Punching Up The Fitness Regimen

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newsFitness boxing is a great aerobic activity. It also helps improve muscle strength, endurance, balance, and possibly eye-hand coordination.

Boxing isn’t just a sport anymore. It’s also a popular way to stay fit — even among older adults — through a version known as fitness boxing, reports the November 2015 Harvard Health Letter. “This kind of boxing has many health benefits, because it constantly requires you to think, change your position, and change your posture,” says physical therapist Linda Arslanian, director of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Unlike traditional boxing that requires each boxer to spar with a partner, fitness boxing for older adults involves throwing punches at the air or at a punching bag, usually in a class. There are two main types of these exercise classes. In one, the class follows a leader and completes a series of boxing moves choreographed to bouncy music, similar to an aerobics class. The other type of exercise class involves strength training, stretching, and hitting a punching bag.

Don’t have the strength to stand and do boxing moves? Both types of classes are available for people who wish to remain seated while punching at the air or at a punching bag.

There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. It’s a great aerobic workout, it builds upper body strength, and it improves balance.

Read the full-length article: “Punch up your exercise routine with fitness boxing”

Also in the November 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Which blood pressure medication is the right one for you?

* How to tell if your medications are making you depressed

* Avoiding foodborne illness at home and at the holiday buffet

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Complement Your Fitness Regimen With Non-Surgical Body Contouring

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by Louis Silberman

joggersA good fitness regimen can help you feel better, lose weight, improve your health, increase your energy level and make you feel more confident in your skin. But, even when we’re exercising regularly and maintaining a balanced diet, some of us are still troubled by “problem areas” that just won’t go away. The most common of these areas are the lower abdomen, thighs and buttocks. The problems can range from cellulite to excess inches and even sagging skin.

While these “problem areas” may not pose any health risks, they can often make people feel self-conscious and uncomfortable with their bodies. For a long time, the only way to address these issues was with surgery. But now, there are simple non-invasive procedures that can be performed in less than an hour, with no downtime.

Advances in medical aesthetic technology allow us to get a smooth, slimming effect with the use of ultrasound waves, radiofrequency energy, fat freezing technology and other FDA-approved modalities.

Advances in medical aesthetic technology allow us to get a smooth, slimming effect with the use of ultrasound waves, radiofrequency energy, fat freezing technology and other FDA-approved modalities. Treatments that utilize ultrasound technology reduce the appearance of cellulite by delivering localized heat below the skin. This electronically-induced heat creates a micro-massage effect that redistributes fat cells and encourages blood circulation. Treatments that employ infrared and radiofrequency modalities use light and radio frequencies to produce heat below the skin; at the same time a mechanical vacuum massage works to shrink the size of fat cells, resulting in a loss in circumference and a reduction of cellulite. Fat freezing is the newest innovation in body sculpting. It works by delivering controlled cooling to fat cells, which will eliminate those cells over time.

While these devices allow us to get great results at a fraction of the price of surgical procedures, it’s important to point out that these procedures do not produce the same results as liposuction or laser liposuction. The non-surgical body contouring treatments typically work best on people who are near their ideal weight, but have one or two areas that have not been able to be “smoothed out” by diet and exercise alone. Some common complaints are those about “a muffin top,” “saddle bags” and “cottage cheese.”

Depending on the type of treatment you receive, you may need several sessions to get the best results. It is also extremely important to find a practitioner who is clinically trained in body contouring. When you visit a doctor, nurse, aesthetician, cosmetic laser technician or another medical aesthetic professional to get a consultation, be sure to ask about his or her credentials, experience and education.

– Louis Silberman is president and founder of National Laser Institute, the largest cosmetic laser and medical aesthetic training center in North America. Silberman is an expert in medical aesthetics, a medical spa owner and nationally recognized author, marketing speaker and business consultant. Contact Silberman at (800) 982-6817 or louis@nlionline.com.

Spinning Or Running – What’s A Healthier Workout Regimen?

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By Jeff Nexder

girljogGetting in shape is no walk in the park, but perhaps that’s because walking in the park doesn’t burn many calories. If you’re serious about getting healthy, the key is to make the most effective use of your exercise time. Running and indoor cycling are two very popular options, and in fact both of these routines can help you to achieve your fitness goals, but the questions remains, which one offers the competitive edge you need?

Running

Running is perhaps the oldest workout on Earth, and it still holds up as well as ever. Daily running can help you to burn calories, eliminate or prevent obesity, maintain a healthy heart, relieve stress and even alleviate depression. That’s because rigorous cardiovascular exercise results in the release of endorphins, which are pleasure signals from the brain. The number of calories burned during a run depends largely on the size of the runner and the amount of effort put forth, but according to research, 155-pound person running at 6mph can burn an average of 704 calories in an hour.

Indoor Cycling

spinclassSpinning classes have become exceedingly popular over the past couple of decades, and it’s not surprising. This challenging workout—performed on stationary bicycles—provides all of the same benefits of running, but without the risks. While running places a lot of strain on the joints, indoor cycling is safe for just about anyone. According to experts, indoor cycling offers a comparable—and possibly even preferable—calorie-burning workout, with a 155-pound person burning an average of 739 calories per hour during a vigorous session. Indoor cycling also offers an appealing social element, as Spinning classes are great for making new friends and staying motivated in a structured environment.

The Verdict

Running places more stress on the body, which can mean greater potential for injury, but indoor cycling can get expensive if you don’t already possess a stationary bike or gym membership.

There are pros and cons to consider on both sides. Running places more stress on the body, which can mean greater potential for injury, but indoor cycling can get expensive if you don’t already possess a stationary bike or gym membership. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of biking vs running, because your own personality is also important variable. Some people prefer the freedom of racing against the wind, while others thrive in a group class setting.

Find Your Perfect Workout Today

If you have never tried indoor cycling, find a class in your area today and see if it’s a good fit for you. If you’re interested in running, consider challenging yourself by training for a 5k, 10k or even a marathon. The important thing is that you get out there and be active. Start burning those calories today!

– Jeff Nexder has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California Riverside, and has been writing professionally for the past decade. His articles have appeared in publications as wide- ranging as Livestrong, The Houston Chronicle Business and the San Francisco Chronicle. He currently contributes content to Spinning.com. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and attending rock concerts.