Currently Browsing: Health & Fitness

Make moving date fun, make it an exercise!

How to turn moving into an exercise

It is very likely that one of the items on your bucket list for the year is to get more exercise. But if you are anything like the rest of us, you probably worked out for a few days and stopped doing it altogether after a while. Truth is, getting enough exercise is hard work. However, one simple trick to that will ensure that your body gets as much physical activity as it needs is to turn your daily chores into an exercise. And there is no other day filled with chores like moving day.

If you are planning to move to a new home you can take the opportunity to work out a little. Some people simply hire moving help to do all the hard stuff, but you can benefit a lot from these activities.

Cleaning: a lot of cleaning goes down when during a move and you can use that to your advantage. Here are some simple activities you can do while cleaning your new home before moving in.

  • Scrubbing the floors: get down on your knees or do some deep squats while you reach out to the corners of with a scrubbing brush. Sure a mop is good but you can burn even more calories by scrubbing the floor by hand.
  • Vacuuming: using a vacuum cleaner doesn’t sound like so much, but you can’t put some work into it. Try to squeeze your buttock and abdominal muscles while you reach out with the vacuum extension. Experts say you can burn up to 80 calories by vacuuming alone.
  • Washing the windows: when the last time you stretched your hands above your head? It’s probably a long time ago, you can do just that by washing the windows in your new home inside and out. Its great exercise for your shoulders. Doing this for at least 30 minutes lets you burn up to 150 calories

Painting: if you know a little bit about painting, (You can learn it too. It’s not that difficult) you can paint your room yourself. This is another small but impressive way to exercise your body when moving into your new home. It’s not easy to keep your hands up all day, but you get to burn 177 calories in 30 minutes.

Carrying furniture: most people just hire a mover to get the furniture out. There’s nothing wrong in getting a little help especially with the very heavy stuff, but you can join the professionals in their work as well. Its good exercise for your arms. Bend your knees and straighten your back like you would do if you were weightlifting each time you carry anything. Be careful not to strain your back though. You can ask for help lifting anything too heavy or simply let the professionals handle them.


Moving is serious work. But your body can benefit from the experience too. You can leverage the opportunity to get some exercise while you are at it. …

How to Find The Right Martial Arts Gym?

You may have known some friends that have decided to enroll in a prominent boxing/martial arts gym. And their reasons range from trying out a new fitness routine to finding outlets of stress. Punching bags had always been the saner alternative to punching fellow office workers. Some problems are not worth the slammer anyway. So the next problem then becomes finding the right fitness gym for you. Otherwise, you won’t be checking out this list for some tips. Read on to see which solutions could possibly fit you. So here are a few tips from an experienced coach Earnest Johnson, the head coach of San Diego boxing classes and sparring sessions.

Finding the right instructor.

Not signing up for the long term at first works for you. It will give you leeway to opt out of any an unwanted committment in case you realized that a certain instructor’s teaching method doesn’t jell with your flow. You may have heard about all of the MMA fights that he won on a pro level, the belts he earned in his career and what-not. But it doesn’t always translate well to the teaching aspect. (Note: Be on the lookout for pricks.)

The right instructor knows how the balance between discipline and being a prick. The discipline often comes in based on that guy’s personal experience in training for a fight. The confidence comes in when that same instructor reminds you of everything that he experienced as a pro-fighter without rubbing to your face that you will never be him. Not that you plan to be like him but you can always give that a second thought.

What differentiates the confident instructor from that of a prick is that for the latter, it is more about him and less about the student. The confident instructor puts into consideration that you are a beginner and your reasons behind signing up for boxing class don’t automatically mean a shot at a professional fighting career. So adjusting to your fitness needs without compromising the need for a disciplined lifestyle are the best signs that you have found the right instructor.

Finding the right schedule.

Some fitness centers know that most yuppies have their free time after office hours. So they make it a point to have some hours after 6 pm available for them. And yuppies are happy to spend at least an hour in the gym, so they will not have difficulty sleeping upon getting home. It has become a problem for some professionals to be sleepy at work and has difficulty sleeping at night simply because of the lack of any rigorous physical activity prior to bedtime.

An hour a day is all you need to prime your body for improved health. Better sleep might be the most underrated reason behind any attempt at gym-related physical activity. Sitting all day in the office without much exercise makes the body lazy, not sleepy. Now rigorous physical activity is guaranteed once you get into hour-long boxing sessions at least once a day. Just cool down right after the session and relax for at least an hour at home before going to bed and sleep time will not be as difficult as you used to.

Once you have both the instructor and the schedule right down pat, you will keep a fitness routine this therapeutic. It pumps up the adrenaline at its utmost and pushes your body into an activity that conditions your physicality overall. All that is left for you then is enjoy the sessions as you roll with the punches. …