Fitness Tips: Something to Talk About

I needed something else to talk about today here in the fitness blog so I started flipping through my fitness magazines and looking at my fitness equipment. Here are a few more fitness questions that you may have been looking for answers to:

Why do they post warnings on treadmills about vertigo?

Whether you are a beginner or used to working out, you may experience dizziness, disorientation or vertigo while you are working out on a cardiovascular exercise machine whether it’s a treadmill, a stationary bike or a stair master. This can be caused by a number of factors including dehydration, lack of oxygen and more. Take a moment to stop exercising and catch your breath. Rest briefly until the vertigo passes and then start your exercise again at a slower pace.

How can I add exercise to my day when I’m always on the go?

Give the environment a break and leave your car in the garage. Increase the number of steps you take every day – 2,000 steps equals about a mile and if you keep your walking pace moderate, you’ll burn about 200 calories an hour. The 10,000 step program is a great way to increase your overall daily activity even when you don’t have time to exercise.

Bumping up your calendar expenditure can help you work towards your health and fitness goals. The following activities will burn 100 calories for a 150-pound person:

*Gardening = 20 min.
*Washing the Car = 20 min
*Walking the Dog = 20 min.
*Pushing a Stroller = 20 min.
*Bicycling = 25 min.
*Aerobic Dance = 15 min.
*Roller skating = 15 min.
*Jogging = 15 min.

I like to workout outside, but it always seems like the weather isn’t cooperating, what do I do?

In exercise, as in everything else, it’s always good to have a Plan B. Don’t look at the weather as being a setback, instead, look at it as a challenge. So you can go for an outdoor run because of the heavy rain, try mixing up some jumping jacks and other cardio exercises that you can do indoors. A jump rope and a garage are another great way to get your cardio in even on bad weather days.

It’s getting colder outside, what do I need to do to protect myself in freezing weather?

Be aware that when it’s really cold outside, there are a number of precautions that you need to take and the first is to not pile on the clothes just to go for a run. Remember, when you are exercising it raises your body temperature and if you are wearing too many clothes, you run the risk of overheating. Layers are the way to go, a sweat jacket can be enormously helpful to unzip and even remove and tie it around your waist when you are heating up and then put it back on as you cool down.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.