Most of us, as we start working out, major in cardio fitness: treadmill or elliptical, group aerobic classes, running or walking, etc. But as we gain endurance and look for more, or even hit plateaus, strength training is the natural next step. [···]
Making it through an intense workout is difficult enough, but emotional and social obstacles can stop you from even starting the workout (and all the workouts after that). But by recognizing these 5 obstacles, you’ll be able to stand up for yourself and your health and overcome them. [···]
Cardio workouts are the popular choice for many exercisers—particularly women. Treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals are pretty accessible machines to get started on, and cardio dance or kickboxing classes add fun, camaraderie, intensity and group accountability. There’s no doubt that cardiovascular workouts are essential to health and fitness, and a key ingredient in weightloss. But what about weight training? [···]
There’s no doubt that having a workout buddy is a big help when it comes to staying on target, keeping accountable, and meeting your fitness goals. But when you can’t always have a friend or family member come to the gym with you (and even when you can), there’s another resource available to you, and you may even be reading this on it right now! Your smartphone is likely already your constant companion and handy assistant for a variety of daily tasks, so making it and its apps part of your fitness routine makes a lot of sense. But just like any other category of apps and utilities, how do you find what’s useful for you in a sea of App Store icons? [···]
Dance workouts have become incredibly popular, and even dance itself has become more mainstream with dance competitions filling the airwaves and gathering millions of weekly viewers. So if you’re interested in dance for fitness, it’s easy to find a variety of classes and music styles to groove and get fit to, including latin, hip hop, ballroom, line dancing, and more. But even if you’re unsure if dance is for you (or even as effective as hitting the treadmill), you may be surprised at all the benefits of adding dance to your fitness mix! [···]
Spring is a natural season to motivate change, but after a long winter, a lack of holidays off work, and the fatigue of trying to keep new habits going, you may be feeling a little blue. So as we approach the season equivalent of “hump day,” here’s some encouragement to keep going, push harder, and set yourself up for continued success! [···]
I’ve worked so hard, practically lived at the gym, but the scale just won’t move. Will I ever meet my goals? Is all this effort even worth it?
Most of us start working out (for the first time, or after a long time) in order to see visible results—lost weight, better fitting clothes, and a very measurable change in what the scale tells us in the morning.
One of the toughest challenges we can face during the fitness journey is overcoming a scale that just doesn’t move. And it is a process of overcoming… but there’s a lot more going on than an ornery bathroom device. So it’s time to find out some of the possible reasons why your scale doesn’t move. [···]
The number one excuse for not exercising is “I don’t have enough time.” Many of us give most of our waking hours to our jobs, and then reserve quality time with loved ones. Not everyone is an early bird who can function during a 5:30am workout or a night owl who can power through a late night gym session. [···]
New Year’s. You probably know it by one of its aliases: “resolution day” (or something like it).
Health Magazine tells us, “New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.”
But that’s ok, as long as you keep those resolutions. Chances are, you’re still trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015, and changes are even better that your resolutions are in trouble. But the best way to keep them is to link arms with other resolution-keepers, especially when it comes to the gym. [···]
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. [···]