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5 Full-Body Exercises that Increase Overall Fitness

Compound, or full-body exercises are an important way for people to get in shape and burn calories. The benefit of compound exercises are that when more muscles are used in a single activity it raises the overall calories burned, work out time, and the potential speed of fitness transformation. These moves engage both large and small muscles making a workout well rounded.  There are a few disadvantages that include the inability to isolate a certain muscle for growth. Most sports require a well-rounded body type with adequate overall muscle tone. A few sports may require stronger arms or legs than others but this is generally not the norm. Where additional improvement is needed in a specific area the practice of the sport will fulfill the specific muscles.  The key to good overall fitness is to use as much of the body as possible. As you complete these compound exercises you will engage your biceps, triceps, stomach, back, legs, gluteus, etc… making your fitness reaching i

Cardio vs. Weights

Strength training versus cardiovascular exercises is a debate that takes into consideration weight loss and general health. There are those on one side of the debate and there are those on the other side of the debate.   For the person reading through the information bog they may get a little confused. Each has their benefits and merits but focus on two different but overlapping concepts.  Any fitness program should consider both of the benefits and adjust accordingly based upon personal goals. Strength training does increase muscle tone and improves upon weight loss. This is beneficial for speed and ability. The calories burned during a rigorous weightlifting program are short-lived and generally subside about an hour after working out.   For every three pounds of muscle gained you will lose about 10 lbs. in a year ( 1 ).   That is good news for those who want to maintain their weight loss by incorporating such training into their routines. Aerobic exercise is more effici