Health

Understanding Your Abs — How to Defeat Tummy Trouble Spots

After years of crunches and sit-ups, most people still don’t have the stomach they want. Either their waistline is undefined or they have a tummy pouch that just won’t seem to fade away. Many fail to realize that there is more to toning your abs than just sit ups. Understanding the anatomy of the abdominal muscles is crucial to finding the right exercise combination so you can have the slim and trim look that you want. Which abdominal muscles should you target? There are several different muscles that make up your abdominals, each serving a different purpose and needing a different set of exercises to get them into shape. Understanding each of these muscle groups and what they do is crucial to developing an abs workout that will get the results you want. Rectus abdominis – This is the area...

Weight Loss Surgery: Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

The Christmas season is now upon us and with the extra delicious food and drink temptations, it is very unlikely that any of use will make it to the New Year without a few extra pounds around the waistline. However, such small weight gain can be easily shed, through mild exercise and small changes to our diets. This is the situation that most of us face, come the start of the New Year, but what if your weight gain isn’t a temporary experience and is a continual burden on the quality of your life? Today, a quarter of UK adults are obese and it is apparent that UK children are also suffering, with 28% of girls and 31% of boys between the ages of 2-15 within the obese category. The same statistics can be found across the pond and 33% of U.S. adults are classed as overweight or obese. For many...

Exergaming: Using the Nintendo Wii to Keep Fit and Lose Weight

Video games were once associated with low-activity levels and many felt they promoted a sedentary lifestyle. That’s no longer the case. The Wii console by Nintendo has taken exercise and fitness to a whole new level. Using motion sensor controllers, Wii is getting people up and moving. Even the most sedentary couch potatoes are working up a sweat with these exercise games. The American Heart Association has endorsed the Wii active exer-games and is encouraging those who don’t exercise to give the games a try. The Wii is a win-win for those who like the challenge of interactive gaming and who need to build their fitness levels. It’s also being embraced by those who aren’t into gaming because it makes exercise time pass by fast, while keeping the mind engaged and not focused on how hard the ...

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