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5 Ways to Exercise Daily When You Can’t Find Time

Trying to make time for exercise can feel overwhelming, especially when you have so many other responsibilities. Whether you’re a working parent, stay-at-home parent, working night shifts, business owner, or someone with long commutes, it can be hard to fit in long workouts into your schedule. The number one reason most people don’t exercise regularly is a perceived lack of time. This is because they think exercise is something that requires a lot of effort, time, and specific workout clothes. However, mini-workouts of 5-10 minutes can still be just as beneficial as a longer workout. Research has shown that accumulating physical activity...

4 Tips To Warm Up Properly

We know you may be eager to start your workout (or maybe to get it over with), but you should never skip a warm-up before engaging in any physical activity. When you exercise, your body goes through a number of adjustments that require some time to reach the necessary levels. Since these adjustments don’t happen right away, a warm-up serves to encourage these adjustments to occur gradually, starting your exercise session at an easy level and increasing the intensity gradually. If you were to start your workout at a more intense level without a warm-up, your body wouldn’t be as prepared...

5 Ways to Increase Energy Without Caffeine

It’s 3pm and you’ve hit that afternoon slump. You find yourself staring at the computer screen, willing yourself to focus and be productive. But you’re struggling to stay awake and keep your mind from wandering. You figure you need another cup of coffee to boost your energy and get you through the day. Whether you’re trying to exercise or just make it through the workday, having enough energy is important. We all have energy, but there are so many things we encounter that drain our energy. And the options we have to increase our energy (such as energy drinks or more...

The Goldilocks Rule of Fitness

What can a children’s story teach you about fitness motivation? We all know that physical activity promotes good health. It's staying motivated to keep up the physical activity that we struggle with. You may think your inability to stick with a fitness plan is because of lack of motivation, lack of willpower, or even laziness. But the discipline to maintain a consistent workout plan isn’t all about willpower. The Goldilocks Rule In James Clear’s popular book “Atomic Habits,” he questions how some people are very good at building and sticking to their habits, while others struggle to stay motivated. How do we design habits...

How to Stay Motivated to Work Out

We are now two months into 2022, and your fitness resolutions may already be facing a slump. In fact, research shows that 80% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by February. So how do you stay motivated to maintain your fitness not only through February, but through the entire year? Whatever the reason you decided to get into shape, what will motivate you in the time between initial inspiration and accomplishment? Sometimes it’s easy to spark the desire, but keeping that momentum going can be a real challenge. Here are some tips on how to gain and maintain workout momentum. Make...

Why You Need Rest and Recovery After Exercise…And The Holiday Season

The rush of the holiday season may be behind us, but you may still be feeling the aftereffects well into the new year. Depending on how you spent your holidays, you may still feel exhausted from attending parties, increased socializing, cooking dinners, hosting family in your home, traveling to visit friends or family, etc. You may not have had adequate time to rest, and really recover from all the major activity that just occurred in a span of a couple months. You may not realize how important rest and relaxation is, not only for exercise, but also in everyday life. “No pain,...

How To Maintain Your Fitness During The Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …Or is it? The holiday season is upon us, which means the next few weeks will be busy with family, get-togethers, holiday parties and more. While this time is typically full of holiday cheer, gifts, snow, and joy, it can also mean a lot of food, alcohol, and sweet treats. You’ll also likely be busy running around Christmas shopping, last minute gifts, planning for events, dealing with visiting family, figuring out what to cook, etc, there’s not a lot of time in your schedule to accommodate fitness. Combined with the fact that it’s...

How To Create a Fitness Program in 5 Steps

Physical activity is important to living a healthy life, as it can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, improve your sleeping habits, and help with anxiety and depression. However, you may not know how to start working out effectively. As with anything in life, it always helps to start with a plan. Here’s how you can design your own fitness program in 5 easy steps. 1. Assess Your Fitness Level Before you start anything, be honest with yourself. Where is your fitness level? You probably have a general idea of how fit you are, but how do...

4 ‘Spooky’ Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Exercise

Halloween is right around the corner, and we are starting to see signs of “spooky” decorations and costumes all around us. Sure, ghosts and goblins and witches are spooky, but do you know what else is spooky? All the things that can happen if you don’t live an active lifestyle! A lack of exercise can lead to more severe health issues than weight gain or obesity, though that certainly still is an important concern. Not exercising can lead to physical, mental, and even financial consequences. A life of inactivity can lead to some of these spooky outcomes: 1. Greater Risk of Heart...

What’s More Important For Weight Loss: Diet or Exercise?

So you want to lose weight, but all of your previous attempts have gotten you nowhere. Or you may have succeeded in losing some weight quickly, only to regain it just as fast. Maybe you’ve tried both exercise and dieting, but aren’t sure which is more effective. While both diet and exercise are important contributors to weight loss, cutting calories promotes weight loss more effectively than increasing exercise. It's generally easier to lower your calorie intake than it is to burn more calories through increased exercise. Importance of Diet Weight loss is generally 80% diet and 20% exercise, and the science seems to...