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Abs and Arms workout challenge

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Abs and Arms workout challenge

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Health benefits of cycling

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Who is up for a ride?

Cycling, who doesn’t love it? I remember when I learned to ride my first bike, it was extremely exciting! It felt close to flying! At least it’s what I thought, being a 7 year old. I am 28 now and it still feels like flying when I ride my racing bike at 18 miles per hour (29 km/h.).

I, personally, find biking a great cardio workout. First, like any cardio, it improves your stamina and helps you lose calories.

Here is how it looks when you cycle:

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Cycling is one if the easiest ways to exercise, it:

–       improves coordination

–       reduces stress

–        improves heart and lung functioning

–        tones up your body

–        works out all the major lower body muscles

–        builds stamina and strength

–        brings you joy

A great thing about cycling is that, if the weather is awesome, you can enjoy your ride outdoors, and if it’s raining or snowing, well, there is always a cycling class in the nearest gym. One hour of cycling can burn up to a 1000 cal.

Let’s see how outdoor and indoor cycling compare to each other.

Riding outdoors helps you find your balance, have a better control over your body, be alert and makes it more interesting when you don’t have to stare at the same spot for 45 min. The downside of the outdoor biking, is that you are pretty much at the mercy of the weather. Be careful when biking at night, it isn’t very safe. Make sure you wear reflective clothes and keep closer to the curb.

Indoor cycling has its perks too. The AC keeps the room cool, you can’t fall off of the rigid bike, and the instructor changes the routine every 3-5 min, pushing you way beyond your limits.

Like biking? Grab your bike and go for a ride!

FitAli

Internet sources:

www.leelikesbikes.com

http://www.livestrong.com/article/15916-which-muscles-used-ride-bike/

http://news.discovery.com/adventure/the-top-7-health-benefits-of-cycling.htm

http://www.adultbicycling.com/component/content/article/9-bicycling-basics/37-health-benefits-of-cycling-ii.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/352088-indoor-trainers-vs-riding-outdoors/

Why do we exercise?

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Why exercise? Everybody says “exercise is good” or “exercise is good for your health”. And for some people that answer is good enough to get up and go to the gym, better yet – run to the gym. But some people think “it’s hard, tiring, sweaty, why should i?” Well let’s see why…

1. Exercise keeps you in a good shape. Helps to lose excessive weight, tone up, and even gain weight if you need it. Besides, who doesn’t want to be good-looking?!

2. Exercise improves mood. Surprising, but true! Intense exercise increases the release of such chemicals in your body as endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine, which make you feel happier and more relaxed. So in times, when you feel stressed, go for a run or lift some weights, you will feel better. And, don’t you just want to smile when see your perfect body in the mirror?!

3. Exercise fights disease. You already know that exercise gets you in a great shape, but the payoffs are far greater than looks. Exercise reduces the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, feelings of depression and anxiety. Helps control weight, build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Helps older adults become stronger and better, able to move about without falling. And finally and most importantly, exercise prolongs life.

4. Exercise boosts energy level. Feeling tired and sleepy all the time? Don’t even think about sitting on the couch, put your workout clothes on and head to the gym! Our body releases endorphins during exercise. This hormone helps us perform better, gives us strength. Exercise improves muscle strength and endurance. The more we exercise the stronger we get.

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the strongest people – physically and mentally. However he didn’t start that way. When he was twelve years old his father told him:

“You have the mind, but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind can not go as far as it should. You must make the body.”Image