Working Out

Surviving the Holidays to Keep Fit

Holidays mean pretty decorations, bright lights, huge Thanksgiving meals… Christmas presents, huge Christmas meals… Hanukkah presents, 8 days of huge Hanukkah meals… toasting the New Year, huge New Year’s meals… and so on…

Sense a theme? And in between all the huge meals… parties, parties, and more parties with tons of food and drinks. Mix that in with full schedules and increased stress, and you can understand why so many people join gyms in January.

But it is possible to survive the holidays and maintain your fitness with a few simple but intentional steps. [···]

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Should I Exercise When I’m Sick?

“No pain, no gain” is a mantra many of us avid fitness folks have heard—or even said. Meant to motivate athletes to push through challenges, it’s led many average folks and weekend warriors to suffer injury. But what about when you’re tempted (or even encouraged) to work out when you’re under the weather?

Please note: this article does not constitute medical advice, and, as always, when illness or injury is suspected, consulting a physician or medical professional is highly recommended. [···]

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How to Wash Workout Clothes

A good sweat is proof of a great workout… but you don’t want the last workout’s, um, fragrance following you into the next fitness class or training session. If you find yourself trying to stay downwind of others at the gym, or having to replace your workout wear a little too often, these tips on how to wash workout clothes will help you get longer life out of your gear (and get you back to closer quarters with your fitness friends!). [···]

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Exposing Sneaky Causes of Weight Gain

Fall can be a tough season for our waistlines. School starts up again, schedules get busier, and the never-ending array of holiday decorations on store shelves remind us that before we know it, it’ll be next year already. But it is possible to expose the sneaky causes of weight gain—which can affect us year-round, but are particularly troublesome this time of year. [···]

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Fitness Trackers Got Your Number?

Photo courtesy of Kazuhiro Keino on Flickr

Need some extra motivation to keep on target with your workouts? Sometimes a little data is all you need! Fitness trackers are increasingly popular, and take on all sorts of forms, from wristbands and watches, to clip-ons and pocketable devices, to built-in phone features. Is a fitness tracker right for you, and if so, which one? [···]

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Treating Muscle Soreness After a Workout

Do you sometimes feel muscle soreness after a workout? Or the next day? Or the second day after? “No Pain, No Gain!” can be misleading—an effective workout can lead to some achy muscles, but can you tell the difference between the soreness that results from an appropriately intense workout versus the pain that means an injury is imminent (or has already occurred)? Let’s outline the differences, and how you can give your healthy, but sore, muscles some TLC to get you through to the next training session. [···]

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A Fitness Family: Working Out with a Tribe

Group workouts have become increasingly popular over the years because they fulfill many of the social needs that help us reach our fitness goals. Even if you like to throw on some headphones and log a few solo miles on the road, treadmill, or elliptical, there is power in being part of a fitness family. Here’s why you should work out with a tribe. [···]

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Summer Travel Fitness Tips

Does your schedule change a lot in the summer? School’s out, vacations are on the books, and sometimes the beach just beckons more than usual. Even business conferences and client visits can get in on the action. All these seasonal changes can conspire against your workout routine, but it’s possible to stay on track between gym visits with these summer travel fitness tips. [···]

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7 Reasons Kids “Work Out” Better Than You

Most of us spend our days sitting down… at a desk, in a car, or even in a cozy chair. The pace of life is speeding up, but our bodies are slowing down. It’s enough to make you want to be a kid again—and there’s no better way to do that than to integrate child-like “play” into your workout routine. [···]

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