Fitness Tips For A Long And Healthy Life

A wonderful fitness goal to have is to increase the level of fitness you have. It might seem like a big task, especially if you haven’t exercised regularly, but it is doable with the right help. The information below will assist you in reaching your fitness goals. This should get you more healthy and start to feel really good about yourself!

When you set goals for yourself, it is easier to stay motivated. Goals push you to work through your challenges rather than worrying about how hard they are. Goals can also keep you motivated as they show you that you are not done progressing.

Be creative when coming up with a fitness routine. Going to the gym is not the only way to increase your fitness levels. There are many enjoyable activities that can work your body. Adding variety to your workout routine can really help to keep you motivated.

To ensure that your fitness momentum is constantly maintained, try exercising while watching TV. Fit in breaks for exercises, or do some walking in place when a commercial comes on. You can even do some small weight training as you are sitting and relaxing. There is always time to squeeze in exercise.

Keep a journal of what you do each day. This includes all of your exercises, food, and beverages. If you think it will help, record the day’s weather. You can then change anything to your daily routine that can help you get fit. If you had to put off exercising a little while, note why.

Using treadmills at home or at the gym is effective; however, running outdoors is even more effective. Treadmills are a great bad-weather substitute, but there’s nothing quite like running on pavement.

You should check the padding thickness on your workout bench by pressing down on the cushioning. You should not be able to reach the hard structure beneath the padding on an adequately-padded bench. A machine that does not have enough padding won’t support you properly, which can cause bruising and injury.

You should always work your contact skills in preparation for playing volleyball. Foosball, surprisingly enough, is a great way to do this. Foosball requires keen skills to win against an opponent; more specifically great hand-eye coordination. When these skills are honed properly, they can also be useful for volleyball.

An important fitness tip is to never exercise when you are sick. If you get sick, your body is a little more weak because it’s working hard to heal. Your body can’t effectively build muscle and fight off an illness at the same time. This means that you should stop exercising until you feel better. To speed your recovery, eat properly and get sufficient sleep at night.

If you feel guilty watching television, try this tip to exercise at the same time. Use the time during each commercial to get up and do some exercise! Keep weight equipment next to your chair and do a few reps, do jumping jacks, yoga stretches, or anything else that qualifies as exercise.

Being fit makes you feel good and contributes to better health. If you do not enjoy exercising you might be very exhausted, but you can do it if you have some motivation. Use what you learned from this article to reach all of your fitness goals.

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A few nice personal training certification images I found:

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I attended a training class today for PLAs (personal living assistants), all official-like.

The training room was built to accommodate 8-10 people at a time and incorporates various training situations a PLA might encounter. This fella slept through the entire daylong workshop, and since he was at the head of the classroom I stared at him a lot (except for the very important lessons we were asked to pay attention to. of course. of COURSE!).

He cracked me up, all coddled and tucked in … it reminded me of a CPR certification class I took years and years ago for which the instructor taught participants how to do a proper assessment of an unconscious dummy. She’d grab the infant-sized mannequin and, using a high-pitched fake concern voice she’d yell, "baby! baby! wake up baby!", as though the voice she used would rouse only dogs who could hear that supersonic pitch – well, and dummy baby was supposed to wake up to the sqeeaww of her voice too, but if baby didn’t come to, then one should start breathing and compressions.

Maybe it’s just that plastic people crack me up?

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 26, 2018) – Aviation Electronics Mate Airman Arielis Quinones-Bonilla puts on a personal protective hood during a damage control drill as part of a Mobility-Engineering (MOB-E) certification aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). The MOB-E certification, performed by Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (ATG WESTPAC), ensures Sailors aboard Wasp have the necessary skills to respond to potential shipboard casualties. Wasp, flagship of Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)

KATUSA program remains strong
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KATUSA program remains strong

By Walter Ham IV
Eighth Army Public Affairs

SEOUL — The Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, or KATUSA, program was initiated in July 1950 by an informal agreement between the South Korean President Rhee Syng-man and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Sixty years have passed since the agreement but the KATUSA program continues due to the commitment for freedom and democracy by both nations.

“Most Korean men choose to serve their mandatory military service as ROK Army Soldiers, while some choose to serve in the ROK Navy, Marines, or Air Force,” said 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Republic of Korea Support Office commander Maj. Noh Gong-chool. “Yet others choose to apply to become a KATUSA and serve alongside U.S. Soldiers.”

Becoming a KATUSA is not easy though. It requires taking standardized English tests and most of all, luck.

“KATUSA applicants must score 780 or above out of 990 on the test of English for international communication, or over 690 out of 990 on the test of English proficiency developed by Seoul National University,” said Noh. “I know that students study hard to obtain these scores so they can apply to the program.”

A lottery is drawn from the qualified applicants with a competitive ratio of approximately 10.5 to 1. Once selected, each KATUSA trainee completes six weeks of ROK army basic training at Nonsan Training Academy and three weeks of KATUSA/U.S. training at the KATUSA Training Academy, or KTA, at Camp Jackson.

“We learn the basic military customs and courtesies at KTA,” said Pvt 2nd Class Nam Hyun-wook, 19th ESC G-1. “If Nonsan is about being a ROK soldier, KTA is about being a U.S. Soldier.”

During the last week at Camp Jackson, KATUSA trainees are classified into different method of services depending on their majors, English abilities and other certifications. After graduation, KATUSAs go to their respective Eighth Army units and start working alongside their peer Soldiers.

New KATUSAs normally come to a unit on a monthly basis. For two years, KATUSAs automatically rise in rank from private to sergeant.

“As a KATUSA, we need to understand both U.S. and ROK Army policies and cultures. For example, KATUSAs are automatically promoted but our American counterparts are not. We work, live and train with U.S. Soldiers, but we still abide by the basic rules of the ROK army,” said Cpl. Lee, Min-soo, 19th ESC Personal Administration Center. “We’re like hybrid soldiers, a mix of U.S. and ROK Army cultures.”

Lee believes that KATUSAs play a vital role in strengthening and maintaining the U.S.-ROK alliance.

“As KATUSAs, we represent South Korea by working hard and being on top of our games,” he said.

Most KATUSAs do not have battlefield experience, but like any U.S. Soldier, KATUSAs are willing to engage the enemy to protect their nation.

“Incentives or monetary compensation are unnecessary in the urge to defend our nation,” Noh said.

Fitness Tips For All-Day Energy

Being fit is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. There will be times when you get conflicting advice on the best way to get fit and stay that way, but don’t be discouraged. The may also be times when you feel like giving in, but everyday offers the chance for a new start. The following tips can set you on a path toward a fit lifestyle and improved health.

The best fitness routines target your problem areas and allow you plenty of flexibility. Are there any classes in your area? Research the possibilities.

You will want to protect your knees, and to do this, you will want to strengthen your thighs. Torn kneecap ligaments are a common sports injury. Target both your hamstrings and your quadriceps to ensure that your knees have enough strength. Leg curls and leg extensions represent good examples of such exercises.

Avoid using sit-ups as your only stomach muscle exercise. Although you may crank out 250,000 crunches, studies show that a mere 1 pound of fat is consumed. It’s safe to say that crunches alone are sufficient to produce the desired results. Rotate in other abdominal exercises to improve your results.

Maintain a record of everything you do each day. Include everything you eat, drink and do. Even make note of the times you exercise and eat, and the temperature each day. You will be able to reflect on any highs or lows if you do. If you miss a workout, list the reason why that happened.

The basics of bodybuilding: Build muscle mass by simultaneously doing fewer reps and lifting more weight. Choose the muscle group you want to work. To warm up, do a set using weights you can lift easily. It is a good idea to do approximately 15-20 reps with the lighter weight. The second set should be 6 to 8 reps at a heavier weight. When you get to the final set, increase the weight that you lift between 5-10 pounds.

m. m. Have a pre-exercise routine where you wake up a few minutes early in order to get in some light cardio and stretching so your body is warmed up. This will start your morning on the right foot, and will help you develop healthy habits which you can improve over time.

The density of your workouts should increase in order to quickly lose weight. The more intensity that you put in during a workout, the more fat that you will burn. You can take a shorter break or do not take any breaks at all. You will increase your weight loss this way.

Failing to plan is planning to fail, and this applies to exercise too. Plan your exercise routines. Staying true to a schedule will help reduce cravings as you will know when the next meal will be. If you keep a schedule you will be able to plan what you eat and when you exercise.

How to get fit and maintain your fitness level is a topic that is endlessly debated by experts in the field. When you dig through the pile of opinions, you’ll find a few items that hold true time after time. Some are things you should incorporate into your program, and some are things to be avoided at all costs. You can follow the advice from this article to make you feel happier and healthier.