These days, it seems everyone is training for either a half marathon or full marathon. We see 13.1 and 26.2 stickers gracing the bumpers of cars on the highway. And social media is full of triumphant photos of your friends crossing finish lines – hands in the air and smiling exhaustion painted on their faces.
It seems like the thing to do. But maybe there’s a better race out there?
Now, don’t get us wrong here. The half marathon and marathon are great races to try. It is extremely rewarding to achieve such a big goal.
But you don’t need to be working towards these particular distances just to earn membership to the cool kids running club. In fact, the 5K – just 3.1 miles – has a lot of really great perks.
So, open your mind. And let’s look at some of the reasons why your next race should be that little gem… a 5K.Continue reading
There is absolutely no reason why your treadmill workout should be boring.
In fact, manufacturers are working hard (and spending lots of money) to design innovative programs to keep you motivated and performing at your very best. We’ve actually seen this first hand on our visits to some of the top equipment company headquarters.
Many of the treadmills we’re seeing from top manufacturers like NordicTrack, Sole, Horizon, and ProForm have interactive technology built right into the consoles. Programs like Bowflex’s RunSocial even allow you to run virtually with a friend half way around the world!
Now, just in case all of these programs aren’t quite enough… we’ve compiled this list of apps that will help take your treadmill workouts to the next level. Download these programs onto your smart device and you’ll be drenched in sweat in no time flat!Continue reading
Peloton is taking the fitness world by storm! You’ve likely heard their name mentioned at least once. But — if you’re still unfamiliar — we’ve decided to share our take on this hot new craze.
The world “peloton” actually defines the main group of riders in a cycling race.
If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France, the peloton is the big group of riders that usually sticks to the center of the pack. When they group together it allows them to conserve energy and perform better because they are working as a team.Continue reading
Physical fitness is important but how often do you think about your mental health? And we’re not talking about your emotions and stress levels (although these are both very important to manage.) We’re talking about your mental ability to think, reason, and remember.
New information is has shown that in addition to physical benefits, plenty of exercise can also reap some pretty major mental benefits too… especially when it comes to your oh-so-important memory.
First and foremost, let’s remember that your brain functions much like a muscle: it responds to being used. So your brain needs regular “work outs” just like the rest of your body.Continue reading
Temperatures are rising and summer seems within grasp. Maybe you’re thinking about stepping up our fitness game. Gym memberships, hundreds of crunches and running schedules may come to mind.
But what if it could be easier…MUCH easier…like just walking to get in shape? Is that even possible?
Yup, sure is! You can create a healthier version of “you” in one month simply by putting one foot in front of the other. Here’s how to do it…Continue reading
There’s a lot more to Pilates than yoga pants, crazy machines and trendy studios. In fact, if you’re a runner, you could be reaping some pretty great benefits by giving Pilates a try!Continue reading
We often share tips for running performance and health. Things like water intake, breathing, speed, time and distance…the list goes on and on. But here’s an even more important topic we don’t often discuss…women’s safety while running.
It’s a sad truth, but all of us – especially women — are vulnerable when we go out for a run.Continue reading
If you’ve never heard of Colin Furze, you probably aren’t alone. Colin, a YouTube inventor, has designed and created some pretty amazing things in the past, from the longest motorbike to the fastest mobility scooter.
So what happened when Colin set his mind to the task of upping at-home fitness?
We get the Staircase Treadmill of course!Continue reading
Mo Farah is a running phenom you won’t soon forget.
He can run a 5K in 13 minutes! Plus, Mo has dozens of first place finishes in World Championships, European Championships and Olympic gold medals. Mo Farah is certainly the one to beat.
Obviously he’s astounding, but his blistering race pace is easy cruising for the British marathoner and Olympian. Check out this video to see him in action. Then, check out the “Mo Farah Challenge” down below.
While Mo might make it look like a breeze when he sails across the finish line, this level of athletic power is a labor of love. It takes intense dedication and devotion to your craft to fine tune your body to this level of performance. Mo’s weekly workout schedule is a testament to that. He takes no days off and does two workouts every day except Sunday. It’s no joke.Continue reading
When most of us think of losing weight and getting healthy, we think of running. This isn’t without good reason. But the long term effects of running alone may not get you everything you’re looking for.
This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight. Your body will adapt to your running regimen and you will reach a plateau in your weight loss journey. That doesn’t mean you should stop putting in the miles. It just means that it’s time to give your body a shock and get it working again.Continue reading