Proper Form and Technique While Exercising

Written by Peter Kudlacz

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Don't forget to breathe. By holding your breath during even a single repetition of an exercise, you are depriving your body of valuable oxygen and experiencing muscle fatigue much sooner.

Muscle Isolation. Try to isolaterepparttar muscles when you are working out. Most exercises rely on secondary muscle groups. For example on pull downs forrepparttar 113064 back,repparttar 113065 arms can tire before your lats do because they are much smaller muscles than your back. By concentrating on usingrepparttar 113066 lats to pullrepparttar 113067 weight down you are effectively reducingrepparttar 113068 work your arms are doing and placingrepparttar 113069 workout onrepparttar 113070 lats.

Each exercise that you may be doing may also have specific areas where bad form may result. There are many examples. If you are doing any type of chest press while lying flat on a bench make sure your lower back is flat onrepparttar 113071 bench. Many people forget about this and end up curving their lower back without even realizing this and riskingrepparttar 113072 chance of a back injury. This is also true if you are sitting up for certain exercises or sitting on a bench with a vertical cushion. There is a tendency to slouch. Make sure you sit up straight and suck in your abs to keep your back straight. Other exercises require that you keep your knees slightly bent.

As a matter of fact, in every day life you should also be paying attention to how you lift things, sit, etc... This way you will avoid any nagging pains or aches. These body pains exist to tell you something is being done wrong to your body. You will also improve your posture.

Over time you may want to modify a certain exercise. Add some variations to more effectively or differently work your muscles.

These are just some ofrepparttar 113073 most important points to pay attention to when weight training. By paying attention to these points you will avoid any possible injuries and you will maximizerepparttar 113074 potential from every single workout. And this isrepparttar 113075 whole purpose of weight training. To strengthen your muscles, prevent injuries and know that a little attention to your health now will go a long way to your future well-being.

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The Importance of Physical Activity

Written by Amber Whitman

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exercise. Regular exercise should be 30 mins, 5 days a week. Or 20 mins of vigourous exercise 3 times a week. Physical activity maintains muscle strength, joint structure, joint functioning and bone health. Exercise has an effect on mental health as well, especially amoung young people. It increasesrepparttar capacity for learning, increases self esteem and reduces anxiety and stress. Sports can introduce skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, sportsmanship, leadership and socialization. Lack of recreational activity may contribute to making young people susceptible to gangs, drugs or violence.

Obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. Regular activity, along with a nutritious diet, that incorporates portion control isrepparttar 113063 key to maintaining a healthy weight. Public and private sectors need to band together to encourage more activity. Walking programs for schools, worksites andrepparttar 113064 local community are some examples. The most important change has to come fromrepparttar 113065 individual and families. Every person must realizerepparttar 113066 benefits of physical activity forrepparttar 113067 mind and body. Then commit to a lifestyle that is active forrepparttar 113068 whole family.

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