Archive for September, 2009

How to prevent cramps or stitches?

September 13th, 2009

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Thorn in your side?

It helps not to eat two to three hours before exercise and be well hydrated but don’t drink too much of water before a workout.

As you train, keep your breathing slow and controlled. As you get fitter, the chances of a stitch will become slimmer.

When you are running, inhale on the left foot strike, then exhale on right. I don’t know how true is that but many runners swear by this.

Vibration training plates

September 13th, 2009
Power plate by Kenzo

Power plate by Kenzo

Vibration training has been around for decades and research suggests people with conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and stroke may benefit from it.

The makers of the Power Plate promote standing on it for 15 minutes a day, three days a week to tighten muscles including the waist and shed body fat.

You can do almost every core exercise that you do on the floor on these plates.

The key words are “work” and “regularly“.

Whether you do that on the plates or not, you’ll see results!

So you think you can dance?

September 13th, 2009

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If you think it is hard to drag your lazy bump to exercise, maybe you should skip gym.

Italian scientists tested the heart rate and oxygen intake of dancers during salsa lessons, nightclub salsa and group dance. In all dances, heart rates increased between 58 and 75 per cent and oxygen intake rose between 41 and 56 per cent.

The most aerobic dance was nightclub salsa because with this form of dance, you are clearly getting a workout.

Now, all you’ve got to do is find a decent partner!