Exercise sense when buying fitness gear

About three-fourths of all consumers who buy expensive pieces of home exercise equipment end up abandoning their fitness programs. Before investing in what might quickly become a strange-looking piece of furniture in your living room or spare bedroom, consider these tips:
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The Importance of Fitness Equipment

Fitness as a form of new competition, in order to meet the needs of those with a beautiful body without the need to follow the steps of fitness (body building). Fitness emphasis on the aesthetic beauty of the body and the allure of the muscles. On the market, there are many gyms outfitted with the equipment to the fitness workout. Each type of device has different uses for each part of the body. If you want to know the type of equipment needed for your body, consult this article, will definitely be useful for you ( or if you have more free time, you can click here to find the best knee sleeves)

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Home gyms aren’t just for dumbbells

Home gyms aren’t just for dumbbells

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Byline: JENNIFER HELDT POWELL

Jeff Rutstein is about to become a very popular man.

Flabby and unfit party revelers wanting to atone for their holiday overindulgences will be ringing up the Boston trainer for help in rediscovering their healthier selves.

Rutstein makes house calls.

It’s the same story every January as New Year’s resolutions get made and old vows to become physically fit are renewed. While some will look to a gym, even more will set up at home.

“If people are intimidated by going to a gym, they can set up a separate area to exercise at home and set up a time,” said Rutstein, author of “Rutstein on Fitness: Strengthening the Body to Strengthen the Mind.”

Even those who join gyms are buying equipment for their home, helping to set the industry up for a jump in sales.

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Exercise your best manners at the gym David Norrie

Exercise your best manners at the gym David Norrie

Exercise your best manners at the gym

Etiquette. When I think of the word, I picture a fancy English dinner, a debutant ball or that little green lizard who pushes car insurance on television.

But while that lizard always seems to use the ideal decorum making us feel downright cheery, there is a good possibly you know of a few cold blooded animals plodding their way around your gym making your workout less than ideal.

In my 20-plus years as a gym rat, I’ve seen it all. Trained everywhere from posh country clubs to warehouses with no air conditioning. Regardless of where you are, there is no excuse for lack of basic gym etiquette. There are major offenses, minor infractions and and plain old common sense, which is where we will begin.

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Treadmills are best buy in stocking home gyms

Treadmills are best buy in stocking home gyms

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Jennifer Benjamin prefers to exercise outdoors in the fresh air. But with four boys between the ages of 4 and 11 out of school for the summer and the blistering heat of Florida hitting its peak, even the most enthusiastic fitness buff has to make adjustments.She has a family membership to the YMCA less than 10 minutes away.

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When are you too sick to go to the gym?

When are you too sick to go to the gym?

When are you too sick to go to the gym

Byline: Gabriella Boston

You finally got into a good fitness routine and then bam – a head cold hits, you’re sidelined and now you feel all your good work is in vain right before the calorie-laden holiday season.

Not so fast.

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If the cold is just a head cold, you probably can continue working out, says Theo Hodge Jr., an internist and specialist in infectious diseases with Capital Medical Associates in the District.

“Always listen to your body, but generally speaking, if you don’t have any underlying issues, it’s usually safe to exercise with a cold,” says Hodge, adding that a quick check with a doctor is always a good idea.

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The Latest Fitness Craze Isn’t About Weight Loss

The Latest Fitness Craze Isn’t About Weight Loss

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Could the fitness industry be moving away from its obsession with thinness and ‘get ripped quick’ schemes?

What is fitness for? If you were to ask the average gym member why he or she is picking things up and putting them back down, or running in place, or repeatedly jumping on and off of a wooden box, you would get a small assortment answers: To get bigger, stronger, thinner, faster, maybe more flexible, and occasionally because it makes her feel good and she just really likes it. Shake that last person’s hand and tell her to keep it up.

But less often will you hear someone say: “I’m doing this because I want to learn to move better.” The mainstream fitness industry fails when it comes to teaching people to actually learn how to move their bodies efficiently, accurately, in control, without pain, through their full potential range of motion. This industry has no incentive to teach people to move autonomously and independently.

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“Health And Fitness” How fit are you

“Health And Fitness” How fit are you

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Consider these statements:

* Physical inactivity contributes to 300,000 preventable deaths every year in the United States.

* In 2002, 30 percent of school-age children overweight.

* Only 50 percent of teens participate in regular physical activity.

* Twenty-five percent of young people spend four hours a day watching television.

You’ve probably heard all these statistics, and the information scared you into exercising. You carry a 20-pound backpack three blocks home from the bus. You play in-line hockey for an hour on Saturday. You bought a set of weights and you play around with those while you watch TV. What more do you have to do to be fit?

What Does It Mean to Be Physically Fit?

According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, fitness is:

“The ability to perform daily tasks vigorously and alertly, with energy left over for enjoying leisure-time activities and meeting emergency demands. It is the ability to endure, to bear up, to withstand stress, to carry on in circumstances where an unfit person could not continue, and is a major basis for good health and well-being.”

“Everything we do involves movement,” says Scott Fushi, a weight-training instructor, “whether catching the bus or hiking to the top of a mountain. Fitness helps your body function better all the way around.”

Develop Your Fitness Program

First, you must decide to make physical fitness important in your life. Then follow these steps:

1. Make physical activity as much of a routine as brushing your teeth. Exercise becomes a priority, not something you happen to do if you have the time and the inclination. You can’t “save up” physical activity. Doing twice as much today won’t let you take tomorrow off–it will only make you sore.

2. Next, set specific fitness goals for yourself and write them down. Your list might include:

–Jog for three miles to increase endurance.

–Do 30 push-ups to improve upper-body strength.

–Stretch for 10 minutes to increase flexibility.

3. Formulate a plan to achieve your goals. Many experts recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. You don’t have to do 60 minutes all at once, but be sure to do a minimum of 10 minutes each time. On the plus side, the time needed to get physically fit depends on your effort. Thirty minutes of bike riding equals 60 minutes of light walking. Crank up the intensity and you can lessen the time–but do at least 30 minutes four days a week.

4. Include a variety of exercises. Start each session with a 15-minute warm up that gets your muscles warmed up and uses easy flexibility stretches. Throughout the week, alternate 20 to 30 minutes of muscular strength and endurance activities with aerobic ones. End each session with a cooldown of 5 to 10 minutes of slow walking and stretching.

Are You Fit?

Fitness is an individual goal. What makes one person fit might not apply to another. You can, however, check your personal fitness level by asking yourself a few questions.

? Am I choosing one activity from each of the four fitness areas?

? Have I increased the intensity and/or the duration of my exercise?

? Do I exercise for at least 30 minutes four times a week?

? Can I pass a fitness test such as the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test? (Visit www.fitness.gov or ask your teacher about these requirements.)

Exercise keeps both body and mind healthy. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that create a positive feeling in your brain. In addition, exercising can take your mind off of the stressful issues in your life–you feel better and look better too.

Fitness isn’t just exercise; it’s a lifestyle.

4 Components of Fitness

Physical fitness can be best understood by examining its four parts:

1. Aerobic or cardiorespiratory endurance. This is the ability of your heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to your muscles. Exercises such as running, swimming, bicycling, and walking quickly force you to take in large amounts of air and work your heart muscle.

2. Muscular strength. This component allows you to exert force for a brief period of time, making you stronger. Weight-lifting activities develop muscular strength. Curls and push-ups also are ways to build muscular strength.

3. Muscular endurance. With good muscular endurance you can work your muscles for a longer period of time. Climbing stairs, biking, hiking, and exercising with weights can build muscular endurance.

4. Flexibility. Flexibility lets you move your joints and muscles through their full range of motion. After warming up your muscles by walking slowly, do slow and smooth stretches using muscle groups that you will be using in your aerobic exercises.

FOOL YOURSELF into Fitness

Your mind says EXERCISE, but your body resists. Try these tips to get in the swing:

* Exercise with a friend. Once you commit to someone else, you’re more likely to stick with the plan. Do something that both of you like, or take turns trying out each other’s specialties. Try a little friendly competition as well.

* Walk or ride your bike instead of driving or taking public transportation.

* Take the dog for a walk.

* Rake the leaves or shovel the snow. You’ll get fit and surprise your parents.

* Increase your exercise time and, at the same time, decrease your non-exercise time. Walk for a half hour and eliminate a half hour of TV or the Internet

* Try something new–the indoor climbing wall or a yoga class.

* Get a pedometer and count the number of steps you take. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends taking 10,000 steps a day, which equals about four to five miles.

OBJECTIVES

Students will understand the concepts of total fitness and be able to convey these concepts accurately and in an age-appropriate manner to others. Students will create a fitness plan that reflects all five components of fitness. (See Reproduction Master 2.)

REVIEW/DISCUSS

* Differentiate between muscular strength and muscular endurance. (Muscular strength allows you to exert force for a brief period of time, making you stronger. Muscular endurance is the quality of fitness that allows you to work your muscles for a longer period of time.)

* Summarize several suggestions for building a successful workout plan. (Identify time in your busy schedule when you will exercise; it might be time when under usual conditions you would be inactive, but be sure it’s not too late at night. Set clear, specific goals for your program and devise a plan you can follow that will help you to reach those goals. Include variety in the activities you do to keep it interesting. Remember to help avoid injuries by following a pattern of warming up, stretching, doing heavier exercise, cooling down, and stretching again.)

ACTIVITIES

1. Assign students to create a display that can educate others across the age spectrum about the essential components of a total fitness plan. They may choose a song (a jingle), a collage (with text included), or a poster series that will communicate the different types of physical activities needed to work toward a total fitness program.

2. Use Reproduction Master 2 for recording and planning fitness activities. Ask students to make comments on the chart that would help them revise and expand their programs for future weeks.

TEACHER RESOURCES

* PE Central: The Premier Web Site for Health and Physical Educators (www.pecentral.org) offers many types of resources for teachers. An example of a handy device you can link to is the Activity Calorie Calculator (you can find it directly at http://primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/jumpsite/calculat.htm).

* Another resource is the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, which has a segment of the Web site for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (www.aahperd.org). From there you can locate any of its several sub-organizations and their resources.