Archive for Everyday Fitness
By Alyssa Dietris
If you are looking for a power packed workout that works on cardio and toning at the same time, kickboxing may be for you. A study released by the ACE, American Council on Exercise, stated that kickboxing can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories in an hour. It has also been proven to relieve stress, and help build confidence. It also helps to improve balance, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.
One form of kickboxing that has recently become popular is Cardio Kickboxing. This is usually taught in a class. This type of kickboxing does not involve physical contact with others. It is a combination of controlled punches and kicks usually performed to upbeat music. Some of the popular moves used in these classes are; the side kick, the front kick, and the roundhouse kick. Most of these classes start with a 10-15 minute warm-up, followed by a 30 minute kickboxing session, and ending with a 5 minute cool down and 10 minutes of stretching.
Things to Remember
Know your fitness level. This class may be a little challenging for a beginner, so do not try to rush. When you are starting out, concentrate on learning to perform all of the moves properly. You may also need to work on building your endurance; these classes are power packed and require a lot of energy. Do not be afraid to stop for a moment if you feel the need.
Do not overdo it.
If you push yourself too far too fast, you may end up with an injury. Allow yourself to be a beginner until you feel comfortable enough to move up.
Loose, comfortable clothes that allow your arms and legs to move, work best. You want to avoid being too constricted because you will be moving in all directions very quickly.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after class.
The great thing about kickboxing is that once you learn the moves, you can do them at home to your favorite music, and still have an amazing workout.
About the Author:
Alyssa is passionate about combining the aspects of sports and fitness into one. She feels that if you keep your workouts fresh and fun you will continue to work out. If you are looking for an intense home work out that has been used to train professional athletes she suggests trying out the Insanity Workout by Shaun T, or the P90X Workout
Summer vacation is right around the corner and participating bowling centers across the US are offering a special Kids Bowl Free promotion beginning this month. Through the KidsBowlFree program, kids can bowl 2 games free each every day this summer. They do have to pay for their shoe rental and grownups can join in the fun for a very nominal fee of less than $25 for the summer.
Our local bowling alley participated in the Spring Break version of this promotion. The kids each invited one friend and it made for a fun outing. It allowed the kids to be active, be social and even brought out the competitive spirit in a few of them.
Check the KidsBowlFree website for complete details and to find a participating Bowling Alley near you!
One of the hardest things to do as the parent of an athlete is to keep your eye on the big picture. Success in sports does not come down to one meet, one game, one competition, or one race. Success in sports is the culmination of the journey your athlete takes over the course of many years – the highs, the lows, the struggles, the lessons learned, friendships made, and all the other little events that help define your athlete’s career.
With that being said, why as parents (and sometimes athletes) do we have such a hard time dealing with our athlete missing one competition or for that matter having a less than stellar performance at one competition? How about an entire season? In my opinion, it is so easy to get caught up in the hype of it all.
Sure it is disappointing to have your athlete miss the big game, but tomorrow is a new day in the journey your athlete will take. Think back to your own childhood – was there any one event that was so critical that it redefined you as a person? Probably not.
Imagine the disappointment some of the Olympians felt this summer when they had to scratch from the biggest meet of their lives or didn’t have the performance they spent all these years training for. Hard to deal with at the moment – sure – but in the end did it change who they were? No – because we all know Alicia Sacramone is still one of the best vaulters in the world and she will go on to have a very successful adult life thanks to all the life skills she learned from her journey in sports.
Enjoy this journey your athlete is taking – remembering it is a marathon and not a sprint.