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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Workouts for Beginners and Couch Potatoes

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 Four Simple and Fun Exercise DVDs that Will Get You Off the Sofa!

When it comes to establishing an exercise program, getting started is the hardest part. And since most people dread the idea of "exercising", ranking it right up there with a dentist appointment, it's important that beginners start a routine that doesn't knock them out of the game after one workout.

Often, when a couch potatoe decides to start a get-in-shape program, they will tackle an advanced workout with gusto, using rusty joints and surprised muscles. The result? They can barely get out of bed the next morning and don't do it again. A better approach is to incorporate thirty minutes of exercise into their day, choosing a workout that will get their heart pumping and work their muscles, but at a level their body can handle.

The right strategy is to incorporate a daily exercise routine into an already busy schedule in such a way that it will become a habit. As their level of fitness increases, they can intensify their workouts by adding in more difficult moves or hand weights, or tackling a longer workout.

Workouts for Beginners
Here are four exercise routines that beginners can use to begin their journey toward a lifetime of fitness. They'll be energized after each of these workouts and feel it in their muscles the next day, but not enough to dread doing it again. No equipment is needed with any of these routines, and for a complete review of each workout, click on the titles below.  (Continue Reading Workouts for Beginners and Couch Potatoes here.)

Review of the Slim Down Calorie Burn Workout

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Rev Up Your Exercise Engine with Kendell Hogan

It can be hard to find a good cardio workout that isn't too difficult, but the Slim Down Calorie Burn workout from the Enviga Calorie Burn series is just the right blend of aerobic intensity and simple moves. It
competes well with the walking exercise videos for beginners, but provides enough of an aerobic challenge that those with a higher level of fitness and workout experience won't be bored.

Exercise Video Reviewed: Slim Down Calorie Burn

Instructor: Kendell Hogan
Exercise Level: Beginner to Mid-level
Total Workout time: 35 minutes (includes warm-up)
Equipment needed: Just your athletic shoes!
Estimated calories burned (using Calorie Count's Database): Approximately 190
To purchase or see an example of the workout, go here: Slim Down Calorie Burn

Rating of Workout Video (1-5 stars, 5 is best)
*Easy to follow: 4 stars
*Fun moves: 5 stars
*Total body workout: 5 stars
*Motivating: 5 stars
*Music: 5 stars

What to Expect from the Slim Down Calorie Burn Workout

I found Kendell Hogan to be a motivating instructor as he leads a series of exercise steps that feels much like a high energy line dance. (Continue Review of the Slim Down Calorie Burn Workout here.)

My Personal Experience with Hoodia

Weightloss Help or Hype?

Every person on a restricted diet looks for ways to ward off hunger. Is it possible that the Hoodia gordonii plant grown in Africa is the answer? Here's what I found out.

What is Hoodia?
Hoodia is a species in the flowering plant family Apocynaceae. Wikipedia describes it as a "cactiform" because of its succulent characteristics that make it similar to varieties of the cactus family (although not botanically related). Most Hoodia species are protected, and have been used over the years for medicinal purposes. It grows naturally in South Africa and Namibia, and has garnered wide interest over the years for its possible benefit as an appetite suppressant.

Uses of Hoodia Gordonii
The South African populations have used Hoodia for many years to treat indigestion and infections. But it is their use of the plant for centuries as an appetite suppressant that has companies around the world taking notice. The claim is that during times of famine or when African Bushmen set out on long hunting trips in the Kalahari Desert, they chewed on the meat of the succulent plant to stave off hunger.

Hoodia Gordonii: Dieting Hype?
According to Wikipedia, it was in 1977 that the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) isolated the ingredient in Hoodia, known as P57, which is credited with suppressing appetite. The Sans tribespeople retain the rights to Hoodia, and will share in all profits from the sale of Hoodia products across the planet.

What should you know about Hoodia?
(Continue reading about My Personal Experience with Hoodia here.)