Although free weights and general exercises can be great for working on your abs, there comes a point when many people want to expand their workout even further. The best way to do that of course is by incorporating new exercises into your routines and ab machines can be a great way of doing that, but going to the gym everyday might not be feasible for many people. So what’s the solution? More…
One reason that everyone would want to work with a medicine ball to lose weight is that it really works to help you lose weight. The use of a ball in exercises helps in actually getting rid of the fat stored around your body. The medicine balls are paralleled to full body exercises and give out good results to those who practice them. They not only help you get slimmer, they are also a great help in maintaining a balance in your body organs and not allowing them to create problems for you at a very tender age. More…
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Diet and Exercise are the top two priorities of those (including me) who want a trim, slim, well-toned body, right? Did you know that listening to music while working out takes away boredom? It pushes us more and brings out the snappy person in us. A very wise quote from the genius himself, Albert Einstein, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music”. Now, that is what I’m talking about.
Music affects us (in different ways). It gives us more commitment and motivation. It is a proven fact that music makes even the hardest of the exercises seems easier. With music playing, you focus on the music instead of the pain and the strain. It gives you more determination without feeling the efforts being exerted. You go the extra mile; your creativeness comes out naturally.
So What Songs To Go For?
“What are the 10 best songs to work out to get a ripped body?” you may ask. A lot of magazines and websites for exercise buffs recommend mainstream music and fast playing songs. Some professional trainers sweat by Walk this Way by Aerosmith, Dirty Little Secret by All-American Rejects, Crazy in Love by Beyoncé, Under Pressure by Queen, The New Workout Plan by Kanye West, Fergalicious by Fergie, and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas. Others (mostly girls) get their energy from Britney Spears, J. Lo, Madonna and Christina Aguilera.
But what studies (also my experience) show is that the effects and results vary, it also depends on what type of music you want. For example, a lot of senior citizens who has aerobics classes, you can’t expect the oldies to jump to the beat of hip hop and rap music. It is but natural for them to be motivated by Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Richie Valens, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations and The Beach, among others. I noticed that I work harder and not notice the time when I am listening to my favourite music while working out. I don’t know where the energy is coming from, but it sure is really flowing.
- It adds enthusiasm and makes you comfortable
- It adds fun to your exercise; you will have a great time because you enjoy what you hear
- It makes you relaxed, not stiff and hurried
- It gets you in high spirits
- It sets your mood
- It makes you enjoy what you’re doing
Certain people haven’t tried making music a part of their exercise routine and it is one beneficial habit they are missing out on.
I’ll have to say it doesn’t really matter what type of music you pop in on your iPod, as long as you love it. As long as it gives you the push and the stamina to get going, that’s the best song to work out with!
The most common way of working the abs is to lie down on the floor and do some crunches or sit-ups. But the fact is that this is the most popular method does not mean that it is the best. First, it has been medically proven that to do your abs lying on the floor can cause damage to your spine and neck on the long term and second, while you are in that position, your abs are not extended, they are resting. So, the abs will not get the full advantage to the exercise. That is why, after a few weeks of training, the body adapts and the effectiveness of the exercise decreases. More…
If you’re looking to lose weight it is not always essential that you sign up to a gym. There are plenty of exercises that you can do in your own home if you want to take off some of the pounds. For people who are signed up to a gym it can also be a good idea to supplement your workout from the gym with some basic exercises at home. Some at home exercises to lose weight require equipment but most just require your dedication. Others require just a few basic bits of gear.
It might seem unusual to suggest jogging in place because most people can easily get outside to go for a run and enjoy some fresh air. However, anyone who has gone running in the middle of winter knows that it is hardly an enjoyable activity and many people find it difficult to leave the house in the colder months. Therefore putting on a pair of gym shoes and working out in the warmth of your home can be a good alternative and jogging in place is almost as beneficial as the regular kind.
With Basic Equipment
If you are willing to spend a few pounds on at home exercises to lose weight then there is some really simple stuff you can buy to get a good exercise at home. Buying a step is one of the most useful pieces of equipment as it allows you to exercise one of the largest muscle groups in your legs and by doing this you are burning many calories. There are also plenty of exercise DVDs to go along with a step and you will find these are very effective and motivating form of exercise.
Splashing Out Equipment
If you’re willing to drop some serious money on gym equipment then you will be able to do at home exercises to lose weight the same as you could at the gym. Popular machines people have in their homes include elliptical trainers and exercise bikes.
One of the main goals of people who are exercising is to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. The best exercise equipment is often found in a gym so the first step you should take is find membership to a gym that you like. This gym should have a wide range of cardio exercise equipment so that you can achieve your weight loss goals. Here I am going to look at some of the best weight loss equipment that you should look at when you are considering gym membership.
The Elliptical Exercise Machine
Many people who use the elliptical exercise machine will say this is simply one of the best pieces of equipment you can use to lose weight. The machine has some significant advantages over other ways to burn calories in the gym and one of the most important is that it provides an all body workout. Unlike the treadmill, the elliptical exercise machine works out the upper and lower body at the same time and this allows you to burn the maximum amount of calories in the shortest amount of time.
This machine is also a very low impact type of exercise and so is gentler on the body than a treadmill. Also, when compared to a treadmill the exercises are more customisable so you can increase the amount of resistance that the machine provides. Many people comment that using an elliptical exercise machine provides the same amount of exercise as a treadmill but it feels much easier.
The Rowing Machine
It is my opinion that the rowing machine is one of the most underutilised pieces of equipment that gyms have. It provides a fantastic all-round exercise as it is capable of toning muscle at the same time as providing an intense cardio workout. I believe a lot of people avoid it because they think that it is very challenging but once you get used to it you will find it is an excellent way to burn some serious calories.
Much like the rowing machine the Stairmaster is something people avoided because they think it is too challenging for them. They look at people pumping away and sweating profusely and think they would rather stick to something a bit easier. The problem is that the best weight loss equipment is exactly the sort that is harder work and by using the stair climbing machine you will be exercising one of the largest muscle groups in the body so the amount of calories you burn and the amount of weight you lose will be high.
I just mentioned about how useful the elliptical trainer is over the treadmill but this does not mean it should discounted entirely. Using a treadmill feels natural as running is something we are all used to and it is an intensive form of cardiovascular exercise.