Kettlebells? Check. Dumbbells? Check. Rowers and jump ropes? Check and check. You know your way around the weight room. But, have you discovered the smooth magic the Prowler Sled can work on you? Even if you don’t recognize the name, it’s likely you’ve seen some version of this power strength training staple on an athletic field and maybe even in the gym.
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.
Have you ever scrolled your social media accounts, hit a stream of perfect meals and workout selfies, and felt like crap about your own efforts? It seems like there’s always some account out there that is getting in more beautiful, well-balanced meals, doing longer runs, or showing off harder workouts. It can be difficult to feel like what you’re doing is enough.
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
Let’s face it: setbacks happen. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, stress = chocolate, which can give you relief in the moment but can leave you with a serious case of chocolate guilt. Why are we prone to think that way? Chocolate gets a bad rep due to its fat and sugar content. If consumed in moderation, chocolate can have great benefits for your overall health. Read More
Ever heard of the so-called Blue Zones? These are designated places in the world where people just seem to live longer – often well into their 90s and 100s (average life expectancy is currently 79). But where are they? Who are they? And what are they doing to maintain their health and vitality for so long? 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
There is a reason why a select few people champion their way to the Olympics: the training is grueling; both mentally and physically. Many spend years honing their craft. Some spend decades and won’t settle for anything less than a gold medal wrapped around their necks and a podium beneath their feet. 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