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Why should I be doing Aerobic Exercises?

Posted in Health and Fitness with tags , , on February 19, 2009 by pullupequipment

aerobicbigAccording to the Mayo Clinic,  if you do at least 30 minutes of daily aerobic activity  such as walking, bicycling or swimming,  you can live a longer and healthier life.  Regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for you. As your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, you’ll get stronger and more efficient.

Top 10 Reasons for doing Aerobic Exercises:

1. Keep excess pounds at bay. Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight  and keep it off.

2. Increase your stamina. Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short term. But over the long term, you’ll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.

3. Ward off viral illnesses. Aerobic exercise activates your immune system. This leaves you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.

4. Reduce health risks. Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

5. Manage chronic conditions. Aerobic exercise helps lower high blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you’ve had a heart attack, aerobic exercise helps prevent subsequent attacks.

6. Strengthen your heart. A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.

7. Keep your arteries clear. Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol. The potential result? Less buildup of plaques in your arteries.

8. Boost your mood. Aerobic exercise can ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.

9. Stay active and independent as you get older. Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older. Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days a week seems to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.

10. Live longer. People who participate in regular aerobic exercise appear to live longer than those who don’t exercise regularly.

Two champion fighters show you how to bob, weave, punch, and kick your way to a better body. This is not a choreographed aerobic workout disguised with kickboxing moves. This is a real kickboxer's workout with different drills and exercises and you don't have to remember complicated moves.

Pull Up Equipment Tips and Reviews

Posted in Health and Fitness with tags , , , , on February 19, 2009 by pullupequipment

pullupicWhy Do Pull Ups?

Pull ups are one of the most basic yet most effective exercises you can do . Studies have shown that if the pull up was the only exercise you did, you could build a very impressive upper body.  In just one pull up, you are working more muscles than if you just did the popular Lat Pull Down at your local gym.

Muscles Being Used in a Pull Up:

Latissimus dorsi
Pectoralis major
Teres major
Coracobrachialis
Subscapularis
Biceps
Triceps
Rhomboids
Pecoralis minor

With the right pull up equipment and technique not only will your strength in these muscles increase dramatically, but your upper body will become bigger and more defined. Moreover, the strength you derive from doing pull-ups will help you improve your performance in other exercises like the bench press or overhead press.

How do you choose the right bar?    If you want portability and easy set-up,  you should be looking for a doorway chin up bar with a cantilever design which uses your own body weight (up to 300 lbs.) to keep it in place. They latch on without screws, bolts or fasteners, and  won’t leave holes in your door trim. The best cantilever design I have found is the Creative Fitness Door Gym. It’s priced right and built to last.  If you need an extra fancy pull up station then you can go for the more expensive P90x Chin-Up Bar. This bar allows you to vary your hand grip more so than the average pull up bar. In third place comes the Everlast Multi Function Chinning Bar .You can’t go wrong with either of these three. They are the best reviewed bars on Amazon.

Creative Fitness Door Gym

P90X Chin-Up Bar

Everlast Multi Function Chinning Bar

If you’re considering buying one of the heavily advertised bars from television, please reconsider. Just because a product is advertised on TV doesn’t mean it is the best product you can buy. Believe me,  I had to learn this the hard way.  Out of all the exercise products and programs that I’ve ordered from television, the only one that has sincerely changed my life is the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Program. I’m sure you have a friend who has this program or have heard it meantioned somewhere in conversation. This is the real deal and if you follow the instructions, you can change your body in 90 days… guaranteed. The reason I’m mentioning P90X Extreme Home Fitness is because it is the perfect exercise program to use with your Pull Up Equipment since you will need a bar for your back routine. After you get your pull up bar and start using your P90X, you’ll turn into an unstoppable pull up machine.