Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Running Form Tips

So if you are not an expert runner, there are going to be some keys you need to know before you start running your little butt off. Why is a correct running form important? Why can't you just run your little heart out? Well, there are a few big reasons why and if you read on those questions will be answered.

The reason it is important to have correct running form is because you can save yourself a lot of uncomfortable pain. Your body will ache regardless if you run correctly or not, but soreness is not the same as pain. Running correctly will save you from pain, pain in your shoulders, back, and legs. Another reason why correct running form is important is because you will want to maximize your results. Yes, if you running correctly you can actually hurt your chances of getting the most out of your workout.

Here are 3 tips to run correctly:

Keep your head up! Keeping your head up will cause the rest of your body to fall into line; it will align your torso, which will keep you from slouching over and experiencing back pains. Always look ahead, look to the horizon.

Keep your shoulders loose! You do not want tense shoulders. You will find after running for a little while that your shoulders will naturally want to rise up to your ears, do not let them do that, whenever you feel some tension in your shoulders, shake them loose.

Get the right shoes! People have different size arches, and guess what? Shoe companies make shoes that are specifically designed to fit your type of foot. The right shoe will help align your lower body and prevent you from over pronating.

Have fun running.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Want to build lean muscle mass?

No matter what anybody or any infomercial tells you, you cannot specifically target a part of your body you want to lose weight in. So when you hear about the next greatest abs miracle device, do not fall for the trap. They are trying to sell a product and they are good at doing it. Instead, you want to build lean muscle mass.

Do not worry about this term "lean muscle mass," it is a good thing. The quickest way to burn fat is to build muscle, but most people are afraid to build muscle, because they are afraid of looking like a bodybuilder. That is why lean muscle mass is so important. Lean muscle mass will help you develop a nice toned body, even for the ladies.

So how do you build that muscle? This might come as a shocker to you, but it is actually very easy. You do not need a gym membership or an expensive piece of equipment. All you need is your body! That is right you can build lean muscle mass by just using the weight of your own body. That means you can build lean muscle by doing push-ups, chin ups, squats, and lunges. Any workout you can find that uses your own body as resistance, is a great way to that nice toned muscle.

It will help speed up your metabolism, and if you eat the right type of foods, then you can really see some great results. For that nice toned body, try to find some body resistant exercises to do in your own home.

Monday, December 14, 2009

How To Manage Your Weight During The Holidays

So it is that time of the year again, when all the delicious food presents itself in so many different ways. There is Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then New Years, plus there are all the parties and family get-togethers for each holiday. It is known as a time where people trip up on their workout routines, and their diets. It is time to regain some self-control during these holiday seasons.

It is said that most people pack on anywhere between 4 to 8 pounds during the holiday seasons, and for someone who has worked all year to get those pounds off, 4 to 8 pounds of weight gain is not an option. Before I give you some holiday eating tips, you must change your thought pattern from losing weight, to weight management. The goal is to enjoy the holidays, but not put on any weight. So here are some tips to help you manage your weight during the holiday season.

Workout Routine - If you already have a workout routine that is great, keep on working out! If you do not have a workout routine, you will definitely want to start one up. This will keep your metabolism running and fight off those extra calories.

Eat slowly - It is not a race, the turkey is not going anywhere, it is already dead. Eating slowly will help your body tell your mind that it is full. This will help you avoid the second serving and the third serving.

Eat before parties - Parties are full of goodies and snacks, eat a good and balanced meal before going to the party to help you avoid your cravings.

These three simple tips will help you manage your weight during these hard times.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Improve your performance with Plyometrics

So what is Plyometric training? How can it improve your workouts? First you need to know that Plyometrics is not a new idea, plyometrics has been used ever since the early 1970's. So you do not need to worry about if plyometrics has been tried and tested, because it has. Plyometrics does work, and it can provide you with some great exercises and variety to your workout routine. Plyometrics is also known as "jump training." Why do you need jump training? Well, maybe you don't! But if you are involved with any type of sport, then plyometrics is something you will definitely want to look at.

Plyometrics not only helps for jump training, it also helps with quickness and foot speed. That is something every athlete wants and needs. In basketball you need quick feet, in football you need quick feet, even in baseball. If you play volleyball, plyometrics will help you jump higher and stronger.

Plyometrics trains your muscles to react quickly, and also teaches the nervous to relay the message to your muscles quickly too. It will definitely give you the edge you need to beat the opposing force. Even if you are not training for any sport, plyometrics can give a much-needed variety to your weekly workout routine. Many times workouts can get boring and repiticous, if you add plyometric training to your workout routines, it can help add an element of fun to your exercises. The workouts are difficult but are fun too, you will be doing workouts that world class athletes do, and who doesn't want to do those?