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The Best '80s Workout Videos: Denise Austin's Super Stomachs

Not many people know that Denise Austin has been around the fitness world for quite some time. She first appeared on the scene in the 1980’s with her workout videos like Super Stomachs. Although Denise Austin continues to release workout DVDs and has an extensive list of videos she has released, her Super Stomachs workout is still one of her best workouts to get your mid section toned and to work up a sweat.

Super Stomachs was released by Denise Austin in 1988. At that time she was fairly new to the fitness business and had only released a few workouts before this one. That does not mean that this workout is not a great workout that can still be done 20 years later and have you seeing great results. The thing that is most attractive to Super Stomachs is that the workout is not very long at all, but it will push you to your max. The workout is simply a 15 minute conditioning workout that targets your stomach to help get flat abs as well as build muscle to help support your back and give you better posture.

Super Stomachs is not for beginners though. The exercises that Denise Austin performs in the workout are for moderate to advanced exercisers who already have some stomach muscles to help support their back during these exercises. That being said, since the workout is for a more advanced group of people, it will definitely have you feeling the aftereffects the next morning.

If you have ever seen a Denise Austin workout video you know that she is full of pop and motivation during the whole workout. This workout is no exception. Even though it is only 15 minutes long, she continues to push you through each exercise and probably realizes just how difficult the exercises really are.

If you are looking for a workout that will tone your mid section and also help you with strengthening your back and giving you better posture, then this 80’s workout video is a must-see. It doesn’t matter that it is over 20 years old (although Denise’s outfit and tennis shoes may give you a good laugh when working out) the workout is still effective and will have you feeling the burn and the sweat dripping down your face.

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Incorporating Fitness into Parenting: Afternoon Family Yoga Session

With creativity and thought, fitness can join one’s daily parenting routine. An afternoon family yoga session is one way to make fitness a cornerstone of parenting. Plus, this particular fitness activity provides many benefits, some that you may have never considered.

Why hold family yoga in the afternoon? When the kids get home from school, they need some relaxation. But they also need a boost of brain power. Yoga is a great activity for both. Not only can yoga stimulate the mind and relax the body, but exercising before dinner can help the body better burn calories and convert food into the proper energy. Yes, kids get to play more than adults, but their minds are constantly working. Plus, lessons, sports, activities, and even playing can be tiring. Kids need to wind down and they also need something that will bring that focus back so they can complete homework, read, or study. All of the above and more add up to being a great reason yoga in the afternoon can be added as routine family fitness.

Family yoga sessions in the afternoon are even more of a win for parents. By the time the kids get finished with lessons or extra curricular activities, the parents are likely exhausted from their days as well. Working, cleaning house, and performing routine parental duties can be tiring for both the mind and body. Parenting is hard and yoga can be both the quick pick-me-up needed to prepare dinner and the relaxing moment needed to relieve the day’s stress.

Afternoon yoga sessions need not take hours. A simple 20 minutes will suffice. It doesn’t take much time out of the day and will benefit parents and kids alike. Yoga books, DVD’s, classes, and even yoga websites can help you find the best poses to incorporate into your day. Poses can focus on specific benefits, as well as experience level. There’s even yoga for babies, so you have no excuse not to get the whole family involved.


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Workout Tip of the Week: Exercising Outdoors During the Late Summer

The late summer and early fall months are a great time to head outdoors for your fitness routine. But how do you make sure you’re really getting in a great workout without the help of resistance equipment and mile-counters on the machines? Whether you choose to go swimming or head outside for a long jog, the heat may get to you faster than it would at the gym—which means you don’t always know if you’re pushing yourself hard enough. Here are ways to make the most of your workouts during late summer:

1. Wear the right clothing. Make sure your workout gear is well-suited for the weather or you risk dehydration and discomfort from the heat and humidity. You’ll need lightweight, light-colored clothing made with moisture-wicking fabric so that your skin can breathe.

2. Throw on a visor. Pull your hair back in a ponytail if you have longer hair, and brush it back neatly if you have shorter hair so that you can wear a visor comfortably. A visor will help to block out the powerful sun rays of the late summer months and help you stay focused.

3. Wear sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from damaging UV rays, so make sure you’re wearing a pair of well-fitting sunglasses that cover the entire eye area. Wraparound sunglasses and oversized sunglasses that reach your eyebrows are your best bets for an outdoor workout.

4. Carry a pedometer . Keep track of the miles you’ve covered so you’re not pushing yourself beyond your limit. Set a goal and monitor your heart rate at regular intervals throughout the session so you don’t injure yourself in the heat.

5. Don’t forget the water bottle! Nothing will make you tired more quickly than being dehydrated. When you’re working out under the hot sun, you need to prevent dehydration, so take along a large water bottle and keep it topped off from a water fountain whenever possible.

Working out outdoors is a great way to make the most of the nice weather during the late summer months and enjoy a change of scenery. Make sure you’re well-prepared for the climate and protect yourself with these essential tips…and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Workout Tip of the Week: The No-Hassle Workout

When the day is full of to-do lists and high stress levels, squeezing in a workout may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, skimping on the workouts can quickly turn into a lifestyle that leads to weight gain, poor muscle tone and low energy levels. One of the easiest ways to combat the inevitable is to add just 20 to 30 minutes of focused exercises into your day. Still not convinced you can do it? Pick up some resistance bands and you’ll be well on your way!

Resistance bands are easy to pack and stow away in your desk at the office, and you can use them virtually anywhere. They’re a convenient alternative to dumbbells and you can still get a great workout from a few reps using major muscle groups. These bands look like giant rubber bands and come in an array of colors. You can tie them to a doorknob to turn your door into an instant weight-training machine, step down on them and lift them over your head to imitate the movements of an overhead press, or use them to perform more challenging squats and lunges.

Resistance bands are lightweight and portable, so plan to tote these along in your tote bag or work bag with ease. You can use the simple variety that are just basic bands, or go for the premium type that include safety straps (so you don’t have to worry about slipping).

A few things to remember when strength training with resistance bands:

Always make sure the bands are tied securely around the object, or you risk hurting yourself
Stretch briefly before and after (sans resistance bands) so you don’t shock your muscles into action
Watch your breathing, just as you would if you were lifting weights at the gym
Make sure your hands aren’t wet or sweaty, or you risk losing your grip on the bands
Look for different ways to perform your usual gym workouts such as squats, lunges, overhead presses, bicep curls and tricep curls.

There are dozens of exercises you can do with resistance bands, and they’re among the best workout tools to pack and take along on any busy day. Squeeze a resistance band workout into your busy day so you don’t have to worry about piling on the pounds when there’s no time for the gym!