Advantages of Being Physically Fit

In this article, we will try to answer the question ‘why do we need to get physically fit’? Is it really a need? Can we live normally if we are not physically fit? For me, it is not a need like food or water. We can live without it, but it is still important.

Before we know why we need to get physically fit

We need to have the knowledge to know if a person is physically fit. There are ways to know if a person is physically fit. One way is through the body mass index or BMI. BMI is the measure of body fat based on the height and weight. It usually determine the risk of some disease, but can also be used to know if someone is physically fit.To get the BMI, you need to get the person’s height, weight and age. From this, you can know if you are malnourished, fit or obese.

You can also know the fitness of the person if he gets easily tired or if he can endure a long distance run or some physical activities. Try running for a few minutes. Did you get tired easily or do you think you can run longer? Try lifting some weights. After lifting an average weight for a few minutes, did you get tired already? These are some ways to know if a person is physically fit. However, we should also consider the person’s age.

We need to get fit for some various reasons. Try asking the people who goes to the gym ‘why do they go to the gym’ and they will give you different answers, because they have different motivations. One sure answer will be ‘to get fit’. The next question is ‘why do you need to get fit’. There will be different answers again, but here are the main reasons why.

It is for physical purposes.

We need to clarify that a bit, because that is a very broad topic. The physical purpose here may refer to the following:

  • You look better when you are fit. You look like someone who can protect yourself. Trust me, that is a great thing. People won’t dare mess with you when you look like someone who go to the gym or someone who can defend yourself.

The looks also includes being able to show off your muscles or body to people. Having muscles usually mean that you have more strength than most. To the men, this may mean you are stronger, and to the women, this means you are ‘sexier’ than the others. Continue reading “Advantages of Being Physically Fit”

Cycling and Leg Muscle

Based on the title, you will probably know that this is about cycling and your leg muscle. When I say “cycling” and “leg muscle” in one sentence, there will be a question that will form in your head. That question will most likely be, “how does cycling affect your leg muscle” or “does cycling give you leg muscle” or “if cycling do give you leg muscles, would you also get leg strength”. Those are the questions that we will try to answer through this article.

Usually, people think that cycling can build your leg muscles because you use it when cycling. I know you are excited to find out when you have your best full suspension mountain bike, but before you do, let me give you some points why or why not cycling can build your leg muscles, and will or will it not give you leg strength.

  1. Cycling gives you endurance, not strength

It gives you the power to endure hard or difficult situations. In other words, it gives you the power to endure cycling. Cycling is obviously hard. The hard part usually occurs during the time you are on an uphill.

You might be thinking that it is good and cycling does give you leg strength. Let us get one thing strength. Endurance is very different from strength. Strength helps you to exert great force or to withstand it. Just by the meaning of endurance and strength, you can figure out how different they are. That proves the main point of this subtopic, cycling gives you endurance, not strength.

  1. It depends on how or where you cycle

The endurance that cycling can give you actually depends on where you cycle. The place you cycle determines how you cycle. It determines the intensity of your cycling. If you go uphill, the intensity increases. If you cycle on flat ground, you will probably just have a low intensity or normal intensity.

Intensity determines how much power you will exert and how long you will exert it. The ‘how long’ part of the exerting develops your endurance. If you endure the challenges you will come across during cycling, you will develop endurance. You will need the best mountain bike shoes to protect your foot for a long ride. Continue reading “Cycling and Leg Muscle”

5 Alternatives to the Treadclimbers

The Treadclimber is made by Bowflex, but there are other exercise machines out there that can provide you with similar benefits. There are people who simply have their preference when it comes to exercise machines and it’s a good thing that the market is providing alternatives for them. For whatever reason you have for wanting an alternative to a Treadclimber, you can refer to this list.

5 Alternatives to the Treadclimbers

Treadmill

Bowflex says that you burn more calories on a Treadclimber compared to a treadmill in a given amount of time, but this claim does not consider the incline option that you can do on a treadmill. Researchers actually say that when you walk on the Treadclimber burns the same calories as when you run on a treadmill at 6 mph. Due to these results, the treadmill is a good alternative to the Treadclimber especially when used at higher speeds.

Hybrid machines and ellipticals

There are manufacturers that offer a machine that requires you to do the striding motion that is done on an elliptical machine and the stepping action required from a stair machine. A research shows that running on a treadmill and other elliptical devices can burn the same amount of calories as long as the people work on the same rate of exertion. This goes to show that as long as you keep on exercising at high intensities, you will get maximum calorie burn when using a StairClimber. The elliptical is gives a low-impact exercise and it is ideal for those who have a knee or joint problem.

StairClimber

A stepping machine can burn fewer calories compared to a TreadClimber, you will be able to increase the number of calories you burn by working on a higher intensity or letting go of the handle while climbing because the exercise will be more difficult. Continue reading “5 Alternatives to the Treadclimbers”

Alternatives to the Flex Belt

The Flex Belt is a popular device for helping people tone their ab muscles and make their mid-section slimmer. When your ab muscles are toned and your mid-section is slimmer, your abdominal muscles will come out and you will develop abs that everyone will be envy about.

The Flex Belt has been proven to be effective, but if you are looking for other products that will give you almost the same benefits, there are alternatives you can buy.

Alternatives to the Flex Belt

Slendertone Premium Abs Toning Belt

This has a very advanced technology which uses the electric muscle stimulation to send electric signals to the abdominal muscles to tone them. This has a patented 3-pad design that is positioned around your waist.

This will target the Rectus Abdominus, oblique muscles, and the Transversus Abdominus which is the most important for flattening your tummy. It will stimulate the nerves that are responsible for each muscle group and will help in toning and strengthening the core.

This includes 10 programs with sports pro crunch and endurance trainer programs. In those 3 programs, 7 passive programs can be found as well as 3 active ones. The intensity level is from1 to 150 with warm-up and cool down parts, intelligent training system, rechargeable and interchangeable control for the male accessory as well. Replace the pad after using for 20 to 30 times.

Contour Abs Belt

This is another belt that is designed to tone the abs and improve core muscles by just wearing it. It works by delivering electric signals to make the muscles in your mid-section contract. When the contraction process keeps on being done, will tone the muscle that are underlying. The movement is like doing sit-ups abdominal work outs, and crunches.

The belt also has gel pads, a guide for exercising, a backpack for traveling and 1-year warranty. It an e3 plan which promotes eating sensibly, exercising regularly, and eStim which is the label found on the ab contour belt. This product can only be ordered from the company’s website and it is FDA approved which means that it is safe to use. This product can improve posture and back pain because it will improve the abdominal muscles. Continue reading “Alternatives to the Flex Belt”

Basketball: Filipino’s Passion

I know you are familiar with the basketball. Why wouldn’t you be? It’s one of the most popular indoor sports. The sport is easy to learn, but the game could be very intense. In the Philippines, there will be time when you have to study the sport for your physical education class. During our physical education class, I learned that it is a fast-paced sport, and that makes the referee’s job important and crucial.

I have seen many basketball games, but I still get excited and nervous every time. The result of the game is unpredictable. Every person has their favorite team, and every team has wins and losses. This is the part that gets people excited. This is the part that makes people wonder. No matter how good a team is or how good a player is, there will always be a time that that team or person lose.

Indoor Sports: Basketball, Filipino’s Passion

In the Philippines, basketball is said to be the “Filipino’s Obsession”. It was even featured in the National Geographic documentary show, Pinoy Hoops. The show showed why Filipinos love basketball. It tried to look for the root why Filipinos love basketball. It seems like age and gender doesn’t even matter. Using a Filipino’s point-of-view, here are some reasons why Filipinos love basketball:

It is easy to learn.

Here in the Philippines, almost everyone knows it. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to be able to relate or to play the game. If you don’t know the rules, you can always cheer for the team and the players. As you watch more games, you can understand it more. I don’t really know much about basketball, but because I’ve been to many basketball games, I now know more than what I used to.

Just like Catholicism in the Philippines, it is one of the similarities of the different ethnicities in the Philippines. Basketball became part of the daily lives of the Filipinos. It became part of the culture. When the game starts, it won’t really matter who you are or where you came from. It doesn’t matter if you are from just around the corner or from the other city. All that will matter is how good you are and how you play. Just an advice: Don’t cheat or trash talk anyone. That is an easy way to get hurt. Continue reading “Basketball: Filipino’s Passion”

Undercover At The Gym

The next week, I take a cab uptown to the YMHA, where the head trainer asks me to demonstrate basic moves such as bench presses and squats. “You clearly seem to know what you’re doing,” she tells me, and I’m confident that the job will be mine. The next day, however, the director lays down the law: I can’t work at the YMHA until I train in CPR and get a more respectable certification.

Undercover At The Gym

I call Reebok next and am asked to attend a screening. When I arrive, I’m disappointed to learn that doesn’t mean I get to watch a movie. Instead, I am being screened, along with 10 other people. In an empty aerobics studio, we eye one another nervously. My interview is brief. I’m told the club honors only four well-known certifications, and mine isn’t one of them. Other gyms sing the same tune. Crunch leaves me a message telling me to forget it–my credentials stink. And despite repeated calls, I never hear back from Chelsea Piers or New York Sports Club. They are, I guess, equally unimpressed.

After all these dead ends, I’m surprised to get a call from the fitness manager at Equinox. He invites me for an interview and instructs me to wear workout clothes, the first sign that I’ve been tapped for greatness. I arrive at the gym, sit down with him and take a short quiz. Most of it is multiple-choice, but when I must label an anatomical diagram, I’m so freaked I consider writing thigh bone just to fill in a blank.

After I follow the manager into the weight room, it gets worse. As he plays the part of an overweight 35-year-old who has never lifted anything heavier than a briefcase, I am supposed to explain exercises and correct his form. At the squat machine, I’m afraid that I demonstrate the exercise facing the wrong direction (turns out you can use the machine both ways). I’m sure I’ve exposed myself as a fraud, but I must have displayed at least some redeeming qualities, because he asks me to return.

Elite trainer

My next meeting, with Equinox’s personal training manager, is even more intense. “In addition to proper strength and cardio training, what’s the most important thing to teach a client?” he asks. My answer: “Um, I dunno.” (Correct answer: stretching.) I make up for my ignorance by offering up such caveats as, “Knowledge is useless if you can’t effectively communicate with a client.” By the end of the hour, I am shocked to hear him welcome me to Equinox as an Elite trainer. But not so fast: I wood still have to go through a rigorous training program before training my own clients. Continue reading “Undercover At The Gym”

What Does It Take To Become a Personal Trainer?

What does it take to become a personal trainer? Our reporter poses as a fitness expert to find out. Read this before you train again.

Why do you want to be a personal trainer?

Asks Darryl Bennick, a burly training manager who sits on a stool across from me in a quiet corner of Manhattan’s Crunch Fitness Club. Good question, seeing as I don’t really want to be a personal trainer. I am simply curious: Would a health club hire me to train its clients based solely on my athletic build, sporty resume and devastating charm? To find out, I have decided to apply for a job at eight gyms in New York City, from the toniest health club to a bare-bones YMHA. The point? If I can be hired, you shouldn’t just exercise with your trainer–you should exercise caution first.

I figure I stand at least a fighting chance. Over the last decade, the number of trainers in the United States has skyrocketed by nearly 200 percent to about 57,000. But according to Bill Howland of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, “clubs are struggling to find qualified and experienced trainers” to meet public demand. That means plenty of bad ones are out there too.

Back at Crunch, I’m at a loss for words. I stammer something about wanting to make fitness a bigger part of my life, then I hype my people skills and every sporty qualification on my resume: I ran the New York City Marathon, I was a national-level swimmer in college, and I lift weights regularly. What I don’t reveal is that when it comes to telling my rhomboids from my erector spinae, I’m clueless.

During the next five weeks, I spend several lunch hours gym-hopping, honing my sweet-talking skills and laying my dignity on the line for the good of gymgoers everywhere. Here, the play-by-play of my undercover adventure.

Equinox Fitness Clubs

I call Equinox Fitness Clubs, the 92nd Street YMHA, Lucille Roberts and Reebok Sports Club/NY and learn that they won’t consider hiring me because I’m not certified as a personal trainer. Bally Total Fitness and Chelsea Piers won’t even return my calls. But the fitness managers at New York Sports Clubs and World Gym invite me to come in for an interview, warning me that I’ll need to put in extra hours of seminars and one-on-ones with more experienced trainers. Continue reading “What Does It Take To Become a Personal Trainer?”

5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying Hunting Scopes

Before buying a scope, ask yourself why you want one and what kind of scope you are looking for. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a scope and you must already have a list of things you are considering before getting one.

5 things to keep in mind before buying hunting scopes

Price

The price range between scopes is anywhere from $100 and above. Most likely you will buy something within the price range of $500 to $1500, but this could still depend on what you really want and your needs.

Durability

Accidents happen and most likely you will experience too when you drop your gun or get stepped on. Sometimes they can even get buried and you fill find your gun still working in top condition if it is highly durable. A lot of things can happen to your gun and you should get something that is durable and will be able to withstand crucial situations.

Power setting

Where will you go hunting and do you need something that will allow you to see a target from far distances or something that is closer to you. If the distance does not really matter to you, you can get one that only has a 10×4 power setting which is for close distances. If you need something that will be able to see a target more accurately so you can shoot it down even from a far distance, you need the one which has a power setting which is up to 20. If your scope lets you see more accurately, it will be easier for you to see a target through the crosshairs.

Adjustments

Scopes can be adjusted by hand and some knobs have covers and some don’t have. Some scopes have bullet drop compensators. It also comes with bold numbers which become a guide when it has reached zero will be a guide for what yard line each scope setting is for. The fine tuning is usually ¼ or ½ MOA* if you need more accurate adjustments. Continue reading “5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying Hunting Scopes”