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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to afford all of that fancy equipment used in the gyms? Well, as nice as it sounds, it just isn’t an option for most people. And since exercise is so important, you need to find exercises that are effective and don’t require any equipment at all.

To make these exercises even more fun, you can blast music while you’re doing them. Some you can even do while watching TV.

Now you have no more excuses! Here are 10 great exercises that you can do at home, without the need for any equipment:

  1. Walking – If the weather is nice, it’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the scenery around you while you exercise. However, if the weather has other ideas, you can just as easily get an effective walking workout at home. If you have a flight of stairs, go up and down them a few times. (You could even grab a load of laundry as you’re going that way anyway!) This will help to tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well. If you don’t have any stairs available, just walk around the house a few times – it may not be very exciting, but it will do the job!
  2. Jumping Jacks – These are always fun, as they bring back memories of being a kid! Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise – they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too.
  3. Pushups – These are probably not the most favorite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. You don’t need to pretend you’re “Rocky”, and do them with one hand; just do what works for you. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
  4. Leg Lifts – These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly.
  5. Crunches – The best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry about getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles, you will see some benefit.
  6. Jogging In Place – Jogging is a great exercise for your heart. You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music. The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs.
  7. Squats – These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks. You can even just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair, if you’re finding them to be too difficult. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body.
  8. Light Weight Lifting – No, you don’t need to go out and buy expensive weights for this! Just use whatever you can find in your house. Start out with something lighter, such as a can of peas, and work yourself up to heavier items. You can use milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles or even water jugs.
  9. Dancing – Dancing is a wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart. Not only that, but it can lift your spirits as well, and give your overall feeling a boost.
  10. Step Exercises – Using the steps in your home, you can do repetitions which will tone your leg muscles. (Just remember to be careful!)

Getting some exercise is important, but you don’t need to go out and join a gym, paying a large amount in membership fees each month. You don’t even need the expensive equipment in order to give your body an effective workout. Use what you have in your house, and work out in the comfort of your home. You will be more likely to keep up with the exercises when you’re comfortable, so just get up and start exercising!

(Written By: Suzanne Hiscock)

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What Equipment Do You Need For Yoga?

Actually you don’t need much to start   doing yoga; I’d say you only need a good mat. That’s all. But… Sometimes, just to make the practice more convenient, or to enhance it, we can use various props and wear particular clothes. If you feel like having the mat only is not enough for you, then go on reading, since we’re going to dive into the most popular and needed yoga gear the majority of students use. You can consider it to be a kind of a yoga equipment checklist for beginners, or something.

What Do You Need For a Yoga Class?

 

  • A Yoga Mat

Among the things you need for yoga class a yoga mat is the most essential. Alternatively, you can have a blanket or a yoga towel, which is also popular in Hot or Bikram yoga.

Yoga mats are made of various materials; the better the material is the more expensive the mat. The same is true for the mat’s size: if you want something bigger and thicker, you will have to pay more. But, there is no need to have a huge mat, because it will be difficult to carry it with you to a yoga studio. You can have it at home, of course, but still I think it is not always very practical. You need to get the right mat thickness, as for the size – just let it cover the whole area on the floor where your body lays.

It’s great to have a natural, Eco friendly yoga mat, but such mats are usually quite expensive – can be over $40.

As in the case with mats, the skidless yoga towels also come in various types, materials and prices. Sometimes, a quality towel costs more than a good mat.

Now, although I said that there is no need to get a huge and expensive mat, it doesn’t mean you need to get a cheap trifle. No, a mat is essential and it will be with you during your practice for years! So get a really good one you like and feel comfortable to practice on it.

  • Only a Mat? Oh, Wait!

Actually, there is something else your mat needs: it is either a yoga mat bag or a carrying strap. You will need them to transport your mat to a class. A bag protects your mat from dust, but a strap is easy to use and fast to make your mat ready for the practice. Some mat straps can also be used to aid your practice, which is an additional benefit.

  • What’s Next? Yoga Apparel

The next most important thing after the mat is the yoga apparel. The first thing to look at is the natural material like cotton or linen; also the clothes should be loose enough to allow free movement in various poses. Yoga practice involves flexibility and wide range motions, so make sure you get yoga pants and shirts to facilitate this.

Instead of pants you may want to get leggings – they are fine as long as they are suitable for doing yoga poses. Instead of t-shirts you can have yoga tops, which often are pretty convenient. Some of them have built-in secure bras to provide an appropriate support for female students during their practice.

The next are the yoga socks and gloves (or yoga paws). Actually I prefer to do yoga barefoot and with nothing on my hands. But if you are not into displaying these parts of your body, or it’s just a bit cold in the room you practice in, then you can get a special socks and gloves that provide an adequate grip. Also there are yoga shoes, which can be great to wear in a studio, especially during winter.

  • Yoga Straps and Blocks

Now is the turn for yoga props, namely straps and blocks. These are good for beginners, since the serve to provide “extra arms” and an additional support. “Extra arms” means that when you don’t have enough flexibility to do a pose, you can use a yoga strap to extend your arms. The similar thing is with the yoga blocks – for example, when you do the triangle pose (Trikonasana), and cannot reach the floor with your hand, you can have a block under it to place the palm over. Often these props are recommended for beginners since they not only compensate for your lack flexibility, but also provide extra safety.

Other props include yoga bolsters or yoga pillows, bands, rollers, belts (the same or slightly different from the straps), yoga balls, sandbags. Basically, all these belong to so called ‘optional yoga equipment’.

Is There Any Difference Between Yoga Equipment For Men And For Women?

Not really; the major stuff is the same. The difference is in the apparel of course: pants, t-shirts, socks, etc. But when it comes to mats, straps, bolsters, blocks – all are the same.

When you consider buying yoga supplies, start with the essential gear like a mat and clothes; if after a while you’ll feel like you need some more stuff to aid your practice, then go and get what’s required. But personally, I think there is no need to buy every piece of yoga gear at once. Chances are you won’t use all the things, some will be collecting dust. So start with the most essential yoga equipment for beginners, and proceed to get more if needed.

I hope I made it clear about what you need to start yoga. The main thing, of course, is your desire to go on, and the ability to be regular and gradual in your practice.

P.S. By the way, I completely forgot about doing yoga at home! If you practice at home, then consider buying the best yoga DVD for beginners!

(Source:http://yogayukta.com/739/yoga-equipment-for-beginners/ By:Den)

This post was set up to show what technology can help non-athletic, everyday people to get fit or lose weight. Over the past number of years there has been a massive increase in the amount of sporting technology that is available for use to ordinary everyday people.

For example if you look at the above picture of a display of a treadmill. There is a lot of information that can be useful to the average person in their quest to get fit. As you can see there is how long they spent on the treadmill, the speed they are running at, how many calories they have lost in this session, and there is also a display that tells them their heart rate, among many other things. At the end of your workout, the displays also tell you what your average speed was and how long you ran/walked in total. This can be important as if you’re aiming to get fit or lose weight, then you will want to try and improve on this performance the next time you get on a treadmill. These types of displays can also be found on rowing machines and exercise bikes etc.

Another useful piece of technology for the average person is the heart rate monitor watch.

As you can see from the above picture the watch is just like a regular watch, except instead of telling you the time, this watch tells you your heart rate. The watch uses a band that is placed just below your chest in order to read your heart rate. We have included a video of how to use a heart rate monitor watch in just in case reading this inspires you to get one! The idea of the heart rate monitor is that it ensures that your heart rate is high enough to be burning calories and getting fit when working out.

Believe it or not, video games can also be used in order to help you to get fit! The introduction of the Wii, has enabled people to play active video games. This is very appealing to people because, we feel your almost getting fit while having fun at the same time! In fact, Wii have brought out a special game that is aimed at just those who are trying to get fit and want to get fit. This game is called Wii fit.

The Wii fit package comes with a board and the actual game itself. You as the user have to copy the exercises that is shown up on-screen. The game also keeps track of the progress you are making so that the exercises will get slightly more difficult each time you use the game. The reason for this is so that the user will get slightly fitter each time they use the game. There are numerous other games that on the Wii that will help you get fit but Wii fit would the main one.

Another way in which people can use Technology to get fit/ healthy is by using websites that are aimed at doing exactly that. For example Microsoft’s Health Vault( Link posted below) is a good website for this

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/healthvault/default.aspx

Obviously Microsoft’s Health Vault can be used for lots of things, but getting healthy is one of them. They also have a section on quitting smoking if anyone is interested. The website would be a great way of keeping track of what exercises you’re doing and at what level you’re doing them at. You can also use it to keep track of your diet and record your heart rate and your blood pressure and things like that. Another excellent site to help you get fit or lose weight would be You-Tube. There are thousands of fitness videos on you tube. There are ones with different levels of difficulties for different types of fitness levels so everyone’s needs are catered for. All you have to do is find one that is suited for your need and follow the instructions of that one.

(By:technologyinsport)

You’ve decided you’re visiting backpack throughout America and live out all of your Woody Guthrie dreams. But you just have a L.L. Bean knapsack from tenth grade, some ancient hiking boots and some outdoor tents that has even more moth gaps than you thought feasible. Before you prepare for your journey, nonetheless, you may want to get some supplies. By getting some quality hiking devices in order to live conveniently as you camp throughout the country, you can plan for your adventure and feel confident while going out into the world. Now you just need to choose the right devices that is best for you.


The first thing you’ll wish is a good hiking backpack. There are hundreds of different brands of knapsacks to choose some. A few of the most durable knapsacks are Gregory backpacks, Osprey backpacks and Deuter backpacks. These are fantastic for long journeys because they are created to hold a big quantity of supplies however taking the least quantity of space. Each of these knapsacks must be effectively gauged and sized for each customer before usage. In order to make sure it is effectively sized, you should determine your shoulder width and back length in order to choose the best one for you.
Tents and resting bags are important as well. By having stable shelter and a comfortable spot to rest you can be sure that you will constantly be energetic and prepared for each day. Nemo tents and Big Agnes tents are trusted during extreme climate or on challenging surface. By having such trustworthy shelter, you could rest your head any place you could and get up the next early morning refreshed. It is also exceptionally vital to choose the right bedroll for you. Brands like Big Agnes has long lasting sleeping bags and even hold a two-person bedroll for couples that are traveling.


The final thing you must consider is your boots. Depending on where you are going, you’re rambling boots will keep you comfortable in even the most extreme weather condition. There are numerous different brand names to pick from however you have to discover the right pair for you. Many spots that sell hiking boots will have indoor hills and rock walls you can attempt new boots out on before purchase. Brands such as Vasque, Zamberlan and Koolaburra have long lasting boots that are excellent for many climates. They commonly have waterproof boots but if you intend on hiking in the Rockies in February MSR snowshoes can be a great choice for you. These are a large financial investment that should be taken seriously since you will be staying in these shoes for potentially months.
After that, the rest depends on you. If needed, you could get probabilities and ends such as Bolle goggles, Primus stove or glacier glasses depending on the landscapes you prepare to dominate. As you travel you will be glad you purchased the right devices while hiking across the country. While it is feasible to only go from state to state with just a knapsack and a guitar, you may desire a bit more in order to stay healthy and safe.

(Author: LeviPhelts299 from ftopdirs.com)

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