Category Archives: Fitness

Why Pedaling around Town is the Best Way to Travel

There are plenty of reasons as to why bike riding is the way to go in today’s society. Bike riding is one of the best forms of exercise for your body, as it puts little impact on your joints. It isn’t weight bearing so you can often bike no matter what your aches and pains are during running or walking. It also helps the environment, cutting down on car exhaust that is released into the air. Cycling is also a great way to increase your exercise if you are out of shape. With cycling being less impactful than running or walking, individuals can bike further than they could walk/run. This encourages people to stick with the activity, motivating them to continue and making them feel good about themselves.

7 Great Activities for a Healthy Heart

Like the other muscles in our body, the heart also needs a good workout to stay strong and healthy. Being physically active can also reduce calories, lower your blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, and boost good cholesterol. That’s why people who exercise and get on their feet are less likely to get coronary heart diseases than those who don’t.

Health Benefits of Swimming

If you are not fond of sweating it out in the gym but still want a good workout, then swimming might just be right for you. Swimming is a low-impact, low-cost activity and having this as a routine exercise will gain you plenty of health and mental benefits.

How to Stay Fit After Marriage

As you stare at your wedding photo, you might be wondering what happened to that slim and gorgeous person looking back at you. It is common for some couples to gain weight after tying the knot since the days of trying to impress are over. Thus, they neglect exercise and ignore the pants that don’t fit anymore. But it’s not just about staying slim that’s important; you also have to watch your diet for your own health’s sake. Follow these tips to keep looking sexy for your partner!

Pool Workouts for Swim Season

It was a long, cold winter, and many of us have packed on a few extra pounds while trying to stay warm! Spring is here and it’s time to think about getting back into shape for the summer. Whether you’ll be working at a pool or just want to look good on the beach, we have a water exercise plan for you! Working out in the pool is an excellent way to tone and strengthen all parts of your body without the joint stress of normal aerobic activities. The addition of fun workout equipment like beach balls and pool noodles only makes the workout better – holding a beach ball engages arms and core, while pool noodles’ buoyancy creates an opportunity for resistance training.

Fight Back Against Lower Back Pain

A recently-published study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases has reported that lower-back pain is the number one cause of years lost due to disability. In this instance, disability was calculated by adding the number of years “lost due to an early death and the number of years lived with disability.” The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke previously reported that lower-back pain costs Americans $50 billion annually.

Chronic back pain is a major source of concern in the developed world, for two reasons: it reduces productivity, and its treatment is not simple or easy. TIME reports that one in ten people suffers from lower back pain. Office workers regularly sit at their desks for six hours each day, leaving them stiff and sedentary for a good portion of their waking hours each day of the week.

A Hot New Exercise Trend

For trendy fitness enthusiasts, hot yoga is one of the hottest trends around! And by hot, we mean HOT! These Bikram yoga classes are often taught in rooms that reach temperatures of over 100 degrees. It sounds pretty uncomfortable at first, so why are fitness pros, celebrities, and athletes flocking to hot yoga regimens? Here are a few of the benefits of hot yoga.

1. Vitality

No matter what your age, hot yoga is a great way to feel younger. The breathing exercises that are an integral part of  yoga help to stimulate blood flow and give you more energy. 

A Few Running Plans for Beginners

Jumping into running without a plan is like putting together furniture without an instruction manual. It doesn’t take long before you’re not quite sure what you’re doing, you give up sooner than you should, and you’re not quite sure why you got into it in the first place. Everyone should enter a training program with a set plan, and there are quite a few training programs designed for entry level runners. Here are a few of the top programs and how they can help you.

Variety in Exercise Routines

This post is about an age-old question we’ve all wondered at some point…does variety matter in our exercise routine, or if we find one way of working out, should we stick to it? Well, the short version of an answer is this: It depends.

Depends on what, you may ask? It depends on why you’re working out, what your goals are, and well, if you’re bored or not. If you’re working out primarily to control your weight, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, burning calories is the goal, and how those are burned doesn’t matter. You could be jogging, walking on a treadmill, or riding a bike. If you are getting bored, however, and starting to lag on your workouts or hit plateaus, then yes, variety is important.