Can You Build Muscle Mass without Weights?

Not everyone feels comfortable in a gym or has the money for a home weight set. Luckily, the human body can create muscle mass without either of these. It’s all about keeping muscles flexed for a longer duration. In reality, you could get the same workout sitting at your desk as someone gets lifting 50 pound dumbbells. It’s not really tricking your body to develop mass without weighted resistance, but more of allowing your body to do what comes natural.

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Beginners Home Workout for Core Muscles

Your core includes a variety of muscles that are often the most used in everyday life. These groups are what support your body and contribute to maximizing other physical activities such as weight training. You should never ignore these muscles and should include core work in some kind of a weekly routine. For the beginner, it will be a slow start until you build up momentum.

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Exercise: Plank

Once, I thought that the plank was a worthless exercise. That was back when people were taking pictures of themselves “planking” on random objects. However, my wife talked me into trying the exercise version of a plank – which turned into one of my favorite additions to my workouts. It may sound like a simple routine until you try to do it for several minutes at a time.

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5 Great Ab Workouts for the Beginner

Not everyone can walk into a gym and expect to achieve some of the most grueling of workouts. Pushing yourself too hard may lead to a myriad of injuries. Before you put too much strain on muscles that you don’t use often, it’s best to start at the beginning. Strengthening your core is an important facet of exercise, and there is a myriad of ways you can do it.

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Exercise: Lying Leg Raise

As I try to get myself into better shape, one of my favorite go-to exercises is the Lying Leg Raise. Although Exercise.com states that it’s an intermediate workout, it can be done by the novice – as long as you’re not trying to get an excessive number of reps. For example, I am completely out of shape and I can only do three sets of 10 without running out of steam to lift my feet.

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7 Healthy Ideas for an Awesome Breakfast

I figured that since it’s National Breakfast Week, according to Twitter, then I might as well throw out seven healthy ideas for the most important meal of the day. These are the breakfasts I enjoy the most, and they are some of the healthiest ways to get the day started. After all, your morning meal plays a prominent role in how you function for the rest of the afternoon.

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Are Packages of Beef Ramen Noodles Good For You?

Ah, Ramen noodles…the staple of many a college student. This brand of food is one of the cheapest ways to eat. Depending where you live, you can have yourself a lunch for less than $0.05 per package. Unfortunately, filling your stomach is the only thing you’re doing. Yes, a block of noodles and a seasoning packet can make for a bowl of food, but it can also be an incredibly unhealthy way to live.

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Why Fitness for Kids is Important

Did you know that nearly one out of every five kids is considered obese by national standards? Seeing how companies like McDonald’s, General Mills and other sugar-based manufacturers target children in advertising, I bet not many of you are surprised. While many parents may not believe that childhood obesity is a problem, it’s more than just putting on a few pounds and not fitting into clothes. The complications could be far more dire.

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How to Use Runkeeper Without a Phone

Runkeeper is an excellent tool to track your walks, jogs and runs. While it’s greatest feature is the GPS logging from your smartphone, what can you do when you don’t have a phone available for the system? Luckily, Runkeeper can still track and log your activities through the use of the website. Using the web-based portal, you can still keep track of your physical activities while getting an accurate portrayal of your progress.

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