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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Why Exercise Programs Fail?

Jumping in with both feet – Jumping into a fitness program with both feet is very common. Many times people get all ho-hum with their goals and exercise program and have a do-or-die attitude. Granted, it’s a good attitude to have, but it can also be a legacy.

Begin your program slowly by taking small successful steps each day, week, and month rather than just diving into the program and hitting rock bottom suddenly. You must have elbow room to ensure success. The body does respond to small amounts of exercise and those who begin by doing too much too quickly end up on the sidelines due to burnout.

Carrying all your eggs in one basket – All too often, many people begin their fitness endeavors by cutting calories, adding endless hours of cardio, and popping weight loss supplements left and right. Your body adapts very quickly and if you use all your resources at one time, you won’t have anything to fall back on when you hit a stalling point.

Begin lowering calories slowly and adding cardio slowly. Keep harmony and balance. After a few weeks you can incorporate the supplement of your choice to help give the body a boost.

Not knowing where to begin – Not knowing where to begin is not uncommon. Many people don’t have a starting point or know how to create one. Establishing a starting point is crucial and can be a significant factor in your success.

A quality starting point should include your current body status (weight and body fat percentage). This will allow you to determine your caloric base and macro nutrient intake. In addition to your stats, you need to make a fitness plan to include resistance training and cardio to build lean muscle and decrease body fat.

Not following the fitness plan – Many create wonderful fitness programs, yet fail to follow it properly. This can be anything from not doing it at all or simply doing too much. Most of the time my focus is on those not following it, but in this case I want to tap on those who do follow it, but in excess.

If you create a plan of weight training four days a week for 45 to 60 minutes and cardio for four days a week for 30 minutes for the first week and cardio 40 minutes the second week, then do that. Don’t overstate your cardio before it’s time. More is not better. It’s how you implement it.

Improper nutrition – You can exercise until you are blue in the face and you won’t see desired results until your nutrition is in order. Many venturing onto a fitness program choose poor quality food rather than whole food that nourishes the body.

For continual success in your fitness endeavors, set short and long-term goals, pace yourself, create a fitness program and follow it as prescribed. Staying consistent on your program will ensure success.

 

Jump Rope Workout

When starting an exercise program, it’s important that you work your way into it. If you have been doing aerobic exercise for some time, you’ll be able to “jump” into a fitness jump rope workout easily. Once you’re comfortable with the motion, you can increase your speed and incorporate different jumps.

For those new to aerobic exercise or for those resuming an exercise program after some time off, it’s very important to take it slow as your body adjusts. In addition, because jump roping is a high impact exercise, meaning that both feet leave the ground simultaneously, there is a greater risk of injury.

Even if you were a star jump roper as a child, chances are you may need to practice jumping as an adult. Go easy on yourself as you become accustomed to the movement. Even basic jumping requires a high level of coordination.

As you become accustomed to the movement, you can increase the length of time you exercise, the speed at which you jump, and the types of moves you incorporate into your routine.

Warm Up

For both experienced and new exercisers, it is vital to warm up before beginning a fitness jump rope workout. Warming up slowly raises your heart rate gradually, allowing your muscles time to adjust to the increased workload placed on them.

A good warm up for jump roping could be walking briskly for a few minutes, stepping in place, light bouncing on one’s feet, and eventually slow jumping as you start your workout.

Once your muscles are warm and loose, consider stretching the primary muscles involved. This includes your legs, calves, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. Ease into jumping slowly.

Add Variety

As you become used to the movement and to exercise, your fitness jump rope workout will become easier. This is a signal that it is time to make some changes. Just as your mind needs variety to stay engaged, so too does your body. When an exercise program becomes too routine, your body adjusts and the workout is no longer as effective.

There are a number of ways that you can change a jump rope fitness workout to ensure that you continue to challenge yourself and improve your cardiovascular health.

One way is to learn new jumping styles. Crossing your arms in front, or spinning the rope to alternating sides of your body are just two ways you can mix up the style. Consult a jump-rope book for new techniques.

Alternately, see if there’s a jump rope club in your area. You can learn new techniques and meet people with similar interests, which is also a great motivator.

Vary your speed. As your cardiovascular health improves, you’ll be able to jump faster for longer periods. Keep in mind that this can also increase your chances of injury. One method to help offset this risk is to incorporate interval training.

With interval training, you alternate between easy, moderate, or difficult levels of jumping. You can do this by changing your speed from slower to faster. Interval training has shown to be very effective, and because you’re not going full-steam throughout the entire workout, your chances of injury are less.

 

Why Exercise On The Cardiovascular System is Important?

Doing exercise has more importance than just to lose weight; it also keeps your cardiovascular system healthy. The cardiovascular system consists of the veins, arteries, capillaries and the heart.

Exercise helps to improve your blood circulation because when you exercise the heart pumps the blood to the outer limbs for example the hands and feet. Exercise also helps to oxygenate your blood and so carry a good supply oxygen to your organs in your body.

It also helps strengthen your heart, because the heart is a muscle just like your triceps and biceps, although it never tires, and as you exercise the heart gets stronger. The fitter you are the less your heart has to work because your blood vessels will work better, as exercise will help the blood vessel linings to be more flexible.

The fitter you are the lower your blood pressure will be as a stronger heart can beat slower but still pump large volumes of blood around the body. On the other hand a weak heart needs to work harder to do the same work.

Your resting heart rate is also lower if you are fitter because the heart does not need to pump so often, it is found that athletes can have a very low resting heart rate.

One simple way to improve your cardiovascular system is by walking, although you do need to walk briskly because if you only walk slowly than there will be no benefit for you. Walking briskly just twenty minutes per day can help to achieve fitness and for an added benefit if you walk and tense your stomach muscles, it will help strengthen those muscles as well. It is quite a good idea to incorporate into your walk a hill or so, it does not have to be that steep to get the benefit, but it will get your heart pumping.

If you do not like the idea of walking than you could try some other form of exercise such as cycling, jump on a mini trampoline or swimming.

It does not really matter what you do as long as you do something, you need to get your heart pumping and the only way you can do that is to do some sort of exercise. Your body will be thankful that you have and your benefit will be that you have a stronger cardiovascular system.

 

Child’s Fitness and Exercise

One of the benefits of fitness and exercise, as any physician will tell you, it that fitness and exercise help control blood sugar. A diabetic who takes medication daily may find that less medication is needed with a regular fitness and exercise program. Many diabetics who stay with fitness and exercise programs find that they are able to quit the medication and get their diabetes under control in a totally natural way.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are also too high for many people in the western world. High triglycerides are linked to heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. A great natural way to reduce your level of triglycerides is to simply begin and stick with a fitness and exercise program, while eating a sensible diet. Triglycerides at too high a level are also linked to high blood sugar, and it is common for diabetics to have high triglyceride levels. Therefore, in this case fitness and exercise can take care of two potential health risks at the same time.

Contributory Factors

Being over weight has become a way of life for far too many people and there have been many investigations into what has caused it:

– Sedentary lifestyles.
– Working in front of computers.
– Watching too much television.
– Diets high in fat and carbohydrates.
– All shown to be contributory factors.

But whatever the root causes, taking part in fitness and exercise programme is a significant part of the cure for the problem. Engaging in physical activity, increasing the heart rate, and just getting active can help a person loose weight, control triglyceride levels and reduce the problems caused by diabetes.

Exercise and fitness cannot be ignored and must become an habitual part peoples lifestyles.

Parents should monitor and restrict time spent by children using computer games or watching television. They must encourage children to engage in fitness and exercise the way children in past generations have, playing games like baseball, basketball and jump rope. Leading by example and taking part themselves. It really does not matter if you are any good, it is more important to enjoy doing it and having that all important quality time with your kids. Doing it regular helps it become a habit and also maximises the benefits.

Children who learn the benefits of fitness and exercise at an early age are more likely to continue the habit into adulthood. They will lead healthier lifestyles and tend to live longer, healthier and obviously happier lives.