Saturday, 29 October 2011

Fitness: My Twenty Minute Workout

Fitness: My Twenty Minute Workout: Hi. With me being dedicated to my fitness I decided to create a home workout . The idea of this workout is to exercise the whole body but wi...

Exercise Myths - Part 1

Today I am going to share some common fitness myths.

The first exercise myth that I will share is that doing crunches (or other abdominal exercises) will get rid of fat around your belly. This is simply false. Doing crunches helps to develop and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, as well as helping to improve your posture. You CANNOT select where you lose fat, so doing abdominal exercises will not rid you of belly fat. To see your abs you need to combine cardio-vascular exercises with muscle building and this will help to decrease overall body fat. 

The second myth that I will discuss is the theory of ‘No Pain, No Gain’. The basic truth is that training should not be painful. If you are in pain, or uncomfortable, then your body is telling you something, so listen to it! 

 Hope this helps. 


Friday, 28 October 2011

My Twenty Minute Workout

Hi. With me being dedicated to my fitness I decided to create a home workout. The idea of this workout is to exercise the whole body but without the need for expensive gym memberships or gym equipment for home use.

The workout was developed using my own experiences of what has worked for me. A few years ago I was not in good shape. Since then I have used gyms and read countless articles on health and fitness, which has lead to the creation of this workout.

To get the best results from this workout I recommend that you complete it three or four times a week. This ensures that you get plenty of exercise but you also get recovery time for your body, which will also help your muscle development. 

Check out the workout here: Twenty Minute Workout

Friday, 21 October 2011

Press-Up Variation - 3 Point Press Up

I really believe that press ups, or push ups, are one of the best exercises a person can do. However, it is important to vary your exercises so your muscles do not get 'trained' to do them. Basically this means that the more you vary your workouts, the better the results. So, with that in mind, in this blog I will discuss a specific version of the press up that is a variation on the standard and is known as a Three-Point Press Up.

This variation requires a slight change on a regular press up but it will make the exercise more intense. Get into the normal press up position. Now, place one foot on top of the other, making it three points. That is the only change, so from here do your normal press up routine, change feet to ensure both sides of the body are equal. You should feel a difference, it will be harder to complete your normal amount of press ups.

Thursday, 13 October 2011


I have recently read a report that may help with our fight against obesity. The fat that we generally see as body fat is called white fat. There is also another type of fat, known as brown fat. It was thought, by scientists, which after infancy humans no longer produced brown fat. However, recent research has shown that it is still present in adult humans.

Why is this important though? Well, according to the report, brown fat is so full of blood vessels and mitochondria. This is important as it makes brown fat very good when converting calories into energy. However, with obesity, this process malfunctions, making it more difficult to convert the calories into energy.

A study that was published on October 5th, explains that orexin, which is a hormone the brain produces, activated the calorie burning brown fat in mice. The study suggests that an orexin supplementation could be a new way of treating obesity and other metabolic disorders.

These findings could be so valuable, in my opinion. If it turns out that these are affective then it could lead to a lot more healthy people in the world. Hopefully this research proves fruitful.