Even if it’s been years since you last shopped for school supplies or stepped foot into a classroom, back-to-school time can still make many people think about new beginnings. Joining a gym and creating a regular fitness routine are common goals this time of the year and we’re here to help you get started on the right foot.
The first week of August is officially Simplify your Life Week – who knew? I must have lost the memo in the stack of papers on my dining room table. Anyway, most of us could benefit from a little “spring (summer?) cleaning” in many areas of our lives, including our fitness routine.
Frozen pizza. A car on a winter morning. Your body before a workout. What do these three things have in common? Well, for starters, they all benefit from a good warm-up. Exercising while your muscles are tight or cold can result in less-than-optimal performance similar to a half-cooked pizza or an ice-cold steering wheel.
Last summer we compiled a list of smartphone apps that can help take your health and fitness routine to the next level. Now almost a year later, we think it’s time to take a second look.
Sore muscles are a common fitness conundrum. A day or two after a challenging workout an all too familiar feeling sets in. It hurts to move your arm more than six inches in one direction, but it’s a good kind of hurt. What’s an exerciser to do?
Foam roll. Turns out this simple piece of fitness equipment is useful and easy-to-use meaning it won’t collect dust in the corner like that Stairmaster or ab roller.
Have you ever thought about which room in your house has the biggest impact on reaching your fitness goals? Are you surprised to find out it’s the kitchen? That’s right, eating habits can make or break the hard work you put in at the gym.
If images of a boot camp instructor or The Biggest Loser flash through your mind when you hear the words personal trainer, it’s time to think again. A personal trainer can be one of your greatest allies when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. From helping to define your goals to putting the steps in place to achieve them, working with a trainer makes the most of your workouts.
If you’ve ever mistaken the gym for a runway, I can’t imagine you’re alone. Lately it seems like getting dressed to go workout takes as much fashion sense as putting together the September issue of Vogue. While it may seem like you need futuristic shoes and an abundance of neon colored tops to be properly outfitted for the gym, that’s not true.
When it comes to working out, having a set routine certainly makes things easier. Since most of us are creatures of habit, it can become easy to head to the gym at the same time everyday and crank out thirty minutes on the same cardio machine. However, it is wise to shake things up every now and then.
If you’ve ever been told pain is weakness leaving the body, take note. While a small amount of discomfort is normal while exercising, there are certain warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored and can be an indicator of a larger problem.