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Sports Fun & Fitness!

February 27, 2010 by  
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This might sound elementary but…when you talk about sports fitness, what comes first in your mind? Do you see football players on the field, soccer players scuffling over a ball, a football team, or a tennis match? This is because sports fitness has always been referred to as “Sports” itself.

Sports entail physical activities that are usually carried out for some “recreational” functions such as self-satisfaction, entertainment, competition, etc. It uses physical activity that is why most fitness experts regard sports as one way of staying fit and healthy. It can also be considered as one way of physical fitness; the only difference is that sports fitness is more inclined to the development of skill or ability. However, like physical fitness, sports fitness is also capable of toning down the body fats of a person. Because of its rigid and strict health program, a sports enthusiast is able to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle in order to cope up with the strenuous demands of sports.

In sports, people should learn how to value their health. Otherwise, they can never endure the kind of energy that is required when playing sports activities.One way to get healthy and have fun at the same time is to pursue sports fitness. You can get your workout on the basketball court or baseball field. You can enter swimming competitions or run marathons. These exercise routines involve other people, interaction, and FUN!

So, let’s say you’ve decided to get your exercise through sports fitness.Here are some tips for ensuring a fun and healthy fitness program for you:

1. Consume lots of water/ fluids

Water is, indeed, the most important element needed by the body. Excessive perspiration, without any means of replenishing the lost fluids will result to serious health problems, and even death.Therefore, for people who are into strenuous exercises and trainings, it is best to always drink lots of water.

However, for sports enthusiasts, water may not be enough to replace the kind of fluid lost. Hence, it would be better if they would have sports drinks instead. Aside from the fluid, sports drinks have tow additional important ingredients needed by a person who is into sports fitness: carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Electrolytes are usually lost during strenuous physical activity, and this can only be replaced through sports drinks. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are also needed by the body during rigid workouts to provide more energy so that the body can cope up to the demands of the activity.

2. The good old theory – Eat your Fruits and Vegetables

People who are into sports fitness require more intakes of vegetables and fruits. This is because the body is craving for more vitamins and mineral supplements. It makes the body stronger and healthier enabling it to cope up with demands of the activity.

3. Calcium intake

People who are into sports fitness should have calcium present on their diet. This is to provide stronger bones to the body.Since the body is more exposed to greater physical activities, it is important to have stronger bones in order to avoid fractures or certain bone diseases like “osteoporosis.” Calcium can be found in different vitamin and mineral supplements. They are also abundant in foods like sardines, tofu, dairy products, etc.

4. Warm Up

This kind of activity is needed in order not to strain the body. Hence, before playing the sports that you have always love, it is best to do some warm-up exercises first.

Indeed, engaging into sports activities is one great way of being physically fit. The best thing about it is that in sports, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds!

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The Yoga – Pilates symmetry!

February 27, 2010 by  
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Pilates is a highly effective way to improve body awareness and posture and promote graceful, fluid motion. In addition to adding strength Pilates can also help with flexibility and improve your posture.

Pilates is similar to Yoga in some ways as it brings about a balance between the mind and the body and in doing so is highly effective at reducing and eliminating stress. Pilates emphasizes on physical conditioning and there’s nothing quite like it. Pilates uniqueness lies in the fact that all movements originate from the commonly overlooked “core muscles” that lie deep in the abdomen and surround the spine. Pilates often focuses on isolating these muscles in order to engage them effectively. This improves the blood circulation and thus helps maintain your internal bodily health and improve the tone and texture of your skin. Unlike some forms of resistance training that can add size albeit quite small to muscles, Pilates can help you to become strong while remaining lean, alternatively helping you to become lean if you’re carrying excess weight.

Although both Yoga and Pilates provide many benefits, Yoga’s focus has always been on how to make you feel, with the added benefit of stretching and strengthening muscles.  Pilates’ primary focus is to tone muscles effectively and shaping the way you look and carry yourself. If you are looking for an agile, rejuvenating workout that will provide as much of a lift for your brain as your body, then Yoga is the way to go. If you’re interested in a more dynamic system of muscle conditioning, and want to improve your core strength, Pilates may be the answer.

Pilates is rightly regarded by many people as one of the best forms of overall body fitness and conditioning and this is exactly the reason why so many professional athletes add Pilates training to their regular fitness training. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

As we age, one tends to lose is good posture and Pilates can go a long way in addressing that problem. Good posture also helps with the energy flow through the body and it is common for people who start doing Pilates to have a lot more energy.

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Strike A Pose on Yoga Day

January 23, 2010 by  
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Try your Downward Dog for free -or pretty cheap – thanks to the power of the Internet. Every week, Yoga Today (yogatoday.com) streams a free, one-hour class pay for research paper (downloads costs $3.99.)  Today is Yoga Day USA, and yoga centers round the country will offer free classes (http://www.yogadayusa.org/find.php , enter your zip to find the workshop near you)

Why Yoga? It hikes flexibility and strength, provide help for relieving stress and controlling weight, and lowers risk of heart disease and sleep problems.

Yoga Day USA was created by Yoga Alliance, the international gold standard for professional yoga teachers and schools and the leader in setting standards that protect the health and welfare of society.

For more on Yoga Alliance, go to yogaalliance.org.

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Benefits of Stretching

December 25, 2009 by  
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An ideal fitness routine comprises of exercises to improve cardiovascular efficiency, create muscular strength and endurance along with improved suppleness .Flexibility exercises are those that serve to keep the joints flexible ,especially the vertebral column and its various sections.

Stretching independently or as a part of a fitness routine has many beneficial effects that can be felt even during exercises themselves. In order to understand the benefits of stretching or flexibility exercises, it is essential to understand how the various body tissues are nourished .

What happens when you stretch?

As in case of muscles which recieve their nutrients directly via the vascular system through rapid exchange rhythm ,there is no such active supply system for cartilage tissues covering the ends of bones in joints .Cartilage instead is fed by the migration of particles from the joint fluid surrounding it ,know as the synovial fluid . To be able to absorb the synovial fluid optimally, the cartilage has recourse to an alteration of pressure and suction forces.

It is precisely this regular rhythmic exchange optimizing the supply to the cartilage that is achieved with the flexibility exercises . Indulging in regular stretching exercises leads to enhanced cartilage nutrition and loosening up of all the connective tissues . While performing stretching exercises both outward and inward concentration is necessary.

Remember these stretching tips when doing the following exercises:

  • Always warm up before stretching. Warming up gives your body a chance to deliver plenty of nutrient rich blood to areas about to be exercised, which warms the muscles and lubricates the joints
  • Do not bounce or bob when you stretch — not only is this not effective, but you could injure yourself.
  • Take each stretch slow to the point where tension can be felt, but not pain.
  • Never stretch torn or injured muscles unless you have consulted with your doctor.
  • Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Always complete each stretch for both sides of your body, when applicable.
  • Always cool down and relax after a stretching routine. By cooling down, you can help prevent injuries and muscle soreness from your workout.
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Redirect the Aging Process and Remain Young Forever!

December 15, 2009 by  
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Yoga rides on the belief – “a person’s age is determined by the flexibility of the spine rather than the years”. Through regular practice of yoga, the spine flexibility is increased, muscle tension is removed, the skin is toned up and poor postures are rectified. Yoga has the ability of taking years from the ace and adding years to one’s life.

Most people tend to hold in patterns of tension emerging from daily stress, lack of exercise, bad posture or other grim habits. These patterns make us stiff thus freezing many of our movements. As everything in a human body is connected, stiffness and restricted movements in turn affects our mental flexibility, interfering with our thoughts and our physical actions.

YogaThere is no doubt about the fact that Yoga is one of the best remedy to remain young. Not only will it help to improve your health but it will also help to make you look a lot younger. Yoga exercise routines improve blood circulation and circulation is an important factor in maintaining good skin. By maintaining a better skin condition you will inherently look a lot younger as poor skin condition is one of the sure signs that you are aging. The increased circulation that is brought about from Yoga raises the temperature of the blood and pushes it towards the surface of the skin.

In doing so it carries more oxygen and nutrients to the skin giving you a healthier glowing complexion.

Through regular practice of yoga, especially the inverted postures, the gravitational effect is reversed, resulting in reduction of facial wrinkles, and improving skin tone, giving it a natural glow. The inverted yoga posture is also believed to prevent premature graying of hair, because while adopting such a posture, the blood circulation to the scalp is increased. Also during this posture, the pressure exerted on the blood vessels on the neck is removed, and hence the blood flow to the scalp is doubly increased.

Doing the correct asana will help you to achieve and maintain a better posture. Yoga not only helps with the elasticity of your body through stretching the muscles but it also improves your strength and posture as well as helping you to achieve a better state of mind and relaxation.

The transformation impact of yoga on the nervous system, results in a positive mental and emotional attitude. Regular practitioners of yoga usually feel more enthusiastic, optimistic and creative, and as they get older, they begin to develop an ageless appearance.

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