Discover the Latest Rave to Hit Fitness Centers

Written by Emily Clark

You may have seen them inrepparttar gym: half of a large rubber ball that’s flat on one side. They’re often blue in color and look like a gigantic outtie belly button. “What are those things?” you wonder. Well they’re BOSU balls (or balance trainers). It’srepparttar 144687 latest rave to hit fitness centers across America.

BOSU is an acronym that stands for "Both Sides Up". You can userepparttar 144688 balls, also referred to as trainers, or balance trainers, on either side. Whetherrepparttar 144689 rounded bouncy dome part is up orrepparttar 144690 flat 25 inch platform side is up, you’ll get different types of balance challenges.

This cross-training fitness invention has its origins inrepparttar 144691 field of medicine, balance, functional and sports specific training. It offers a different means to make exercise more appealing and effective for average people, fitness fanatics and highly trained athletes.

So what do you do with it? You can walk, run, step, hop, jump and leap onrepparttar 144692 BOSU trainer. You can work it at an easy steady rate-pace that can be maintained for long periods or pushrepparttar 144693 intensity with anaerobic intervals. Or do some stretching on it. Active stretches userepparttar 144694 muscles ofrepparttar 144695 body to move a body part whereas passive stretching uses gravity or an outside force to put stretch-tension onrepparttar 144696 target muscle(s). While standing or kneeling onrepparttar 144697 dome, you can moverepparttar 144698 upper body lower, higher, torepparttar 144699 sides or by reaching for and picking up cards from various locations onrepparttar 144700 floor, or by touching and/or relocating cones that have been placed in close proximity torepparttar 144701 dome. It’s great for working your trunk too. Maintaining spinal alignment is important to low back health and sports performance.

The Two Greatest Myths About Abdominal Exercises

Written by Emily Clark

If you have ever read a fitness magazine...

If you have ever watched TV ads about latest machines that will magically reveal your abs...

If you have ever gone to a gym and saw tens of people lying onrepparttar floor doing crunches....

then beware because chances are you are a victim ofrepparttar 144658 two biggest abdominal training hoaxes!

Myth No: 1

Just doing some midsection exercises can reduce your "love handles".


You cannot reduce fat from a certain targeted area of your body just by using exercise alone.

Andrepparttar 144659 abdominal area is no exception.

So if you want to get a flat stomach and to reveal your abs, losingrepparttar 144660 fat covering them isrepparttar 144661 way to go.

Andrepparttar 144662 only way to do this is to lose fat proportionately from your entire body by burning more calories than you consume.

How? By doing these two things:

1) Have a healthy and balanced permanent diet: dark green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole wheat and whole grain products, non-fat dairy products, fish, poultry breast, lean red meat, egg white.

Yes, you should cut out all sugar, soda, non-whole grain products and saturated fats: these aliments should only be a reward for achieving a goal, not a habit!

2) Start exercising

Aerobic and weight training will raise your metabolic rate. In result, your body will burn more calories.

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