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.
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.
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.
The trick to being successful at the gym is to stick with it until getting to the gym and pushing your body to its limits feels like second nature. It only takes about two weeks of daily activity to form a habit, and so really it won’t be too long before getting out there every day is going to become part of your regular routine.
There are thousands of fitness blogs floating around on the internet. That's because fitness is a widely popular topic these days and everyone knows it.
The holiday season is officially amongst us which means temptations, temptations, temptations. For many people, the holidays is a difficult time to stay on track with things like eating, exercise, and sleep. That’s why I suggest approaching this holiday season with the realization that it’s not about perfection, and you can overcome a lot of the holiday temptations if you set a plan in place.
Looking to increase lower-body strength while achieving toned, muscular legs in the process? If so, then one group of muscles you'll want to focus on are the calves, which are made up of two muscles known as the gastrocnemius and soleus. The former is the larger of the two and plays the role of elevating the heel while you stand, whereas the smaller soleus is responsible for elevating the heel in the sitting position.
Okay, enough of the anatomy lesson! Time to introduce some great calf strengthening exercises that are worth incorporating into your routine this week.
Whether you're going on a yearly vacation or you regularly travel for work or leisure, finding a workout plan that works on the go is vital. The results you've seen already from all of your determination and hard work are only as good as your resolve to stay consistent. This doesn’t mean your workout routine has to look the same when you travel, but it does mean you have to plan ahead and make up your mind to adapt. The last thing you want is to lose your momentum, or worse, fall all the way back to where you started from.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced athlete, your running routine could likely use a few small tweaks. Even the best runners make numerous mistakes, but fortunately, these issues are often very easy to fix. From diet to form, all runners should strive to shake these bad running habits:
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) packs a punch by alternating bursts of very high-intensity activity with brief periods of low-intensity exercise. A good HIIT workout can rev up your metabolism and get you past even the lengthiest and most frustrating of plateaus. Unfortunately, HIIT can also be very hard on the body. If your joints don't feel too hot the day after a hardcore HIIT workout, try moving your efforts to the pool, where you can enjoy the same level of intensity without putting your joints at risk.