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5 Yoga Poses To Improve Your Well-Being

Yoga is a great practice to add to your exercise routine as it provides many benefits. Not only does yoga provide physical benefits, like improving muscle tone, flexibility, and balance, but it also helps you relax and reduce stress. Research has shown that yoga can also reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep, and enhance overall well-being. We’ve gathered six simple poses that can easily be added to your workout routines. 1. Easy Pose (Sukhasana)   How to do it: On your yoga mat, sit cross-legged with your hands resting on your knees, palms up. Keep your spine as straight as possible. Push...

How To *Actually* Get Motivated To Workout

When most people think about motivation, they think it’s getting yourself “pumped up” or excited to do something. But you may have found that it’s difficult to motivate yourself to do something you don’t feel like doing—especially if it’s something you haven’t tried or succeeded at before. If you’ve previously tried and failed to find motivation to workout, you know that reading inspirational quotes or watching “motivational” videos doesn’t always work. This is because boosting motivation doesn’t work like that. We have the misconception that motivation leads to action, when in fact, taking action is what actually increases motivation. Wait what? This...

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Why Core Strength Is More Important Than You Think

When most people hear “core” in fitness, they think that means six-pack abs. And while having a six-pack would undoubtedly be a great fitness achievement, true core strength goes beyond just the aesthetics of abs. When we talk about strengthening the core, we’re not just talking about abs. Those front-facing ab muscles on your lower trunk are just one side of your box-shaped core. We’re talking about all of the muscles that make up your trunk or midsection. Your core includes the ab muscles in the front, the lower back muscles, your glutes in the back, your diaphragm on top, and...

Healthy For Life: Women’s Fitness Goals For Every Decade

Fitness For Life March is Women’s History Month, so we want to dedicate this post specifically to womens’ fitness. No matter what your age is, exercise and fitness should be part of your daily routine. “Staying fit reduces the risk factors of heart disease,” says Jennifer H. Mieres, director of nuclear cardiology and an assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine. “By exercising regularly, you can also control cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and stress.” Fitness can become a lifetime habit if you develop good exercise habits when you are young. However, it’s never too late to start. While maintaining your...

5 Tips To Prevent Workout Injuries

No one at the gym wants to get injured while working out. Injury prevention is a crucial component of exercise, yet it is one of the most overlooked. Without learning the proper precautions or seeking guidance from a fitness professional, you may be opening yourself up to more injuries that could interfere with your fitness journey. Whether you’re a beginner or a fitness expert, it’s always a good idea to refresh your knowledge of injury prevention. Here are 4 ways to prevent injuries when working out: 1. Get A Good Night’s Rest A good workout can start long before you even hit the...

4 Tips For Keeping Your Fitness New Year’s Resolution

Now that we’re a little ways into January, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? You know the drill: hundreds of people make fitness-related resolutions for the New Year, start out strong by working out a lot at the beginning of January, before giving up after a few weeks. The top reasons that most people give up on their New Year’s fitness resolutions are: Setting unrealistic goals Feeling intimidated to work out in public Having no one to hold them accountable Difficulty in forming new habits How can you ensure that you will maintain the motivation to keep your resolutions throughout...

What Is HIIT And Why Should I Do It?

Many people wish there was more time in the day to do everything they want to. The demands of modern life make it challenging to be efficient with our time. It is challenging to find time to work out amidst our busy schedules. Luckily, efficient workouts don’t have to be long in order to be effective! You may have seen or heard the term “HIIT Training” being thrown around in fitness circles. In fact, fitness professionals voted HIIT as one of the top fitness trends for 2020 in a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine. HIIT training has quickly...

10 Exercises To Offset Sitting All Day

Whether you’re still working from home or back at the office, you’re likely doing a lot of sitting. Roughly 80 percent of jobs are now considered sedentary, and most involve sitting at a desk for most of the day. Unfortunately, research by the Mayo Clinic has linked excessive sitting with health concerns such as high blood pressure, obesity, and higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Of course, just because you have a desk job doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get cancer, but prolonged sitting has other negative effects on your body as well. Our bodies weren’t meant to be kept...

Why Personal Training Is Better Than The Gym

You may think there isn't a significant difference between going to the gym on your own and having a personal trainer. Either way, you're getting exercise, right? Wrong! There are many reasons that personal training is better than going to the gym on your own. The biggest benefit of having a personal trainer is that they create a long-term fitness plan custom-tailored to your physical ability and the specific goals you are trying to reach. Your goals may be different from the person working out next to you. Perhaps you are trying to lose weight and slim down, but the other...

Is It Safe To Go Back To The Gym?

As gyms begin to reopen, many of us are eager to return after a long period of feeling cooped up indoors. But just because something is allowed, doesn’t necessarily mean it is wise or safe. Many public health experts believe that it is still too early to be reopening businesses. While many gyms and fitness centers are now taking extra precautions such as temperature scanes, increased spacing, and extra cleaning, they are doing so with limited direction from leadership, as recent federal guidelines for reopening businesses aren’t specific when it comes to gyms. What Are The Risks? Even with a smaller group of...