It always seems to happen this way—we’re having fun outdoors, we’re getting a tan, we’re staying active and just loving the sun. Then, all of the sudden—it’s autumn. Sure, we love the fall season, but we want to get as much out of the warm summer months as we can.
What do you do for a living? If you answered construction worker, landscaper, nursing aide, or any other type of work that requires a lot of lifting, walking, standing, and/or operating heavy equipment, then chances are you get a lot of physical activity in during your day job. Of course, even sedentary jobs pose their own challenges to the body (how many have had super sore backs after sitting all day?!). But physically demanding work can really take a toll. If you don’t look after your body, then you may be at risk for an acute or chronic injury that can disrupt your daily life and force you into disability and time off work.
So, make your health a top priority. Clearly, a big part of that includes regular exercise. But for those of us with physically demanding work, we may find ourselves way too exhausted at the end of the day to even think about going to the gym. Plus, with all the moving around we do at work, doesn’t it seem like we get enough exercise while we’re on the clock?
To most people in the health and fitness world, the concept of “fast food” is virtually a four-letter word. But let’s face it. Sometimes when you’re traveling or short on time, grab-and-go food items are almost too convenient to pass up (“fast” being the operative word). Besides, in most cases, eating something is better than eating nothing.
“Wanted: healthy friend who loves working out and is looking for a like-minded workout buddy. Not afraid to get sweaty. Must love dumbbells.”
Okay. So maybe you shouldn’t put out an ad on Craigslist. But if you always workout solo and find yourself struggling to stay consistent or keep up the intensity, then consider finding a gym buddy.
If you love working out and do so regularly, then consider yourself a step ahead of 80% of the American population, who according to the CDC don’t get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. But even for those of who follow some sort of consistent routine, it’s worth asking ourselves whether there are things we may be doing that actually undermine our efforts. Stay on top of your fitness commitment with these pre-workout tricks.
There’s a reason they call it “runner’s high.” After all, how good does it feel to get back after a long run, drink some cold water, stretch, and simply appreciate what you can do with (and what you can do for) your body? Check out these 3 ways you can improve your outdoor running pace and achieve that feel-good feeling.
We’ve all been there during a workout: You’re breathing heavy. Your heart is pounding. You’re sweating, your muscles are burning, you’re maybe feeling a little unsure of yourself…and pretty soon, you start hearing this little voice in your head, saying something like this: You look ridiculous. You can’t do this. Why are you even trying? S/he’s so much better than you. You don’t have to try so much. Go ahead, ease up. Just give up. It’s too hard. Insert “blah-blah-blah” hand motion here.