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Body Benefits From Martial Arts, Part 2

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Fast-paced classes might leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon, but they help develop your cardiovascular endurance. A healthy heart is just one of the things cardiovascular workouts improve. Increased blood flow helps clean your body of toxins quicker than a sluggish couch potato. Combinations of lightning fast punches and kicks will bring out the sweat and heavy breathing. Don’t be concerned about your speed at first. Concentrate on learning the movements themselves. Speed will come later with practice. Continue reading this entry »

Body Benefits From Martial Arts, Part 1

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Recent fitness crazes and concerns about health have prompted a new surge in martial arts like never before. Scores of people flock to the neighborhood dojo or training hall to take part in the excitement, adventure and exercises taught within. But what can you actually expect to gain from training in centuries-old martial-art styles? Continue reading this entry »

Gardening Is Great Exercise

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Springtime gardening can be a grueling task. But, it’s good to know that cleanup chores, planting and lawn care do burn calories. Studies show that an individual can expend just as much energy performing some gardening tasks as they would participating in some exercise routines. Which would you rather do? Continue reading this entry »

The Making Of A Sensei

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A black belt doesn’t automatically make the wearer a teacher. Technically speaking, a Sensei is a martial artist who has achieved a rank of 3rd Dan (third degree black belt) although the term is generally used towards any black belt who teaches. Continue reading this entry »

Your First Workout, Part 2

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I personally do not prefer full-body workouts for my 3-day/week trainees. It is quite difficult to work the entire body 3 times per week and also perform cardio 3-5 times per week without overtraining and getting burned out. I prefer a type of routine called a “split routine”. Continue reading this entry »

Your First Workout, Part 1

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You’re determined that this will be the year that you actually keep your New Year’s resolution. You are going to join a gym, and you are going to get in shape! Perfect! Only now you need to have a plan. What are you going to do once you get to the gym? Copy someone else? Hope for the best? Not this time! This time you are going in armed with an arsenal of knowledge. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite workouts for beginning trainees. Continue reading this entry »

Spinals Stretches

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Waist Twist Stretch: Sit straddling a flat or abdominal bench with one leg on each side of the bench. Sit upright with shoulders perpendicular to the bench. Turn the shoulders clock-wise, while maintaining upright posture. Continue reading this entry »

Buying Home Exercise Equipment, Part 2

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Choose a treadmill with proper cushioning on its platform.
Look for monitors that display time, speed, distance and calories burned. Continue reading this entry »

Buying Home Exercise Equipment, Part 1

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It seems like everyone has an exercise apparatus of some sort in his or her home. It might have been bought on a whim. Or it might have been bought with a real commitment to fitness. It may be a cheap gimmick. Or it may be state-of-the-art. Maybe it gets used. Maybe it gets ignored. Continue reading this entry »

Leigh’s Journal: Week 6. Part 3

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I am so glad that others are commenting on your progress. It is noticeable by five weeks. I hope other dieters just starting out understand that it does take some time and patience to reap the benefits of a healthier eating and exercise. Be consistent and the rewards will come. You’ve got your groove! Continue reading this entry »

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