Just when you thought you had mastered the fine art of fitness, something new comes along. Every year a different dance-style-turned-cardio-class is born that you have to try, or maybe your tacky Timex has become obsolete because it can’t draw a map of your ocean swim. You buy into it all with full faith these updated auxiliaries will make you faster, stronger…better than your biggest workout rival (admit you have one). But what if all you need to knock out obstacles and conquer your goals is a few timeless formulas? It sounds almost too easy. Trust me, if you don’t know these four fitness stats, you’re focusing on all the wrong things. Read more →
The New Year is off to a good start. You’re eating better, sticking with that new diet and taking your vitamins and supplements. Maybe you’ve even signed up for a gym membership, which includes a free consultation with a personal trainer. It’s a great offer, especially for gym newbies who don’t know their way around and need help planning a fitness routine. But before you meet with a fitness salesperson (remember, sales is part of his or her job!), it helps to do some homework and to know what you’re looking for.
Shocking news: you’re not the only one whose New Year’s resolution is to get fit. Maybe you’re not new to the gym, but there are plenty of people who are—and they’ll be crowding your classes, sharing machines and getting acquainted with the facility this month. Good for them! It’s best to stay positive and be happy for others getting on board with improving health. But how can you keep from getting aggravated with lines, distractions and other inconveniences that peak this time of year?
Fact: exercising longer at a lower heart rate burns more calories from fat. You’ve read of this fat-burning zone in every fitness magazine, but you’re only getting a half-truth. When it comes to losing weight, slow and steady does not win the race. Read more →
Just when you thought the holiday chaos was over, New Year’s pokes its head around the corner. At this point, staying up to see the ball drop feels like a dream. Well, snap out of it! You have one week to get a mound of gifts un-packaged and stored away, the house cleaned up and your body in shape for that sparkling new statement dress. How can you get it all done? Read more →
It’s like brushing your teeth, or cleaning the kitchen countertops. When you do something over and over again, you get comfortable with the routine. The job gets done. But are you really doing it right? The same applies to regular workouts. You may be going through the motions, plowing through the hour so you can check exercise off your to-do list. But if you’re not taking care to perform the motions properly, you won’t see the full benefits of your hard work. Even worse, you may run into physical problems.
Of course you need a good pair of shoes, a water bottle and comfortable clothes to work out. But you need more than your cool new sneakers to stay in shape. Regardless if you’re on a brand new fitness journey or were born an athlete, there are three pantry items you must have to maintain your success…and your sanity. Read more →
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