Water Aerobics

Swimming is fun, and getting into the water can be refreshing. What more if one exercises while doing it – wading in the water. That wouldn’t seem like working out at all and simply just having a great time, right? That’s how it can be with water aerobics. This form of aerobic exercise is becoming quite more popular. What’s more, it is low impact, so one need not take it hard when exercising. There are many reasons why one can enjoy water aerobics. For one thing, it can be an efficient way of working out. For those who have had an injury and want to get in shape without too much strain, then water aerobics can be the answer.

And even for people who are simply out of shape and are tired of traditional exercises, water aerobics would be the perfect choice. Aqua aerobics is quite easy and simple to do. Even if one doesn’t know how to swim, such an exercise is ideal for shedding off pounds. To get the best out of it, one can seek the aid of a guide or instructor. No need to go for heavy and bulky equipments for working out. It’s a fun, fast and easy way to burn calories with water aerobics. Many people have become fond of this form of exercise.

Famous people and celebrities, doctors and even ordinary people – they have found an engaging means to get in shape and remain in shape. This form of aerobic workout can work for a lot of people. Kids and the elderly, teens and adults, they can have fun and fitness benefits with it. What’s fun with this physical activity is that it doesn’t feel like working out. It’s just actually so much fun. It would also be helpful for many conditions as well such as multiple sclerosis, backaches and back spasms, arthritis, those for cardiac patients and with tissue injuries, and yes, those suffering from obesity.

One can have their muscle tone increased and their flexibility will be boosted. For those who are interested in aqua exercises, it’s best that they seek out an instructor. It’s fun doing it in groups. Furthermore, a doctor’s advice is to be sought to determine whether one is in condition for such an exercise. And when the doctor permits, one can then be off for an exciting way to lose weight. They would become fit, and toned at that, and not to mention healthy. Their respiratory and circulatory functioning would be boosted and that’s fitness inside and out. And one more thing, they’d feel great, too.

This owing to the emotional and mental effects of aerobic activity. Aerobic activities are one of the best forms of workouts for health and fitness. Such activities are ideal when one wants to boost overall health and well-being. No doubt, physical activity is essential for most people, and it should be inherent to one’s daily routine. Therefore a person’s regular physical activity should be that which they like most, where their liking and even passion is. That way, being fit and healthy is not so much of a task nor something heavy to do. One may well find their enjoyment and pleasure in aqua exercises.

Stay Young Through Exercise

Exercise is a powerful tool against the physical effects of aging and it’s never too late to start. Being a senior citizen is no reason to avoid exercise, says University of Illinois professor of kinesiology Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko. In fact, any physical activity, like walking even if walking canes must be used, will benefit health.

It’s important to “choose an activity that you will do,” whatever that is, the professor said. “It really matters less exactly what you do than it matters to avoid being completely sedentary.”

A 1996 report from the U.S. Surgeon General indicates only about 15 percent of adults over 65 get a recommended level of physical activity and as many as one-third get no exercise at all, Chodzko-Zajko noted in an article he wrote for the journal Quest.

Chodzko-Zajko suggests that some people might benefit from strategies such as keeping a diary of all their physical activity, including even things like short walks to the store with their walking canes, doing housework or working in the garden. Seeing the diary with their activities written down may help motivate people to exercise because they will want to avoid days in which they have nothing to write.

Another trick to encourage increased walking that he likes is getting a dog. The dog will insist on going out for a walk even if the owner might not be in the mood.

“Part of the problem may be that we’ve adopted a medical model of exercise, where exercise is sort of a bitter pill, and you get a prescription and you’re expected to stick to it,” Chodzko-Zajko said. “But the bottom line is it takes time to change behavior, and I personally feel the broader you can define your activity program, the less likely you are to become demoralized.”

Even seated exercise is beneficial

People who need mobility chairs can still benefit from exercise, although they may have to do it in a seated position. Many of those using mobility chairs have the use of their limbs, but use the chairs because they tire easily. Walking may not be a good exercise choice in this case.

Instead, they can try doing leg lifts in a seated position. Start by lifting only one leg at a time to a horizontal position and then put the leg back to vertical. Do this 10 times with each leg to start, working up to three sets of 15 leg lifts per leg. Once this has become easy, lift both legs at the same time, again starting with 10 lifts and working up to three sets of 15 leg lifts. To increase the work load on the leg muscles, ankle weights can be added. Start with one pound per leg and start over at the lowest number of lifts.

Exercising the upper body is also important. This can also be done from a seated position. Do a variety of arm exercises. Start with one pound weights at 10 repetitions per exercise. If you don’t own any weights, a can of peas from the kitchen is a good substitute. Many web sites and exercise tapes demonstrate exercises for the upper body that can be done while seated.

How To Get Perfect Abs ? Athletes Style

Every four years the people of the entire planet take part in summer Olympics. Some compete there and some are there with the heart and soul. I must admit I am a fan of this huge event and my favorite part of the Olympics is the athletics competition. I am always amazed of how good the athletes look and how shaped up their abs are.

Some of them have great genetics but all of them have worked hard to sculpt those six pack abs. Only by hard work and exercise you can achieve those beautiful muscles. And since it is clear that they hold the key to having a great body, why doesn?t anyone follow their advices and lifestyle? The fitness community tends to overlook this important fact. But do not get me wrong. I do not mean that we should wake up at 5 in the morning and do back flips. What we can do is investigate their lifestyle and how they train. We should see what exercises they do and how they eat.

I have noticed that the athletes are not doing ordinary ab workouts. In my visits at some Olympic training facilities I have seen how athletes do ab exercises every day.
They are particularly fond of these two exercises:

The Hanging Leg Raise ? Get an overhand grip on the chin up bar. Then you have to raise the legs up until they almost touch the chin up bar. Return until the knees, hips and waist is extended. Repeat the number of reps.

The V-Sit Up ? Lie with the hands over the head and, at the same time, raise the legs up and also the torso. Reach towards the raised feet with the hands and then return to the straight position.

Besides these two types of exercises, the gymnasts also work their abs by doing some full body movements. You can do these movements at home and perform full body movements that train the abs. You will need a fancy seat, a chest/back support or a bench.
Here are 3 types of exercises that can be easily done at home and they will help you train the abs:

1. Do suspended push ups. Lie on your back on the bench and let the abs just ?go to sleep?. You will work the shoulders, the chest, and also the triceps.

2. Ditch the pull down for some chin ups. If you do chin ups your abs will be working full time to perform the movements. It is a great movement.

3. Ditch the leg press for some tuck jumps. Leg press exercises are putting the abs to sleep because of the bench support. But that is not all. And because the sled is on guiding rods you are only allowed to move linearly and no stabilization or support is required from your abs. Also, you should now that the tuck jumps, are providing a great workout for the abs. All this in one single exercise! This is the big advantage of these full body exercises. They are helping you ?kill two birds with one stone? because they are very efficient.

So go on and make these changes in your workout routine and enjoy the results. Your goal of getting those perfect six pack abs is closer than you think.

Tai Chi For Seniors:

Tai Chi is a ancient meditative form of exercise and is recognized by its slow captivating Chi is practiced by millions of people around the world to improve and maintain their Chi helps people of all ages meet the day to day challenges with energy while remaining calm and relaxed.

Stress being one of the biggest causes to health related issues it only makes since to take a look at the many benefits that are directly related to Tai delight of Tai Chi is that anyone can practice it,any time anywhere and in almost any state of health.There is no age limit.

Here are some of the many reasons and benefits of practicing Tai Chi.
? improve health
? reduce stress levels
? increase your energy
? improve heart and lung function
? strengthen bones,muscles,and joints
? increase flexibility
? prevent age related ill health

One of the main benefits to the elderly is that it improves balance and strength, preventing injury from falls. Many seniors begin Tai Chi as their primary focus to help aid in their recovery after an injury or ill health.

I hope this helps you to undertake a safe, health-improving exercise program.
These ancient Chinese exercises are fun and low impact and help to alleviate the pains of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other “senior” diseases.

Tai Chi for Enlightenment .
The form is so magical that almost anyone who does it – including rank beginners here in the West – has profound feelings of deep soul centering and expanded awareness.These can best be described as enlightenment experiences. More incredible, it doesn’t go away, but gets better with practice. Repeat practice of the form deepens the blissful sense of peace, the feeling of returning to your true inner self. Seniors are also at a time in their life when they seek completion, and this form helps to achieve a sense of internal completion. . Both the sick and weak as well as healthy and strong benefit from it.

This form is amazingly easy to learn. It is so simple to practice you literally don’t even have to think. This “not thinking” state is also one of the pre-requisites to allowing your own Enlightenment process to naturally unfold!

At some point, each of us arrives at the realization that we are ageing. The conventional view of ageing has been that these changes are a downhill slide that includes loss of reproductive functions, a decline in cardiac capacity and a loss of muscle and bone strength. New research however, is challenging every belief that we have held about ageing. Many researchers believe that most of what we attribute to ageing results from disuse or misuse of the body and mind.

3 rules that will help

Never hurry through life. Always keep a quiet heart (Mind)
Avoid extreme outbursts of emotions – it drains energy from the body and disrupts the function of our organs
Practice daily breathing and exercises (Tai Chi)