Well, more bad news about sitting around, from a study published Sept. 11, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Bottom line, you want to move every 30 minutes to improve longevity. Here’s what they found.
You’ve likely heard and read one too many times that you should be exercising regularly. Like eating better, it’s something we all know we should do but struggle to start. Maybe you had an unpleasant experience that turned you off from gyms or group fitness; maybe you equate exercise with running and hate the, Read More
We’ve all said it, “just one (cookie, slice of pizza, pint of ice cream…) won’t hurt.”. In some cases that is absolutely true. If it really is just one, once in a while, it won’t hurt. If your nutrition is already mostly on point, and you exercise regularly, then yes, enjoying life on occasion, Read More
Research published in May 2016 and July 2017 by lead author Adam Culvenor shows thigh muscle strength “predicts” the risk for both knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and knee replacement (KR) in women. The relationship between weak thighs (quadriceps and hamstrings muscles) and KOA and KR is likely that if the muscles are weak, more stress, Read More
Everyone needs to stretch every day. You don’t need to stretch everything but you do need to target key areas and move your joints through full ranges of motion regularly to keep your body healthy. Joint heath is vital to leading an independent life. You want to be able to tie you shoes and, Read More
Rest and recovery are as important to your exercise plan as the exercise itself. If you don’t allow your body and mind time to recover from your workouts, you could eventually develop symptoms related to overtraining, or even overtraining syndrome.
This post is for those times when you have no equipment and, or little time; maybe you’re traveling or your day is filled with back-to-back meetings. The days you want to get a workout in, but feel like you can’t do a number on you mentally. That’s why it’s great to know some bodyweight movements and ways to combine them, so you can fit a workout in anywhere.
No matter how much you want the results of regular exercise, motivation yourself to start can be hard. Keeping yourself motivated can, at times, seem equally challenging. So how do you do it? How do you motivate yourself to start and stick with the actions that get you the desired results? Here are five tips.
You know by now, I hope, that skimping on sleep can harm your health. You should know it can thwart your weight loss efforts; more accurately, your fat-loss efforts. Your body does incredible things while you sleep–which I’ve covered before here. When you don’t get enough quality and quantity sleep, you miss out on these benefits to varying degrees. In terms of body composition, these benefits include proper functioning of: areas of the brain that aid in decision making and affect cravings for certain types of food, and certain hormones that help regulate appetite and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Most of us would answer, “Absolutely!! Of course music improves my workout!” But, physiologically speaking, the jury is still out. That’s right, studies show mixed results as to whether music directly affects people’s strength, stride, intensity, and speed.
And there’s the catch, “directly”. The mind is powerful and the mental game is harder than the physical when it comes to most things, including exercise. Studies tend to agree, to date, that music does improve people’s mental outlook when it comes to their workouts—duh. And that alone can be the edge you need. So if nothing else, music is a powerful placebo.