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Using a Stairstepper to Build Killer Abs

 

If you are apple shaped or pear shaped then there is no better remedy for getting rid of all that weight then to get on the stair stepper for twenty minutes every day.

 

 

To some the stairstepper machine may seem old school especially because it has been replaced by the elliptical traine that also exercises the top part of the body. However not all people want to build muscles on the top half of their body . That is where using the stairstepper rather than the elliptical trainer becomes a big must. In fact the stair stepper might be a better option than an ellipitical trainer if you really need to focus more on the lower body, the belly or the hips.

 

 

Although the stairstepper is considered is hard on the joints compared to an elliptical trainer, it is still, in general categorized as a low impact form of exercise that does not affect the knees and ankles and hips as much as running up and down a flight a stairs or jogging or running would.

 

 

Most stairsteppers also have settings that can allow you to choose whether you want a low impact work out or a much more challenging one. The stair stepper is also easier on the hips because the natural climbing motion of the machine cushions the stepping.

 

 

If you use a stairstepper you will see results on your glute muscles and quadriceps unless you sabotage yourself by putting your weight on the handrails. Many people using a stair stepper do this unconsciously, especially if they are fataibued. To avoid displacing your weight on the handrails avoid gripping them unless you absolutely must.

 

 

To get the ultimate benefits of stair stepping many trainers advise using the three-minute approach. Set the machine at level 1 and exercise for three minutes. After that three minutes is up set the machine at level 2 and exercise at that level for three minutes. Most machines have five levels which means that it would take you fifteen minutes to get to level five. This helps you really peel off the pounds.

 

 

Aerobic activity is also a fantastic stress reliever.  Stair stepping cannot only help you to maintain your overall fitness but it can also help you have a mind that remains stress free.

 

 

If you do have problem with your knees  stair stepping is not really recommended. An elliptical trainer is probably better for you as it causes less joint stress.

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Water Aerobics For Thos With Sore Joints

If you are older and suffer from muscle or joint pain because of a medical condition then water aerobics are definitely an option.  All of the aerobics such as running dancing, walking jumping and jogging can be done in the water as well as on land.  The benefits are similar and there  is less hardship for the heart.

 

 

If you are overweight or recovering from an injury or illness that has left you very weak then water aerobics is probably of great benefit to you. It is the type of exercise where you can work at your own pace.  It is also up to you how hard you will work out in the water making it difficult to overdo it.

 

 

There are community centers and fitness centers all over the world that have aquatic programs. These exercises, which are usually offered as 45 to one hour mclasses at pools are sometiems known as Aquafit.

 

 

A water aerobics routine is structured in much the same way as any other type of fitness routine. There is a warm up, stretching and cooling down period. The exercise session might also include a lot dancing or rhythm tic movements but in water. Sometiems dance steps are also incorporated. In fact, one of the latest treads in aquatic exercise is to offer themed classes with Salsa or Rock N Roll moves.

 

 

You can also usually choose between deep water or shallow water aerobic exercise classes. Deep-water aquafit entails the use of floatation devices and is a little more anaerobic as back and stomach muscles are often required to keep you afloat during the routine. In shallow water aerobic exercising the emphasis is more on true aerobic exercise and burning as many calories as furious as you can as  as you splash around in the shallow water. Both types use resistance with flotation devices in order to strengthen muscles.  Foam dumbells might also be used to strengthen the upper arm muscles.

 

There is also a type of aerobic exercise in the water that is more like a running class. Only instead of running on land you are wearing a life jacket and running for 45 minutes straight. You might also be asked to perform flutter kicks or cycling movements.

 

 

A work out in the water can help you lose weight. An average 45 to 55 minute session can help you work off between 450 and 700 calories. This is wonderful news for people on a diet who do not want a great deal of stress on their muscles and bones.