For most of us, taking a vacation means taking time to relax, recharge and saying goodbye to a plethora of day-to-day activities and obligations – including time spent at the gym. While a rest day or two can be nice here and there, if you choose, it’s easy to stay active while away from home. Here are three ways:
Let’s be realistic – following a fitness routine can be tough. Some days are good, others are not so great, but in the end it’s all part of the process. Although you can face many different obstacles along the way, one of the biggest barriers to committing to a fitness routine is time – or rather, the lack of it. While we don’t have the ability to add an extra hour to the day, we can help you maximize the time you do have.
There’s nothing better than finding a short, efficient workout that fits perfectly into your busy schedule. This does not mean, however, skipping out on warming up properly before exercise. A good warm-up should mimic the activity you’re getting ready to do, but you should perform movements at a lower intensity level.
Interval training – ever heard of it? There’s a good chance you’ve heard one or two people throw those words around in the gym, but maybe you don’t quite know what it means. And that’s okay! We’re going to break down what interval training is, why it’s beneficial and how to incorporate it into your workout routine.
Luckily for all of us who survived this winter’s Polar Vortex, signs of spring are popping up everywhere. The sun is shining earlier in the morning, later in the afternoon and the temperatures keep on rising. Maybe you’re even getting the itch to spring clean your home, social media feeds or fitness routine.
Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise. All you really need are some workout clothes and a supportive pair of shoes to get started. For many people, running begins as a way to kick start weight loss and ends with a goal to run a distance race.
Go to the gym. Do 30 minutes of cardio. Stretch. Go home. Repeat. Sound familiar?
As with many other things in life, we tend to get comfortable and set in a workout routine. For many of us, that routine includes cardio and cardio only. Getting your heart pumping has undeniable benefits, but did you ever wonder what you were missing out on by not strength training?
If you survived high school gym class, chances are you tangled with the push-up a time or two. Turns out those gym teachers were on to something. This basic fitness move is worth adding to your routine; it will help tone your upper body as well as engage your core.
Time, or rather the lack of, is probably one of the biggest factors that impact a person’s ability to fit a trip to the gym into their day. Busy schedules and commitments aside, you can always make use of everyday activities to up your calorie burn.
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.