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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    Exercise videos are a great way to sample a new discipline before you commit to taking a class. Some videos are broken down into short 10- or 20-minute segments to give you a quick lift when you're feeling out of balance. If you try something and you aren't enjoying it, try something else. Sample the wide variety of fun routines available and find the ones that restore and renew you. There are videos that give you instructions on how to exercise or do yoga in your bed, a chair, or an airplane seat. When you find something that clicks for you, you'll know it.
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    Look for copyright date or last update information. Sometimes you can find other resources that reference the material you are looking at and can find dates that way. When in doubt, contact the webmaster or content manager to ask.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    One of the most comprehensive online workout plan providers is beachbody. You can find complete workout programs geared towards your personal fitness level now and where you want to be in 30, 60, or 90 days. You can also find flexible meal plans and even great opportunities to share your story and inspire others to fitness.
     
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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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    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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