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The Many Fitness Benefits of Soccer

Soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is an excellent form of exercise that solidly covers all the bases for fitness. Often referred to in other countries as futbol, soccer was referred to by my kids’ Dominican coach as “continuous running that just happens to include ball skills.”

Soccer is ideal for all ages, skill levels and sizes, and can be played in just about any open space. It’s a team sport, which means that at any time of the game, you may be sprinting, running slow, passing the ball, or standing still.

Because of its non-stop action, soccer is a great all-over workout. It is a form of exercise that targets the whole body, including your thighs, calves, abdomen, buttocks and cardiovascular system.


10 Week Wedding Fitness Plan: Week 9

healthy brideWeek eight of the wedding fitness plan consisted of self-stretching exercises and I hope that you found them beneficial along with the previous weeks. Today the focus is on assisted stretching. Assisted stretching is a more advanced form of stretching due to the fact that you can stretch different parts of the body (that are unattainable by yourself) and stretch past the point of comfort. As a trainer, I stretch my clients after every workout to help lengthen the muscles and prevent the risk of future injuries.

Wedding Season Week 9:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now!!” (Goethe)

Tip: Remember to listen to your body, it knows when enough is enough and when to push it. (more…)

3-Part Workout to Make You Sweat

jumping ropeHave you been doing the same workout routine day in and day out? Well, it’s about time to change that. I have designed a workout that works your entire body while making you sweat from head to toe. The workout is designed to keep you moving from one exercise to the next without pausing or taking time to catch your breath; which means this workout may not be for everyone.

If you have heart problems or have been told what to do by a doctor; please listen to their advice. This workout starts off with a nice heart-racing warm-up and and back-burning cool-down. Lower back pain is one of the biggest problems the majority of my clients have, thus I tend to work the lower back at the end of each workout to help increase strength and flexibility without taking away from the actual workout. Be careful and please use proper technique while performing these movements. (more…)

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of ancient theories and techniques, observations, and principles about the connection between the mind and body. Yoga consists of controlled breathing and prolonged holding of body positioning. It focuses yogaon the entire body and exercises the different tendons and ligaments of the body that are not usually incorporated into a weight training program.

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

1. Decrease Stress

2. Improve Flexibility

3. Increase Endurance

4. Improve Sleep

5. Increase Immunity

6. Decrease Pain

7. Improve Steadiness/Coordination

8. Improve Depth Perception

9. Improve Balance/Posture

10. Improve Integrated Functioning of Body Parts

What Is Physical Fitness?

Physical Fitness consists of five basic components which involve the heart, lungs, strength, endurance, and flexibility.

1. Cardiorespiratory or “Cardio”

The ability to do moderately strenuous activity over a period of time. It reflects how well your heart and lungs work together to supply oxygen to your body during exertion and exercise.

2. Muscular Endurance

The ability to hold a particular position for a sustained period of time or repeat a movement many times. An example of this would be performing a particular exercise 20 to 30 times consecutively without stopping.

3. Muscular Strength

The ability to exert maximum force, such as lifting the heaviest weight one time. It is possible to have muscular strength in one area, say your arms, while lacking strength in another area, such as your legs. Find that happy medium.

4. Flexibility

The ability to move a joint through its full range of motion; the elasticity of the muscle. This is how limber or supple you are.

5. Body Composition

The proportion of fat in your body compared to your bone and muscle. It does not refer to your weight in pounds or your figure.

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Job Flexibility Linked To Healthier Choices

Do you feel that exercise is tough to get around to because you just work too much? Between that and all your other responsibilities, it’s just too overwhelming?

You probably aren’t just making up a lame excuse.

According to an interesting study, people who have flexible work schedules tend to gravitate towards healthier behaviors. Now, whether your employer will listen to your request for flex hours is a whole other story.