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5 Ways to Actually Enjoy Working Out

Finding the motivation to work out can be difficult, especially when the weather gets colder and the days get darker faster. Sometimes it feels crazy to think that there are people out there who actually enjoy working out. We know it’s not easy to stay consistent in moving your body, so here are some tips to help you actually enjoy working out. 1. Do Something You Like Many people have a particular vision that comes to mind when they think of working out–going to the gym, running, or something very fast and high-intensity. And while some people enjoy these types of exercise,...

What’s The Difference Between Exercise and Training?

Most people consider exercise and training to mean the same thing in their vocabulary. They think both terms refer to moving your body to burn calories and achieve a certain physical goal. However, there’s actually a big distinction in plans of execution, goals, and timelines between exercise and training. What is Exercise? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. And the National Institutes of Health defines exercise as a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement...

How To Get Your Kids To Exercise

It seems much harder nowadays to get kids to be active. Seemingly gone are the days when kids would bike or rollerblade around the block. With gadgets like phones, tablets, video games, gaming consoles, and more, it’s nearly impossible to get kids to even look up from their screens. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t help things either. On top of the academic restrictions keeping kids further indoors, sports and group activities also became limited or canceled. Whether you are a working parent or full-time caretaker, finding the time for you or your children to exercise can be overwhelming. Not to mention trying...

7 Exercises To Improve Your Bad Posture

Stop what you’re doing right now. What is your posture like at this very moment? You’re most likely reading this blog post from a phone or computer, and chances are you’re slumped forward over your device. And if you spend all day sitting at a desk, you’ve probably already developed a few bad posture habits. Factor in how often we’re hunched over our smartphones all day, your neck, shoulders, and back are likely to be in worse shape. Beyond just looking bad, poor posture can lead to chronic neck and back pain, wrist mobility issues, decrease oxygen flow to your muscles,...

3 Nutrition Rules To Boost Fitness

There’s no doubt that physical activity is beneficial to your health. Whether you’re a professional athlete or an occasional yogi or recreational sport player, nutrition and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to maximizing your workouts or improving your performance. What you eat before and after exercise, as well as on a regular basis, has a big impact on your energy level, how well you perform during the activity, and how well you recover from a workout. It’s important to get enough nutrition to maintain your health and optimize your performance. But what kind of foods would you eat...

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...