Category Archives: Fitness Exercise

Calf Strengthening Exercise

The calf muscle is part of the group of muscles that are used during running. Other muscles used during running are the quads, hamstring and the shin.

A strong calf muscles will help a runner run faster and minimize the risk of injury.

The following video shows calf strengthening exercise that a runner can do to develop strong calf muscles.

How To Set Realistic Running Goals

One reason why many aspiring runners never actualise their running goals is they set themselves unrealistic running goals. Saying I want to finish a 42K marathon in under 3 hours when you have never finished a marathon before is setting yourself up for disappointment.

Set small goals that are concrete, attainable, realistic.

Decide to go three miles, regardless how many times you walk, how many you run. Or go out for 15 minutes. Or set one lap around the block as your starting goal.

Set a Time Limit

Set dates for achieving your running goals. Do your first 5K in six months; your first marathon next year. This will prevent you from the curse of procrastination.

Set an Incentive

Make running a means to a higher purpose. Is it losing weight? Fitting into your wedding dress? Running a Full Under 4 hours? Set a goal, and suddenly you have incentive.

Now got out and run!

Muscle Groups Used While Running

They say running is a complete exercise because it is the only form of exercise where you use nearly every muscle in your body. Although that is truth there are major muscles used while running.

The major muscles used while running are calves, hamstrings, quads and many other muscle in your leg and lower body.

Calves – they help in pushing you off the ground.

Quads – they help stabilize the leg upon contact with the ground

Hamstrings – they help to propel you forwards.

For a good and through explanation of how this muscles work visit wikipedia running page.

Supplements To Boost Appetite

You would think running a long run of 35K is enough to make you hungry but some times after running over 35K am unable to touch food. I don’t know what causes me to lose appetite but it takes me about six hours to get my appetite back.

I found an article on herbal supplements that one take to boost appetite. The article on ehow listed familiar herbs that you can eat to boost appetite

  1. Peppermint
  2. Catnip
  3. Ginger root
  4. Fennel seeds
  5. Gingseng
  6. Papaya Fruit

These herbal supplements contain helpful digestive enzymes; the supplements can be used to stimulate appetite.

Another plant listed was Marijuana – I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT – the article claims, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis, is prescribed medically to reduce nausea and stimulate appetite in patients undergoing treatment for cancer. The short-term effects include sweet cravings and increased enjoyment of meals.

I also know that in parts of western Kenya, Africa, men smoke Marijuana before going to work in the farms. They claim smoking Marijuana helps them work non-stop.

Remember, Loss of appetite may be a symptom of serious illness. See a doctor.

Elliptical Trainer Machine : Brooklyn

Elliptical cross trainers are now common in homes & gyms across Brooklyn. Elliptical cross trainer gives you the same benefit as running or walking, it effectively works out your lower body as well as your upper body.

Where to Find & Buy Elliptical Trainers In Brooklyn.

The following major chains have stores in and around New York City where you can buy an Elliptical Cross trainer machine.

  1. Sears
  2. Kmart
  3. Walmart
  4. Hammercher schlemmer
  5. Best Buy
  6. Target
  7. Sports Authority
  8. Kohls
  9. Modell’s

Price of the elliptical depends on the brand of elliptical trainer. In this stores prices start from a low of $279 at Kohls to a high of $2,700 at Hammercher Schlemmer.

Benefits of Elliptical Trainer

There are more benefits. It has been proven that the elliptical trainer could efficiently give you a total workout without impacting your bones, joints, and muscles. That is why for most people who suffered from knee injuries, it is recommended to work out on these.

Elliptical Trainer Machine Under $500

If you are shopping for an elliptical cross trainer machine under $500. You may  have a look at  Stamina’sMagnetic 1773 Cross Trainer Elliptical.

Stamina Magnetic 1773 Cross trainer elliptical is listed online at a starting price of $279.99. This cheap Elliptical cross trainer is marketed by online by walgreens.com & kohls.com. It can also be found and bought at the following stores, Sears, Walmart, Sports Authority & Best buy.

FEATURES of the this cheap Stamina Magnetic 1773 Elliptical Trainer :-

  • Quiet, smooth, magnetic resistance
  • Dual-action handlebars and stationary hand grips
  • Use with dual-action handlebars for upper and lower body workout or with stationary hand grips for lower body only
  • Multi-function display shows workout time, speed, distance, calories burned, and heart rate.

Elliptical Cross Trainer : New York City

Elliptical cross trainers are now common in homes & gyms across New York City. Elliptical cross trainer gives you the same benefit as running or walking, it effectively works out your lower body as well as your upper body.

Where to Find Elliptical Trainers In New York City

The following major chains have stores in and around new york city where you can buy an Elliptical Cross trainer machine.

  1. Sears
  2. Kmart
  3. Walmart
  4. Hammercher schlemmer
  5. Best Buy
  6. Target
  7. Sports Authority
  8. Walgreen
  9. Kohls
  10. Modell’s

Price of the elliptical depends on the brand of elliptical trainer. In this stores prices start from a low of $279 at Walgreens to a high of $2,700 at Hammercher Schlemmer.

Benefits of Elliptical Trainer

There are more benefits. It has been proven that the elliptical trainer could efficiently give you a total workout without impacting your bones, joints, and muscles. That is why for most people who suffered from knee injuries, it is recommended to work out on these.

Griffith Park Running Route

Have you wondered where Filipino Boxer Manny Pacquiao gets his energy?

Manny Pacquiao has been running the mountains of Griffith Park for several years now. It is his favorite route. It’s extremely difficult, but this is where he gets his great conditioning for his fights.

When asked why he does his runs at Griffith Park?, It’s really hard because it’s an uphill run but here is where I develop my energy,” said Pacquiao. From a ABC Interview.

If you are interested in developing stamina and strength then you may consider doing your training at Griffith park. The route is all uphill on very steep roads.