There are not that many videos out there for people who have a nice amount of weight to lose. Richard Simmons was great for that in the past, but there hasn’t been much since. I love how this is very low impact to get those people started on their weight loss journey. It’s one day at a time and you have to take it easy at first. And after a little while, you will find you can push yourself more and more. And for those who are already in shape, you can do this as well, maybe as part of a morning stretch session before you start your day.
Right now, we are going to look at the health benefits associated with the 5 activities/sports below. Not only will they burn fat, but they will also strengthen muscles, improve performance, give us more mental clarity, and make us feel better, period!
When we sweat, toxins that we ingest from non-organic foods are released through our pores, which will make it easier on the organs that usually process them. We can also sweat while we swim, which some people don’t think about, and it depends on the temperatures of the water and air around us.
Let’s have a look at some of these activities:
Swimming is often seen as a recreational exercise by many people. However, as fun as it can be, it is one of the best workouts that offer a great deal of mental and physical health benefits.
Swimming involves almost all of your muscles, whereas other forms of exercise concentrate on certain parts of the body. Various swimming styles and methods such as backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly provide varying levels of health benefits in their own ways. Some benefits include:
Helps To Strengthen Muscles
All the body parts are involved while swimming, which helps to strengthen the muscles as you swim through the water. The resistance of the water against the body is 44 times greater than air, providing an opportunity for the whole body’s musculature to be involved.
It’s A Low-Impact Exercise
The benefit here is that, unlike other workouts that may involve rigorous procedures, you only bear the weight of 10% of your body while swimming. Therefore, it offers the body an avenue to exercise with a lower risk of injury. It also provides individuals with health challenges, such as osteoarthritis, to exercise without partaking in weight bearing exercises.
Helps To Manage Weight
Swimming has been shown to help the body burn more calories than walking, cycling and even running, hence it is a great way to burn fat. Per hour, the calories burned while swimming varies according to your weight and how fast you’re moving. Just as an example, a 180 pound person can burn up to 800 calories if they are moving fast, and up to 600 while moving slow.
Reduces The Risk Of Certain Health Problems
Swimming is a great cardio workout and it has been proven to help control blood sugar levels, as well as lower blood pressure. This, in turn, reduces susceptibility to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Regular/Daily Swimming Reduces Stress
Thirty minutes of swimming at a moderate intensity, three times a week, will help the body to stay fit. It will also work out all the stress you’ve been feeling and make you feel more relaxed. It will also give you a feeling of pleasure that you put in such a great workout.
Boxing, over the years, has not received the same attention as some other forms of exercise. However, just like every other exercise, it has its own great health benefits. It is an exercise that requires a lot of strength, speed, endurance, agility and coordination, but offers a perfect way to exercise the body. The benefits of boxing include:
Enhancement Of Cardiovascular Health
Boxing helps to keep the heart pumping and the lungs moving fast as you workout, therefore becoming stronger. It will also help to improve your overall cholesterol, as the blood pumps fast through your arteries. Include this with the right diet, and you should be set.
Boxing helps the body burn excess calories. When combined with a healthy diet, it can help greatly in maintaining weight for some and losing it for others. Many muscle groups are used when you are boxing, and not only will you will get stronger, but for those looking to lose weight, more muscle means more burned fat.
Strengthens The Body
Boxing is an exercise that requires a whole lot of strength and energy. The whole body is put to work at a high intensity. Over time, this helps to greatly improve physical strength.
Hand And Eye Coordination
Boxing puts hands and eyes to use at the same time, creating a kind of understanding and coordination between the two body parts over time. This helps in improving our reflexes and reaction times, a benefit that could last a lifetime.
Boxing workouts are for those who are training to become boxers or who are already boxers, or just individuals who want to get a nice workout. The difference here is that athletes compete with boxers like themselves, while non boxers make do with punching bags, though the training procedures are still similar.
Kayaking, like canoeing, is a low-impact exercise that involves paddling (and sometimes pedaling) a small craft on the water. It is often regarded as a hobby, but some perceive it to be a sport, while others see it as purely a recreational or holiday activity.
While it offers all of these, it is also a great way to get a workout. And it only takes something simple, yet comfortable, like the Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS to get started. The kayak, unlike the canoe, is covered and requires the person who wants to paddle to sit down, extending their legs and use a double bladed paddle to propel the kayak, with the main strength required coming from the continuous rotation of the torso. Kayaking includes these benefits:
Upper Body Workout
Kayaking helps to put the upper body to work through the continuous movement of paddling, which is needed to propel the craft forward, ensuring that all of the upper body muscles become stronger. It is also a great abdominal workout, as are all of these activities.
Major Calorie Burner
Constant paddling requires continuous movement, which is going to burn more calories as time goes on. For a 200 pound person looking to lose weight, kayaking could burn 400 or more calories an hour. In 2 hours, you could burn 800 calories, which is a whole meal!
Improves Torso And Leg Strength
To propel the kayak forward, it requires pressure from the legs and rotation of the torso, thus helping to strengthen these body parts over time. Some kayaks use pedals to propel, which would give you a nice leg workout if your arms got too tired.
The constant movement of paddling helps to keep the joints lubricated, therefore providing more flexibility. That combined with fish oil and healthy fats will keep you pretty limber!
Not only is kayaking a great workout for the body, but it helps to relieve stress because it’s so fun at the same time. And you never know what you might see, especially out on the ocean, which could also lift your spirits. Enjoying nature is one of the most peaceful, stress reducing activities you can partake in.
Biking has been around for quite a while, and a lot of people love to go for a nice ride on them. It’s fun, exciting, and it can be used as a form of transportation, instead of paying for gas to take the car. But above all these, biking offers a lot of benefits to our mental and physical well being that even a great majority of us seems to not realize. Aside from the fun of riding a bicycle, it also comes with these health benefits:
Strengthens And Tones Muscles
This is achieved as a result of the continuous pedaling of the bicycle, with the most impact directed at the muscles of the calf and thigh. The muscles of the arms are also strengthened, as they are used to balance the bicycle, and so are the abs from lifting your legs repeatedly.
Improved Cardiovascular Function
Biking exercises the heart, resulting in an improvement in your cardiovascular system. It keeps the blood pumping to clear out bad cholesterol, as well as other impurities.
The more biking you do, the further you’ll be able to go over time. Professional bikers train hard so they can participate in marathons and races, and they didn’t get there overnight. It also increases your stamina for other sports as well.
Great Calorie Burner
When starting a workout plan for biking exercises, it should be preceded by some kind of dynamic stretching of the body muscles. You may try and raise your knees high a few times or you could jog for a few minutes before jumping on the bike. It is better for the workout to be longer instead of being harder, as this will help to train the muscles to endure long distances and enhance cardiovascular stamina.
Aerobic exercises are those that stimulate the pumping of oxygenated blood to be transported and delivered to muscles throughout the body. This exercise results in an increase in the heart and breathing rate, in a manner that can be sustained over the course of the exercise.
The exercises are rhythmic in nature and help to strengthen the heart and lungs, which helps the cardiovascular system perform more efficiently. Examples of this type of exercise include jogging, swimming, aerobic dance, hiking, etc. Some of the health benefits are:
Reduces The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases
Doing aerobics keeps the blood pumping for at least 30 minutes, clearing out the impurities and toxins in the blood as well as in your sweat. People often sweat more with aerobics because it’s indoors, along with boxing. We want to clear out all the toxins that are now in our foods, unfortunately. But remember to drink enough water so as not to become dehydrated, which could be very dangerous.
Aerobics are great for working all muscle groups, which strengthens them and helps you burn more fat. If no weight needs to be lost, it’s great as a weight maintenance tool, as you can just burn off anything bad you’ve eaten that might cause you to gain weight.
Reduces Stress And Depression
Doing any kind of exercise for an extended period will drain most of us, which can actually help ward off stress and therefore lift our spirits. Sometimes people are so tired from the workout that they can forget about a stressful day for a while.
You’ll Be And Feel Healthier
Combined with a nice cardiovascular workout and the reduction in stress, you’ll feel great overall. You most likely won’t eat bad things that are unhealthy either, if you consider that you just put in all that hard work and don’t want to ruin it. Take care and remember to stay hydrated!