Jul 04

The Appeal of Extreme Sport

Extreme SportExtreme sports are the latest craze in our culture and kids as young as four and five years old are fascinated with it. It does make you nervous when they do the crazy tricks. Some people hate extreme sports and some people think they are a blessing, let’s take a closer look.

The positive side of kids being involved in extreme sports in that they are out getting exercise and the television in your living room is starting to collect dust, plus your electric bill is lower. You have probably been hoping for this to happen for a while but you aren’t sure about the choice of sports. Although skateboarding is probably the first of the extreme sports, it is only the beginning. Some of the others that kids are really getting into these days include BMX biking and trickblading.

BMX bikes are like a regular bike on steroids, they are built heavy and tough to be able to take the punishment of all the jumps and tricks, plus they have special pegs for the feet and padding to protect the biker where they are most likely to come in contact with the bike. These bikes are designed mainly for tricks and racing and are mostly used on dirt tracks and courses.

Trickbladers use the same parks as skateboarders and wear specially designed roller blades with smaller thicker wheels and have an added feature called a grind plate to help them do tricks like sliding down rails. I know, it makes my skin crawl just thinking about it! The idea is to be able to do a lot of the same tricks performed by skateboarders.

Skateboarding is thought of as the original extreme sport beginning in the 1960s when surfers put wheels on short boards to give them a way to cross train when the surf wasn’t up. These early skateboarders are probably amazed at the way the sport has developed with the huge half pipes and long rails that you see skateboarders riding today. It just makes me cringe to watch as they slide down a handrail while standing on a skateboard but incredibly my son has done it for over nine years and never broken a bone.

The first time that you watch your child go sailing through the air on a jump or paddling out in eight foot surf you will feel like your heart is going to pound out of your chest and you will be cringing every time they fall but as long as they have the right safety gear and are always with a buddy they will be fine, injuries are far more common in traditional sports. Encourage your kids, these days it’s hard to get them to like anything.

Jun 25

Knowing Your Lower Body Muscles

Becoming familiar with the muscles that make up your body has more benefits than simply allowing you to talk shop with your training partners. The more familiar you are with the muscles you’re working, the better you’ll be able to determine the kind of exercises that is needed to make improvements for your muscles.

In this article we’ll get to know the muscles that make up the lower body. This is where you’ll find the big, strong muscles that allow us to get around. The main muscles found below the waist are as follows:

Quadriceps femoris – this is a group of four muscles found at the front of the thigh. These are the vastus lateralis on the outside, the vastus medialis on the inside, the vastus intermedius between them, and the rectus femoris above them. The role of these muscles is to extend the leg from a bent position.

Hamstrings – these are found to the rear of the leg and consist of the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. The hamstrings are used to flex the knee in the act of pulling the heel towards the buttocks.

Gluteals – these make up the buttocks and consist of the gluteus maximus covering the hip joint and the gluteus medius and minimus on the outside of the hip. The gluteus maximus facilitates hip extension while the other two lift the leg to the side in an action called hip abduction.

Hip flexors – these are found opposite the glutes on the front of the pelvis. Consisting of the psoas major and iliacus they raise the leg to the front.

Calves – these consist of the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Their role is to extend the foot at the ankle.
 

Jun 15

Well-Balanced Exercise Program

Balanced Exercise ProgramDid you know that to maximize the result of your exercise program you’ll need well-balanced exercise program? There are three types of exercise to include in your workout diet.

Aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise burns energy and oxygen, through continuous movement of the largest muscles in your body (your thigh muscles). Aerobic activities include bicycling, swimming, jogging, and (a great one for beginners or those who are recovering from illness) walking.

If you’re just starting, try 10 minutes a day four days and increase as it feels comfortable until you’re exercising 30 to 60 minutes. Some people find that adding variety to their program (a new route every day; alternating classes and stationary biking) keeps them motivated.

Finding the right pace for aerobic exercise is important. Rambling at too comfortable a pace may not maximize the benefits of aerobic exercising, but overdoing can make exercise “anaerobic” (non-oxygen burning). A good way to make sure you’re exercising aerobically is to measure your heart rate. After exercising, put your fingers across your wrist (palm up).

Count the number of pulses you feel during 10 seconds, then multiply that by six to convert it to a one-minute heart rate. Keep your exercise heart rate to 55 percent to 80 percent of your estimated maximum heart rate (220 – your age)

If that’s too much math, you can estimate using the sing/talk test. While you’re exercising, carry on a conversation with your gym-buddy or (if you’re exercising at home) sing a song. If you feel just as you would if not exercising, pick up the pace a tad. If you’re out of breath and having to puff after each word, you’re no longer in the aerobic range – cut back a bit to get the full exercise benefit.

Strength conditioning or weight-training

Strength conditioning can include calisthenics, lifting free-weights, and machine-assisted lifting. Strength condition helps build muscles that can stabilize joints and may help prevent bone loss as you get older.

Strength conditioning seems to help weight loss. Conditioned muscle burns more calories even between aerobic exercise sessions. training seems to assist with retaining if you’re And if you’re on a reduced calorie (weight reduction) diet, weight training may help you lose more fat and less lean muscle.

Some women are nervous about weight bearing exercise because they are afraid of getting “too bulky” or looking “too masculine.” Not to worry: men make testosterone in large amounts, which may contribute to that sort of muscular development; women generally don’t respond to strength training the same way and are more likely to lose inches as they work out.

Stretching is very important

Stretching helps retain joint and tendon flexibility while you exercise. In addition, stretching may be an important part of recovery from a previous injury; your healthcare provider may recommend special stretches to part of recovery from an injury or stroke.

Jun 08

Enhance Your Body Figure with Swimming

Enhance Your Body Figure with SwimmingDo you know how to swim? If you don’t, let me encourage you to at least take a few lessons. Not only can it save your life from danger, it can greatly improve your health. Here are some benefits and tips for swimming, aside from the usual make sure there is a life guard present. If you do know how to swim, good for you!

There are several benefits to swimming. It is an excellent workout. Your arms, abdomen, back and shoulder will be toned and tightened. Swimming is cardiovascular work that will strengthen your heart. Overall, your strength and flexibility can greatly improve from swimming and water exercises.

If you have an injury, and are in need of muscle strengthening exercise, this is a great activity that is fun and very effective. Swimming can relieve stress and tension in anyone, and because of this fact, it would be an excellent way to reduce blood pressure. For women who are pregnant, it can relax the muscles and other discomforts related to pregnancy.

After people have certain types of surgery, or accidents, they may have to remain inactive for a prolonged period of time. To prevent muscle atrophy, they should try swimming to rejuvenate and strengthen the muscles. It is also a great regular exercise for people how are looking to lose or maintain their weight. Swimming burns calories, just like any other exercise, but it also adds the resistance of the water, making each movement more effective.

There are many different ways to swim. Some of the strokes you can learn from an instructor are the backstroke, the dog paddle and the crawl. They each work different muscles at different intensities, but they will all cause you to get your body moving through the water. If you don’t know how to swim, you can find out if your local pool or recreation center in offering lessons.

One tip to swimming well is wearing flippers. You shouldn’t wear them all the time, but you can mimic the position of your body when you have flippers on; it will make you a better swimmer. You should develop your own technique or swimming style and stick to it. If you swim the same way, you will get better at if faster. Swimming often will help you to make sure that you are improving. It is a good idea to videotape yourself swimming. That way you can pinpoint what you do well, and what you can improve upon.

Like any exercise when done regularly and correctly, swimming will enhance your figure. It’s a great way to look and feel better about yourself. So, good ahead, get your goggles on and take a dive!