Saturday, 21 July 2018

How to tone your stomach and keep it flat

1. Dead Bugs: 20 reps, alternating sides. 2-3 rounds.

This move fires up the entire core, front and back, and strengthens the contralateral muscular slings of the body. Great remedial exercise for pelvic control and addressing structural imbalance in the hips.

2. Kettle Bell Window Wipers: 20 reps. 2-3 rounds.

This move strengthens your obliques, core and legs whilst stretching the upper (thoracic) spine.
Lie on your back with your arms pinned out to the side by heavy kettlebells, palms facing up.

3. Walk Outs. 10 reps. 2-3 rounds.

Make sure the reps are slow and controlled.
This move works the entire core and shoulder girdle. This movement is self limiting - the further out you walk, the more challenging it is.

4. Isometric Cable Hold. 30-60 secs each side. 2-3 rounds.

This move forces the spine to resist twisting and turning, strengthening the abs and protecting the lower back.

5. Reverse Hyper Holds. 30-60 secs. 2-3 rounds.

This exercise is a fantastic way to strengthen the entire posterior chain with particular emphasis on the glutes and the hamstrings without placing undue stress on the lower back.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order Of Effectiveness

Best Calorie-Burning Exercises
1. Jumping rope
The burn: 667-990 calories/hour (if you're jumping at 120 skips per minute)

The bonus burn: As it turns out, this little rope is actually a big-time fat burner.

2. Running Up Hill/Stair Sprints
The burn: 639-946 calories/hour

3. Kickboxing
The burn: 582-864 calories/hour

4. Cycling intervals
The burn: 568-841 calories/hour

The burn: 566-839 calories/hour (10 min/mile)

6. Kettlebell circuit
The burn: 554-822 calories/hour

7. Stationary bike
The burn: 498-738 calories/hour (at a vigorous pace)

8. Rowing machine
The burn: 481-713 calories/hour (at 150 watts, which you can check on the machine)

10. Strength training
The burn: 341-504 calories/hour

11. Metabolic resistance training circuit
The burn: 340-505 calories/hour

12. Elliptical
The burn: 322-478 calories/hour (at a resistance level of 8)

13. Battle ropes
The burn: 285-421 calories/hour

14. Power yoga
The burn: 226-335 calories/hour

Sunday, 15 July 2018

6 Workout Signs That You Need to Change Exercises

When you find an exercise routine that you like doing and are able to do may take a lot of time and dedication and you may think this routine will help you reach your target. But with the repetition of the same type of workout, your body will get used to the exercise routine and will consume less energy.
If you change the exercise routine, your body will be continually challenged and it will change, resulting in a more successful target hit. In addition, you can avoid repetition and boredom. The change can be made in the intensity of the workout or in the type of workout. You may also increase the time spent working out.
When considering the topic of, when or how often to change your exercises, here are some guidelines to make good decisions about this important programming variable.

1. Exercises That No Longer Work.

There’s a phenomenon known as “adaptive resistance” that plays a big role in the need to change exercises. For example: Remember the first time you squat? You may have only done 95 for 3 sets of 10, the next morning you felt those muscle DOMS!

2. When Your Weakness Becomes Stronger.

Training is always about identifying the problems in your overall plan and then finding solutions to those weaknesses in the form of new exercises that correct the problem.
Maybe you used to have problems at the lockout part of your bench, you spent time bringing your triceps strength. Now, your new sticking point is close to your chest. This new constantly evolving scenario suggests the need for more pec work, so you’ll drop a few triceps moves in favour of additional pec work.

3. Anything Causing Pain.

You just wrote up a new training plan. Sure enough, the new chest exercise you planned hurts your shoulder.
A lot of lifters would stick to the plan and work through the pain. But you should make a substitution right then and there.

4. Exercises That Might Not Work With A New Training.

Not all exercises are appropriate for all rep ranges. This means that when you switch from a hypertrophy phase to a strength phase, you’ll need to change at least some of your exercises.
In general, dumbbell, cable and bodyweight drills tend to be most suitable for higher-rep, while barbell and some machine exercises are better suited for low-rep training.

5. Changes To Goals And Priorities.

If you decide to amend your initial target, you’ll need to make some significant changes to your exercise plans.
Or, maybe you’re coming to the conclusion that you’re placing low because your muscle strengths aren’t where you want them. This means that you might need to temporarily eliminate some other exercises to accommodate your priorities.

6. Broaden Your Perspective.

Despite our best efforts and workout plans, we often find ourselves in a routine and we end up narrowing our exercise choices unnecessarily. It’s a good thing to periodically try new things, even if your current exercises seem to be working well. You never know, you might find something really valuable.

10 Minute Home Bodyweight Abs Crusher Workout

1. Hollow plank

Why: It works your all abs muscles, including the deep-lying stability muscles, as well as strengthening your lower back.

2. Plank side-to-side feet jump and tuck

Why: It works your upper and lower abs, as well as your obliques (side abs)

3. Bicycle crunch

Why: It primarily works your obliques, but your upper and lower abs are also heavily recruited to keep your upper back and feet up off the floor.

4. Rolling plank

Why: A tough variation on the classic plank that places more emphasis on your obliques.

5. Heel touch

Why: Far harder than it looks, this move works your upper abs and obliques.

6. Side plank crunch

Why: Another move that works your obliques, while the crunch movement recruits the small stabilising muscles to keep you balanced.

7. Legs-together hip thrust

Why: One of the hardest and best ways to work your lower abs, which is crucial if you want to turn a four-pack into a six-pack.

8. Press-up kick-out

Why: A challenging but rewarding move that works your chest and shoulders as well as your abs.

9. Plank with leg raise

Why: Raising your legs alternately will force your entire core to remain activated for the full 20 seconds of work.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

3 Workouts To Earn Your Burn In Just 10 Minutes

Sometimes it can seem near impossible to find time for a full-length workout every day.
The good news is, we have three time-efficient workouts that you can slot in at almost anywhere and at anytime – even in front of the telly!

1. The Lounge Room Workout

Don’t feel like exercising?
Well here’s a compromise that you can do in front of the TV, but still burn some calories and strengthen you up! 
Duration: 5 minutes
Side plank lifts x 12
Side leg raises: x 12
Side Tricep push x 12 
Work through the circuit by doing all one side first, then roll over and do the other side. Repeat until both sides are completed twice.

2. The Core Flexor

Got a spare ten minutes? This workout will put your core to the test…and will be over before you know it!
Duration: 10 minutes
Genie Sit – 30 seconds
Rest – 15 seconds
Hollow Body Hold – 30 seconds
Rest – 15 seconds
Forward Arm Walkout – 30 seconds
Rest – 15 seconds
Repeat x 4

3. The Cardio Energiser

PUMP up your favourite tunes because this workout is HIGH energy…and all over in just five minutes! 

Smash this one out indoors or outdoors.

Duration: 5 minutes

Basketball Jumps x 12
Mountain Climbers x 12
Front Kicks x 12 (per leg)
Rest + Repeat x 3

Friday, 13 July 2018

Build Muscle Plan

  1. Push-ups: Primary push-ups are mainly targeted towards the pectoral chest muscles and the shoulder muscles. Commence your push-ups with the high plank positions with keeping your hands firmly on the ground, exactly underneath your shoulders. Make sure that the spine is kept neutral. Next, lower your body down till the point when your chest is right above the floor. Push yourself up in order to complete one repetition. Perform one set incorporating 15 repetitions as a warm-up and then 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions as a finisher.
  2. Pull-ups: This majestic exercise targets Lats and Arms. Firstly, grip tightly a pull up bar and using your arm strength pull yourself up over the bar by making sure that there is a slight arch in your back. Now slowly lower yourself down until your arms are completely stretched to finish one rep. You should perform 2-3 sets of 10 reps in the beginning and then two sets of 10 reps as a finisher.
  1. Squats: The primary targets of squats are Quads, Hamstring and Hip Flexors. Get into the starting position with your legs shoulder width apart. Keep your hands folded together at your chest. Start coming down by keeping your knees firm and hips clasped. Sit back using your hips as you were sitting in a chair. Go deep within and return to starting position to finish one repetition. You could do 4-5 sets of 15 repetitions each as a warm-ups and 2-3 sets of 15 repetitions each as a finisher.
 following are the few golden dietary tips one must adhere to:
  • Eat 3 meals a day with pre- and post-workouts.
  • Ensure you intake sufficient number of calories at every meal and snack through beverages and food.
  • Add plenty of carbohydrates into your diet such as boiled potatoes, cereal, rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase the amount of proteins in your diet by including soya products, milk, eggs.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

6 Surprising Benefits of Massage

Massage can help reduce pain from exercise.

Research indicates that massage therapy can reduce inflammation of skeletal muscle damaged through exercise

Massage can make you look younger
Massages stimulate blood flow, which is why regular gentle rubbing and kneading might keep your face looking healthy and radiant

Massage can help beat PMS
A massage could banish mood swings, bloating, headaches, weight gain, and other PMS symptoms, according to a study by the Touch Research Institute and University of Miami Medical School. 

Massage benefits chronic pain relief
Sufferers of chronic soft tissue pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, disc problems, degenerative joints) can find relief after only a few massage therapy sessions, says Nancy M. Porambo, licensed massage therapist with the American Massage Therapy Association

Massage can help treat side effects of cancer
Researchers in Boston found that patients with metastic cancer reported better sleep, less pain, and overall better quality of life after receiving massage therapy.