Fitness Resources

Fitness Resources

Fitness Resources
Books, DVDs and websites are just a few of the great resources for when you are beginning a fitness program or want to change the pace of your current program. These resources can help with motivation, demonstrate proper techniques and add variety to your fitness routine.

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    The fitness level of the Marine Corps Marines is legendary for being tough and strong and able to handle anything thrown their way. Fortunately, many of these brave men and women retire from the Marine Corps and then offer up their knowledge and training to the public in fitness, personal training and boot camp businesses. To achieve a level of fitness comparable to these amazing warriors find a locally based fitness class or company run by a former Marine. 
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    Generally speaking, they are safe. Before starting any exercise regimen, you should consult your personal physician to be certain you are healthy enough to take on the additional activity. Also, just because these types of workouts are safe for most people, they may not be quite right for you. Exercise caution when first attempting these workouts and when possible, workout with a partner until you feel comfortable with the movements.
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    I love my Wii. I used the WiiFit for rehabilitation after knee surgery. I needed to get cardiovascular work back into my exercise routine so I created a circuit and my 1 minute cardio was boxing. The WiiFIt is also a great help in the one component that is overlooked in training…balance!  There are many activities that show your center of balance. This helps to increase awareness of your posture and identify areas of adjustment. As with any exercise routine, variety is important to avoid overuse injury. If you play the same game for hours a day, you are setting yourself up for just that.  An additional bonus is it helps with hand eye coordination like other video games and at the same time, includes physical activity.

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    New studies have shown that active video games can count as exercise. People are less active and are no longer spending as much of their free time engaged in physical activity. This is related in part to lack of physical activity in leisure time, but is even more likely the result of people spending increasing amounts of time in sedentary behaviors such as watching television and using computers. Active video games can help turn an otherwise sedentary activity into something more physically demanding. It is unlikely these video games will result in peak physical fitness; however, they have the potential for some health benefits (similar to walking).

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    For some, DVDs provide an opportunity to workout or learn in a non-threatening environment; their own home. The downside is that there is not a qualified person nearby to assist with technique or provide motivation.
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    Before I purchase a fitness book, I like to check it out at the library before purchasing it for my own collection. This way I can really see if it is something that I will use and reuse. If I do like the book, I usually can pick up a copy of it on amazon.com, I have had success in finding competitive pricing through their site.

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    Some fitness DVDs will give you everything you need for a complete program. Ideally, you should look for DVDs that contain some type of total body strength training and cardiovascular training. With that said, if you are not getting the results you desire with your DVDs, you may want to consult with a fitness professional to ensure you are performing the most ideal exercises for your particular goal.

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    Try contacting your alma matter library as many alumni are allowed continued access to reference material. On the internet, try Google Scholar or EBSCO.
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    I love amazon.com!  If you spend $25 you get free shipping :-)  I've found that the Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, and Tone it up DVDs to be challenging for an at home workout!  Ask around and see if your friends or co-workers have any of the DVDs so you can try it before you buy it.  I've purchased plenty of DVDs that don't really do anything for me.  Have fun!
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    From my disability case management experience, yes.  I obtain for my injured clients, some very good health and fitness vendors through the Insurer’s resources and recommendations.

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