Whether you’re a cross-fit junkie, dedicated triathlete or three-day-a-week treadmill walker, there’s one thing everyone who works out regularly has in common: you eventually get bored. After weeks or months of doing the same exercise, in the same place, at the same time, not only is your body no longer challenged, but your mind starts craving something more. The solution is simple. To get the most out of fitness, you’ve got to switch things up!
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I love fall weather. Just stepping outside and feeling the cool, crisp air instead of the humid stickiness of summer instantly energizes me. Now is a great time to switch up your workout routine and take advantage of the nice weather before the chill of winter sets in. There are plenty of exercises you can take outdoors, and some creative activities you can do for a good workout and some fall fun. Here are a few of my favorites:
Gaining lean muscle mass may be THE reason you’re putting in all that time at the gym. If so, you already know: achieving a muscular physique isn’t easy. Many factors will come into play in determining the eventual outcome of your success, and you’ll probably need to make more than a few changes along the way. One of these is paying more attention to form—and to your repetition ranges.
Most people know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress. What rarely gets attention is the fact that reducing stress levels can actually improve exercise performance and recovery. Technically, exercise is a form of positive stress. Your body receives a stimulus, then adapts in a positive manner. The immediate results are better performance, increases in strength and less body fat. This is what is known as an “acute stress response” – a specific stimulus that lasts for a temporary period. Acute stressors can be very healthy, and are necessary for any type of growth.
The vast majority of us start the day with a cup (or three) of coffee. Surprisingly, coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Coffee can be beneficial to health and weight loss efforts when consumed at the right times, without adding excessive amounts of sugar and fat. Most flavored coffee drinks have the nutritional profile of a banana split, but these five recipes provide a tasty twist to your morning routine that will keep your mouth and waist line happy.
Most of us aren’t strangers to caffeine. We count on our coffee to jump start the day or pour a great big cup of green tea when the afternoon slump sets in. But what about using caffeine to rev up a workout or help you lose weight? Is it a good idea? Does it even work?
You notice those big, brightly colored, bouncy-looking balls every time you’re at the gym—but what on Earth are you supposed to do with them? Stop staring and go grab one! Balance balls, also known as stability balls, are easier to use than you think, and they offer a wide variety of fitness benefits, from increasing flexibility to building strength to improving coordination and balance. Training with a ball is especially great for targeting core muscles, an area often neglected in our workout routines.
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