Exercises You Can’t Do Without

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Exercises You Can’t Do Without

Seventeen-thousand ACE-certified Fitness Professionals were asked to name the one exercise they couldn’t do without. The overwhelming winner was the multi-purpose squat, which strengthens all of the major muscles of the lower body. These  include the gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves.
 
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The Top Seven Choices

Following are the rest of the top choices, which can be used together to create a challenging and effective fitness program.

  1. Jump Squat
  2. Running
  3. Abdominal exercises
  4. Lunges
  5. Walking
  6. Push-ups
  7. Yoga

Stepping Up to Good Cholesterol Levels

Woman doing step aerobicsNot to be forgotten, stepping may be in the top  ten exercise choices.  You may have known that step aerobics can burn calories and is a good exercise for the heart, but did you know that research specifically has found step aerobics can step up your good cholesterol levels?

A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found step aerobic exercise significantly raised the HDL- cholesterol levels of the study participants. This small, eight-week study followed 45 sedentary college students. Fifteen participated in step aerobic exercise and another 15 did traditional aerobic dance. Each 45-minute session was done for three days a week. The remaining 15  in the study continued to be sedentary.

At the study’s conclusion, the investigators from Baskent University in Ankara found that both groups that were active showed a significant reduction in their overall cholesterol levels compared to the sedentary group. However, only those participating in step aerobics showed a substantial increase in their HDL cholesterol levels.

Although researchers concluded that step aerobics is effective in modifying cholesterol, they did not speculate on reasons why that was the case.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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