Resitance Training Proved To Aid in Glucose Control in Diabetes

Posted on November 3, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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An article in Medical News Today about a new research study done on diabetes has shown that resistance training in combination with traditionally used aerobic training can help diabets gain control over their blood glucose levels faster and with more efficiency.

What does this mean? Basically diabetic people are “Starved of movement.” as one Robin Marcus, spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. Movement is key to regaining control of your blood sugar and managing your diabetes more efficicently, to the point where you may even be able to stop your medication.

“Although aerobic exercise is still key in treating diabetes, it should not be used in isolation,” Marcus observes. “As people age, they lose muscle mass and, subsequently, mobility, resulting in a greater risk of falls. Adding resistance training to the diabetes treatment regimen leads to improved thigh lean tissue which, in turn, may be an important way for patients to increase resting metabolic rate, protein reserve, exercise tolerance, and functional mobility, she notes.”

One of the easiest ways to get started on resistance training is to use a Vibration Platform, no matter how unfit or fit you are just standing on the machine for just 10 minutes a day can give you the equivalent of a 40 minute workout. Using movements to boost your workout as you regain your fitness only enhances the effect of the vibration on your muscles and builds strength and flexibility at the same time as boosting your stamina. Get started today.

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WOW! Our New Mens Pages Have Dr Hardbody On Board

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: Body Building, Fitness, Muscle Building | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Yes you heard it here first folks, Dr Hardbody Mr Vaughn  Guenter is our resident expert on men’s fitness and body building, you can read his articles for free right onsite, in our new mens pages titled MEN.

Just in case you are amongst the few who haven’t heard of Vaughn, Dr Hardbody is a certified personal trainer with over 15 years experience in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The ultimate David and Goliath combinations, he earned a doctorate in Pholosophy and achieved representative status in soccer, cricket, tennis and martial arts before going on to win a National Bodybuilding Competition.

His articles onsite cover the gamit of bodybuilding tips:

Training to Pick Up Women (every mans dream)

Chest by Design (tips on how to get the chest you want)

A Call to Arms (bulging biceps)

The Shoulder Moulder (Atlas’s shoulders)

The Heat is On – Fat Burning Tips (lose weight, burn fat)

Inventing the Abs (get a six pack)

Getting a Leg Up (legs to die for)

Or you can access all 7 articles in one convenient eBook right from our site.

Guys who would like to have the kind of body that attracts women you will find all the tips, tricks and workout information you need right here on our site.

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Conditioning Your Core: Stability, Balance and the End of Back Ache

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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When was the last time you thought about your core muscles? These muscles help your balance and stabilise your back, protecting it against strain and poor posture. The rewards are amazing and I have articles on this on our Website:

The core muscles of your body are:transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, external obliques, gluteals and even our pelvic floor muscles. Do you have a core stability program? Why do you need one?

See this reply by Amelia Burton “The answer: Core stability exercises are one of the best ways to strengthen and retrain the body’s postural muscles to work effectively. They are excellent when you progress at the right speed, and bad for you if you done incorrectly. There is a fine line between these exercises helping or hurting your back.”

Having a Core Stability program can help to alleviate back pain, neck pain, poor posture, help alleviate breathing problems, problems caused by a weak pelvic floor, give you an amazing posture, better sex life, and more energy, strength and stamina.

Ask your personal trainer or fitness centre for a core stability program today.

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Give Yourself A Better Rear View With Hip Sculpting Moves

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

Does my butt look big in this? Where have we heard that before? But it’s true isn’t we all worry whether we overfill or underfill our jeans either way, it doesn’t give us a great rear view. What can you do about it?

Well, if you’re wanting to fill out your favourite pair of jeans, or perhaps trim your hips you will need to target the lower body with some real maximising and aerobic moves that will give you the butt you want. Why is it so tough to get your lower half in shape?

The muscles of the lower body make up the largest percentage of muscle mass in the body, and working them means you will need to engage multiple muscles with compound exercises, and combine that with aerobic conditioning for the best results. Try Incorporating these moves into your workout and check your rear vision often as you watch your butt become jean friendly.

First of all before we start lets talk about form, you will not get the results you want if your form is off, and you might even injure yourself. So practice each move in slow motion until you know you have it down, try doing it in front of a mirror to check your form.

What you are looking to do is some lunges, squats, and leg presses; these exercises have quite a lot in common to make sure of proper form, such as:

  • keep your body weight on the heel of your foot, you can test that you have it right by wriggling or lifting your toes, in your shoes. If your body weight is on the heel your toes should move freely. This way you will engage the muscles in the back of the leg more, the glutes and hamstrings, and place less stress on your knees.
  • Use a mirror to make sure that you knees are directly over or slightly behind your ankles. When doing squats it is ok to have the knees line up with the toes, but no further. If you haven’t got a mirror, look down and if you can see your toes, you’re in the right position, if you can’t adjust your position.
  • Keep your spine erect, shoulders back and chest out, as you move downward during the exercise, it’s easy to allow your body to fall forward. Be careful as this can cause back stress and it prevents the targeted muscles from doing their job.

Now focus on moving or flowing through a complete range of motion, to engage the muscles more directly and make them work harder for best results. Bend deeply through the hip and thigh when doing lunges, squats and leg presses. If after all this you are still not feeling it, try adding some weight to your activity, some hand or shoulder weights added progressively can add the challenge you need. Finally don’t forget about your friend repetition, add more reps to help you give yourself that fine looking rear view and wear those jeans with pride.

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Get a Sexy Six-Pack

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Fitness | Tags: , , |

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Getting a flat and sexy stomach is one of the most talked about types of exercise, however there are a few myths that surround the idea of a ‘flat’ stomach. The added benefit is that some of these routines will firm up the thighs and for the ladies burn off the pockets of fat in the upper legs that lead to cellulite, but more of that later.

First of all the abdominal muscles as a group are round muscles and the flattest you can get is a round, toned and hard abdominal pack, often called a six-pack. This means exercising all the muscles that make up the abdominal group to achieve good hip definition as well as a trim, toned tummy and improving your posture.

This comes from developing core strength through abdominal conditioning, as a result of this core conditioning your posture is better, think of a string attached to the top of your head, which is being pulled upward, now walk as if attached to this string you will immediately feel the difference and the muscles that aren’t helping, they’re the ones you need to work on.

To effectively condition your core and therefore your abs you need to include exercises that utilise all your abdominal muscles as a group including: forward flexion (crunches, sit-ups etc.), side flexion exercises (side bends, side crunches etc.), and rotational exercises (trunk rotations, standing twists etc).

Come along to our new Ab and Core Conditioning Circuit classes beginning in May for a full abdominal and thigh workout.

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