Plyometrics -- also known as jump training -- is designed to increase muscular power and explosiveness. The exercises are based around having muscles exert maximum force in as little time as possible, in order to maximise speed and power. The objective is to learn to move from a muscle extension to a muscle contraction rapidly.
You can be strong, and you can be fit without necessarily being agile. Agility is a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength and endurance. If you are into sports or general fitness, agility can add another dimension to your performance and to your training or your fitness regimen. Even in everyday activities, the ability to react quickly or change direction rapidly could mean the difference between avoiding injury and being hurt. In order to develop or increase your agility, specialized exercises should become part of your training.
Push-ups are a great way to strengthen your arms, shoulders and chest muscles when you don’t have access to a weight room. They are one of the best measures of upper-body fitness and are well worth the effort.
When you’re lifting, it’s important to bend your knees and keep the weight that you’re lifting close to the body. Improper lifting can cause serious back injuries. To lift a heavy object, face it with your feet pointed slightly outward and shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees, not your spine then lift the object straight up, using your legs. Don’t twist, bend or lean while lifting. Keep the object as close to your body as possible, carrying most of the weight between your waist and your shoulders
If you are serious about having a well-toned body, it helps to have a vision, a plan, a personal commitment to a lifestyle of regular exercise, nutritious eating, and a positive state of mind.
Muscle tone refers to the degree of steady tension in the muscle; an unconscious low level contraction as a result of motor unit activity even while at rest or sleeping. Essentially, muscle tone is what makes your muscles still feel somewhat firm while you are at rest and when you aren’t intentionally tensing them. In its more common use, the term refers to leanness in the body, muscle definition and shape.
We’ve known for a long time that certain foods promote good health — especially fruits, vegetables, fiber, plant oils, and whole grains. But the latest nutritional science shows that there is not a single healthy diet and instead, there are many patterns of eating around the world that sustain good health. A healthy eating pattern also includes enough calories to fuel the body, but not so much as to cause weight gain.