Leading Trends in Exercise

Upgrade and vary your workout with the newest thing, high intensity interval training!

Nearly everyone gets tired of their workout no matter what their habit is. And even if you love your workout, your body will love you back more if you mix it up. Challenging unused muscle groups or using that same set of muscles in a new and different way will help you maintain the strength and flexibility you have. New workouts will also help you develop in new and different ways, and give you options to reshape your body in the direction you want. Running, walking, dancing, playing group sports, whatever your approach to maintaining your body, you will benefit from a new workout being added to the list.

circuit trainingSo Move to the New You

There is a new type of training that is really catching on this year, high intensity interval training. The workout consists of a circuit of exercises. Each exercise focuses on strength and endurance. Training is based on a body of health and sports medical research and allows for body maintenance and development to reach new levels of success. This technique has been used for years by professional athletes to hone their skills, and it benefit those of us who just want to be in better shape just as well.

Interval Training

High intensity interval training, often called HIIT, is a new craze at health clubs and in fitness zones all over the world. The workout burns an enormous amount of energy, often over a thousand calories in 45 minutes to an hour, while pushing muscles to extremes.

The Benefit of Failure

HIIT is based upon the pushing body muscles to their limits and beyond, called “muscle failure” to develop increased strength and muscle growth. The exercise technique involves doing a high number of repetitions for thirty seconds or so followed by breaks of twenty or thirty seconds (I always use those to check on www.freeslotsx.com), until you literally cannot move that muscle group at all. Then you move to another muscle group.  Do this type of exercise three or four times a week for extreme muscle definition, or add it in once or twice a week to increase strength dramatically, and lose a few extra pounds.  Most people see noticeable results within a month.

Group Class or Personal Trainer?

There is a lot of debate in the exercise community about whether to use a personal trainer or take a class. It completely depends on you. There are benefits to each approach. A class gets some people to work harder than they would otherwise, because they have to “keep up.” Others are motivated by the personal attention and benefit from the special tailoring that comes with a personal trainer. Personal trainers can be expensive, so finances may also be a factor.

No matter how you cut it, there are tremendous benefits to adding HIIT to your workout.  Even a short term addition, for a month or two, will have a significant effect on your body and enable you to do things you couldn’t before, and do things you could do before, better. Add a little HIIT to your workouts and see a lot of results.

Mayor Bloomberg cracks down on soda companies

It’s no secret that the U.S. is fighting a war against obesity. While the portion cap on serving giant sodas in New York City may not be the only solution required, the passage of the ban, by the City’s Department of Health, in September of last year, is a much needed step in the right direction.

drinksThe ban, due to become enforced on the 12th March 2013, stipulates that most restaurants and food outlets will no longer be legally allowed to serve non-alcoholic, sugar-sweetened sodas in cups larger than 16 oz. Although some stores that are regulated by the State, rather than the City, are exempt from the ban, those establishments affected will be subject to a $200 fine for each infringement. There is due to be a three month transition period, from March to June 2013, where violators will be warned, and not fined, regarding transgressions. From June, however, the ban, and subsequent fine, is to be implemented city-wide.

Soda companies have been increasing the size of their beverage holders disproportionately over the last fifty years or more. In the 1950s, Coca-Cola advertised that a 16 oz cup of soda was large enough to serve three people, given that it contains around 50 grams of sugar and over 200 calories; now it serves one. The ban simply gives credence to the argument that soda companies are acting against the health interests of the American public at large.

While the American Beverage Association intends to fight the City of New York in Court, to block the implementation of the ban, it seems, for now at least, that the portion cap is a small, but significant, victory in the war on obesity in the United States. It’s a gamble of blackjack to see if it will work out towards a brighter future.