Posts tagged with ‘Exercise’

17 jul

Sneaky Ways to Exercise for Stress Relief

JennaSmithIt’s no secret that exercise is a great way to relieve stress. It works off nervous energy, releases endorphins, and helps you focus on something other than whatever is stressing you out. The problem is that not everyone likes, or is able, to do traditional exercises. For some people exercise itself could be stressful, making them adverse to even trying. For others it could be a simple matter of time and access.

The good news is that there are several activities that supply you with sneaky ways to acquire the stress-relieving benefits of exercise.

Gardening/Yard Work

Yardwork gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and can be one heck of a workout. You do a lot of bending, digging, lifting, and hauling that gets your heart rate up, builds your muscles and endurance, and releases endorphins. Plus, at the end of it, you have a beautiful yard where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

If you plant food crops, like vegetables or fruit trees, you have the added benefit being able to harvest the produce for your table. If you buy apple trees and other food crops online, you can often get special varieties, such as heirloom plants, that you wouldn’t normally find at your local garden store.

House Work

Cleaning your house from top to bottom is an excellent way to burn a lot of energy. Depending on how thoroughly you clean, you could end up doing a lot of bending and lifting that strengthens your muscles and raises your heart rate. Plus, at the end of it, you have a nice clean house to relax in.

Plus, mess can actually cause stress, so having a clean home can greatly improve your state of mind. You can try cleaning in one marathon session, or stretch it out over days so you can get activity in multiple sessions. You can also include your family in the act so that you can have some quality time, and get more done.

Dancing

The great thing about dancing is that you can do it almost anywhere. You can enjoy a night out at your favorite club or, if you are self-conscious about dancing in public, bust a move in the privacy of your own home. Dancing raises your heart rate, improves your endurance, and releases endorphins. If you want to go high-tech, you can invest in one of those dance video games and play alone or with friends and family.

Playing With Your Kids

Kids are little bundles of energy – wind them up and they can go for days. Play a game of hide and seek or tag and you will get your heart rate going, the endorphins flowing, and spend quality time with your kids. As an added bonus, if you tired them out enough, they’ll probably go right to sleep at bed time.

Walking the Dog

If you don’t already have a dog, you shouldn’t get one just for exercise unless you are also willing to be a good pet parent. However, you can volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dog, especially if your neighbor works earlier or later than you do. If you have your own dog, you can extend the length of your walk, to get more activity. You can also volunteer at an animal shelter that has dog play groups. You might need to get special training, but you would be helping dogs in need get forever homes.

Window Shopping

Whether you walk through an indoor mall, a strip mall, or a street with a lot of shops, window shopping gives you something interesting to look at while also getting you moving. To get more out of your session, consider making at least one circuit of the area before you pause to look at all the shop windows, that way you have a period of continuous movement to really get your heart going and the endorphins flowing.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on July 17th, 2014 in Diet and Fitness, Health, Things We Love | No comments Read related posts in

27 jun

7 Apps that Can Help You Get in Shape

RobertCordrayIt’s easier than ever to get in shape with the incredible selection of fitness apps that have been developed to help you incorporate the right exercise regimen into your daily routine.

Here are seven exercise apps that will give you all the guidance you need to reach your goals:

Nu Skin TR90

The Nu Skin TR90 app, previously available exclusively online, can now be downloaded to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. TR90, which stands for Transform in 90, is a versatile free app that tracks all the variables that help you lose weight successfully, including exercise, food consumption, and product use. A plethora of other helpful features motivate and inspire you while keeping close tabs on your progress.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

If you’re into running, cycling, or another similar sport and you enjoy being cheered on (and held accountable) by your friends, Endomondo lets you use your social media community to meet your fitness goals. The app, available online and on a variety of digital devices, lets you share your progress by posting updates to your social networks. Available in both free and pro versions, the app also incorporates a number of other dietary and fitness-enhancing features.

Pact

Offering a slightly new twist on fitness motivation, Pact lets you reap monetary rewards for meeting your health and fitness goals — or makes you pay up if you don’t. It’s a different take on accountability that has the members who don’t meet their weekly fitness goals paying those who do. You decide whether and how much you’ll pledge if you don’t manage to meet your target. This free app is available for iPhone and Android.

Fitocracy

A fitness social network that combines a video-game-like points system and leveling-up concept with morale-boosting support from the rest of the community, Fitocracy is free for iPhone and Android and is also on the Web. With a focus on weightlifting, the app also helps you track weight loss and other exercise goals. Fitocracy also offers online coach-led fitness groups that provide a dietary and fitness program that’s tailored to your goals.

Lose It!

Available on Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and the Web, Lose It! logs your daily food and activity to help you achieve the right balance between calories consumed and calories expended through exercise to meet your weight-loss goals. This free app and website offers a database containing thousands of foods and allows you to add your own personal favorite commercial foods by scanning their barcodes using your smartphone’s camera.

RunKeeper

This free mobile app lets you use your Android or iPhone’s GPS capability to track your progress while running, walking, or cycling. The app also offers an optional audio feature that enhances your experience by providing spoken updates on all the key stats you typically track to measure your fitness level.

MyFitnessPal

Offering the largest nutrition and calorie database in the world, containing more than 4 million foods and growing, MyFitnessPal is a free website and mobile app for iPhone and Android. Flexible enough to support your favorite weight-loss diet, this free app and free membership offers your own personalized diet profile and preferred foods database and helps you track physical activity and food intake.

Once you’ve found the exercise app that’s right for you, the sky’s the limit on what these digital programs can help you accomplish.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on June 27th, 2014 in Diet and Fitness | No comments Read related posts in , , ,

08 apr

How Social Media Can Help You Start Exercising

RobertCordrayWhen it comes to fitness, social media may not immediately come to mind. After all, most people are visiting social networks while sitting at their computer or using their smartphone. Nothing about social media immediately screams “physically active,” but it’s quickly becoming a potent force in helping people lose weight and exercise. If you’re looking for a way to start your own exercise regimen, here are some tips to get you on the right path.

Motivation and Reminders

No doubt you’re already well connected to friends and family on social media. Sites like Twitter and Facebook are now regular destinations for people looking to keep up to date with what others are doing. Those same friends and family have the potential to help you set and work toward your fitness goals. If you have a goal to get out and run a mile every other day, your friends can help remind you of that fact, helping you stick with it. Social media can also be used to look for others outside of your Facebook friends. There are communities out there specifically dedicated to working out. These communities can offer consistent motivation when you lack the drive to exercise.

Instruction and Advice

Social media can also be an effective tool if you’re not sure what kind of workout you should adopt. YouTube in particular is a massive resource for finding instructional videos of workout routines or getting tips and advice on how to meet your goals. YouTube is also the home of numerous video blogs put on by regular people as they strive toward a fitter lifestyle. Like friends and communities on Facebook, these video blogs can be a motivating factor that help you understand your goals are achievable no matter how difficult things may get.

Companies on Social Media

Many companies are seeing the effect social media is having. As a result, they’re increasing their own social media presence. These include health companies, who have it in their interest to help people get healthy through weight loss and exercise. Many of these companies will send out motivational posts on Facebook or Twitter. They may also give diet and exercise advice, while providing example of workouts you could use for your routine. Personal care company Nu Skin’s Facebook page is a good example of this.

Social Exercise Networks

Some social media networks you might want to check out have been specifically built for exercise communities. They provide added motivation while also giving you a way to track your progress. Fitocracy gives out awards like badges and props whenever you reach certain goals. Traineo not only helps you track how many calories you’re burning, it puts you in touch with four other members who will serve as your motivators. MBodyment allows you to join specific workout groups while giving you access to fitness videos.

Social Media Apps

There are plenty of social media apps you can use as well. When downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, they give you daily and weekly reminders that help you keep pace with your fitness goals. In addition to giving you another way to track your progress, they also give you the chance to write your own motivational messages to save for later.

Social media is used or almost everything, so it should come as no surprise it can be quite effective when promoting fitness and exercise. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals. All it takes is for you to get started.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on April 8th, 2014 in Diet and Fitness | No comments Read related posts in , ,