Fitness is FUN!!! Or is it for you? Calling something “fun” doesn’t automatically make it feel like a party, does it? For many people, workouts feel more like work than anything else. If that’s the case, it’s definitely time to ditch the drudgery and focus on how joyful physical movement – whatever that might involve for you – can fuel your fitness.
Beyond tallying up minutes, how can you make cardio count? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting 150 minutes of exercise of moderate intensity per week. That’s doable, you think. Is just hitting that number enough to keep you motivated when you’re strolling up to the treadmill for the umpteenth time this year? If you’re human, there will likely come a time when knowing a heart-pumping workout is simply “good for you” isn’t enough to keep you moving.
If you haven’t swung a kettlebell before, now’s the time! The funky looking fitness toy has been around for centuries for a reason. The concept of a kettlebell is simple. It is a heavy iron ball with a fixed handle on top. What really makes them special, though, is that using them regularly can yield unique results. Read More
Create your own circuit workout. It’s easy! An effective circuit workout challenges all major muscle groups, including your heart. You can develop endurance and strength by minimizing rest periods between stops. Circuits don’t have to involve a ton of equipment, time or space. Instead of moving to stations, you can stay in one place and work in interval blocks if you choose. Read More
In this age of standing desks it’s time to face-up to a truth. Chairs are not the enemy. It’s OK to sit down! Chairs have been a part of human civilization for at least 5,000 years and humans continue to survive. Sitting isn’t necessarily evil, and the dude waving to you from his standing desk isn’t morally superior to you. What is troublesome, though, is poor posture and sedentary habits that can develop when sitting is a default position. Getting lazy in a chair can negatively affect joint alignment, muscular strength and your cardiovascular system. Read More
If you want to feel strong and centered, try a Pilates and yoga-inspired flow to kick-off your day. Combining full-body Pilates and yoga movements into flowing sequences can provide you with a thorough cardio, strength and flexibility workout that is so efficient you might not realize how tough it is until you’re done. Read More
You don’t have to heed the rooster’s crow to reap the benefits of a Farmer’s Walk. Anyone can do this functional exercise anytime, anywhere to build strength to improve overall fitness and quality of life. The Farmer’s Walk, or Farmer’s Carry, is a basic move that builds foundational strength and has little risk of injury if you start slow, moving step-by-step. It can be a key component of any workout.
You sip protein shakes in the morning. Eat a burger without fixings for lunch. You snack on turkey jerky and finish the day with a three meat salad with hard boiled eggs for dinner. You believe in the power of protein. Or maybe you don’t and are wondering if you should hop on the bandwagon. Why shouldn’t you? Read More
Starting off on the right foot in the New Year can really help you carry yourself far toward your ideal health. But to move toward positive change, we need to be able to let go the unhealthy habits holding us back. Read More