The month of December tends to pass by in a whirlwind of holiday parties, travel and shopping bags. Before we know it the holidays have come and gone, we’ve ate twice our weight in food and the gym may begin to feel like an old friend.
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?
Halloween candy binges, brightly-colored leaves and daylight savings time pretty much sum up the first few weeks of November. While it’s perfectly healthy to admire the leaves, all that candy and early evening darkness isn’t so great for our fitness routines.
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.
We talk a lot about setting goals and working on ways to achieve them, but we don’t always talk about how to reward ourselves for reaching those goals. Losing weight, gaining strength or training for an event should be celebrated in healthy ways that won’t derail the work you’ve already done.
Post-workout snacking can become a vicious cycle. Sometimes it feels like the more you exercise, the more you want to eat. However, devouring everything in sight after exercising isn’t beneficial and can undo the hard work you put in at the gym.
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.
We get it. Some days are harder than others to get out and get moving. Coincidentally, (or maybe not) it seems those days have a direct correlation with how sunny it is outside. And summer… maybe we shouldn’t even talk about summer, but it’s here and it’s time to renew your commitment to your fitness routine.
We live in a society that loves to celebrate. Seriously, at any given time you can perform a quick Google search and find a “holiday” being observed that day. Well it just so happens May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month as declared by none other than the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.