I have to confess: Even though I’m well aware of its importance, I don’t stretch as often as I should. I’ve always been flexible, so not stretching every day didn’t seem to have much of an impact on me. But over the years, and with more muscle added to my frame, I’ve noticed that I’m not nearly as flexible as I used to be.
No time for a full workout at the gym? No worries. Try one of these quick 20-minute workouts at the gym or at home. You’ll feel great not skipping your daily exercise, even if what you do is only a fraction of your usual routine.
We all want to gain fat-burning, lean muscle, but in order to do so we have to feed our muscles protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the foods you eat, your body’s ability to make new protein slows down, and it may even break down existing protein (i.e. muscle tissue) in order to supply its needs. If your body starts breaking down its own muscle tissue, your metabolism slows down further, which results in burning fewer calories and fat.
You’ve finally gotten into a groove—going to the gym every day, eating right, feeling good about your progress. Then it happens. You get sick. And as you cope with a steadily worsening cough, runny nose and sore throat, you start to battle with yourself: I can still exercise! I’m not that sick. I should stick to my routine. Right?
Push-ups are the perfect exercise not only for sculpting sexy, shapely arms, but for building upper body strength and core stability. To perform them properly, personal trainer and fitness expert Nicole Wilkins offers three helpful tips in this quick, informative video.
Q: What are the different distances in triathlon?
Amy Marsh responds:
This is a great question as there are many different distances in triathlon to accommodate different skill levels.
People often ask us if we’ve done a full triathlon. My husband and I jokingly say, “Yes, we always do a full triathlon—we do the whole swim, the whole bike and the whole run.” But really, people want to know if we’ve raced the full Ironman in Hawaii, which is the most famous race. (And the answer to that is yes, we’ve both raced it, and I’ll be heading back there this October to compete!)
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