Despite the best of efforts, your squats are not nearly as low as you’d like. And when they do get low enough, the result is a crippling pain. The culprit could be poor ankle mobility, a common problem that limits the range of motion for fitness novices and experienced athletes alike. If your ultimate goal is a parallel squat, you’ll have no hope of achieving it if your ankles lack sufficient strength and flexibility. There are a few ways for you to improve ankle mobility through strengthening and conditioning, though.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or achieve just about any other fitness goal, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is a must. Unfortunately, many people have a serious protein deficiency in their diets—and then wonder why they’re having trouble achieving their goals! Read More
This is a topic that I’ve struggled with more than most. There’s something about mornings that my whole system completely disagrees with. But I’ve realized—especially after having a child—that I tend to get busier and busier as the day goes by, making it more difficult to get away to the gym as each hour passes. I’m sure you can relate! And while I’m not one to support the “no time” excuse for skipping a workout, we all can admit that it’d be a lot easier if we got our workout done in the morning before our day gets too busy. So how does one turn into a morning workout person? For some of you, this might seem like an impossible task, but I promise that there are many tricks to make this a much easier transition.
No, you do not have to do yoga to be flexible. But even if you aren’t about to go hop into downward dog, it is important to care about the flexibility of your muscles, connective tissues, and joints with mobility exercises.
No matter how old you get, some things will never change. Going through a breakup —even if you’re the one who did the dumping— can be hard to do. Whether you just got out of a long relationship or you never even had a chance to meet their folks, the best way to get over a breakup is to get a seriously hot post-breakup body. When you look and feel like a million bucks, you’re more likely to be able to heal and move on. So switch off the sad songs, load up your favorite hard-hitting workout jams and get your butt to the gym!
We usually can identify the obvious signs that we need more sleep, such as frequent yawning, having puffy or heavy eyelids and experiencing a general sense of tiredness. But what about the less obvious ones, the subtle cues that are alerting us to get more zzz’s? These signs are important to recognize because almost half of us don’t receive the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night. This can lead to serious health issues. And if we continue a habit of poor sleep, we’ll be even less aware of how much we’re sleep deprived and fail to make the necessary changes!
The Russian Twist is a challenging abdominal exercise. It targets your core while also improving the strength in your shoulders and arms. You burn calories, increase muscle tissue and improve your posture with one exercise. You also have a variety of Russian twist options from which to choose to continue to stimulate muscle response and keep you intrigued. Plus, you are able to add this effective exercise into your core routine even when limited equipment is available to you. Allow for at least one day of rest between core workouts using weights. The muscle breakdown needs time to repair and make the strength improvements.
A person’s BMI, or Body Mass Index, is used to determine what percentage of an average person’s body weight is muscle and what percentage is fat. In the majority of cases, this is an accurate calculation. It is used to help a person reach an ideal weight if they are embarking on a weight loss program. Men and women will have different percentages of fat, according to their natural physical makeup. Women tend to carry more fat and will have a somewhat higher BMI. There are times when a person’s BMI can be misleading, however.
Sometimes chocolate (or chips, or cookies, or candy…) just seems to speak to you. It whispers at first, calling to you from the pantry, coaxing you to come break off a piece. If you try to ignore it, a craving can be even more insistent. Suddenly, it’s all you can think about, and before you know it you’re standing in front of the pantry polishing off the entire bar… oops. Will you ever be able to stop these cravings?