Yoga In The Park

Ozzie Jacobs presents a rejuvenating yoga sequence!

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Fitness to a Beat

Ozzie Jacobs, editor of HealthandFitnessExpert.com, presents “Fitness Soundtrack” a podcast that explains how music can make your workouts more enjoyable.

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Focus

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that addresses how to stay focused on your fitness goals.

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Give 100!

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, explains how “giving 100″ can lead to a balanced, healthier and happier lifestyle.

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Cross-Train: Pilates Side Kicks

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a new addition to her Cross-Train Workout Series…..

Cross-Train: Pilates Side Kicks!  Complete 8 reps and 3 sets of each of these exercises to sculpt a beautiful pair of legs.

Who said thighs were a problem area?

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Be sure to check out some of the other videos in Ozzie’s Cross-Train Series!

Cross-Train: Yoga

Beach Body: Cross-Training

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Beach Body: Cross-Training

Go to any gym and look at the class schedule and you’ll certainly find an array of different classes and workout styles (i.e. pilates, yoga, sculpt, conditioning, kickboxing and the list goes on).

How do you know what workout style is best for you? The truth is that there are numerous ways to arrive at a goal. If efficiency and fun are important elements for your workout routine then cross training may be the answer for you.

Cross-Training utilizes a number of different workout theories and strategies to keep your body responsive. Each week you incorporate a variety of training styles into your routine to give your body a workout that incorporates movements to maximize strength, caloric expenditure, flexibility and core control.

Cross-Training is an excellent way to avoid reaching a plateau and can be seamlessly incorporated into your fitness regime. As a matter of fact, you can start today!!!

Check out the Cross-Train sequence I have designed just for you:
Monday: Cross-Train Strength
Tuesday: Cross-Train Agility
Wednesday: Cross-Train Yoga
Thursday: Cross-Train Cardio
Friday: Cross-Train Strength
Saturday: Cross-Train Basketball Drills
Sunday: Rest

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Cross-Train: Yoga

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents Cross-Train: Yoga!  Cross-training is the best way to avoid plateaus while keeping your workout fun!

Gain strength, flexibility and core control today with Cross-Train: Yoga!!!

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Ask Ozzie: Session 3

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, answers all of your fitness questions!!!  In this session of “Ask Ozzie”, Ozzie reveals the best ab exercise, how to stay motivated and the importance of a strong core. 

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Workout: Daylight Savings Fun

 

Hooray for Daylight Savings Time! 

Daylight savings time has begun and I am so happy because we will be reunited with sunny evenings.  What will you do for the extra hour of sun?  Will you enjoy an afternoon jog on the beach, maybe a stroll down the boardwalk; whatever you plan on doing make the most of it through positive steps toward your health and wellness goals!

Try these outdoor fitness activities on for size….  

1. Run on the beach!  I have found beach runs to be stress relieving and fun due to the beautiful California scenery as well as the “people watching” (especially at Venice Beach).

 

2. Volleyball anyone?! Gather a group of friends and head out to the beach volleyball courts for a game under the sun. The constant movement and “trash talking” from friends will keep you at the top of your game.

 

3. Show off the “wheels”! Go ahead and pull your bike out of the garage or your rollerblades out of the closet.  Put on your cool shades and your i-pod as you head to the boardwalk for a smooth leg workout.

 

4. Ohm under the sun!  There is nothing like doing yoga under the sun.  Pull out your yoga mat and start posing.  Let the ocean breeze be your soundtrack and get enlightened as you do your sun salutations in the perfect environment.

 

I look forward to seeing you out there!

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Workout: Breathe

 

Whether you’re a yogini, pilates student, power lifter, jogger, gymnast or fitness enthusiast we all must recognize one thing.  There is power in the breath.  The mighty exhale exerts tremendous strength and force as your core (your center) engages.

 

Experienced exercises have already succumbed to the fact that the art of breathing (when mastered) can be a huge advantage but when one becomes unaware of their breath and can no longer keep it calm and controlled then success can easily slip through their fingers.

 

Even off the court, the field or the gym room floor researchers have discovered that breathing can be a valuable tool toward changing one’s mental state.  Whether you are battling a relentless migraine, an unyielding headache, anxiety or high levels of stress breathing can be your respite.

 

Try these breathing exercises today:

1.Breathe to calm the mind.  Close your eyes and inhale through the nose, imagine the air slowly filling your rib cage then your belly.  On the exhale slowly expel all the air from your lungs as if you are deflating a balloon.  Repeat this breath cycle 3 to 5 times as you bring all your attention and focus to the sound of your breath

2.Breathe for control.  Inhale through your nose, filling your lungs with air.  As you exhale draw the “Powerhouse” (i.e. core/abdominals) in toward the spine and up toward the rib cage.  To guide the action, place your palm on your belly and as you exhale gently press your belly in then push the belly up toward the rib cage.  Repeat this breath cycle 3 to 5 times as you bring all your attention and focus to the sound of your breath.

3.Breathe for strength. Try this breathing exercise while doing a machine chest press.  Inhale to prepare yourself for the movement and exhale as you draw the abdominals toward the spine and aggressively push the weight forward.  Continue this breathing cycle for the entire set.

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