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Group Exercise is fun

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Starting an exercise regiment by yourself can be tough, especially sticking to it after working out for about a month. But, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the most important trends in fitness for 2010 is Group Exercise. And here at Answer Is Fitness we offer a GREAT Group Exercise program. Exercise groups have many different forms but whatever the form, group exercise is becoming increasingly popular, as it provides class members with scheduled, supervised workouts. This scheduling of exercise forces individuals to make a time commitment to fitness, and the supervision of a group class enables even novice athletes to exercise safely, with proper technique. The group encourages exercisers to involve family members, friends, and even pets, as "dogs need exercise too."

Here are some benefits to group exercise over individual exercise:

Social benefits – Most people spend their early years socializing in groups. This includes games and fitness activities. In later years, most individuals are too busy to socialize regularly. Group exercise can mitigate this problem, by allowing scheduled group activity time. Group exercise has the added benefit of preventing boredom with exercise, by adding an element of camaraderie to the chosen activity.

Increased safety – Working out in a class, with an instructor, can help insure that all participants are using proper exercise technique. Proper technique is important to maximize the benefit of exercise, while minimizing the risk of injury.

Accountability – Those who exercise in groups are more likely to stick to their workout programs. Making an appointment to exercise with others increases the likelihood that the individual will show up to exercise. There is no penalty for a missed workout for those who exercise alone. Those who exercise with a group risk angering workout partners if sessions are missed. This provides some extra motivation to stick with the program.

Exercise Helps Posture

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, July 03, 2010

In this modern age, a lot of our time is spent sitting down, more than our grandparents use to do. Our posture has grown weaker and weaker, but regular exercise can prevent the lost of posture and make you feel healthy and happy. Exercising is a daily routine, and joining Answer Is Fitness can help you with your regiment and daily routine. Anyone can do a workout at home with exercise bands, but if you're just starting out, it's good to have personal training help nearby when you can't figure something out. Exercising the right way is crucial to long-term success of improving your posture.

Practice makes perfect right? Well in this case it makes permanent. If you have ever had an injury anytime in your life, your body motion probably is not ideally balanced. So, if you can learn to feel a more normal, balanced, controlled motion with a daily posture stretch, you can carry that feeling into other athletic endeavors. Posture is for everyone, from people who just want to stand up straight, down the athletes; posture exercise helps athletes restore balance, ensuring optimal sports performance.

Everyone's body has a basic need to move. Exercise strengthens muscles, while inactivity weakens them. Joint problems in the body and stiffness usually mean that joints are not being moved in a full, normal range of motion that they are designed for. This limited movement results in the muscles that normally move the joints to become weaker. There's an old saying, "If you don't use it, you'll lose it." And half of the body is muscle, bone, and joint, and its purpose is to move. If you don't keep your body moving, you will gradually lose the ability to move well.

Weight Loss Benefits of Vegetables

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Weight Loss - Vegetables are low in fat and calories, a good source of dietary fiber and provide us with extra energy. All these features help control weight effectively. Being low in calories  enables us to eat lots of vegetables without consuming excess energy, the high fiber content also helps fill the stomach faster limiting the total amount of food consumed. The presence of many vitamins and other chemicals in vegetables supply the body with nutrients necessary to boost energy production within the muscle cells. This give us a natural feeling of vitality and the energy to become more active helping to burn more energy each day.

Vegetables are also low in sodium so they help reduce water gains. Sodium is present in virtually all processed foods, it causes the body to hold water within the interstitial areas of the body. It has been estimated that many average people may be holding up to 5 pounds of additional water caused from a high intake of sodium. Any reduction in sodium intake will help lose water weight and if we eat more vegetables our sodium intake naturally lowers.

Fruits and Vegetables are a must

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 28, 2010

It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits: Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and probably some cancers; lower risk of eye  and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep appetite in check.  

Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don't count. Go for a variety of kinds and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Best bets? Dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that's a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Things that Affect Fluid Loss in Athletes

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 24, 2010

High altitude - Exercising at altitude increases your fluid losses and therefore increases you fluid needs.
Temperature - Exercising in the heat increases you fluid losses through sweating and exercise in the cold can impair you ability to recognize fluid losses and increase fluid lost through respiration. In both cases it is important to hydrate.
Sweating - Some athletes sweat more than others. If you sweat a lot you are at greater risk for dehydration. Again, weigh yourself before and after exercise to judge sweat loss.
Exercise Duration and Intensity - Exercising for hours (endurance sports) means you need to drink more and more frequently to avoid dehydration.

To find the correct balance of fluids for exercise, the American College Of Sports Medicine suggests that "individuals should develop customized fluid replacement programs that prevent excessive (greater than 2 percent body weight reductions from baseline body weight) dehydration. The routine measurement of pre- and post-exercise body weights is useful for determining sweat rates and customized fluid replacement programs. Consumption of beverages containing electrolytes and carbohydrates can help sustain fluid-electrolyte balance and exercise performance."

According to the Institute of Medicine the need for carbohydrate and electrolytes replacement during exercise depends on exercise intensity, duration, weather and individual differences in sweat rates. [They write, "fluid replacement beverages might contain ~20–30 meqILj1 sodium (chloride as the anion), ~2–5 meqILj1 potassium and ~5–10% carbohydrate."] Sodium and potassium are to help replace sweat electrolyte losses, and sodium also helps to stimulate thirst. Carbohydrate provides energy for exercise over 60-90 minutes. This can also be provided through energy gels, bars, and other foods.


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