We all know those gym-goers that bounce into the gym, bright-eyed and energetic, excited to start their workout. And then there is you: the person that wants to slap the grin off their face and the six pack off their abs.
Not everyone loves to workout, but everyone needs to workout, so I’m not going to waste my energy trying to use the benefits of exercise as motivation for you. Your body doesn’t know if you loved your workout, it just knows if you did it or not.
Lazy folks usually hate exercise for 2 reasons: the physical exertion of it all and the time it takes up. These aren’t an excuse anymore. While the definition of exercise is making your body do work, you can make the work less obvious, and that it-just-takes-too-long excuse doesn’t fly when you- get this bomb I’m about to drop on you- speed it up.
Here are 5 exercises that even the most blase about fitness can do in 30 minutes or less.
Forget the paleo diet, it’s time for the caveman workout! Matthew McConaughey told Men’s Fitness that’s he’s been using rocks to get a hard body. McConaughey, who appears on the cover of the April edition of the magazine, says the activity requires more finesse than it might seem.
“It’s not as simple as it seems,” he says. “You shift the weight from high above your head, in your right arm, then your left, then rest it on your shoulders, adding more weight to your back, then your legs.”
The workout challenges more than just the arms. “You get a full-body workout just by finding out how many positions you can manage without having to set the weight on the ground. You also discover the stronger and weaker spots in your physique.”
As cold weather continues to blast the majority of the U.S., most people will be working out indoors. A few brave souls still seeking fresh air will want to read these tips to staying healthy while exercising in the cold, plus a few hints for those who are still gym-bound.
1) Lighten your workout if you have a cold.
If you have “above the neck” symptoms, like a runny nose or sore throat, but no symptoms in the chest or swollen lymph nodes, you can still workout. According to FitSugar, it’s a good idea to start at about half the intensity that you usually follow.
2) Avoid wet clothes.
Change out of sweaty clothes before you leave the gym, and if you’re working out outside be sure to pick garments that breath well (not cotton). Wet clothes can make it harder for your body to stay warm, and lead to a weakened immune system.
There are many benefits to having strong core muscles. Not only are these muscles important for balance and stability, but they also support the movements of the leg and arms while preventing injury.
Core Fitness is a new iPhone app that can help you strengthen this area. It uses a 40-minutes workout comprised of yoga stretches and resistance training exercised that work your upper legs, hips, buttocks, back, abs and shoulders. The creators of the app promise that you can see results by doing this workout just three or four times per week.
Tune in every morning this week to Oprah’s OWN Network and get a energizing jump to the day with Gaiam’s Wake Up Workout.
Every weekday morning at 6 a.m. and at 6:30 a.m. Gaiam, the lifestyle media company that creates and sells scores of yoga and fitness workout DVDs, will feature a 30-minute workout that will kickstart your day in an invigorating and restorative way.
From Rodney Yee’s Ulimate Power Yoga to Patricia Moreno’s Cardio Burn Yoga, each 30-minute session allows you to start your day with a cardio boost and an arsenal of mind-body techniques that will prepare you for the day’s stresses that lie ahead of you.
I have had several trainers over the past year, all of which have been instrumental in my journey. One of them has been so inspired that she has begun to train other people who are struggling with their weight and she is doing it for free. She broadcasts these workouts online so that she can help as many people as possible. It is an amazing program that uses a nutrition plan, kettlebells, cardio and support to help people achieve their goals.
Watch now as I introduce Alysia Gadson and LiveFit Revolution.
Just in time for the US Open, Venus Williams reveals her workout secrets. Of course, the tennis star spends two to three hours training on the courts, but it takes a lot more to stay in top-performance shape. “It’s kind of a nine to five thing with a full day of working out,” she told FitSugar. “I do anything like ride the bike, the elliptical, swimming, or sprinting—things like that.”
Venus loves to swim: “Swimming is my favorite cardiovascular activity. Lately I have been swimming in the ocean too. The water has been real calm in Florida this summer and it’s real flat.” But the tennis player confesses that she hates doing elbow planks, also know as prone holds, that work the core muscles. “I don’t like planks,” says Venus. “I don’t like slow and tedious exercise. Ones that you have to do on both sides. Those really get me down.”
Lest she be left off the Jersey Shore‘s diet party bus, Sammi “Sweetheart” has revealed her diet and weight loss strategy. Unlike her female co-stars, Sammi chose to lose weight by relatively conventional means. Snooki reached her weight loss on Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet and J-WOWW is taking the controversial pregnancy hormone, hCG.
How did Sammi Sweetheart drop 15 pounds? She stopped eating pasta, which just might be as sacrilegious for the guidette as cookie meal-replacements or hawking hormones. She confessed that giving up noodles had been hard. “I miss it like crazy, but I don’t eat pasta anymore. I eat my vegetables and try to stay healthy,” she said. (more…)
The popular reality TV series “Jersey Shore” on MTV has become quite the phenomenon. Eight housemates are followed by camera crews as they hit the beach, gym, and clubs. The first season took place in New Jersey. The new season, which premieres July 29, takes place in Miami, Florida. The boys of “Jersey Shore” love to work out and the following list of exercises are what consumes their beach workouts.
Walk the Boardwalk Workout
Guido Tip Toe – Walk on your toes to isolate the calves (two minutes)
Seeking Squats – Squat and stand at a lean (alternate sides: left and right) to seek out hotties (three sets of 25 reps)
Hottie with a Body Lunges – Forward alternating lunges (three sets of 20 reps)
False Alarm Lunges – Reverse alternating lunges to get away from the “ugly chicks” (three sets of 20 reps) (more…)
Here are 10 great tips to sneak a little more workout time into a busy schedule.
1.Swap your chair for a balance ball. If this one won’t go over well at work, at least try it while watching TV or paying the bills at the kitchen table. Sitting on a balance ball with two feet on the ground not only improves your equilibrium, but also works your core.
2. Take the stairs. Whenever you can, avoid the elevator and take the stairs for a quick workout for your legs.
3.Leave your car at the far end of the parking lot. You will burn calories by walking farther, and even more if you have groceries to carry. Plus, your car will be less likely to get scratched.
4. Do something active when you go out with friends. This weekend, instead of sitting at the bar drinking a high-calorie cocktail, go dancing, bowling, skating or roller skating. Or maybe just take a walk in the park.
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