If the Winter games have you fired up for the slopes, our friends over at American Council on Exercise (ACE) have designed a workout to get you mountain ready. These moves for boarders and skiers will help build muscle to make you stronger and faster — just like the Olympic snow geniuses Hannah Kearney and Lindsey Vonn. OK, maybe not as strong and fast as them, but these exercises will definitely help improve your techniques on the slopes. If snow is not your thing, runners, bikers, and swimmers will also benefit from these exercises that will tone your squads, calves, and glutes.
We're a few days into 2010, so if you need some ideas on how to get started getting in shape, check out this new online resource from ACE (American Council on Exercise) called Get Fit. It's completely free, so it fits into your budget beautifully.
This new website offers an exercise library, such as moves on an exercise ball and with a medicine ball. If you'd rather have a complete workout laid out for you that includes the warmup, routine, and the cooldown, there are tons of workouts, including ones that strengthen your core, tone your hips and thighs, and work your arms and shoulders. Get Fit also offers fitness calculators and tools, health and fitness tips, and a healthy recipe database — mmm, I'm going to have to try the Curried Carrot and Apple Soup. If you're interested in recent research about health and fitness, they offer that as well. I also love the product reviews.
This resource doesn't cost a dime, and you're sure to learn something to inspire your healthy lifestyle.
While we've started looking back at 2009 to determine the best of the best, the American Council on Exercise has already offered its predictions for what the fitness trends of 2010 will be. It's clear that saving money and time will continue to be guiding forces in people's fitness choices.
Our friends over at the American Council on Exercise (ACE) have shared many workouts with us. There's a morning core workout to target your abs, a hip, thighs, and tush workout to get you ready for bikini season, four exercises for a strong and healthy back, and shoulder sculpting moves to get strapless-dress-ready. ACE has shared another workout with us, this time using a resistance band, that targets a few areas of the body that women say are "trouble spots." So grab a band and get started.
So you're headed out for an early morning run. Before you start jogging away, give this quick series from ACE (American Council on Exercise) a whirl. Not only will it wake you up, but more importantly, it's a great prehab workout since it will warm up your spine and core muscles to reduce your risk of injury.
You can strengthen your bones by lifting weights, and both bone-loading exercise and a balanced diet are essential for preventing osteoporosis. To take care of your bones, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness advocate, offers these three exercises to add to your training regimen.
More than 5.7 million people suffer from back or spinal problems, making back pain the second most common reported health condition in the US. The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness advocate, suggests performing these four exercises involving muscle endurance and stability to protect against and prevent future back troubles.
Plyometrics: Also known as jump training, plyometrics is a form of conditioning aimed at created controlled impact and maximum power and is used primarily by athletes.
This method involves stretching the muscles prior to contracting them and done correctly it strengthens muscles, increases vertical jump and decreases impact forces on the joints. Consciously practicing the technique of landing from a jump in a controlled environment teaches your body how to "land" and your muscles memory will kick in when you cannot focus all your attention on your technique (because you are chasing a rebound or opposing team member). It is great for sports that involve jumping like basketball, volleyball and tennis, but is also really effective for training to ski moguls (especially jumping sideways onto or a "step"). Upper body plyometrics are used to condition for boxing (pack a power PUNCH) and pitching in baseball.
Designed to increase muscular power and explosiveness, plyometrics are not, however, for those who are in poor condition or have an orthopedic condition. Since so much jumping is involved plyometrics can be really hard on the knee joints.
Check out Force Sport Fitness Advisor for some animated explanations of plyo exercises.