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Fitness Tips

Thanks to warmer weather and longer days, spring is an exciting time of year. Unfortunately, it’s also a very rainy time of year. For the athletes out there who’ve been impatiently waiting all winter for the chance to get outside, this can be a very frustrating development. So, to help you get around it, here are five rainy day workouts for April showers. Take A Class Those rainy days could be […]

While fitness is pretty much all about building routines, that structure can become a problem at times. As you repeat the same actions over and over, they no longer leave a lasting impression in your memory. Each even just sort of blurs together to create an effect known as Groundhog Day Syndrome. So, how can you get out of this rut? How can you change things while still moving toward your […]

  Winter can be a challenging time for athletes out there. Even if you’re able to perform most of your workouts indoors, the cold, gray days can sap your energy and motivation. Frustratingly, winter is the perfect time to prepare for all your summer goals. So, how do you keep progressing while the days are cold and short? Here are five winter workouts tips to help you stay motivated? 1) Learn […]

People vary greatly in their view of gym-time. For some, it’s a social experience meant to be shared  with just about everyone with whom it could possibly be shared. Others, though, take a much more solitary approach – isolating themselves as much as possible As it turns it out, though, the extroverts out there might have an advantage here. According to an ever-growing body of research, there are lots of benefits […]

An extremely common question that comes up in any discussion of workout program design has to do with timing. The topic gets especially controversial, though, when you start talking about cardio. So, when is the best time of day to do a cardio workout? What does the research show? Granted, it might sound absolutely horrid, but a solid body of scientific evidence suggests that there are some pretty fantastic reasons to […]

People tend to be pretty rough on sugar, blaming it for everything from cancer to diabetes and obesity. Thanks to this negative public image, the classic white sweetener isn’t generally seen as anything even approaching a “health food.” But, the truth is that sugar can be a useful tool in your fitness pursuits – if you use it properly. To understand how to do that, though, we first need to be […]

  There are some ideas, when it comes to health and fitness, that are just deeply embedded in our minds and culture. One of these – and probably the most prevalent and persistent – is the idea that you absolutely need to stretch both before and after you work out. This, the thinking goes, will improve your performance, decrease your risk of injury and reduce any soreness that you might experience. […]

Working out without shoes is very activity specific. You should ease your way into any activity and see if any pain develops from the change. Barefoot and minimalist footwear has become hugely popular among runners and other athletes over the past several years. And, exercising barefoot – or with as little on your feet as possible – does have some clear benefits. But it also comes with some risks. Is it […]

Even when you have a solid workout schedule – a habit that you’ve worked hard to cultivate and reinforce – finding the energy to make it through those intense workouts can still be a very real challenge. After all, you also need to work and take care of your family and fulfill all of your other daily obligations. And then go kill it at the gym. So, how can you do […]

One of the most common questions that comes up when discussing workout practices has to do with timing: Are morning workouts better than afternoon or evening sessions? At first, it seems like it might not even matter. After all, a workout is a workout, right? Also… mornings are hard. As it turns out, though, there are some pretty solid reasons to consider working out in the mornings. Hormonal Edge First thing […]