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.
If you made a resolution to tone up and get into better shape in 2017, you're definitely not alone. But let's face it: being a gym newbie can be intimidating and even downright scary. While you may feel comfortable enough on the exercise bike or treadmill, the thought of hitting up the free-weight area might leave you feeling super uneasy. Not to worry! By mastering a few basic bodyweight workout moves, you can eventually work your way up to weight lifting with confidence.
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!
During the holidays most of us want to spend as much time as possible with loved ones, so workouts often drop to the bottom of our priorities list. We all do it because let’s be honest – spending time with family and friends is exactly what Christmas is all about!
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.
Even though it is inevitable, no one wants to feel like a newbie when they first start working out with free weights at the gym. Luckily, once you get over the fact that some people will be able to tell that you're new to the whole pumping iron thing, you simply need to follow gym etiquette to save face. And the first rule of proper gym etiquette is to clean up after yourself. Follow this easy guide to learning how to rack weights safely and avoid an embarrassing injury at the gym!
By now it's hard to ignore the fact that kettlebells are everywhere, and it seems like they are here to stay. Whether you've simply been curious about these interesting looking weights or picked them up at the gym only to realize you have no idea what you're doing... it's time for you to jump on the bandwagon. While it's easy to see that these cannonball-shaped weights are super popular, the reasons why kettlebell training is effective may not be so clear to the average gym member. However, there's absolutely no reason to be intimidated by their strange shape and varying sizes! In fact, once you discover all their secrets, you're sure to be a fan.
It’s one of my clients’ most common questions: “What should I eat before a workout?” I don’t blame them for asking. Your food choice, or lack of choice, can result in serious GI distress, vomiting, decreased athletic performance, muscle breakdown, sluggishness or blood sugar imbalance. While the best pre-workout foods can be highly individualized and dependent on your metabolism, there are some general principles to follow.
If you’re like most people, you tend to head right home or get ready for work as soon as your workout is done. So there’s a good chance you’re skipping the things you should be doing post-workout. It’s totally understandable—it’s usually hard to fit a workout into your busy daily schedule. The idea of cooling down, stretching and eating or drinking the right foods post-workout can seem like a big hassle.
It’s easy to make big plans at the beginning of the year for losing weight and trying to get fitter. But it's just as easy to let those plans go. Do you ever actually stick with your plans after a few months, or even after a few weeks? If not, you might need to make some changes so you can really strive to meet your goals.