Our new blog location

Dear Readers,

Due to technical issues, we have relocated our blog for the time being. You can still find archives here, but all new articles will be available at http://nhlnewfunwaystoexercise.blogspot.com/

Please redirect your bookmarks to the new blog site, and you’ll find lots more great articles, tips, and resources there in the weeks to come!

We hope to see you over there soon. Come on over and check it out! http://nhlnewfunwaystoexercise.blogspot.com/

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Family Exercise for the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our very dear readers!

In honor of the day, we are featuring a few quick articles on ways to enjoy the holidays while keeping your family active at the same time.

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Making sure your family gets enough exercise throughout the holiday season is key to being able to get through these weeks with lower stress and good cheer, not to mention helping keep those holiday pounds at bay!  Check out these suggestions for keeping your family active throughout the holiday season, and above all, remember to enjoy yourselves and each other, and have fun!

3 Great Ways To Love Exercise Again,lose Weight And Improve Your
Next, try to exercise whenever you get the chance. Go on a walk with your siblings, or get up and jog in the morning. Do you have members who are young children? Play with them. Run out in the yard, toss them in the air and catch …family
Publish Date:
11/21/2010 4:44
http://health.ezinemark.com/3-great-ways-to-love-exercise-again-lose-weight-and-improve-your-lifestyle-31b38d32530.html

Holiday Family Exercise
The holidays are upon on us which can mean more food, more family, and less time in the day to be active outside…and the kids are out of school. This adds an extra level of difficulty to the whole exercise idea. …
Publish Date:
11/08/2010 22:13
http://empowerwellness.net/2010/11/08/holiday-family-exercise/

Fun Family Exercise Ideas
There are many ways that families can spend fun time together and get fit at the same time with family activities. Here are some fun family exercise ideas: Walking – this is one of the best ways for families to spend quality time …
Publish Date:
11/02/2010 3:37
http://www.geektheme.com/fun-family-exercise-ideas/

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Fun Ways to Exercise in Winter

Now that the weather is cooling, and winter is on its way (along with the obligatory holiday feasts of the season), many of us tend to begin packing on the pounds.

It is hard to get motivated to get up and work out on these cold, dark mornings, and depending on where you live, there may not be a lot of options for outdoor activities.

But don’t despair — there are plenty of fun ways to exercise indoors, or even enjoy the outdoors on cold snowy winter days!

Videos and books can be a great source of ideas for indoor activities for all ages. (For some of my favorite recommendations for fast, fun, easy workouts, visit http://www.newholisticliving.com/exercise.html.)

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Yoga or Pilates-based workouts can provide fun, relaxing stretching, strengthening, and toning moves for a variety of fitness levels, either with or without equipment. More aerobic dance-based workouts can also be a lot of fun, and can get the blood flowing and get you warmed up and feeling great in a hurry — it’s a great way to beat back the winter blues!

The important thing to remember is that in order to keep your fitness level up throughout the winter, you’ve got to not only get moving, but make it a habit (and if you’ve been quite active, you know it’s addictive!). But in order to make it a habit, you have to first make it a priority. You may have to push yourself a bit at first — remember it takes 21-30 days of consistent practice to form a new habit. But once you’ve gotten your body used to moving and grooving, you’ll find you won’t want to stop!

The body needs movement, and it needs it often — lots of it.

It may be hard to fit exercise into your schedule at first, but you will reap a host of benefits that will make the time invested well worth it.

Activity not only raises your body temperature (important on cold winter days!), but it also relieves stress, improves your mood, and strengthens your immune system, so you will be less likely to catch any of the winter-time bugs going around. And with all that’s going around this winter, you really can’t afford NOT to exercise!

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And remember, you don’t have to exhaust yourself, or spend hours of boredom on a treadmill. 30 minutes per day (or sometimes less, if you’re doing the right activities) is enough to be of benefit, and you can break this into segments if you like.

However, if you’re doing something you enjoy, you’ll find the time will fly by anyway!

Besides videos or structured workout routines, here are some other ideas for fun ways to exercise in the winter:

  • Swimming: Many gyms or your local “Y” have indoor pools which can be great exercise year-round
  • Dance classes: You you can find numerous classes for all different types of dance, from hip-hop to belly-dancing, at many fitness centers or other local venues, often for a quite affordable price. The recent resurgence of popularity in Ballroom and Latin dancing has introduced many to this fun activity — and it’s great exercise! There are many local dance studios in most metropolitan areas, where you can find both group and private classes. (If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, we recommend Emerald City Ballroom.)
  • Depending on the climate where you live, you may also be able to find outdoor winter activities which are great exercise, and fun for the whole family, such as ice skating, or skiing (both cross-country and downhill skiing provide a GREAT workout, as well as the exhilaration of the great outdoors!)

So go ahead, try some of these ideas — mix them up however you like, to find what you enjoy the most. Once you’ve made physical activity a priority for a couple of weeks, you’ll find your body craving it daily, and your enjoyment level increasing, along with your health and well-being.

Have a great winter, be well, and above all else, have fun! (For more fun workout ideas, visit http://www.newholisticliving.com/exercise.html.)

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Video-3 Great Ab Exercises

For those interested in toning your abs, here is a quick free video you may want to check out. Some of the exercises do utilize an ab wheel or balance ball, but for those that hate crunches (and I don’t blame you – so do I), these may offer some interesting options to mix it up. (Or, for my favorite ab workouts ever – Pilates and Yoga — visit our website at http://www.newholisticliving.com/exercise.html for some great suggestions.)

It’s only a couple of minutes long, and offers some interesting exercises I have not seen before. (Please note: If video does not appear below, please click link to view.)

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CLICK HERE for a FREE WORKOUT!! http://www.turbulencetraining.com Here are my 3 favorite abdominal exercises in which none involve lying on your back and curling your shoulder blades off the ground, or any type of movement that requires you to perform hundr…

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Easy Stomach Exercises to Work off Those Love Handles

A major complaint of people who want to look more fit is belly fat. Specifically, a large number of people have trouble with “love handles.” Far from lovely or lovable, these are deposits of fat that take up residence on the sides of one’s lower torso, around the external oblique muscles.

The Obliquus externus abdominis.

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Traditional crunches and sit-ups will not do much for this sort of chub, as they mainly work the abdominal muscles and not the obliques. The good news, however, is that there are a few stomach exercises which specifically target the obliques, helping trim love handles. As with any new physical activity, consult a professional before beginning and be sure to properly warm up to avoid injury.

Also please note that these exercises are most effective when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, and regular physical activity. For some ideas on how to implement these aspects into your life, please visit http://www.newholisticliving.com/holisticwellness.html

Side Bend
A simple exercise, side bends are also probably the most effective method for losing love handles. Start by standing upright. Position your feet shoulder width apart and bend your knees slightly. Lower your whole torso to one side, then back to the other. Lean only side to side, not backwards or forwards.

Torso Twist
This stomach exercise is also effective at reducing love handles, and is good to do right after the side bends in your routine, as it is also done in a standing position. Again, with feet shoulder width apart, slowly twist the body to one side, then to the other. The key here is to twist from your torso, not from the hips. As much of the twisting work as possible should be done by your oblique muscles, not your hip flexors. Keep your torso upright with no bending.

Side Crunch
The next two stomach exercises require you to get off your feet and lie down, preferably on the floor or other flat surface. Use a mat or towel as a cushion if you have a particularly hard floor to work with. Lie down on one side. For simplicity, let us say you are on your right side to start. Bring your right arm across your waist so that your right hand comes to rest on your left side. Touch your ear with the fingertips of your left hand, so that your left elbows winds up pointing straight upward. Lift your shoulders up off the floor while simultaneously raising your left leg to height of about twelve inches (30 cm). Contract your obliques as you do this. Hold for a few seconds, then gently lie back down. Do this for an entire set, then switch to the right side.

Seated Knee Drop
First, position yourself on the floor so that you are resting on your hipbones (not sitting on your butt). You can put your hands on the floor behind you to keep yourself stable in this position. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Put your ankles together. Now lower your knees to the right. Your feet will roll on to their sides, but should remain on the floor. Continue this lowering move until your knees are about six inches above the floor. Hold for one second, then go back up and down to the left side. Move slowly and under control, using your stomach muscles rather than momentum to raise and lower your legs.

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More Ideas on Fun Ways to Exercise

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Here are a few great recent articles on making exercise fun, interesting, and easy. Often we get into a rut of doing the same exercises over and over, and then we start to get bored and lose motivation. With a little creativity and variety, we can get back into the groove, and get moving!

This is especially important with winter coming, and fewer outdoor activities available to many of us. Check out these recent articles for some new ideas to spice up your exercise regimen!

Exercise Tips: Creative Ways to Exercise
If you want to get more exercise but do not like jogging or going to the gym, try finding a few creative ways to exercise like these creative exercises.
Publish Date:
11/01/2010 14:40
http://www.suite101.com/content/exercise-tips-creative-ways-to-exercise-a303361

140+ Fun Ways To Exercise!
Here are tons of fun ways to exercise. Get exited and have fun exercising!
Publish Date:
10/02/2010 15:49
http://www.complete-strength-training.com/fun-ways-to-exercise.html

Exercise Tips – Five Fun Ways to Burn Calories
Exercise
is key to achieving optimum and health and wellness. So whether it’s spinning, swimming, pole dancing or Zumba – there’s no excuse not to keep fit!
Publish Date:
10/20/2010 9:01
http://www.suite101.com/content/five-fun-ways-to-burn-those-calories-a299295

Exercise Isn’t Torture; Fitness Can Be Fun – Weight Loss – Health.com
tennis-funexercise. Getty Images. I have a flexible definition of the word “exercise” Taking a Body Pump class or going for a 5-mile run are a couple of my favorite ways to exercise, but not all of my workouts are this “traditional. …
Publish Date:
10/26/2010 21:00
http://weightloss.health.com/2010/10/26/stop-dreading-workouts-exercise-is-fun/

Visit our website for more ideas on new fun ways to exercise.

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Video-Yoga for Lower Back Pain

Here is a quick video with a few simple yoga exercises to relieve pain and tension in the lower back. This series is pretty easy, but can be quite helpful for those who spend a lot of time sitting, as it will loosen and lengthen your muscles, in a gentle fashion. This would be a good set to do in the middle of your workday, if you can get away from your desk for a few minutes.

Yoga for Lower Back Pain : Cat Cow Yoga Pose for Lower Back Pain
Learn how to do the cat cow progression pose when using yoga poses for lower back pain relief in this free exercise video from a hatha yoga instructor. Expert: Elizabeth Rose Bio: Elizabeth Rose is a registered Hatha yoga teacher with a background in…

 

For more back pain exercises, visit our website at http://www.newholisticliving.com/painrelief.html, or go here for a FREE book on getting rid of back pain.

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