Wii Fitness Craze or Crazy?

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

My brother just bought himself a Wii, and is busy playing tennis, boxing and golf and proclaiming to the world that he now gets more exercise than he has in his whole life. Apparently they are selling like hotcakes and so we can now see that in response to the obvious challenge of getting generation x and y off their computers and into some exercise we now have the answer to i-exercise, the Nintendo Wii. But, is this just a craze that will go the way of many other crazes, use it for 5 or 6 days and put  it in the cupboard and go back to virtual exercise via an avatar online?

Is it a sign of desperation, that our own Australian Government is putting them into schools to encourage our young ones to exercise? Humans were, like all animals build for movement and yet our children need to be coaxed to move, now that we are the “internet generations.” What is wrong with this picture?

Now I agree that the idea of the Wii is not such a bad one, it just may get our kids moving again, however that cannot be the whole answer as we still need to get out in the fresh air and sunshine to be healthy. So I am urging all parents, yes by all means get your kids a Wii and then use it as quality family time as you all play on it together, it just might bring some families back together, which is also needed.

However, don’t forget to use the idea of the Wii, exercise and family time, to also generate some active time on the outside of the home, allow it to encourage your family to get out and play those sports for real, in our beautiful Australian sunshine, beaches and parks. Nintendo Wii might be a way to restart the idea of exercise but it shouldn’t end there not for your family, and not for schools and not for the next generation of humans that will need to be strong and fit and healthy to keep humans healthy enough to survive as a species.


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Young Girls Breast Cancer Risk, An Ounce of Prevention…

Posted on May 14, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health | Tags: , , |

“Mothers, here’s another reason to encourage your daughters to be physically active: Girls and young women who exercise regularly between the ages of 12 and 35 have a substantially lower risk of breast cancer before menopause compared to those who are less active, new research shows.

In the largest and most detailed analysis to date of the effects of exercise on premenopausal breast cancer, the study of nearly 65,000 women found that those who were physically active had a 23 percent lower risk of breast cancer before menopause. In particular, high levels of physical activity from ages 12 to 22 contributed most strongly to the lower breast cancer risk.

The study, by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University in Boston, will be available online May 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“We don’t have a lot of prevention strategies for premenopausal breast cancer, but our findings clearly show that physical activity during adolescence and young adulthood can pay off in the long run by reducing a woman’s risk of early breast cancer,” says lead investigator Graham Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., the Niess-Gain Professor and associate director of Prevention and Control at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “This is just one more reason to encourage young girls and women to exercise regularly.”” (Physorg.com)

Exercise it seems is a key to prevention of many things, including now breast cancer, I know I will be letting me girls know for the sake of their children to keep their children, boys and girls active for their health, wellbeing and happiness. How important is this information in an age when kids, especially teens are spending so much time in front of a computer or ‘talking’ via text message, rather than out getting active with their friends? I know most fitness centres welcome teens and will design a program just for growing bodies, this is one way to keep your girls healthy and fit.

Girls! go out and get active and learn to have fun and stay healthy all at the same time!

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Fight Club Packs a Punch While Cutting the Fat

Posted on April 2, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |


Boxing can burn 350 to 500 calories an hour for an average person.

Boxing is fast becoming one of the hottest fitness trends for 2008, along with other ‘out of the box’ trends such as latin dance and Bootcamps because they are fun and hide the fact that people are actually exercising with having fun.

“Boxing is a very challenging, motivating activity,” says Cedric Bryant, ACE’s chief exercise physiologist. “It’s not just letting me watch the time count down on the cardio machine, for example. It’s a combative activity and I think people get this sense of empowerment as well.”

A range of activities fall into the boxing category. Kickboxing classes like Tae Bo generally don’t involve person-to-person contact and are more aimed at going through the boxing motions to get in a good cardio workout. The hardcore boxing classes and programs now gaining a broader following typically offer punching and kicking drills, jumping rope, plyometric muscle workouts and other training activities. They may or may not involve sparring with a trainer or other participants.

Regardless of whether you actually get in the ring, Bryant says, all the fancy footwork, punching and blocking add up to a good all-around workout, burning 350 to 500 calories an hour for the average person. Boxing also promotes coordination and balance, teaches self-defense skills and offers a good outlet for aggression. (MSNBC News)

If you’re doing it well you are engaging most of your body in the process and it is also an aerobic activity as you dance your way around your partner (even if it is just a punching bag), strength as you hit with force and strategy for your brain. So get out their and join a ‘fight club’ at your local fitness centre.
Just remember to box for fun and fitness, hits to the head and body can cause injury, so stay safe and hit a punching bag or in a supervised session where you are pulling your punches.

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5 (quiet) Exercises To Keep You Fit in The Office

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

Our modern lifestyle has many of us sitting in a chair for most of the day, either hunched over a computer or a desk. It can be difficult to keep in shape, here are a few (quiet) answers to help you through your day.

1. Sit on an Exercise Ball instead of a chair. This is great! The general movement of the ball swivels your hips and spine and help to prevent spinal fusion and sore hips. It also provides your ‘core’ with a passive workout throughout the day, helping to keep you strong.

2. Drink water! De-hydration is rife as our body deals with air conditioning and a diet filled with coffee and cola. Remember anything with caffeine and sugar is de-hydrating as is air conditioning. Drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day and add another glass for every coffee or cola you drink.

3. Stretching. Stretching not only feels great, but it helps to elongate your muscles again, resolve cramping (if your getting cramps you might not be drinking enough water), increases circulation to muscles and joints, improves alertness and improves your posture.

4. Do some sit ups. On the floor (if you are able) or better yet, right on your exercise ball. Sit ups are often avoided, but the benefits are many. Stronger, toned abs and core which can do wonders for back pain just for a start. Having nice abs is so much more attractive for men and women, and that could lead to all sorts of benefits I can’t write about here. For those of you who have a lot of trouble doing sit ups, try this version, which isn’t strictly a sit up at all but the benefits are the same:

Lie on the floor, raise you arms and head and the top of your shoulders off the floor and hold in a relaxed way. Then, slowly raise your legs off the floor until they are almost vertical, and then slowly lower your legs again until almost back on the floor, but keeping your heels off the floor. Repeat until you have done at least 5 of these and work up to more as you get better. (Remember: at all times your arms, head and shoulders do not move from their original position and your heels do not touch the floor until you are finished.)

5. Push ups. They are a great way to strengthen your upper torso, shoulders, arms, abs and lower back. Do them against a handy wall or right down on the floor.Yoga pushup pose

Another Yoga version of the push up, called Push up pose or Chataranga is great for those with back pain and is great for strengthening your core, is the Bridge. Just begin as if you’re doing a pushup, with your body raised up off the floor on your arms and feet. Begin to lower you body by bending your arms until tucked in beside your chest and then hold. Yes, keep holding for at least 2 minutes and work up to 5.

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Tighten Up that Rear!

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lunges are one of the best ways to tighten and tone your backside and legs. And, you can do them just about anywhere.Start by taking a large stride forward, and place your front foot flat on the floor. Balance on the ball of the back foot. Keeping abs tight and your back straight, bend your knees and lower until the back knee is just off the floor. Keeping your back straight, come up by putting weight on your front heel and squeezing your buttocks. Repeat on the other side, taking the time to maintain good form. To do a proper forward lunge that minimizes the risk of hurting your knees and back, make sure you don’t allow your knee to move in front of the supporting foot. Start with a few slow lunges on either side, gradually building up to 15 to 20 lunges on each leg. Your jeans never looked so good!

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