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Sunday, 15 May 2011

SIX WEEK WORKOUT

 GET INTO SHAPE IN SIX WEEKS

Arms

Daren't expose your arms? These two exercises can help you tone up those flabby bits in just six weeks. For the first exercise use three to four kilo hand weights or improvise with tins of food.

Bicep curl

A great isolation exercise, the bicep curl gives fantastic definition to the upper arm.
  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent and arms by your sides. Start with your elbows slightly bent; hold the weights so that your palms face outwards.
  2. Bend your arms and lift the weights towards your shoulders. Keep your elbows tucked in close to your body. At the top of the movement, flex your biceps to maximise the effectiveness of the exercise.
Keep the movement slow and controlled and take care to keep your back straight as you lift the weights.
Do three sets of 10-15 repetitions every other day

Tricep dip

This highly effective exercise concentrates work on the triceps. It can be done off the end of a bed, rather than a workbench. Exercises that involve lifting your own bodyweight help to improve posture and strengthen and protect the skeletal system.
  1. Place feet hip-width apart; keep your back straight and close to the bench and bend your knees at 90.
  2. Lower yourself down until your arms are bent at 90 degrees, then push back up until arms are straight, but not locked.
Do three sets of 10-15 repetitions every other day


Abdomen

Basic crunch

Of all the abdominal exercises, the basic crunch is one of the most effective. The key is to keep the movement slow and to focus on good technique.
  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and hands by your ears.
  2. Curl your shoulders forwards, keeping your lower back on the floor. Tense the abdominals, breathing out as you lift and in as you lower. Keep a space the size of an apple under your chin, to ensure that your head stays in line with your spine. Each repetition should take about 4-5 seconds in total.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Oblique crunch

This is the best exercise for the obliques, the muscles at the side of the stomach that run from under the ribcage to the hips.
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and hands by your head
  2. Slowly raise one shoulder and elbow up towards the outside of the opposite thigh. Change shoulders to work the muscles on the other side.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Reverse curl

The reverse curl targets the lower part of the abdominal section, putting less strain on the neck area. Used in conjunction with other crunches it can help to give a toned effect to the entire stomach area.
  1. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, legs straight up in the air. Keep your shoulders and head on the floor at all times. Ensure that your feet never come further back than your head.
  2. Tighten your lower abdominals and bring your legs and pelvis towards your ribcage. Keep the movement slow and controlled and be careful not to let your legs swing about.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Thighs and Hips

Squats

Squats work the thighs and buttocks as well as the lower leg muscles, abdominals and lower back as they are used for balance. Performing the exercise with hand weights increases the intensity.
  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Keep your back straight and place your hands on your hips.
  2. Bend your knees to 90 degrees and allow your body to lean forwards slightly until it is at right angles to your thighs. Take care to keep your heels on the floor.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Lunge

A demanding exercise, the lunge can give you wonderfully toned inner thighs and buttocks. Hold hand weights to make it more challenging.
  1. Place one foot forward about one stride-length apart from the back leg. Keep your hips facing straight ahead and your arms loose by your sides. Keep your body upright and you abdominals firm.
  2. Bend your knees to bring your front knee directly over your front foot. Put your weight on to the heel of your front foot to work the buttock muscle most effectively. Return to the start position.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Dorsal raise

This is an excellent exercise for the lower back. By strengthening the main muscles that run along the lower part of the spine, the erector spinae, it can help improve posture and also prevent lower back pain.
  1. Lie on your front on a mat with your arms outstretched in front of you and legs straight. Take care not to tense the muscles in your neck.
  2. Raise your left arm and your right leg, keeping them both straight. Hold for one second, then slowly lower them. Repeat raising the opposite arm and leg.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Chest

Press ups

Press ups use the weight of the body to work the pectorals, deltoids and triceps (chest, arm and shoulder muscles). Start with the half press up and progress to the full press up once you have built up strength.
  1. Place your hands directly under your shoulders, or slightly wider if you want to put more emphasis on the chest. Keep your fingers pointing forwards and your torso and legs straight.
  2. Bend your arms to about 90 and lower your body, keeping your head in line with your spine. Keep your stomach and thigh muscles tight, which will help to keep your legs straight. Be careful not to point your bottom in the air.
Push yourself back up to the start position. Remember to breathe in on the way down and out as you press up.

Half press-up - alternative

Press ups use the weight of the body to work the pectorals, deltoids and triceps (chest, arm and shoulder muscles). Start with the half press up and progress to the full press up once you have built up strength.
Keep arms in the same position as for the full press-up, but keep your knees on the mat. Slowly lower the body, then return to the start position.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

Chest press

This exercise can be done on the floor rather than a bench. For best results, keep your abdominals tight.
  1. Lie on your back on a bench with your knees bent. Holding a weight in each hand, bend your arms so that your elbows are at 90 and your palms face the wall opposite you.
  2. Extend your arms upwards so that they are nearly straight. Return to the start position, using a pace of about four seconds per repetition.
Do two set of 12 - 15 repetitions every other day

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IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO FORECAST THE FUTURE AND OTHER QUESTIONS?

I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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