As most people head into the gym, their minds are focused on the day’s workout—not on MRSA, norovirus, influenza and other scary germs that may be floating around or lurking on the equipment. While disinfectant sprays and hand sanitizers are available in some facilities, you might be lucky to get a paper towel in others. But you don’t have to become a germophobe—or worse, avoid working out at the gym altogether—to avoid getting sick. Just use common sense and keep these tips in mind to protect yourself.
What exactly does it mean to recover after a workout? Whether you’re strength training, running, spinning or dancing, your body needs time to repair and re-energize after exercise. During strenuous physical activity, muscle tissue breaks down, fluid is lost and energy stores are depleted. Recovery allows the body to repair damaged muscle tissues (ultimately leading to the creation of bigger muscle fibers, or building strength) and to replenish energy stores.
By no means am I a yogi, but I do enjoy the practice, relaxation and exercise that comes along with it. It’s the perfect trifecta for your mind, body and spirit. If you are thinking about trying yoga for the first time, here are eight easy tips to get the most out of your time on the mat. Read more →
Did you know that a healthy heart typically pumps oxygen-rich blood to every part of the body 100,000 times a day? And that the heart has its own electrical system to control your heartbeat? February is American Heart Month, and while you should care for your heart every month of the year, this is a perfect time to give this amazing organ extra love and attention.
Working out solo has its benefits: you stay focused, you choose the activities and no one has to see (or smell) you sweat. But if your partner is health-minded, like you, exercising together every once in a while has its perks, too. For starters, pairing up in the gym is known to help people stick with their goals. Your sex life might also get a boost (think of all those endorphins flowing!).
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Growing up I was anything but healthy. Soda drinker, fast food consumer, microwaver-of-everything — and when it came to exercise, let’s just say I could barely spell the word. Over time I realized that the decisions I made here and now not only impacted my short-term future, but my health and well-being down the road as well.
Today, my savings account may not be stuffed, but all the extra money and time spent on healthy choices is an investment in my future that’s definitely worth it. Read more →
I often hear the complaint: “I’m working out almost every day, but my weight won’t budge.” What many people don’t realize is that exercise is the easy part. Learning to eat right–and sticking with a healthy-eating plan–is a much bigger challenge when it comes to shedding extra pounds and changing the shape of your body. You can kill yourself in the gym, sweating through an hour or more of cardio daily and lifting weights until you drop. But the results aren’t going to show if there’s a layer of fat sticking around due to a poor diet.
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