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Quick Four Minute Workout

Hands up how many of you are happy with your weight, yes I thought so not many show of raised hands. Yes, we all hate the fact that it is far easier to put weight on but so hard to get shot of it and diets or going to the gym never seem to work because it is all about committing far to much of the little time that we do have, or there will be another excuse. But I think I have a solution that will not eat into to much of your time or make you commute to a lengthy gym membership.
The solution is a quick four minute work out that can be done anywhere, anytime and with no need for equipment, the only equipment you need is will power.
I gave it my best shot today and yes it is intense but that is the whole aim of this type of work out, it is known as HIT which stands for High-intensity Interval Training and is used by lots of Olympic athletes. It works by doing a quick four or seven minute workout that gets your heart pumping and your major core groups working together. It can be done from your iPhone, iPad or from the developers website.

App link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quick-4-minute-workout-tabata/id803491681?mt=8
Web link: http://www.tinyhearts.com/7-minute-workout-quickfit/

What have you got to lose, oh about four or seven minutes in your day and some or that excess weight.

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Routine & Rhythm

Routine & Rhythm

Since last year's knee injury my running has not been getting the attention it so deserves and I did not got into the routine I so desired. I have not been lazy but motivation has not been my key focus, until now.
Last year admittedly was my first year with regard to running properly with a trainer, the year I am still with my trainer and we are both looking at 2013 to be something that I need to set a realistic goal to push towards to.
This week I stared using the Wii in an aim to get my body into better form in an effort to help in-between runs, something that would also tone and relax my body and hopefully make sure I do not end up with a recurring knee injury, or worse, another injury. Every morning I start with a few easy cardio exercises to wake and warm me up and to also get the blood pumping round my body. I am finding that five sets of Wii tennis is excellent for slowly working you up into a sweat whilst still being easy on the body, you do not have to dart about, just some simple twist and stretch movements.
Sleeping has been a real problem for me for many years but I have noticed that doing a twenty-five minuet Pilates work out of an evening is really helping my body and mind relax and since starting it this week I have had probably the best nights sleep in a long time.
I aways used to enjoy my Pilates classes at the gym, even if I was the only male participant in the class. Pilates is great for so many things and works well as a combination activity. But what is Pilates all about and how does it really help?
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
When I first looked at Pilates I thought it was going to be easy like most onlookers seem to think, it is however exceptionally hard to do even though it looks quite graceful, it is all about getting your balance and posture correct and once you have maintained that then your body goes from a wobbling mess to a posed dignified state.

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Using the Wii balance board to do these exercises really helps as you are guided with your breathing and also your balance, if you pose falters then you are also guided in how to rectify your position. After each exercise you are shown how well you did with your balance and also this information is mapped out on a graph so you can see visually how you did.
When you have done several exercises a few times it is only then do you feel core elements start to kick in, as the flowing movements of balance and breathing work together. I have felt this when I have done a movement incorrectly as I do not feel any benefits, but get in the right pose and you do feel your muscle groups working. With poses such as sun salutation, warrior, downward facing dog and the chair it does make you wonder how such named exercises can really relax you.
I feel so relaxed after I have slowly stretched and got into a slow breathing routine, my mind is also relaxed and calm and providing I do not get excited with a PSN game or late night film then I can go to bed and sleep right though out the night in a calm and relaxed state, often sleeping only to well.