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Wheels for Weight Loss: Bikes, Skateboards and Rollerblades

Weight loss should not be a chore. In fact, as personal trainers will tell you, exercise activities should be fun.  And your healthy lifestyle should not end the second you leave a fitness camp.  You can and should continue to incorporate the fitness activities you learned at camp into your work and daily life.

Consider, for instance, the morning and evening commute to the office or your weekend trips to the mall. Driving a car or taking a cab, train or a bus leaves most of your muscles idle from one car seat to the next. They also require you to spend gas money or to pay fares. Your carbon footprint does not get reduced either.

Short trips within the city can be more fun, more fit, more economical and more environmentally friendly by biking, skateboarding or rollerblading. The price of these rides is very minimal compared to the price of a car. They also do not require constant refills of gas or electricity. Remember to check the quality of your equipment before buying, though. Test how they handle your weight as they will be carrying you every day.

These three ways of getting around town are good cardio workouts. The speed and adrenaline that your legs and arms create gets your blood pumping and increases your heart rate to healthy levels.

To add to this, these holistic exercises require your body to work for balance and to resist gravity. This strengthens your bones.

In terms of sweating off the fat, an hour on a bike, skateboard or rollerblades will make you burn almost 300 calories. And this is at a light pace on smooth terrain without the tricks. Imagine how many calories you can burn off as you go faster at 12 miles per hour on terrains like unpaved roads. (You can use an odometer to measure your speed and distance. Imagine the muscle strength you will develop as you try tricks like pirouettes.

In as short as a week, you will notice that you can do activities longer without feeling short of breath. In a month, your hips, thighs and buttocks will become more toned. The fact that you have to keep your head up and your eyes forward while you bike, skateboard or rollerblade will also force your body into a straight posture. Such a posture while working out will tone your back and torso. You can also add arm and wrist movements to even out the strain, especially when on rollerblades or a skateboard.

Remember to practice safety also. Wear a helmet and knee pads. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that let you move and stretch. (You can carry your work clothes in a backpack.) Wear gloves to protect your hands from friction when you bike. Know the traffic laws in your city and keep yourself in bike lanes, white lines or sidewalks. Bring a bottle of water. Warm up by riding at a light pace for the first 10 minutes, and you’re off.


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Fitness Equipment: When to Workout

Getting up in the morning and doing your workout routine is your best bet on getting into a habit with your workouts. Once you can get into a habit of working out it makes it almost easy to lose weight and get in shape. Most people quit their workouts after a few weeks. Most don’t make it past the first month of workouts. The results have shown that if you can workout on a normal workout routine for three months than you will continue working out after that. I think its because you have made it into a habit and you also have done it long enough to feel the effects of your workouts and know how much better you feel now. By three months have past you are either in shape by now or you are pretty close to reaching your weight loss goals.

Fitness equipment can play a big part of reaching your weight loss goals. There are plenty of fitness equipment machines to help you, the total gym is a great machine that I use three times a week for fifteen minutes and it really helps me to workout those areas that I can’t really workout on my own with. The pull up bar is another machine that I really like. If you get one get one for your home. You can hang it right above a door frame in your house. I have one in my hallway and I make sure whenever I walk past I do a couple of reps on it. If you can do that than pretty soon you are going to be strong in your upper body. There are more machines like these that can help you, you should look at these first and if you don’t like them than try to find something different. You don’t necessarily need fitness equipment for your lower body. I would just run or bike to get all the cardio you need.

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Pro

Boxing has continued to be one of the biggest and most popular sports in the world, drawing in millions of spectators from all around the world. Sumerian carvings from as early as the third millennium (BC) have depicted bare – knuckled brawlers fighting it out in front of a crowd of spectators, showing that the premise of boxing appeals to a deep seeded primal urge to physically compete with others. It’s fair to say we have come a long way since bare knuckle Sumerian fist fights, those who prefer to drunkenly punch it out in the street will inevitably find themselves looking for criminal defence solicitors, but the sport of boxing is very much alive and more popular than ever! With boxing classes and gyms becoming more and more popular in recent years, many are flooding to the classes to learn fitness techniques, self-defence and discipline; others go to test their physical aptitude and pursue a career in professional boxing.

Those who seek to take boxing seriously and compete professionally will have to endure countless hours of exercise and training, and may still never quite make it to the level they were hoping for. So, with a few helpful hints and tips, you can learn how to improve your performance in the ring and have the edge on your competitor.

In the Ring, In the Zone

It is said that boxing is 70% mental and 30% physical; waking up every day to run and train takes commitment and dedication. Train yourself to be strong minded and after a few weeks your workout regime will become a part of your life. Becoming strong willed is not something that can happen overnight, you must have confidence in your physical condition and capability to compete in the ring. Taking confidence into the ring with you can help put you on the offensive, instead of spending an entire bout on your back foot.

Punch Counts and Combinations

When working on your boxing technique, be sure to work on your combination punches. Never get into the habit of throwing one or two punches; the more combinations you use the better chance you have of landing a punch and scoring points. spa as often as possible and perfect your fighting technique, alternate between a heavy spa to push your body’s physical limitations, and a light spa used as a learning tool to fine tune your movements and combination punches.

Reach Your Physical Peak

The most obvious advantage you can have over your opponent is a physical advantage. Make sure you incorporate a variety of workouts into your regime to work on your strength, agility and conditioning. Use the heavy bags and speed bags, these help to improve the power of your punches and the speed at which you can throw them.  Jump ropes are one of the best and cheapest exercise methods available, it helps to improve flexibility, agility, speed and increase your exhaustion thresh hold.

So there we are, some simple rules that (if followed religiously) can help you to dramatically improve your physical and mental condition and ultimately, your in-ring performance.


This article was written on behalf of Gray & Co by Daniel Travis – Brown. Follow him on twitter @DanTravisBrown