Fitness – Ultimate Stretching Routine

December 15, 2011 by  
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Fitness Tip Video: Beginner Yoga Modifications

December 13, 2011 by  
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Fitness Tip Video: Stretching Routine at Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat

December 12, 2011 by  
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Fitness – Workout Warm Up Routine

December 9, 2011 by  
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Third Trimester Prenatal Yoga : 3rd Trimester Prenatal Yoga Warm Up Tips

October 27, 2011 by  
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Warming up before performing yoga poses is very important for pregnant women to prevent injuries. Stay a healthy pregnant woman with yoga poses and exercise tips from an experienced yoga instructor in this free video. Expert: April Kirkhart Contact: www.workofheartyoga.com Bio: April Kirkhart, MSW, has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and became a certified yoga instructor in 2004 through the Queens Yoga Institutes YogaVeda 260 hour Teacher Training. Filmmaker: Nili Nathan

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Skiing fitness tips

October 16, 2011 by  
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Stretches and Splits Part 2 Stretch Exercise – Stretching Exercises Chinese Splits flexibility

August 13, 2011 by  
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fitforafeast.com . Get your Splits Part 2 includes warmup stretches, stretches for the splits, chinese splits and more exercises and stretches to increase flexibility. A good stretch exercise prior to attempting the splits will help warm up muscles and increase your flexibility. You can also jog in place for 5 minutes to warm up the muscles prior to attempting the splits. Don’t overdo it to avoid muscle strain or injury and go slow….

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Stretching Warmup Exercise for Gymnastics, Dance, Cheerleading, Trampoline and Flexible Fitness

April 16, 2011 by  
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www.fitforafeast.com Great warmup exercises to increase flexibility for trampoline,gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, skating, ballet, tumbling and other sports. These warmup stretches are done before and after the activity. Hold each stretch for between 30 seconds to a minute depending on your level of training. Stretch those muscles and warmup before any fitness activity to avoid injury. Hamstring exercises, toe touches and other stretches before workout reduces the risk of getting hurt. Thanks to trampoline and fitness coach Dennis for giving us all these great warmup stretching tips. Watch our new trampoline videos on some of the cool routines that can be done in competitive trampoline.

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Yoga Girls #5: Sun Salutation (Sex Health Guru Tip)

April 4, 2011 by  
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Girls, get toned and sexy for summer – with Yoga! The sun salutation is your ticket to a hot bikini body! Or, get CRAZY fit: www.sexhealthguru.com

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YOGA EXERCISE for STIFF LOWER BACK

March 21, 2011 by  
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Esther shows you a simple but brilliant exercise for when your lower back is stiff and painful .

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Flexibility Training

June 15, 2008 by  
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Flexibility training involves performing a series of exercises that help maximize range of motion and muscle stability. The benefits are improved blood flow in the muscles and lower risk of injury.

There are three basic types of stretching exercises that help accomplish these goals: static, dynamic and Isometric/PNF.

Static Stretching Exercises

Static stretches are the most traditional type, encompassing the more or less standard ‘pull to maximum end point, hold for five or ten seconds, then release’ group of exercises.

Static stretches should form part of every 10 minute warm-up routine. Every major muscle group should be given a gentle pull, hold and relax. This helps improve the circulation and readies the muscles for more vigorous activity, while decreasing the risk of tears or tendon stretching.

Dynamic Stretching Exercises

Dynamic or ballistic stretches are more controversial, since they involve stretch with added momentum or even using weights. They are potentially harmful and that risk-factor is one of the major elements behind the controversy. At minimum, you should seek out a knowledgeable trainer before engaging in this form of flexibility training.

As one example, rest one knee on a ball and slowly rotate the ball away from the body, giving a very moderate bounce at the maximum point. Lunges, performed by moving one foot ahead, kneeling slightly with the back straight and bouncing gently, would be another.

Isometric Stretching Exercises

PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) involves a combination of passive and isometric exercise. Apart from having a fancy technical name and associated acronym, PNF actually has several useful features that should motivate individuals to investigate its value.

Performed properly, under the guidance of an experienced fitness professional or devoted amateur, PNF can maximize range of movement and best prepare the body for more strenuous exercise.

Several exercises involve using a partner. The muscle group you want to work is stretched under tension, then contracted for several seconds, and your partner applies resistance to inhibit movement.

For example, stretch your arms out and slowly move them behind you, then contract the biceps, triceps and shoulders. Have the partner gently pull your hands together a little past the 180 degree mark as you attempt to pull your arms back to 180 degrees.

As another example, lie on your back on a comfortable surface. Raise one leg vertically and have your partner grab your foot. Your partner then presses the foot gently backward until you feel tension on the hamstring (the muscle on the rear of your thigh). You then contract the muscles as you attempt to move your leg back down, with your partner resisting the movement.

Good Flexibility Exercises Should Precede Your Workout Routine

These examples are to serve only to give a general idea of the exercises. PNF exercises should only be attempted after you have received proper, hands-on training. Done incorrectly they can lead to muscle sprain or joint damage.

Whatever your workout routine, be sure to precede it by good flexibility exercises. That will maximize your performance during the more strenuous part of the total workout.

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