Exercise and Fitness

Vigorous Exercise Suppresses Appetite

A healthy, low-calorie diet is the quickest way to jumpstart a weight loss program, but exercise can actually increase the success of your diet by helping you eat less. That’s according to several studies which found exercise has the effect of suppressing your appetite. So, exercising can actually make it easier to follow a low-calorie diet. Read More…

If I Lose Weight Will My Double Chin Go Away?

The dreaded double chin goes hand in hand with being overweight. Losing weight is the best, all-natural way to eliminate the excess fat that has accumulated in your chin and neck area. It’s important to know exactly how your body burns fat. Your body burns fat for energy by using stored fat from the most concentrated parts of your body first, according to sports and fitness coach Brian Mackenzie of UK Athletics. So, while you can’t specifically target fat loss from your chin area, it is possible to reduce the appearance of a double chin over time as you burn through your body’s fat storage. Read More…

What are the Best Bearings for Inline Skates?

Piggybacking off my previous post, K2 vs. Rollerblade Inline Skate Comparison, I thought I’d quickly explain the importance of inline skate bearings. Bearings are the heart of your skate wheel assembly; they allow your wheel to spin. Each bearing is packed with tiny steel or ceramic balls that spin along a smooth steel path for a fast and smooth motion. There are two main types of bearings, so make sure you know which kind your skate wheel uses — 608 standard bearings and 688 micro bearings. The 608 bearings are far more common — the outside diameter of these bearings is 22 mm. Micro bearings are smaller in diameter. Read More…

Comparison of Rollerblade and K2 Inline Skates

Rollerblade and K2 are two of the largest inline skate manufacturers in the world with each producing a wide variety of skate types, including recreational, fitness, aggressive and speed skates. These two companies offer competitively priced skates via their online stores and most major online and retail skate shops worldwide. As spring approaches, inline skating can provide an outstanding workout that is both fun and provides an aerobic benefit as well as tones your legs and butt. Read More…

How to Choose the Right Treadmill Workout for You

(Guest post from Aaron O’Conner of Treadmill Reviews.net)

With a new year always comes the promise of a fresh start, and for many, renewed resolution to start exercising and get in shape. By now you’ve read all the treadmill reviews, selected a suitable machine and have a brand new shiny treadmill raring and ready. Alternatively, you’ve hauled your neglected old treadmill out from its garage exile, dusted it off, made sure it works and are ready to make up for all that time it spent in mothballs. However, one critical step remains before you can really make good on that new year’s resolution. You need to figure out the treadmill workout that best fits your exercise goals, needs and schedule. Read More…

19 Easy Ways to Burn 500+ Calories per Day without Exercise

“I don’t have time to exercise”…Yeah, we’ve all said it. The fact is that there are opportunities to burn extra calories throughout the day without having to spend 60 minutes or more at the gym. I’ve compiled some tips that can help you burn 500 or more calories per day by making minor adjustments to your daily routine. Think about it; burning an extra 500 calories-a-day is equivalent to burning 1 lb. of body fat per week! That’s over 50 lbs. per year without adding any intense exercise! Hopefully you’ll find some of these tips useful, and if you have any of your own to add, simply post it in the “comments” section below – we love great tips from our readers! Read More…

Muscle Confusion Explained

A hot topic in the health community lately has been the topic of “muscle confusion”. This is by no means a new strategy for maximizing your results in the gym, but for one reason or another, it has become an increasingly popular way to workout as we enter 2011. I’d like to quickly explain the idea behind muscle confusion, so you get a better understanding of how it works and whether it’s an approach that you should be taking at the gym. I have also posted a couple of sample workouts you can use to promote muscle confusion into your workout regimen. If your muscles are already confused due to lack of working out, you may want to work on that first 😉 Read More…

Football Workouts That Are Easy to Do at Home

As a football player, your goal is to build strength, speed and quickness. You can do all of these things using training methods that can be done from home. It’s best to use these workouts in the offseason to avoid over-training. All you need to get started is a football, comfortable running shoes and preferably a cardio machine and weight bench with weights. Be sure to stretch before each workout, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Ultimate Weight Loss Workout

People are always searching for the next “great” thing when it comes to weight loss. The fact is there are many diet and weight loss gimmicks out there that may help you lose some weight initially but provide little in the way of long term weight loss. A training regimen that has been around for quite some time is called high intensity interval training, or simply HIIT. This type of training offers many benefits and advantages over other types of exercise programs, and best of all, people of all fitness levels can give it a try. HIIT can help you slim down fast, and it takes very little time out of your busy day. Read More…

Lift Weights to Lose Weight

Do you lift weights on a regular basis? Most people do not, and that’s a mistake, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations. The CDC suggests that you should be lifting weights, or performing any type of resistance training, at least two times per week. There are several health benefits that weight lifting offers, and one of these is weight loss. It’s actually one of the most effective weight loss strategies out there. Read More…

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