If mixed martial arts (MMA) is your thing, a half hour to 45 minute-long jog first thing in the morning may be part of your routine. This training technique, with a history rooted in old-school boxing, is popular—but it can put a lot of stress on joints and muscles, ultimately hindering your performance. To keep your body in stress-free shape, try sprint training. Just what it sounds like, sprint training involves short, intense bursts of activity for effective cardio conditioning.
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:
If you’re a mom, you’re busy. Whether you work full time at an office or stay at home with the kids, you’re constantly on the move, multi-tasking and making sure everything and everyone is taken care of. But where do you fall on the list?
Powering through a tough workout, you’re nearing the end. And then it hits: a sharp, stabbing sensation in a muscle that halts you in your steps, maybe even causing you to double over in pain. Cramps are a nightmare—but they’re common, especially during exercise. Is there anything you can do to keep them from coming on?
Have you ever gone out for a run and wondered how many calories you burned or how far you went? I’m a data dude. So I like to know all the stats of my workout, which is why I use a pedometer.
Yes, I said a pedometer. This tiny fitness tool has been around for decades, but it is far from outdated. And it’s not just for your speed-walking grandma. There are many uses and places for pedometers. If you’re still not convinced, read on for the when and why.
Q: What’s the best way to ease into running?
Amy Marsh answers
A: Whether you’re starting to run for the first time, returning to the sport after a long break or coming off an injury, the best way to begin running is with a walk/run routine.
Before starting any exercise program, though, be sure to get checked out by your doctor to ensure you’re in good health (and fully healed). The next step would be to get comfortable shoes. Spending a little extra time and money on the best running shoes for your needs will help stave off injury in the long “run.” Read more →
Q: Should I run on my toes?
Brandon Marsh answers:
This is a question that I get asked by many of the triathletes I coach. Experts are deeply divided on the answer to this question.
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