In the ever-changing world of personal fitness it can seem like you are constantly being bombarded with newer, better, faster-working exercise routines and equipment.
But what if newer didn’t necessarily mean better? What if you didn’t need to be buying a fancy new machine with cables and crazy moving parts? What if your tried-and-true treadmill was suddenly the coolest kid on the block again?
No, this is not a dream. Your treadmill is having its comeback moment and it works to your advantage.Continue reading
We know a good work out is healthy for your mind and body. But what if it could also be good for the planet?
This is the idea behind the new Verde treadmill.
It’s part of the Eco-Powr line of fitness equipment from SportsArt – a company which calls itself “The Green Fitness Company.”
SportsArt is setting itself apart in the ever-growing world of fitness equipment by giving you the option of a treadmill that doesn’t use power when you work out… it generates it.
They believe your workout could do more than just power your muscles, it can also generate electricity to help power the world.
Now, how cool is that?Continue reading
Have you ever felt like you needed to “blow off some steam” at the gym?
Your day was frustrating, your boss was on your back, and the parking ticket on your car just threw you into a blind rage.
So you headed to the gym, full of anger, and decided to pump some iron, beat on a punching bag, or run on the treadmill until you drop.
Yup… we’ve all been there.
It’s common for people to use exercise as a way to cope with anger. But a recent study shows this might not be the best idea.
It can actually put your health at great risk. How? Well, let’s dive into the research…Continue reading
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