Tag Archives: cardio

Boxing?! At MY Age?

 

IMG_2062
I like to mix up my cardio and muscle strengthening practices to keep my muscles guessing and my metabolism burning (and confused).  “Incorporating muscle-strengthening exercises two to three times per week and some extra intensity cardio and strength a day or two a week will stimulate strength gains, fitness, and calorie burn,” says Jennifer Sacheck, PhD, associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.  She explains how strength-based exercises slow the effects of aging by defying the 3-5% loss of muscle that happens every year after age 30 if no strength-based fitness is practiced. Muscle building also promotes bone density, which can be an issue as you age.
So what new workout class did I choose? Boxing, of course!  Well, kind of boxing.  It’s a circuit workout called 9Round 30 min Kickboxing Fitness.  You can go whenever it works for your schedule, versus most classes which happen at pre-determined times.  The workouts start every 3 minutes.  After starting you switch stations every 3 minutes, and the trainer explains that days exercise. It differs every day.
I burn between 200-300 calories most times during the 30 minute rotation.  I get to punch heavy weight bags with my hands that are wrapped and protected by boxing gloves. I kick the bag with my feet, working all zones including arms, shoulders, abs, core, gluten, legs and calves.  It’s a huge stress reliever and also comes with access to the Internet 9Round community and dieting tips.
I also love that you may see men or women from age 16 to 80.  Every one is working hard and leave sweating and feeling powerful!  There is no boxing contact with your face, just good old hard work.  See if it’s in your community.  Your first workout is free.  9round.com

Print this post

Isn’t Motivation Enough To Be Successful In Fitness?

Having the motivation to participate regularly in exercise is a huge part of the success in your goals for fitness but there are other variables that MUST be present! Continue reading

Print this post

What Really Counts As Aerobic Fitness Activity?

We often discuss in the Paula’s Healthy Living community about moderation in life’s choices and how to create a healthier lifestyle while accepting ideas that may be considered ‘outside-the-box’!  So, what qualifies any activity we do as aerobic fitness versus just staying busy?

Continue reading

Print this post

Why is Strength Training Different Zones Important?

Strength training muscles provides multiple benefits for many age groups and addresses health issues for men and women.  It provides metabolism burning opportunities while toning  and strengthening muscles.  It builds bone density and also helps retain balance and reduce injury as we age.  To achieve the most opportunities for these benefits, make sure your training targets all the different muscle zones, even those you don’t love, or understand their importance. Continue reading

Print this post

Which Exercise Program is Best for You?

Is there one type of aerobic activity that is best?  It depends on your goals (fat loss versus endurance conditioning or strength building). The recommendation is to exercise 30-60 minutes a day, at least five days per week to improve fitness and facilitate weight loss. Continue reading

Print this post

Exercise! It Does a Body Good.

Exercising on a regular basis is an integral aspect if healthy living for a variety of reasons. 

Exercise can cut your body fat and alter your bodies composition.  This is important to long-term health by keeping health issues, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and digestive ailments, at bay.  It’s important to note that exercise alone won’t accomplish your goals if your diet doesn’t reflect the hard work you put into it. Continue reading

Print this post

5 Exercise Myths That Keep You Fat

Guest blogger Trisha from Cincinnati Fit Body Bootcamp explains why we shouldn’t believe everything we hear.

There are plenty of exercise misconceptions out in the world, some of which may be holding you back from your best body.

Print this post