Optimal Cardio Workouts for A Lean Figure

Contributed by Chloe Smith

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There’s nothing like a good cardio to help you get a lean figure, but did you know that there are different types of cardio that you can apply for different types of looks? There’s a huge difference between a cyclist bodies than that of a sprinter, so it’s all up to you to decide how you really want to look. However, even people who do cardio on regular basis sometimes struggle to get lean, which is why it’s important to do it properly and with a plan. In this article, we’ll cover some of the best cardio workouts you can add to your routine if you’re looking to get that perfect, lean figure.
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Overcoming Asthma with Exercise

Contributed by Samantha Olivier

One in 12 people suffers from asthma in the US alone, and the number rises with each passing year. More often than not, people feel discouraged to overcome the condition and lead a healthy, energetic lifestyle due to the constant threat of an asthma attack, avoiding physical strain at all costs.

The definition of insanity is doing the same things over again expecting a different result. If you do nothing, then nothing will ever change. Here is how to take matters into your own hands, and empower yourself to banish asthma for good!
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Get Fit with Your Own Personal Trainer using the Aaptiv app

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Aaptiv is an on-demand, audio fitness app that combines workout guidance from top-notch trainers with the perfect playlists. There are several workout categories so there really is something for everyone. The categories include 5K Training, 10K Training, Elliptical, Full Marathon Training, Half Marathon Training, Indoor Cycling, Meditation, Outdoor Running, Stair Climber, Strength Training, Stretching, Treadmill, Walking and Yoga.
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Improve Health and Fitness by Exercising at Home

One of the greatest misconceptions about fitness is that working on your body is something that can only be done in a gym. With the sedentary lifestyle that the greatest majority of people are currently leading, even the minimal amount of physical activity can make a huge difference. Still, for those who are willing to take this idea one step further, yet who feel uncomfortable going to a gym, making a home gym might be a perfect middle-ground. All you need here is one free room, some equipment and a proper game-plan. Here are some thoughts on all three of these aspects.

Thinking About Cardio

One of the things that need to be resolved early on is the matter of cardio and this is something that is not necessarily done in your gym. You can go for an early walk with your dog, run a few laps around the neighborhood or visit a local pool for a brief swimming session every couple of days. For those who still want to do this at home, there are a couple of great options. First, you could get a treadmill, a ski machine or a stationary bicycle, which would give you the standard cardio option you would otherwise have at the gym. The downside of these machines is that they are usually quite expensive. This is why you might want to go with a less costly but much noisier solution like a punching bag or a jump rope.

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Bodyweight Exercises

Next, you need to focus on all those exercises you can do with your own weight such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats and sit-ups. Basically, two simple items can provide you with an opportunity to do all of them – the exercise mat and the pull-up rack. Even if you don’t have enough strength to do a single pull-up, just hanging from a rack can help boost your overall strength. Furthermore, seeing how you are doing exercises that require only your own weight, the risk of getting injured is minimal.
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