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How to do a burpee

Wiseman suggests doing burpees for cardio. Burpees are a bodyweight exercise that incorporate five different moves to increase your heart rate and challenge your core muscles. Begin in a standing position, then go down into a squat with your hands on the floor, then, in an explosive move shoot your feet out so you are in a push-up position. From there, do a full push-up, then pull your feet back to the starting position. Then, with hands in between your feet, explode upward, jumping into a fully extended position with your feet off the ground and your hands above your head. 




Run (or walk) from stress
Any kind of exercise is good for the soul

01/08/15



You can run away from stress — literally.

Mary Wiseman, owner of FitWise Personal Training in Manchester, says any kind of cardiovascular exercise can help lower stress levels.
“[That’s] one of the reasons I do it,” Wiseman said. “There are many different things that specifically cardio does for your body.”
Wiseman said cardio promotes basic functions like circulation, but it’s also an endorphin release, meaning you get a dose of “feel good” hormones whenever you do it. 
She recommends breaking up the cardio rather than doing it in one boring chunk.
“A lot of people nowadays are incorporating cardio into their workout, like doing cardio with strength training. Instead of a straight half hour of cardio, do circuit training paired with cardio,” Wiseman said.
She suggests adding two to three minutes of cardio between each circuit. 
“It’s a great way to get it in, without having to do something boring like running on the treadmill,” Wiseman said. “Making the activity fun and interesting is also a huge part of being able to relieve stress.”
Aggressive sports can help beat cardio boredom too. Wiseman said racquetball is a great workout because you are working on different planes of motion.
“You would be challenging your body in a different way, in that you’d be working on your core strength, agility, balance, coordination, hand-to-eye coordination,” Wiseman said. “One of the ways that plays into stress reduction [is] it takes your mind off of everything.”
Wiseman also cited socialization and self-esteem as benefits of any kind of exercise. Plus, she said, the more people work out, the more it helps reduce overall muscle tension — another factor in stress. Wiseman said exercise helps promote sleep and helps reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone caused by stress that produces body fat.
“It helps to expel adrenaline, which a lot of us tend to build up in stressful situations, [and] can help release negative emotions,” Wiseman said. 
 
As seen in the January 8, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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