Turn Up the Incline
One great way to get a better workout in half the time with a cardio machine is to increase the incline. This is usually a feature available on treadmills. It will really get your body moving and your heart pumping. The incline is the level of the platform when walking on the treadmill. It is similar to the difference between walking on flat ground or walking up a hill. If your entire workout was up a steep hill, you would definitely feel the burn.
Cardio machines like rowing machines, treadmills, and ellipticals all allow you to go faster if you want to. With a treadmill, you program the speed, so this lets you track exactly how fast you are going. With an elliptical machine, you can change the resistance. You want to move your body faster in order to get the machine to go faster. The same is true with a rowing machine or an electric bike. Try to go faster as you progress more into your workout routine and you will get an excellent workout even in a short period of time.
You can also try wearing weights on your body, or carrying something while walking on a treadmill. You do have to be careful when you are trying out this method, so weighted clothes or shoes is usually a better option. However, when you are in a pinch, you can try carrying something heavy that won’t hurt your hands when you are on the treadmill. Adding weight to your body requires your body to work harder. The result is that blood is pumping and you are burning more calories in a shorter workout.
Eating healthy is a required part of things, but you cannot rely on it alone. This a misconception that people want to believe – just so that they can have someone (or something) to blame when it does not work out for them.
The fact of the matter is that the gym IS NOT required. You have to think about things from a different perspective. It should only take a 25-minute workout per day to reach your desired goals, within a set period. If you can find the will within yourself to take 25 minutes per day and workout, then weight loss can happen for you.
There are no written laws that say that if it takes you three years to lose 100 pounds, then you have failed. Doesn’t that sound stupid? Who cares? If you do not lose 80 pounds in your first three months, the world is not coming to an end.
That is what the media and marketing corporations want you to believe so that you can go back and forth in a cycle – to start a new plan, then stop. Then start again, then stop. Etc. They only get richer from all of that stuff.
Ignore the media, and the 1 trillion weight loss products out there. Lose weight at your pace, and exercise. You will just have to buckle down and work longer to achieve your weight loss goal. Find a partner that you can work out with together. Alternatively, if possible, get yourself a personal trainer down at the fitness center near you.
Having a workout buddy is a good way to stay focused and motivated until you reach your desired size. Also, you have to trust in yourself and believe that you can achieve your weight loss goal. Just remember, it is up to you; no one else will sincerely care.
Zumba workout leaves you energized for the whole day. Once you get used to it, it becomes a routine and one gets used to the music and exercise form. It acts like a mood alleviator. The body movements inspired by latin dance forms integrate music and exercise such that it doesn’t feel like a workout. It also has meditative qualities associated with the dance cum exercise form. Started in 1990s by Colombian fitness instructor Beto Perez it has spread like a wild fire across the globe. Zumba the word actually means nothing but it has become a catch phrase.
The workout typically lasts for about 30 to 45 minutes, in which you alternate your body to slow and fast paced rhythms such that it burns your calories up and tones up your body. This form of exercise is more upbeat approach towards working out. Various level of zumba has been designed keeping in mind the adults, kids, and the youth. The workout is such that it uses your body’s own resistance to tone and sculpt the muscles.
Traditional work out methods for building strength are more rigid in nature; however they have evolved into more new concepts like zumba which add more flexibility to the body while maintaining the strength. Zumba with toning sticks is a one up level after you complete the initial level. Toning sticks are 2.5 pounds in weight which are used while zumba workout. These toning sticks help you buy more weight resistance to your workout along with your body weight resistance.
“The focus of zumba classes is on all aspects of fitness like cardio-vascular, balance, flexibility, muscular conditioning and coordination. Designed for older adults & kids the zumba classes develop key elements such as leadership, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, cultural awareness & respect” zumba.com.
1. Never Stretch Cold. The first thing you need to know is stretching cold is a “big no-no.” When you stretch cold, the muscles are tight and tense and more likely to suffer from a tear or sprain. Stretch cold, and you may do more harm than good.
A light warm-up of at least five minutes is a wise idea to help get your body prepared for stretching. Often it is ideal to do this right after your workout is completed.
If you are stretching on a non-workout day, a light warm-up beforehand can help get your body prepared.
2. Ease Into The Stretch. Next, make sure you ease into your stretch. As you go about your stretching routine, do not rush in jerking your muscle into position. Jerking the muscle will only increase your risk factor of an injury.
Go slow. Breathe as you lower yourself down and pause when it becomes uncomfortable. Take another deep breath in, pause again and then move lower into the stretch. Repeat this process until you cannot extend any longer.
3. Go For Multiple Rounds. Another tip to help you get more out of your stretching routine is to ensure you are going for multiple rounds of stretching. It is not wise to just stretch once and be done with it. Usually, on your second time, you can extend further so this is where you will make the most progress.
Try performing each stretch for two or even three repetitions for optimal success.
4. Stretch Every Day. Consider stretching every day if you can. The fact is stretching is something needing to be done on an ongoing rate if you are going to see the results you are looking for. Skip a few days here and there, and your muscles will tighten up, and you will notice you are not making progress.