Aerobics is popular worldwide as a physical activity to improve the general physical condition. It was first developed in the 60's by Dr. Kenneth H Cooper to prevent Coronary Artery Sickness intended for those in the Military. This was later developed into a dance routine aimed at improving cardio fitness.
At the Aerobics class you move from a modest to high pace often to music. It is a fun way of exercising as you do it in a group and it is more like dancing with friends. Mayo Clinic recommends aerobics as a weight loss routine for at least five days a week for 30 minutes at each session. An hour's workout of aerobics, depending on the intensity can burn between 550 and 800 calories.
Aerobics exercise burn the most amounts of calories and strengthens the heart and lungs by increasing their ability to utilize oxygen more efficiently. It also reduces body fat; builds muscle mass, and increases energy and endurance promoting a sense of well-being leading to reduced anxiety, improved mood and less stress.
Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to help out injured athletes and dancer return to fitness. Since then it has grown in popularity and is presently one of the most popular fitness regimens.
While Pilates might not be the fastest way to lose weight but is high in benefits. A Pilates class consists of mainly mat-based low impact exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilate exercises take you through a slow, sustained series of movements and emphasizes on the use of the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs through holding poses while performing repetitions of an exercise.
The benefit of Pilates includes optimal weight loss, increased endurance and improves flexibility and strength.
Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. The exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. Push ups, Lunges, Planks on step, Side planks on step, Tricep Dips, Bicep Curls are a few of our functional training exercises.
Weight training not only helps with weight control, but also stops bone loss. It can reduce the risk of fractures from osteoporosis. It also improves balance and boosts energy levels. One can do exercises that focus on one muscle group or exercises that work several at the same time. Building and maintaining muscle is necessary for all of us, especially as we age. And the earlier we start, the better. Using your body weight for resistance is as effective as training with free weights.
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood. Nutrition involves more than simply eating a “good” diet—it is about nourishment on every level. It involves relationships with family, friends, nature (the environment), our bodies, our community, and the world. Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.