Sep 14

Weight Training For Muscle Building

Weight Training For Muscle BuildingWeight training is one of the most important parts of your life-long exercise program. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine now recommends weight training for every adult. The sooner you start weight training, the more muscle you’ll keep. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon.

Weight training is also a great area in which to practice mental imagery. You can imagine your muscles getting firmer and bigger as you perform your weight training exercises. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this simple tool will help keep you motivated, and will help yield a higher return on your exercise investment!

Keep in mind, building muscles by lifting weights does more than make you look and feel better. It speeds up your metabolism! This is great news to anyone who’s trying to lose weight or get fit. Lifting weights also gives you more energy, allows you to eat more food, and recaptures lost youth.

Weight training also increases bone density more than activities like swimming or even running. By stressing the major bones in the body, weight training offers tremendous protection against the thinning of bones, or osteoporosis. And, by building more muscle, you protect your joints as well. For instance, squats strengthen the knee joint by building stronger, firmer ligaments and muscles.

For a weight training program to be effective, you will need to exercise between three and five days per week. You will need to exercise each muscle group with weights, at least once a week, or preferably twice. For example…arms twice, shoulders twice, legs twice, chest twice, etc. Abdominal muscles will be exercised two to three times a week.

So, to assure the safety and effectiveness of your workout, you may want to consider using a personal trainer at least once to help you design the proper exercise routine and sequence for your body type. A personal trainer will show you the proper way to do each and every exercise, and help you get things done effectively.

Sep 06

Building Your Exercise Habits to Maintain Your Weight

Walking Exercise Starting and maintaining an adequate exercise program really is the “magic pill’ which will jump start your weight loss program and make it easy to maintain your new weight after you reach your goal.

If you are not exercising on a regular basis, check with your Doctor first, he or she can give you guidance on what types of exercise would be safe for you to start with. Start small, doing just a little is far better that doing nothing.

Almost without fail, those who lose weight without including exercise, take a lot longer to reach their goal, they are also the ones most likely to regain all of the weight they lost and possibly even more.

What are the excuses for not exercising?

Can’t afford expensive equipment… there are many exercises that require no equipment.

Can’t afford to join health club… there are many exercises that do not require belonging to a health club.

Don’t have time…you can exercise in small time increments, as little as 5 minutes at a time, 5 or 6 times a day, while not the preferred method, can still be effective.

Possibly the easiest, least expensive and one of the most effective exercise programs is simply walking. Nature gave us all of the equipment we need; all you need to add is a good pair of walking shoes, and the determination to improve your health.

You don’t have to start with a long walk or a fast walk. If you are not walking now, no matter how much you start with will be more than you were doing. If you are really out of shape, maybe only 5 minutes is all you can do at once, that’s okay, do 5 minutes today, 6 minutes the next day and so on.

Here are some easy ways to start walking more, without thinking about it:

Park at the back of the mall parking lot

Park a few blocks away from work, or get off the bus a few stops early

Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

You should shoot for 20-30 minutes as a minimum and really as long as you have time for. You should try to get up to about a mile in twenty minutes; this will be brisk enough to get you breathing faster and start burning calories. If you can’t carry on a conversation, you are walking too fast.

Sep 04

Save Some Money to Buy Sport Equipment That You Need

Although fishing, running shoes, skis, and other sport equipment can be quite costly, you must not give up to own the proper equipment to enjoy for your favorite sport. If you really like the sport that you want to participate, there are few ways for you to purchase the sport gear that you need without spending too much of your cash and save few bucks for the purchase.

The easiest way to get the sport equipment without spending money is to borrow the sport gear from the people that you know such as family or friends. But unfortunately you may not always able to do it; especially if the owner also wants to use the sport equipment at the same time you also want to use it.

The second method is by buying the used sport gear. There are many places that you can go to search the used equipment such as yard sale, flea market or online store and auction. If you are thorough enough you may have a chance to find the sport gear that you want that is still in a good shape and performance.

And if you have the knowledge about the equipment and ability to restore it, you could get the equipment that already broken but still repairable with much lower price.

But if you prefer to get the new sport equipment, then you could try to find the store that offer discount. In the internet, there are many website that offer promo code for various sporting equipment from famous vendor and brands such as Backcountry. Usually the promo codes offer a 10% to 50% discount from the original price, depending on the type of equipment or the promotion campaign.

With this method, not only you will able to save money on the purchase of sporting equipment that you’re wish for, but also you will have brand new sporting gear with the top quality and performance.

Aug 31

Basic Story of Croquet

Basic Story of CroquetCroquet in the United States began as a watered-down version of the courtlier British Commonwealth 6-wicket Croquet. This posh sport was and is still played among the Brits on neatly cut greens similar to those found on golf courses. Heavier wooden mallets and balls are necessary to obtain high accuracy.

Intense skill and strategy were aspects of 6-wicket Croquet that the US version did not contain at first. Garden Croquet, as it is known (among other aliases), has remained popular in the US since its introduction over a hundred years ago. US players though, considered it more of a light hearted game than a sport and thus failed to maintain the high status of the English 6-wicket.

It was not until the late 1970’s that the United States began to capture on a widespread basis the original essence of Croquet. Finally it had regained it standing and elegance as a refined sport through a bit of effort by Jack Osborn in 1977. Despite its small beginnings, Osborn’s United States Croquet Association has grown to include nearly 10,000 croquet players playing across the US and Canada on over 600 well-groomed lawns.

While Croquet the garden game still enjoys a large following in the U.S., there is also now room for players who are passionate about the more competitive type of croquet that includes deep skill and focus.

Both versions of the game can be purchased and participated in by those interested in this British construction. The milder form of Croquet is great for family reunions, company parties, birthday parties and other get-togethers. The classy 6-wicket Croquet is typically played in clubs where membership fees can pay to maintain the manicured greens.

With well documented rules for both versions one can easily learn how to play Croquet at any level, although it may be preferable for beginners to start with a more basic set of rules. A simpler version of the game called Golf Croquet can be easily learned and game time can be as short as 30 minutes. Domestic and international rules apply to club and tournament play and slightly differ from one another.

Croquet has truly transformed into a gentlemen, and for that matter, a lady’s sport, requiring physical skills similar to those found in billiards and golf, yet the strategic mind of a chess player. George Gershwin would be proud to see the progress of Croquet in America and perhaps even respect the mainstream attention that it has received, I’m sure he was a croquet enthusiast.