Showing posts with label aerobic exercise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aerobic exercise. Show all posts

September 8, 2008

Aches and Pains...

Everyone gets strained muscles or an injury every now and then.. But, unfortunately, it can put our exercise on hold temporarily.. So what kind of care should we give an injury so we can get back on track as soon as possible?

First, I recommend that we all take a first aid course so that we can learn how to properly take care of an injury when we first get hurt. Drawing from my American Red Cross experience, check out the following information:

For a twisted ankle, which is by far the most common injury when exercising, wait to remove your shoe until you get home. The shoe helps to support the injured area.

Follow the R.I.C.E. method to treat almost any kind of injury:

Rest- Allow the area to rest for at least a few hours
Ice- Put ice on the area, even if you don't see any swelling
Compression- Light compression can help to alleviate swelling
Elevation- Elevate the area to reduce blood flow

When you ice the area, only put the ice on for 15 minutes at a time, and 15 minutes off. Always make sure that you have a barrier (wash cloth or paper towel) between the ice and your skin- you don't want to add frostbite to the list!

The R.I.C.E. method works for pulled muscles as well. You might want to try alternating heat and cold if it helps with the pain and swelling.

Give yourself a good two days of rest for the area. After that, you can try a light workout on the area, but if you have any pain at all, you need to give yourself more time to heal.

Don't ever workout on an area that's injured- you can further injure the area, and it will just take even more time to get back to your regular level of exercise!

August 10, 2008

Weight a minute...

... did you say weight training? For women? Yes, I did.

Weight training is a great tool, not just for men, but for women too. Some people think that to stay healthy or to lose weight, all that's needed is good eating coupled with some kind of aerobic exercise. But weight training needs to be in the mix, too!

Weight training helps to not only tone and shape our body, but it also helps to raise our metabolism and keep our bones from getting brittle as we age. After weight lifting, the metabolism raises for about 48 hours. The effect on your metabolism for aerobic exercise is instant, then gone almost as soon as you're done. Aerobic exercise doesn't do much for your bones either, where as by putting extra weight on our bones, we are actually strengthening them. Women also tend to lose more muscle as we age compared to guys. We get weaker and get fatigued faster. Lifting helps to slow this aging process down..

Exercise can sure make you feel good inside too. It feels good to be able to do more sets or a longer duration of exercise. It also feels great to see the jiggle disappearing from your body, or even being able to walk up stairs with out being winded..

I like to alternate my muscles worked in the gym. I usually don't work my legs, but stick to my upper body. Of course, each of us is different. Maybe you'd like to work on your legs. And don't forget to always listen to your body and don't over do it.. If you hurt yourself, it's definitely a de-motivator and puts you off course for a while.
Typically, I will work my back and triceps one day, and then my chest the next day. If I work my biceps specifically at all, they'll start to grow as big as my husband's fast.. And you're almost always working more than one muscle at a time. For instance, when working your back, it's impossible not to work your biceps. And when working your chest, you work your triceps.

Start with a light weight and do sets of about 15-20 to warm up. Concentrate on your form and slowly work up to a heavier weight. Don't worry about getting a guy's bod either-- we just don't have the testosterone for it.

I like to keep my workouts short and sweet. I tend to finish up in about 30 minutes. And if you are lifting at a good pace, it's like doing an aerobic exercise at the same time. Killing two birds with one stone in a short amount of time.. And who has tons of time these days?

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