One of the top reasons adults say they don’t work out is “lack of time.” Squash that excuse. Sure, a lack of time might be an obstacle if every single workout you do has to coincide with a marathon shower and shaving plan.
Traveling soon? With a resistance band and a suitcase of simple exercises you have the makings for a full body workout wherever you go. Resistance tubing provides a muscular challenge that most forms of strength training don’t provide. The tubing allows you to focus on both the concentric (shortening) and eccentric (lengthening) phase of muscular movement. This can render good results when it comes to developing functional strength and hitting maximum muscle fibers to enhance sculpting.
Deadlifts. Despite the ominous name deadlifts shouldn’t kill you. Instead, deadlifts can be a lifesaver when it comes to building foundational strength and boosting athletic performance. The key is learning how to do the popular weightlifting movement with proper form, so you strengthen your muscles without stressing out your joints.
When it comes to workouts which type is best? Short and high intensity or moderate and long? The best answer is: both, depending on your goals and needs.
It happens to the best of us. You reach for a box of cereal, and your back seizes up. Or you’re backing up your car and strain your neck while turning to look over your shoulder. Common injuries seem to come out of nowhere. That’s because muscular imbalances are future injuries just waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Prevent injury by correcting spinal alignment and building strength in your upper back and core.
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?
When you’re on vacation, it can be hard to find the motivation to workout. After all, trips away with friends and family are all about relaxing, eating good food, and enjoying great company.
“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.
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.
It might be time to harness your inner Ninja and grab some sticks to find your fit. Mobility stick workouts that incorporate long dowel-like rods are slowly, but surely garnering attention, and rightfully so. While it seems like it might be just another newfangled fitness craze, there are many reasons why you might want to take a look at what can be done with an unassuming, humble stick.