5 Reasons Why Women Should Lift WeightsThere used to be a belief that women should not lift weights. The thought was women would lose the feminine look when they got “muscled up” and bulky. And yes, if you are a female bodybuilder on supplements and steroids, you won’t look much different from the men who practice the same weightlifting ideals. But you should actually be lifting weights as a woman, and here are 5 really good reasons why.

1 – You Burn more Fat

A Penn State study showed what several other research papers and number crunching fitness experts have revealed. Weight training burns 30% to 40% more fat than diet or aerobic exercise. The Penn State researchers formed 3 groups of dieters: Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Seniors Should Join A GymAs we get older, it becomes more important than ever to stay fit. Learning to make exercise a part of our daily life is the key to living a longer and happier life.

There is no better time than now to start being active and learning what it means to be fit. This is what makes a gym an ideal place for seniors.

Being active in retirement years is more viable now than ever before since there are so many great workouts, and so much equipment and fitness knowledge that allows us to live longer, healthier and more active lives even in the golden years.

There are many good reasons why seniors should join a gym, let’s look at the top ten. Continue reading

Exercise Provides You with Anti Aging BenefitsBecause of improvements in lifestyles and more accurate medical testing, older people are now reaching their 90th birthday and beyond. But along with aging comes some unpleasant factors to deal with.

Weight gain from sluggish metabolisms, less energy and loss of cognitive function are a few symptoms of aging. There’s an easy and inexpensive way that you can reap some anti aging benefits if you’re a senior.

You can slow the effects of aging and even reserve some age related conditions (like type 2 diabetes) just by exercising. The benefits of exercise have long been known by the majority of the population, but exercise plays an important part in keeping your body young. Continue reading

Senior African American Couple Exercising In ParkYou’ve decided it’s time to do something about the extra weight you’re carrying. Perhaps you’ve joined a gym and have begun seeing results. Before long, however, you’re doubled over in pain – you have a muscle cramp. Learn how to prevent cramping during exercise using the following advice.

Cramps are painful. They are involuntary contractions which occur while exercising or very shortly thereafter. If you’ve ever had one, you know you want to do everything you can to avoid them.

Medical studies have been conducted for years to determine the exact cause of cramps. One older study claimed cramps were caused by a sharp drop in electrolytes. These studies encouraged athletes to consume electrolyte replacing liquids. More recent studies, however, have found Continue reading

The Link between Fitness and Self EsteemSelf esteem can often be attributed to how a person feels about their body and their looks. It often has a great deal of influence on how they see the world. Working out and getting in shape can have a big impact on your self esteem. It releases feel good chemicals in the brain that helps you feel better and more invigorated. These chemicals are also effective even if you haven’t lose much weight yet. Using exercise to release these natural brain chemicals also gives your self esteem a nice boost too. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re working towards something that will make you feel better over time.

How does fitness and exercise relate to self esteem?

It can be a vicious cycle and one that’s hard to break. People with low self esteem generally don’t want to work out. They rarely ever feel like Continue reading