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Top 5 Favorites: Walking Workouts

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | August 21st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: abs, cardio, core, Debbie Rocker, exercise, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, hiking, kickboxing, Leslie Sansone, lower body, lunges, nordic walking, sculpting, thighs, Tina Vindum, treadmill, walk, walking, walking poles, walking workouts, weight-loss, workout

Walking Workouts

I love walking — outside, on a treadmill, whatever — but I have a little problem commonly known as lack of motivation. On days when it’s cold outside, or drizzly, or appears to be either of the above, I am easily dissuaded from working out … and easily persuaded to sleep the extra half hour instead. But I hate the “no cookie for you today” feeling of regret that not working out brings.

Lucky for me (and you!), GaiamTV.com has a ton of great walking workout videos. They’re perfect for working out at home — no weather restrictions, no too-loud-for-the-downstairs-neighbors cardio; just fun routines for burning calories.

My favorites combine upper-body strengthening with the lower-body workout. If they have gorgeous scenery, so much the better! These videos eliminate my excuses and, in time, my jeans size. Here are my top five favorites from Gaiam TV. I’m confident you’ll find at least one in here that will tempt you to pick up the pace.

10 No-More-Excuses Exercise Tips

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 8th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: dancing, excuses, exercise tips, Fitness, jumping jacks, lunges, no time to exercise, push-ups, squats, stairs, the firm, walking, weight-loss, working out, workout tips

The FIRM Workout Tips

by The FIRM Master Instructor Jennifer Ray

I think we can all agree on one thing: Life is busy. With that said, who has time to exercise?

I’m not here to scold, because we are all guilty of making excuses as to why we don’t have time to exercise. And I’m not saying these excuses aren’t often legitimate either — sometimes there really aren’t enough hours in the day! What I am here to do is offer easy solutions to a problem that faces us all.

10-Minute Yoga Supersets: Better than Another Hour of Yoga

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | June 22nd, 2011 | 17 Comments
topic: Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: abs, arms, back, biceps, bursts, butt, Chaturanga, chest, child's pose, Cobra Pose, core, Crossed Kicks, downward dog, exercise, Fitness, glutes, hamstrings, legs, lunges, metabolism-boost, muscle tone, Navasana Twists, obliques, Plank Pose, plateau, plateaus, pushup, quadriceps, Sadie Nardini, Shakti Kicks, stomach, strength, strength training, supersets, Swimming Locust, thighs, triceps, work out, workout, Yoga, yoga fusion, yoga poses, yoga supersets

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This year, after 15 years of yoga practice and transforming my body, I found myself hitting a plateau. Though my practice regularly involves power moves like jumping forward into Crow Pose and holding Warrior Pose for a long time, my muscle tone seemed to be stuck on autopilot: never decreasing, but never really going to that next level, either.

What Good Balance Does for Your Body and How to Get It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: agility, balance, balance disc, balance pads, balance training, balance workouts, balance-ball, balanceball, balancing, Bosu ball, injuries, injury, lunges, squats, strength, therapy

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The most overlooked and arguably the most important word in health is “balance.” Why? Because this one word says it all! We spend our entire lives trying to keep things in balance, whether it’s our checkbook, our diet or our time management. Then as we age, we need to literally improve our physical balance to keep on doing the things we like to do.

2 Circuits for Shapely Legs

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | October 9th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: circuits, exercises, glutes, hamstrings, leg exercises, leg workouts, legs, Louise Smith, lunges, quadriceps, squats, strong legs, the firm, tone your legs, workouts

By The FIRM Master Instructor Louise Smith

If you’re short on time like I sometimes am, it’s great to have a leg routine that will leave your legs burning and your workout done in a flash. I call this go-to routine my Tri-Set Lower Body Blast. It targets all the muscles of the hip and thigh — the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps — with unilateral, bilateral, single joint and multi-joint exercises. Here’s a quick how-to video we shot at the studio to show you the moves. You’ll need just one heavy set of dumbbells or a sculpting bar.

Fastest Ways to Tighten Your Booty

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | October 2nd, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: backside, buns, burn-calories, butt, cardio, exercises, firm, firm up your butt, glutes, how to tone your butt, lunges, squats, strength, tone, workouts

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We typically think of  “swim suit season” as the time of year we all focus on our buns. But I’ve been inundated with booty questions lately, so I thought I’d write about how to firm it up!

Does Your Knee Pain Shoot from the Hip?

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | July 6th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | tags: cycling, hip excercises, knee pain, leg injuries, lunges, overuse injury, running, squats, stretches, walking

knee-pain-and-walking-or-runningIf you ever experience joint pain when you walk, run, jog or cycle, this is a need-to-know: Ice, rest and knee supports are not your only tools to ease and prevent that pain. In fact, research suggests that lower leg injuries are often attributed to weakness in the muscles that support the hips.