Up For Summer
Laura Emery, Field Editor
All of a sudden, skin is in — or,
rather, out. After months of wintry weather, the long sweaters and heavy
coats are tucked away and out come the shorts, sandals, sarongs and
swimsuits. The world begins to embrace the unveiling of skin after months of
being covered and concealed.
And spring is the perfect time to start
working on tightening and toning a physique
you’ll be proud to unveil come summertime.
If you have access to the Internet, then
you have a membership to the “World Wide gym,” where you can access a
wide assortment of dieting secrets, fitness tips and workout routines, and
articles on everything from conquering crunches to cutting carbohydrates.
Following is a compilation of must-visit
Web sites to get you started on putting together your own personal World
Wide Web workout.
The First In Fitness
About.Com’s Workout Central has it
all. Visit http://exercise.about.com/library/blworkoutcenter.htm
for everything from the 10-minute vacation workout to the pyramid upper-body
workout. The information is divided into such categories as strength
training, circuit training, abs, cardio workouts, weight loss, nutrition,
fitness tools, careers in fitness, and fitness gear.
eDiets.com is a hugely popular Web site that focuses on fitness and dieting.
One of its greatest services is the e-mail newsletter, where you can sign up
to get a daily dose of fitness and diet techniques and tips, as well as
entertaining articles and columns.
MSNBC’s Exercise page (www.msnbc.com/news/EXERCISE_front.asp?cp1=1)
is a great resource for articles and fitness-related
news. Find out about new advancements
and studies in the area of fitness and health before you hit the gym or
start a new workout or diet routine.
Yearning for Yoga
More and more athletes and average
exercisers are turning to yoga, the ancient meditative technique of twists,
stretches and poses, in order to slim their shapes and relax their minds,
bodies, and souls.
The Yoga Journal, on the Web at www.yogajournal.com,
is dedicated to the qualities that yoga exemplifies, including peace,
integrity, clarity and compassion. You can sign up for a free weekly
newsletter, try the featured pose, correspond with yoga experts, find yoga
poses, and learn yoga basics.
Another highly rated yoga Web site is The Yoga Site (www.yogasite.com/postures.html).
This general guide outlines the various forms of yoga, helps users find a
yoga teacher, and offers yoga books for sale.
At Yoga Central (www.yogaclass.com),
you can learn the basic techniques for correct
breathing, chanting, stretching and relaxing.
A Guy Thing
JP Fitness (www.jeanpaul.com)
is a great Web site for men who are determined to beef up their biceps and
achieve a fit summer body through intense weight training.
Men’s Health (www.menshealth.com)
is an all-around great resource for men of all ages, but it’s also a good
place to go for men’s fitness information. Site features include a sports
injury index and a “Fitness Tools & Quizzes” section with self-tests
to gauge your fitness level.
Mostly For the Ladies
Shape magazine (www.shapemag.com)
is a great place for step-by-step exercise instructions. Get weight-loss
advice, beauty secrets and exercise tips from this health and fitness
WeightWatchers.Com has informative
articles, and you can also choose from a large selection of toning and
strength-building routines designed for both women and men.