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Home Gym: Disadvantages of Working Out at Home

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You have made up your mind. You will get serious about getting in shape and building muscle to get that physique that you have always dreamed of. So now you think to yourself, “Should you invest in a home gym?” Well there are home gym advantages and there are disadvantages of working out at home.

In this article we will tackle some of the disadvantages of working out at home.

Immediate Costs

The immediate cost of a home gym is clearly a disadvantage when it comes to working out. Although it may be cheaper over the long term it can be a struggle to come up with the $400 – $1000 to purchase a home gym outright.

This can be more difficult than paying the $30-$40 per month costs of a gym membership. You can try to alleviate the cost of a home gym by searching for used equipment in the classified ads or garage sales. But it still may be more cost effective over the short term to purchase a gym membership.

Lack of Variety

Another obvious disadvantage of working out at a home gym is that you are not going to have the variety of equipment that you will find at a fitness center. So you are going to have to make do with whatever equipment that you have on hand and try to get the best workout possible at home.

You will usually find better equipment at a gym. This is especially true for isolation exercises when you begin looking to tone your muscles after you have already built up bulk.


This third disadvantage my not be a hindrance for everyone but can be for others. Sometimes just being in the home can make you feel lazy. We often think of the home as a place of relaxation after a hard day’s work.

So if you stay in that mode when working out it can be too easy to take a break every few minutes to check out the game, grab a bite to eat, or get something to drink. Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with breaks. You need breaks between sets for most workouts but sometimes you can go overboard.

When working out at the gym, on the other hand, you can feed off the energy of others around you and even be motivated by the people in the gym that are where you aspire to be.

The reverse can also be true, though. Sometimes people are distracted at the gym. Those people are the ones who spend more time socializing at the gym than working out. So this one can go both ways.

So deciding whether you want to invest in a home gym is not a clear cut answer. There are home gym advantages, but there are also some disadvantages of working out at home to consider. Immediate costs, lack of variety of equipment, and distractions at home are a few to keep in mind.… Read More

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Best Aerobic Workout – Benefits of Dance Aerobics

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Aerobic dance combines workout routines and various styles of dance like ballet and jazz into the routine. They are usually considered low-impact exercises and reduced paced in contrast to other aerobic routines, although there are also fast-paced programs. As a result of these characteristics, they’re ideal for those who need to have low-impact routines like the elderly, obese and also those who are currently pregnant.

What makes aerobic dance a unique program is, of course, its tunes. There are a variety of music which is often used for different aerobic dances, there can be different speed and style variations of aerobic dances. There’s rules for aerobic music. In most cases about 120 to 124 beats per minute for step aerobics. For low-impact routines, it is usually about 136 to 148 beats per minute. Newcomers would likely dance or sweat it out with slower beats.

Aerobic dance could possibly be classified into high-impact, low-impact, step aerobics and water dance aerobics. High impact exercises, would include strenuous exercises which include jumping actions synchronized with the music. Step aerobics employs the step bench, and the water aerobics is performed in both deep and waist-deep water.

Besides from the movements along with the music, aerobic dance is also coupled with fast or aerobic breathing. This pushes more oxygen into the blood stream, reviving the entire body. Aerobic dance routines is often 20 to 40 minutes in length, conducted 3 times a week. The routine is worked much like rhythmic dances, with counts vital in setting up the tempo.

Prior to proceeding with the aerobic workout, getting warmed-up is very important. It usually lasts for 10 to 15 minutes. Stretching exercises will certainly lower risks of injury and simultaneously prepare the body for just about any extensive movement. Following the routine, cooling down movements for an additional 5 to 15 minutes will be performed to assist the heart and also the muscles relax.

Aerobic dancing provides many benefits even though they were performed or practiced in a entertaining way. This type of aerobic workout is a fantastic method to lose weight and at the same time, tone body muscles.

Just like other exercises, aerobic dance will increase the circulation of the blood, decrease the levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. Because aerobic dancing will incorporate proper breathing exercises, far more oxygen is circulated in the heart, lungs and blood vessels which makes the body function better and increase overall energy and stamina. The physical benefits also include a tougher immune system preparing the body against colds, flu and many other illnesses.

Aerobic dancing can also be a terrific way to deal with stress. If you are unable to leave the home to go to a gym, you could perform the aerobic exercises at home, master the moves and select your own tune.… Read More

Aerobic dance by student prachak grade 11

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Weight Training – Weighing in For Adolescent Weight Control

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In the United States at least one child in five is overweight and the number continues to grow each day. Over the past two decades, the number of children who are overweight, as well as the number of grossly obese children has more than doubled. And no, children do not out grow it. Overweight children are at a higher risk of becoming unhealthy adolescents and adults. And, it’s overweight adults who are most at risk for a number of problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and all forms of cancer. Overweight in children and adolescents is generally caused by lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of the two, with genetics and lifestyle both playing important determining roles. Children whose family members are overweight are also at an increased risk of becoming overweight, although not all children with an obese family will become overweight. However, it is more likely then not, shared family behaviors such as bad eating habits and lack of activity will have an impact on a child’s body weight.

Our society has become very sedentary with television, computer and video games contributing to children’s inactive lifestyles. Children are spending less time playing outdoors and more time watching TV or sitting in front of their computers, and as a result, they’re getting heavier.  In fact 43% of adolescents watch more than 2 hours of television each day, and only half of U.S. children get as much exercise as they need. As a result, children are displaying signs of heart disease and diabetes before they even reach their teens.

The good news is that almost any kind of physical activity can help prevent the rising tide of obesity. In addition, studies have found that physically active children are far less susceptible to emotional problems, are more likely to stay away from drugs, resist smoking cigarettes, delay sexual activity; develop more self-confidence and higher self-esteem, and even get better grades.

In addition to competitive and recreational sports, weight training has become increasingly popular as an effective method of exercise for preadolescents and adolescents. From Hercules to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the image of the muscular hero has inspired children for generations. And now, perhaps more than ever, physical education experts are encouraging kids to hit the weights.  The benefits of weight training in the preadolescent and adolescent population outweigh any possible risks. Improved muscular strength, endurance and flexibility; prevention of bone loss and osteoporosis; improved self-image, confidence and well-being; improved motor coordination and sports performance; decreased risk of injury; lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels; weight maintenance; neuromuscular therapy and physical rehabilitation; improved aerobic capacity; and the promotion of a lifelong lifestyle of physical activity can all be attributed to weight training.

Weight training also offers particular advantages to children who are overweight and struggle to keep up with their peers in more traditional sports.  By lifting weights, children can improve their strength, endurance and coordination, enhancing their performance in other sports. And, when they lift … Read More

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Weight Loss Advice For Women Over 35

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Here's specific weight loss advice for women over 35. Warning: Do not try to lose weight like men and do not try and lose weight like younger women in their 20's. Now that you're over 35, things are different and you need a different approach.

Weight Loss Advice For Women Over 35

1. Always, always eat breakfast that has protein in it

Listen, your body is starving from it's mini-fast when you were sleeping. So you need to start the day out right and get some calories, specifically protein calories in you. Remember this fact, 80% of fat people skip breakfast regularly while 80% of thin and lean people eat a good breakfast regularly.

So I suggest you eat 3-4 scrambled eggs and 1/2 can of black beans for breakfast often. This provides not only a lot of protein (which speeds up your metabolism), but it also provides you with over half the fiber you need to take each day.

Not only that, it will fill you up in a way that you'll snack and cheat less for the rest of the day. You no longer will be playing "calorie catch-up".

2. Jump on a mini-trampoline

If you're over 35, then I'm sure you're busy with many of life's responsibilities … whether it's kids, a job, errands to run, cooking, and on and on and on. You're busy, period. So you need something to get around having to block off over an hour of time to drive to and from the gym as well as doing the actual workout.

Enter the mini-trampoline. At only $ 25, this total body workout effectively eliminates your need to go to the gym regularly.

Here's how you can use it to not only increase your metabolism more efficiently, but also to save your precious time. Jump on it during tv commercials. Since a normal 1 hour tv show has roughly 20-22 minutes of commercials, you could easily get in a 20 minute cardio workout just by jumping on the mini-trampoline during 2 minute commercials.

A side benefit to this is that you are actually increasing your metabolism better through these 2 minute mini-workouts … as compared to just 1 longer workout of 20-60 minutes. So I encourage you to watch tv, just as long as you jump on the mini-trampoline during the commercials.

3. Eat 3 apples a day

Ah, yes a boring tip that's common knowledge … eating apples. Well, what if I told you that you could lose 2 pounds a month for 3-4 months by simply eating 3 apples a day? Well, what are you waiting for? Why does this work … because apples are both high in water content and fiber. It's almost the perfect snack.

The above weight loss advice for women over 35 is simple and easy for you to incorporate into your busy life. … Read More

In the Gym

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The Edwardian era saw the emergence of gym equipment. Until then PE was in the form of "the drill", as in the next image….. Rather cumbersome gymslips they have.
Image taken from the book "Victorian and Edwardian Children in Old Photographs" by AJ and DK Pierce.

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