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Answer Is Fitness Offers Exercise Programs For Seniors Too

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Have you repeatedly heard exercise is important for older adults, but don’t know where to begin? Well look no further, Answer Is Fitness, is committed to everyone's health and exercise routine,  and we offer a beneficial program for seniors! Many older adults feel discouraged by fitness barriers, such as chronic health conditions or concerns about injury or falls. Or maybe you’ve never exercised before, do not you may not know where to begin, or have an ongoing health problem or disability.  Are any of these keeping you from becoming more active?

The truth is that you can’t afford not to get moving. Exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older. According to recent studies done in the United States exercising can help you manage the symptoms of illness and pain, maintain your independence, and even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. And not only is exercise good for your body its good for your mind, mood, and memory.

No matter your age or your current physical condition, you can benefit from exercise. Reaping the rewards of exercise doesn’t require strenuous workouts. It’s about adding more movement and activity to your life, even in small ways. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are many easy ways to get your body moving and improve your health. Check out our senior program for more details and get active!

Pilates Mat vs Reformer

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 30, 2010

Pilates is usually performed on a mat, sometimes called “mat work.” It’s convenient, inexpensive, and requires minimal space, so home exercisers should take advantage of the plethora of Pilates books and DVDs that are on the market. Several inexpensive accessories, such as balls, bands, rings and rollers, can help you advance your practice and get stronger and more sculpted from head to toe.

A Reformer is a resistance-based piece of equipment with a moving carriage that slides along a wooden or metal frame. Springs and ropes provide assistance and resistance and can be adjusted for your height and experience level. Exercises are performed lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing.

Working on the Reformer by yourself could be dangerous if you do not have the proper instruction, You’ll always have someone handy to help you with form and questions at Answer Is Fitness. However, if you want to do Pilates at home—mat or Reformer—it’s always good to take several classes with a certified instructor beforehand to familiarize yourself with the moves and the technique, which is very form specific.

Dancing Is A Fun Way To Lose Weight

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dancing is a fantastic form of exercise. Many forms of dance can cause weight loss. Answer Is Fitness offers a great Group Groove class to everyone that wants to dance away weight. Not only does it raise the heart rate through movement, dancing also tones and tightens the major muscle groups of the body. Dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle! Just a half hour session of sustained dancing can burn a lot of calories.

One of the best things you can do to lose weight is to find an exercise that you actually enjoy doing, because you won’t stick to an exercise routine that you don't really like. If you are serious about losing weight but don’t want to do boring routines, then our Group Groove program is right for you. We borrow moves from three styles of dance; club, urban, and Latin. Some of the dance styles are much more strenuous than others. But each one goes more into other types of dance. For example, we have a fast-paced trash jazz style that will have you waving goodbye to unwanted calories. And dancing to lose weight is one of the fun activities you can do either once a week or everyday! And no need to feel apprehensive about dancing, it’s a group exercise class so everyone will be going in the same direction.

Adding Weight-Resistance Training To Your Exercise Regimen Has Benefits

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There are many benefits a person can enjoy when performing weight-bearing exercises on a regular basis. The obvious benefits are stronger muscles and a toned body, but this type of exercise offers many other advantages as well.

Weight-bearing exercise also builds and strengthens a person’s bones. When a person does weight-bearing exercise, his muscles pull on his bones as he does them. This helps make the bones both stronger and more dense. Stronger bones mean less chance of injury and can even translate into a reduced risk of osteoporosis, which is a disease marked by brittle, weakened bones.

An individual hoping to achieve better health and stamina may find weight-bearing exercises helpful. Exercising with weights helps increase a person’s overall stamina. It may also help slow the aging process, especially if a person also does exercises that are good for the cardiovascular system, such as walking and running. Since those who do weight-bearing exercises regularly tend to have leaner bodies, they may also have a decreased risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and many other health problems that are associated with being overweight.

Many people do weight-bearing exercises in order to enjoy a toned physique. Working out in this manner can replace flabby, fatty parts of the body with toned muscle. It also helps build muscle strength, boost coordination, and improve a person’s overall balance. As a person build’s his muscles, he can count on not only a more defined look for muscular areas, but also less risk of accidental injury. Adding muscle mass works to make the joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments hardier and more capable of avoiding injury.

Attention Answer Is Fitness Yoga Students

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 16, 2010

Attention Answer Is Fitness Yoga Members!

Most people do not realize there are forms of yoga; beginners of yoga and veterans of yoga alike.The most popular one is yang yoga. However, there is another type of yoga that is essential to your yoga training. Yin Yoga, is based in concepts of Taoist Yoga. It emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. Yin yoga postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints, allowing us to maintain and restore joint flexibility. It is characterized by the relaxed practice of floor asanas for three to five minutes at a time.

Yoga now practiced in the West is yang an active practice that primarily focuses on movement and muscular contraction. Yang yoga provides enormous benefits for physical and emotional health. But it does not stretch the joints. If we don’t exercise our muscles, they will atrophy and weaken. Similarly, if we don’t stretch our connective tissues, joints, they will shorten and stiffen due to injuries, neglect, and aging.

If we want to maintain joint flexibility, we must exercise our joints, however they cannot be exercised like muscles. There is why Yin Yoga is so important. Yin Yoga is the ideal complement to more muscular or Yang forms of Yoga, helping yoga students get the greatest possible benefit from the practice of yoga. Strengthening and stretching connective tissues may be critical for long-term health, according to recent studies.


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