It shouldn’t surprise you that around here we encourage women to lift weights. But when it comes to the heavy weights, even those who lift regularly may pause. I mean, how heavy is too heavy? Will a woman who lifts heavy look like “Ah-nold”? [···]
Even though football is one of the most energetic and intense popular team sports in America, for most of us, “Are you ready for some football?” means reserving a spot on the sofa and clearing the coffee table to accommodate chips, dips, and beer. While our sports heroes sweat it out on the gridiron, we’re packing on the pounds for winter.
That’s like eating ice cream—from the carton—while watching The Biggest Loser. [···]
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. [···]