By strength training, you may add a few kilos to your weight in the short term, but over time, those kilos of muscle will contribute to a leaner, healthier you.
After the age of 40, your muscles are also losing strength with every passing day. The best thing you can do is understand the exercise challenges you come up against as you get older and know what you can do to fight back.
Whether you plan to do Curves circuit training or walking, stretching is of universal importance to a safe and healthy workout routine for women. Here are some interesting facts about stretching that you might find useful.
Lower back pain is one of the most burdensome medical conditions in New Zealand, affecting up to 90% of all adults at some point in their lives. While there are many factors that can lead to chronic back pain, there are measures you can take to alleviate and even prevent it.
We all knowing stretching is good for us – but when get pressed for time, the focus on flexibility falls by the wayside. If you’re looking to fit stretching into your health and fitness routine, we have some practical suggestions for you to take action!
Strengthening your oblique muscles helps to support your spine, especially while sitting and standing.
Strength training isn't just about getting toned muscles and looking fantastic. Strength training powers up your metabolism, it boosts your energy and helps you get a good night's sleep. Read more about the potential benefits of strength training!
Are you unsure about working out in a new gym? For most people, heading to work out at a fitness center for the first time can be intimidating—and maybe even a little bit scary.
We all want a fit and trim figure, but to have a lean body—one weighted more toward muscle than fat—that’s something to celebrate! And the way to burn not just calories, but fat, is through a combination of healthy eating and strength training.
Strength is important, whether you’re 35, 55, or 85. Back in the day, the prevailing belief about aging and physical activity was that as we get older, we become frail and prone to injury and, therefore, we should take it easy—not exert ourselves. Today, we know that unless we engage in regular physical activity, we can become frail and be at a higher risk of injury. In addition, without the strength and fitness we gain through exercise, we cannot enjoy our highest quality of life.
Make no bones about it, strengthening your human hardware is as important as putting more power in your muscle. Exercise is essential to keeping your bones strong throughout your life, and the Curves Circuit provides a perfect venue for building bone and muscle and pushing back osteoporosis.
An important variable in any weight management equation is calorie burn. While what you eat significantly affects how many kilos you carry on your figure by controlling calories in, how you exercise makes a difference in calories out. Certainly cardiovascular activities, like walking, running, cycling, and swimming can burn quite a few calories, particularly when performed at high intensities, but strength training also offers significant benefit when it comes to cutting a fine and healthy figure.
Forget flying solo when it comes to regular physical activity. Working out with friends makes the whole experience more enjoyable and more effective.
Many people, and even some doctors believe that if you have osteoarthritis, exercise will exacerbate your condition and your discomfort, but the truth is that physical activity helps relieve pain and slows the progression of this malady.
Want a strong heart? One that’s able to power you through a long, healthy, and happy life? Make a date—several dates—with Curves. Strength training has a remarkable ability to tackle four key risk factors for heart disease: obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. And, when done in a circuit like Curves, you also get a heart-pumping, calorie-burning cardio workout. Check it out.
You may think you know everything about Curves. It’s a 30 minute circuit for women right? Yes – you are right...but it’s so much more than you think!
Balance plays a key role in performance, injury-prevention, and the pleasure you get from your favourite activities.
Take a few precautions to make sure you're not exposing yourself to germs especially while working out.
Getting frustrated with yourself when you feel like your results are slowing down? Track your progress and you can see how far you have come!
Why do you exercise? To lose weight? Protect your health? Tone your body from head to toe?* Maybe you want to build strength and stamina.
Women over age 50 can get the most out of their exercise regimen by understanding their strengths and weaknesses.
If you're not seeing results or seem to get bored of your routine too quickly, it's time to take stock of your current regimen and make some changes.
The key to making your exercise program work for you is consistency. You need to choose a program and schedule that you can see yourself sticking with.
Whether you have two left feet, no sense of rhythm or limited mobility due to an accident or old age, dancing can help you improve your overall health.
Set yourself up to reach your goals! Make an appointment with yourself, and honour it like any other appointment.