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No more excuses: tips to make exercising easier

12 Dec

Cruise Gym

 photo credit: atlantankenghoe, flickr

Anybody who tells you that they have never felt like skipping the gym or in fact made up excuses not to go, are lying to you.

Heck I’ve talked myself out of a lot of workouts. Some excuses being:

I worked out yesterday.”

“My gym clothes are too fugly to exercise in.”

“I’d rather go eat ice cream.”

“I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!”

Well the first thing to remember is that we are all human and everybody slips up once in a while, especially when about to do something you know may hurt in the morning. Secondly, all you can do is get back on the treadmill.

Top Tips to Make Going to the Gym Easier

1. Always keep gym clothes in the car: One of the top reasons I duck out of hitting the gym is I didn’t bring my workout gear with me and don’t feel like going home to pick them up. Out of respect for your fellow gym-goers, keep a clean change of clothes with you.

2. Marry trips to the gym with other regular activities: For example, I make a point of going to the gym on my way home from work. One reason being that my gym is directly on route home so I’m not wasting gas and time. Also, I’m more likely to workout while I’m busy, versus going home, making dinner, relaxing for an hour and then trying to workout.

3. Fuel yourself before the gym: I know I’ve pulled the “I’m hungry” card when trying to dodge the gym. To prevent feeling drained always pack two lunches before you leave the house. The second meal you can whip out to satisfy yourself before or after a workout. Make sure you’re eating healthy food not junk.

4. Track your workouts: This is a biggie for me. I literally bought a Sports Illustrated calender. One benefit is that I’m inspired by the buff, beautiful, babes each month (My boyfriend finds this hilarious). I also mark down what days I have exercised. This way you can see how much or how little you’re working out and adjust to your goals.

5. Exercise a little every day: Let’s face it, some days it’s impossible to get to the gym, that’s why I promise to exercise at least a little no matter where I am. Squats, pushups, sit ups and planks can be done at home, school or at a hotel. Doing a little each day keeps me motivated and strong between gym sessions.

Follow these tips and you’ll be hitting the gym more than you ever knew you could.

What helps you get to the gym?

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Rudd’s road to a Brazil Butt Lift

10 Aug

I write this blog to discuss health and exercise with my audience and maybe even help somebody successfully navigate the world of fitness trends and infomercials.

So in the name of all things taught and toned, I’m here to test run Leandro Carvalho’s Brazil Butt Lift.

The Brazil Butt Lift is one of the latest fitness fads that BeachBody has to offer consumers.

Other famous Beachbody workouts include P90X, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and more.

Though I’m not in any way a chubby girl, presently my muscles are a lot softer than they were. Events in my life such as a new job, graduating college and moving out of my parents’ house for the first time lead to me skipping workouts and eating fatty foods.

More than anything in this world I want a butt and thighs free of cellulite and Brazil native Leandro Carvalho promises you that and more with his Brazilian inspired workouts.

He even has Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio as one of his spokesmodels.

Why does it work? (According to Leandro)

  • TriAngle Training targets all three butt muscles
  • It shapes gluteal muscles to round your butt
  • Lifts your butt
  • Firms butt and thighs
  • Combines cardio & sculpting

Over the next month or so, I will complete the workouts and update you through the process on how I feel and look.

My next post will include my “before” photos *gulp.

I hope this workout truly lifts my butt!

Khethiwe Rudd was in no way compensated for reviewing the Brazil Butt Lift.

Staying trim post Halloween: diet and exercise tips

2 Nov

So you’re sitting on your living room floor Halloween night, surrounded by Mars Bars and Kit Kat candy wrappers.

Binging on chocolate one night of the year is admissable but now that the haunted houses have been dismantled and the month of November begins, how do you stop the carnage?

It’s inevitable that you may stumble across these snack-sized treats  post Halloween and the temptation to have just one may overwhelm you, (as it has certainly overwhelmed me) but immediately afterwards you feel guilty.

You fell off of the wagon, now here’s how to get back on.

Firstly eat Halloween smart

All of the following diet tips are courtesy of Fitness guru Angela Ramos, who was quoted in an article on the Crown Point Community website.

  1. Avoid eating many snack-size candy bars. Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re good for you.
  2. Bake your own healthy goodies instead of eating chocolate.
  3. Only buy enough candy for one day, don’t leave any lying around.
  4. If you must have candy, have one in the morning and one at night. Skip desserts that you would normally eat.
  5. Lastly if you eat junk food don’t dwell on it, just move forward positively.
Exercise more after junk-food
Ramos also said to increase your daily exercise by 30 minutes to get rid of the unwanted calories.
According to an article on fitness website DailyBurn Life, there are a few exercises that target the entire body without spending hours in the gym.
  • Push ups workout all parts of the arm including the shoulder and elbow joints.
  • Deadlifts, though they sound painful, are great for the lower body. Maintain proper form, get into a squatting position, grab the weight and lift it off of the ground using your lower body not your back.
  • Military Press is an exercise in which you raise a bar over your head and move it up and down. It resembles a chin up except that the bar is moving, not your body. I would recommend getting a partner for this exercise if you are a beginner.
  • Medicine Ball Woodchoppers is an exercise for the core. Grab a medicine ball at a weight that you feel comfortable working with and begin with your legs spread more than shoulder width apart and the ball in front of you between your hands. Move the ball to your left foot then lift it in front of you and up to your right hand side as high as your arms will reach. Your body twists as you do the exercise. Switch sides afterwards.
  • Cardio is a key component to any workout, so try jumping rope or doing burpees.

    Halloween candies make dieting and staying in shape harder than it has to be. Experts share tips on staying lean after the spooky holiday. Photo By http://flic.kr/p/5z83ovrespres

Now you have all of the tools to keep healthy and trim post Halloween.

But remember before embarking on a new diet and fitness plan consult a physician.

Let me know how you stay healthy after Halloween.

Nautilus launches new CoreBody Reformer: combines yoga, Pilates and dance

26 Oct

Nautilus’ newly launched CoreBody Reformer combines pilates, dance and yoga for a full body workout that focuses on the abs. Photo By CoreBody Reformer website

In order to reach a mass audience in a struggling economy Nautilus released a new workout machine, the CoreBody Reformer.

Pilates, dance and yoga moves are used to target your core as you use the machine.

At $279 the CoreBody Reformer is more affordable than other products by Nautilus, such as the BowFlex Classic Home Gym ($649) or the TreadClimber TC20 ($3,299), in order to cater to the downtrodden economy.

“It definitely fits the budget better, just by virtue of the price,” said Nautilus CEO Bruce Cazenave in an interview for The Columbian.

Cazenave also said that regardless of how the economy was faring the price would remain the same to reach its target consumer.

How it works

•Pilates exercise improve strength
•Yoga improves flexibility
•Dance moves increase cardio

The device is shaped like a T and lies on the floor. Two bands extend from it with handles to workout your arms and legs.The machine is made for you to stand, sit, stretch or straddle it to exercise.

The advertisement states that you’ll get results in “30 days or less.”

CoreBody Reformer includes

•Four workout DVDs
•Flashcards that illustrate exercises
•Weight loss plan
•A poster to track your progress
•A blue washable cover
•Carrying strap

As showcased by the Reebok lawsuit over false advertising, you can’t always believe what you’re told, so it’s best to listen to those who have tried the product.

Reviews

So far reviews have been positive.

“I have lost 25 pounds. In six weeks I lost 15 pounds. Eat right and work out on you CBR for 45min. five days a week. It really works!” wrote Yvette Navaro on facebook.

“Its quite the workout and a lot of fun. I know what I’m getting myself for christmas,” commented Amber Raymond Towle on Facebook.

But according to the Fit Bottomed Girls website, though the exercises are fun and effective, the CoreBody is awkward to move. The pulleys also have no resistance to build on as you get stronger using the machine.

“Just like anything, you have to use it. The CoreBody Reformer is the tool, but you have to do the work,” wrote Jenn on the website.

Reebok sued for $25 million over false ads for ReeTone

18 Oct

The Federal Trade Commission won a civil suit against Reebok because its ReeTone shoes were proven ineffective.

It all began with advertisements for ReeTone that promised a 28 per cent increase in toning effectiveness.

Then, studies proved the commercials wrong. The ReeTone shoes didn’t provide any extra boost to a workout. 

But Reebok maintains that customer feedback has been mostly positive to its ReeTone shoes.

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Reebok/reetone shoes, Chandigarh Complaints, Reviews: reetones of my shoes are damaged

With news of the lawsuit, people turned to injury lawyers to be compensated. However the $25 million won is meant to refund all of the ReeTone shoes purchased.

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In recent years, toning shoes have exploded onto the marketplace. Toning shoes are purported to provide an exceptional workout when they are worn while engaging in everyday activities. This type of shoes is advertised as a way to be able to work out without going to a gym or engaging in any especially active behavior.

Public reaction to the lawsuit mostly blames the consumer for buying the shoes, not Reebok.

Reebok must be bum-med @ having to pay a £25mil settlement #Reetone Did consumers really think they would just transform into Kelly Brook?
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October 10, 2011

Are SKECHERS Shape-ups next up at the docket?

Exercise balls boost ab workout: Vancouver kinesiologist

11 Oct

Exercise balls are useful tools to achieve those washboard abs according to kinesiologist Rob Williams. Photo courtesy of chrisdlugosz

You need to get on the ball in order to achieve flat, washboard abs according to Vancouver kinesiologist and posture specialist Rob Williams.

And based on the core workout he describes, it has to work because it’s too painful not to.

But a six pack shouldn’t be desired purely for vanity, wrote Williams in Training your core can be a ball on the Vancouver Sun website.

Strong core improves:

  • movement
  • posture
  • balance

Williams also wrote that your position during an exercise is important. Your inner-core should be engaged first to support your pelvis and lumbar spine before you start the exercise.

 Benefits to good exercise position:

  • less strain on hips and lower back
  • tighter/flatter abs

Now that you know how to position yourself, it’s time to grab a ball and try one of Williams’ exercises.

But not before you do a warm up and consult a physician Williams warns (this is the don’t sue me clause).

 Ball bridge exercise:

Bridging improves lower back, including your glutes (ladies listen up) and hamstrings.

You can bridge on the floor to begin or on an exercise ball to be advanced.

  1. Lie on your back with your legs on the ball. The further your hips are from the ball, the harder the exercise.
  2. Engage core and lift your hips off of the ground so that your body is a straight line.
  3. Challenge yourself by rolling the ball back and forth or lifting one leg off of the ball all while keeping your pelvis straight.
  4. Do three holds up to a minute each.

I find this exercise to be quite intense very quickly. Simply elevating my body with the ball was enough to induce sore abs during and after the routine. If you are a beginner to core exercise definitely begin on the floor and work your way to the ball.

 Ball side extension exercise:

This exercise targets the sides of the torso, lower back and abdominals.

  1. Lay on your right side on top of an exercise ball with your feet against the base of a wall and your top leg behind your bottom leg. The ball should support your pelvis and lower torso.
  2. Cross your arms on your chest, or for more difficulty put each hand behind an ear.
  3. Steadily align your body and lower your body over the ball then raise back up, lifting your elbow towards the ceiling as your rib cage shifts upwards.
  4. Don’t twist your body.
  5. Do three sets of 10-12 reps.

Personally, my obliques are the weakest part of my abs so this exercise was harder than the Ball Bridge.

 Ball rollout sprawl exercise:

The best core exercises hold the spine and core in a controlled position wrote Williams.

  1. Have your feet on the ground and forearms on one or two balls (advanced) in front of you.
  2. Engage core and have spine and pelvis in neutral position.
  3. Once in a solid position roll the ball forward.
  4. When using two balls, slowly roll one ball at a time. Shorten your movements if your position changes it’s probably because you are losing control.
  5. Do three sets of 12-15 repetitions on each side.

This position felt unnatural at first. It was like a trust exercise with myself, could I roll forward and not fall onto my face?

But my theory is if it burns, it works and I felt the burn.

For pictures that demonstrate the above exercises visit: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Training+your+core+ball/5512151/story.html

Reebok refunds: lawsuit against EasyTone shoes highlights consumerism

5 Oct

Reebok’s EasyTone shoes (not shown), were advertised to better achieve a toned lower body than average running shoes. Traditional exercises such as knee highs depicted above should not be traded in for special shoes. Photo by Rance Costa http://flic.kr/p/7tL1kM

In response to the lawsuit against Reebok, Lori Borgman of The Tribune News Service wrote that she feels badly for gullible consumers like her, in the article Toning shoe takes a misstep.

The Federal Trade Comission recently settled a $25 million class action suit against Reebok, whose EasyTone and RunTone shoes were proven to be no better than the average running shoe.

The Reebok product guarantee: Reebok commercials promised “better legs and a better butt with every step,” when wearing its EasyTone shoes. Workouts in the shoes were also  advertised to be up to 28 per cent more effective.

Sure, the girl in the commercial looked great and most women would be jealous of her pert backside, but that’s the whole point of advertising. Commercials try to make you feel incomplete without their product, and we know this.

We know this and still ignore the truth because we are all optimists.

The Truth about EasyTone: A study from the American Council of Exercise found no benefits to using Reebok’s toning shoes. Other studies conducted also found the same results.

Borgman also writes that the shoes weren’t in fact hurting anybody and the only people that benefit from this scandal are personal injury lawyers.

I have a different opinion.

Consumers benefit from lawsuit:

  • Consumers may finally be realizing that not all advertisements are true. As much as people would like to believe there’s a quick fix for cellulite, sometimes you just have to face the fat and admit that almost nothing is a quick fix.
  • The FTC is using the $25 million to refund money back to unsatisfied EasyTone customers.
  • The FTC may sue companies with similar products who may have untrue claims, class-action expert Jaime Bianchi said to Reuters. As a result advertisers may become more honest because of accountability.
  • If after all the bad press you still want a pair of EasyTone’s, just for kicks (pun intended) they are almost all on sale on Reebok’s website.

FTC’s response to lawsuit: David Vladeck from the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection said in a press conference that Reebok “violated the law by making false and unsubstantial claims” about the effectiveness of its Easy Tone shoes.

Reebok’s response to lawsuit: But Reebok put out a statement saying that it doesn’t agree with the allegations even though the company settled. Reebok also stated that customer feedback for the shoes have been positive.

Moral of the story: You know how they say you should walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? In this case don’t.