Sore No More

Sore No More

So you decide to take a break from walking on the treadmill and try the new aerobic dance class at your gym. During the class you notice you’re using different muscles from those you usually use. But you feel fine—as if you could dance all day. The next morning you’re so sore you can barely get out of bed.  

Sound familiar? Doing workouts that your body is not used to can result in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). But a little planning before your next workout can help keep muscle soreness at bay. Try some of these tips before your next exercise adventure:

  • Warm up before you start. Move around to get your blood going. Try brisk walking, marching in place, or some slow, gentle lunges or squats.
  • Mix up your activity. Swim one day; do yoga the next. Using different parts of your body in different ways can keep all parts of your body in good condition—and may also help lower your risk of injury.
  • Pace yourself. If an activity uses movements or body parts you don’t usually use, go easy in the beginning. Take some time to work up to the new workout.
  • Give it a rest. Make 1 day a week your regular day off. And give yourself 24 – 48 hours to recover after any especially intense exercise.
  • Cool down when you’re done: Walk or jog slowly. Do some stretches. Let your heart rate slow down.
  • Drink water. Drink during and after activity so that your body stays hydrated.

See a doctor if you think you have more than minor soreness or an actual injury. With planning and safety in mind, staying active is far less dangerous to your health than sitting on the couch all day.

Cardio Exercise

When it comes to burning body fat, both low and high intensity exercises help, but the question is, which one is more effective?

What scientists have to say about this is that when you are doing high intensity exercises, it burns the stored carbohydrates in the form of glycogen in the liver and the muscles for energy while low intensity exercises will burn body fat.

And now you may wonder whether it actually works because there are obese people still here and there who are on low intensity exercise routines which does no good.

The human body burns more fat during low intensity exercise like walking or swimming and burns calories during high intensity exercise like running. Calories from glycogen and fat are burned this way. Put in another way, when the stored glycogen are low, the carbohydrates you get through your food get converted into glycogen and not be converted to fat, to fill up the store.

Even after you have completed your high intensity cardio, it can juice up your metabolism meaning your body fat will be burnt till hours after you left they gym. This effect is only for high intensity cardio and not low or aerobic workouts. Your body will keep burning more and more calories even a while after you finished working out.

You can inject a bit of high intensity exercises to your normal cardio routine as interval training. For example you can walk for five minutes and then run the next five and so on. Then walk briskly till you feel relaxed and then sprint again alternating between running and walking for about 15 minutes of your daily cardio.

Cardio helps you in many ways. It burns your calories and helps to keep your energy levels high. It helps to boost up your energy and stay in great shape. The more you do it, the more energy you’ll have.

Make Fitness A Part Of Your Life With These Tips

Some people find it easy to stay fit and for others, fitness is a time consuming chore. No matter what your fitness style, there is some good information for you in the article below.

Many people attempt to get fit just by lifting weight on a bench. Basically you need on six easy exercises in order to stay fit, they are push ups, pull ups, bridges, leg raises, squats, and handstand push ups.

While you are watching television, you can still focus on weight loss by doing some physical activities. When commercials come on, walk around the room or prepare for the next part of your exercise routine. Lift small weights when you are watching TV on the couch. You can always squeeze exercise in somewhere.

Make a schedule to motivate yourself to exercise frequently and consistently. Try to set a number of exercise times each week, then do your best to never break the dates. If you skip an exercise session, clear time on your schedule for a make-up workout.

An excellent workout is kickboxing. There is not a single person that can attempt kickboxing and say it was not a great workout. Not only will this type of exercise burn calories, it will help you build strength.

Be certain you have good shoes for your workout. Before buying an expensive pair of sports shoes, try them on in the evening as this is when your feet are at their largest. Make sure you have adequate space between your toe and the inside of your shoe. You should have enough room in your shoes to allow you to move your toes.

Regardless of your goals, preferences and level of fitness, you will likely find invaluable ideas and inspiration from this article. Learn each and every tip and find a way to fit it into your daily fitness routine. If you set aside time for fitness, you will enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life.

Building a Better Body


This blog is about building a better body, not “bodybuilding” per-se.

Everyone knows the importance of exercising to stay healthy and maintain a good body. Still, many people go on without motivating themselves, living sedentary lives and not eating properly.

It begins with you. You have to make the decision that you will finally get into a routine body maintenance program.

Here’s a good way to start:

  1. As I mentioned above, make the decision that you’re going to get started
  2. Set a schedule that works for you. A schedule that you will not compromise for other things that come up in life.
  3. Make it fun. Find a workout partner or join a gym to surround yourself with others who have a goal of building a better body.

Many people say that the hardest part to getting started is finding the time. However, I disagree.

Finding time to workout is easy. You can just add an hour to your day by waking up an hour earlier. Or you can find an extra hour in your day in the evening by going to bed later.

I think the hardest part is actually staying consistent. When you do get started with a new workout routine to build a better body, the key is to do it consistently.

The say a habit is built over a 60-90 day period. Once you build consistency over a couple of months, working out will become almost automatic.

Begin by working out 2 or 3 times a week. As time goes on and you get more into it, you can step it up to 5 times a week.

But working out is not the only part of building and keeping a better body. Realize that whatever you eat also has a major effect into how effective your working out will be.

You’re as healthy as what you eat. When you eat junk, you will feel like junk. When you eat healthy and drink lots of water, you will feel like a million bucks – and even working out will feel great.

The way to keep junk out of your body is to keep junk out of the house. If it’s not in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinet, then you will not be able to eat it.

Stay away from boxed, fake food. A real simple rule is to simply “eat from the earth”… That is, vegetables, legumes, fruits. Processed foods will do nothing more than to derail your “bodybuilding” efforts.

So there you have it. This blog is about building a better body and sharing the best in bodybuilding – workouts, foods, etc.