop a sense of groundedness.

Here is what you need to know about yoga and abs.

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Are Crunches and Sit-Ups Dangerous?

Are crunches and sit-ups destroying your back? According to Dr. Richard Guyer, president of the Texas Back Institute, crunches and sit-ups put an unhealthy strain on your back due to the flex movement of the crunch or sit-up. The spine has the most nerves of any area of the body, and the bends and strains of crunches and sit-ups can lead to extensive nerve damage.

I totally agree with Dr. Richard Guyer on this subject. Crunches and sit-ups do actually put an unhealthy strain on the spine. On the other hand, how many of you play or have played sports, or eat fast food? Almost everyone, right? Playing sports and eating out is also extremely hard on the body, but we still do it! Everything we do on a daily basis is pretty much unhealthy for the body. That’s just life. Sitting in the car for too long, sitting at the office all day, playing golf, or running… all of these activities take a toll on the body over time and can lead to injury at some point in our lives.

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Giveaway: Win a Flex Belt!

flex beltOne of the most popular weight loss and fitness products this year is the Slendertone Flex Belt, an electronic muscle stimulator. EMS devices, like the Flex Belt, work by training the muscle fibers via electrical impulses that evoke the contraction and release response in the muscle. The Slendertone Flex Belt actually uses a patented muscle stimulation technology. You simply wear the slender device around your abdominals and it does the work for you.

NFL Allstar Jerry Rice says of the Flex Belt, “It works those muscles, tones them, makes them stronger, and it is very easy.”

If you’re interested in winning a Slendertone Flex Belt, a value of $199.99, and trying this fitness technology for yourself, enter your mailing address here.

Enter the Flex Belt Giveaway


Then, continue reading to learn more and watch a video about the Flex Belt. (more…)

A Beginner’s Guide to Fitness Classes

Starting a new gym experience may seem a little overwhelming at times, that’s why I recommend hitting the fitness classes. Fitness classes not only offer an intense workout, but provide you the opportunity to meet some friends that share the same fitness goals and also learn a little more about which activities support certain areas of the body.fitness class

Most fitness facilities offer a plethora of different classes from spinning to yoga. Each class will target different parts of the body as well as different intensities of cardiovascular training. I recommend trying each class to find the ones that give you the best workout and that you find most enjoyable as well.

Before joining a gym, ask the membership representative to discuss the classes offered or give you a brochure about each class. Also, be sure there is no added charge for fitness classes. Most fitness facilities offer free classes as part of the membership fee, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure. (more…)