Ok, we know its cold out there, but summer will be here before you know it. The time is now to start exercising if you want to be beach, pool, and bikini ready when the warm weather hits. Here are a few lifestyle and exercise habits to to give you a head start for the hot season.
Basketball is like a game of chess. In order to beat an opponent, a coach must develop strategies and tactics to out-manoeuvre his/her opposition. The best teams and coaches know exactly what they will be doing on every possession during a game. A team of coaches and players who understand and can implement their offensive systems will have a major advantage over a team who is unorganised and just plays “run and gun” where no one on the team knows what his/her team mate is going to do, let alone what the coach will say/do.
Ok, so the cold weather is keeping you snuggled on the sofa for more hours than you really should be. As the temperatures drop, its gets harder and harder to tune off your favourite series. For those coach potatoes who know they really should be doing more, a few exercises you can do during commercial breaks, using just your couch and pillow.
Chronic pain from a sporting injury or from pushing too hard while training is a problem many active people face from time to time. Many people know the benefits of training with a fitness ball for muscle tone, but they are also useful for preventing and rehabilitating injuries, and can even help alleviate chronic pain. Fitness balls are great for overall balance and range of motion too, which also helps prevent injuries.
Do you want a workout that’s cardio, core, strength and stretching all in one? Capoeira, a form of martial arts that mixes primal movements like lunges and squats with elements of dance and acrobatics, is a fun and effective way to get your sweat on.
Strong abs and a toned core are often considered a basic component of physical fitness (not to mention they look good!). A great aspect about exercising your abs is that there’s no equipment needed, with the right body mass workouts you can achieve results, at home at your own convenience. Just don’t forget to add in some cardio and watch your fat intake – as they say, good abs are made in the kitchen as much as the gym!
Looking for high intensity training to burn calories and build muscle mass in a short space of time? Then Tabata is for you. This challenging fitness style is widely being used by athletes to increase cardiovascular fitness/endurance and by all for weight loss. Youth Fit Africa chatted with Sarah Ezzideen, student liaison officer at Health & Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA) and qualified personal trainer, about burning more fat, while gaining lean muscle mass in a short space of time.
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