Pull-ups (palms turned away from you) and chin-ups (palms facing you) are excellent latissimus dorsi (upper back) and biceps (arm) exercises. No specialist equipment is required; just a bar to hang from. And while both exercises are very effective, they present one major drawback; you have to be able to lift your own bodyweight using nothing more than the strength in your arms.
The humble push-up (also known as the press-up) is arguably the most well-known and frequently executed exercise in the world. Performed by school kids in physical education classes to Olympic athletes, push-ups are also used as a fitness assessment by the armed services, law enforcement, and many other organizations.
Bodyweight squats are a great exercise. You can do them anywhere, anytime, and they work virtually every muscle in your legs. But, like most exercises, you’ll get far better results if you do them properly. In this article, you’ll learn the secret of performing perfect bodyweight squats and also discover a few cool variations that will make your workouts even more effective!
Stability balls have been part of the fitness industry for around 20 years now – mainly because they were so heavily promoted and popularized by American celebrity fitness trainer Paul Chek. Also known as physio balls, gym balls, balance balls, exercise balls, and Swiss balls, these large, inflatable balls are very useful exercise devices.
While crunches are an effective abdominal exercise, if you are an experienced exerciser, you may find that they may have lost some of their benefits. If you are doing 20, 30 or more reps, it’s safe to say they just aren’t demanding enough for you anymore.
Also, some people find crunches and sit-ups uncomfortable to perform especially if they have lower back concerns.
There are a variety of other ways that you can work your abdominals effectively without having to resort to crunches…
Cardio exercise machines come in all shapes and sizes including bikes, rowing machines, stair climbers and upper-body bikes. Of all the cardio machines available, treadmills and ellipticals are arguably the most popular.
Treadmills and ellipticals, like all cardio machines, are good for your heart, lungs and muscles and burn calories and fat but is one actually better than the other? Consider the following when deciding on whether a treadmill or elliptical is best for you…
With winter fast approaching, the idea of exercising outdoors might be somewhat unpleasant and the festive season can mean that evening workouts just won’t fit into your busy social schedule.
Don’t worry – there are LOTS of great exercises you can do either sat at or very close to your desk.
You probably take your butt for granted; you just sit on it all day after all! However, your butt is one of the most important muscles in your body and needs to be looked after properly.
Correctly called your gluteus maximus or glutes for short, your butt is your primary hip extender and works with your hamstrings to drive your leg backward when, for example, you are climbing a flight of stairs or back-heeling a soccer ball.
It is the largest muscle in the body but, because you spend a lot of time sat on it, it can become weak and dysfunctional. A weak butt can cause all sorts of problems including back pain, hip pain and even knee pain. How? Let’s take a look!
Depending on where you live, winter can be a tough time for the average fitness enthusiast. Cold temperatures, dark mornings and nights, rain, snow and high winds can make staying in shape even harder than normal. Wouldn’t it be easier to just hibernate with a big bag of cookies and some hot chocolate?!
Of course, this isn’t really a viable solution – you can’t go into hiding every time winter rolls around; especially if you live somewhere like Scotland where it seems to be winter 11-months a year…
Rather than suffer through another winter of cold and uncomfortable workouts, follow these workout winter-proofing tips. That way, when springs comes around again, you’ll be looking good and feeling fat rather than being weighed down with an extra layer of insulation in the form of fat!
Swimming is a very effective and safe way to get and stay fit. Because it is a non-weight bearing activity, it’s easy on your joints which makes it ideal for older, heavier or injured exercisers. You can make swimming as hard or as easy as you wish so it’s suitable for all fitness levels. Swimming is also an important skill that could one day save your life.