Leg machines: we love 'em. They're easy to adjust to your size and skill level, safe (assuming they're used correctly of course), and a great way to target specific muscle groups. And while we'll never give up our love for barbell squats and other free weight movements involving your legs, we certainly think that adding leg machine exercises to your gym routine is a great way to enhance those glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
It's springtime, which means that fruits are finally starting to come into season. Of course, fruit is delicious on its own, but for a bit of culinary decadence, try making a homemade yogurt parfait.
A healthy body needs balance. Physiologists and exercise science nerds call this "homeostasis." It's the energy-efficient state where our bodies can function and feel the best.
Knowledge is power, and sometimes the more you know about a given topic, the more likely you are to make it a part of your daily life. For example, most people know the basic healing benefits of exercises. But even though it's considered common knowledge that exercise is super good for you, research indicates that only 2 out of 10 Americans get adequate daily exercise.
The internet is the perfect double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's wonderful to have such quick and easy access to TONS of information about virtually anything under the sun, including health and fitness tidbits. On the other hand, the universal accessibility of the online world means that pretty much anyone can share information that may or may not be completely accurate – which can lead to common health myths.
If you're anything like me, then you probably have some days where you want to work out, but you just don't really feel like going to the gym for your usual cardio routine. And while you're not necessarily looking to take a rest day, you may be looking for an easier at-home solution that will still give you a great push but without the need for locker rooms, cardio equipment, and, you know, car keys.
When it comes to maximizing your nutrition and improving your eating habits, a good meal prep session is really the best way to be (and stay) successful in your eating habits. After all, for those of us with busy work weeks (and let's be honest, that's pretty much everyone), something simple as eating breakfast or having a lunch ready to go can seem like nothing short of a miracle.
It's super frustrating to be starting off on a new health and fitness journey only to get sidelined by an annoying injury. Shin splints are just such an injury for many new runners, tennis players, dancers, military recruits, and other athletes and gym-goers.
I'll admit it; the gym can be a pretty intimidating place. But I caution all of us to avoid falling into the trap of just doing the things we're comfortable with. This is especially important for those of us who always gravitate toward the stationary bikes, stair steppers, treadmills, or elliptical machines. Think of it this way: if the only section of the gym you use is the cardio area, you very well may be slowing your progress. Read on to learn why.
Hey, we've all been there: so completely focused on our own workout routine (as we should be!) that we let a few simple gym etiquette rules slip from our minds. Of course, this doesn't make us bad people--just humans. But like all humans, we would do well to learn from our mistakes and pass on our wisdom to generations of gym-goers after us. So, take heed--read on to learn from our erroneous ways and ensure that you don't commit one of these gym etiquette faux pas the next time you're hitting it hard at the gym!