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Supported Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Supported Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, place your left hand on a bench in front of you, and assume a staggered stance, left foot forward. Hold your elbow in as you row the wight to the side of your torso. Do 10 reps, switch arms and leg positions, and repeat the movement.

Dumbbell Triceps Kickback

Dumbbell Triceps Kickback

Grab a pair of dumbbells, bend your knees and lean forward so your torso is nearly parallel to the floor. Tuck your upper arms next to your sides, bend your elbows, and hold your forearms about parallel to the floor, palms facing up. Simultaneously extend your arms straight back and rotate the weight so your palms end up facing each other. Return to the starting position. Do 15 reps.

Dumbbell Hammer Curl and Press

Dumbbell Hammer Curl and Press

Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a pair of dumbbells at arm's length by your sides, palms facing each other. Without moving your upper arms, curl the weights to your shoulders, and then press them overhead until your arms are straight. Reverse the move to return to the starting position. Do 10 reps.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Once Again About The Importance of Water

To keep the body humming, drink at least eight glasses of water during the course of a day—more if it's hot or dry, or when you are working out. In fact, it is especially important to drink before you begin exercising, to drink as you go, and to rehydrate after your workout. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink, you have waited too long.

Most experts recommend drinking about 16 ounces of water one to two hours before exercising. One hour is the commonly accepted standard, but if you hydrate two hours before working out, it will allow you to eliminate any excess fluid before you begin, and you won't have to interrupt your workout to use the restroom. You should drink four ounces of water every 15 to 30 minutes while you workout. The harder you exercise and the hotter it is, the more you'll have to drink during your workout. It's a good idea to keep a water bottle handy so that you can sip as you need to.

WaterIf you're new to working out and drinking as much water as you need, you might have to start both slowly. Just as you progress from lighter weights to heavier ones, from less to more time and tension on an aerobic apparatus, and from a short walk or run to a longer one, up your daily water intake. Drink one additional glass each day until eight is your standard—and remember to drink more when you're working hard or in a hot or dry place.

When you get to the point where your workout lasts longer than an hour—especially if you perspire heavily—consider a sports drink. They not only rehydrate your body, they replace electrolytes (sodium and sodium chloride are the most common) and provide carbohydrates to help you re-energize during a long spell of physical exertion. You lose electrolytes through perspiration, and electrolyte-depletion can cause cramping.


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Ultimate 30's Workout

Increase the amount of testosterone and growth hormone your body produces by working multiple muscle groups and keeping rest periods short. For cardio, your lactate threshold can still be increased throughout your thirties, so intervals are king to counter any loss of lung power.

Ultimate 40's Workout

Short, sharp shocks are the way to fire up your body in your middle years - which means you can forget long-winded weights workouts. Vary exercises, intensity and timings to keep your muscles guessing.

Ultimate 50's Workout

You may not be able to lift the heaviest weight, but that's okay. Instead, stretching and yoga should be part of your training, and body-weight moves can replace heavy workouts. Do three sets of 10 reps of the following exercises to protect your joints and maintain muscle mass and testosterone.