Spring has just begun! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, trees are beginning to fill with bright green leaves, and more days of sunshine and warmth await us. The newness of spring makes us want to get outside and spend time enjoying the wonderful change in seasons. It’s the perfect time of year to lace up your hiking boots and take to the great outdoors.
Hiking is the perfect weekend activity – especially in Spring, when the temperatures are just right. Turns out, hiking is more than just a fun pastime or even just great exercise. Going on a hike can boost your mood, increase your creativity, and even strengthen your relationships.
Here’s a great summary of all the benefits of hiking, a few hiking tips, and where you can find great hikes near you. Continue reading
If you’re looking for a superfood to add to your diet – a superfood that boosts athletic performance, reduces the risk of dementia, and helps you lose weight – well, look no further! Beets are the perfect superfood to add to your diet as soon as possible.
Beets? Those purply things that always go untouched in every salad bar? Yep, that’s right. But don’t let your first impressions fool you – beets have a ton of health benefits and you can easily include them in your diet in a lot of fun (and delicious) ways.
The “earthy” taste of beets does tend to steer people away. But before you cross beets off your shopping list, just take a look at everything that beets can do for you.
Beets are super low-calorie, but full of vitamins and minerals. Eating beets can help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, they keep your brain healthy, and they can even improve your athletic performance. Continue reading
Some gym junkies swear by working out in the morning. Others say that working out at night is the best way to finish your day. What’s most important is finding time, whenever you can, to exercise. But, is it true that when you work out can influence the number of calories you burn and the quality of your workout?
Well, according to science, the time of day you workout actually does influence the effectiveness of your workout.
Anthony Hackney, an exercise and sport science professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill says morning exercises are the best time to exercise. (1) So, if you really want to maximize your workouts, try exercising in the morning.
Here’s why. Continue reading
Did you know that treadmills were actually invented to be torture devices? They were designed as a method of punishment, to make prisoners suffer and sweat. Prisoners were forced to walk hours and hours without stopping. These early treadmills had a high death rate in the prisons – on average one death per week. It got so bad that they had to ban treadmills! (1)
That was 200 years ago. Today, treadmills “are the top-selling training equipment in the US” (1). But some things haven’t changed. Many people still consider treadmills to be torture machines capable of boring you to death. Can you think of anything more boring than staring at a beige wall and running mindlessly on a treadmill in the corner of your house?
But, running on a treadmill doesn’t have to be boring and tortuous! You can enjoy your treadmill workouts and actually have fun while you work out.
Here’s 7 ways to escape the monotony of treadmill workouts and make exercising a lot more fun. Continue reading
You might have thought that the apocalyptic year 2020 was over, but January 2021 welcomed us with a polar vortex. Spring is coming, but it’s not quite here yet. Parts of the country are still seeing frigid temperatures.
But, it’s 2021, and you’re determined to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions this year. And nothing is going to stop you, not even a polar vortex. Obviously, the cold winter months aren’t a problem if you run inside on your treadmill. But, if you like to run outside and get some fresh air, it’s best to be prepared.
And running in low temperatures calls for extra prep time. Anthony J. Yeung from Esquire says “temperatures in the 30s and below tend to lock up your body and turn your extremities into icicles, causing stiff joints and tightened muscles, so cold weather running requires special preparation.” (3)
So, if you do decide to brave the cold and run outside during these cold winter months, here’s five helpful tips to help you prepare for running in the cold. Continue reading
A few years ago, in 2016, I set the goal to do push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups every day, for a whole year. I started doing just 5 push-ups and sit-ups, and just 2 or 3 pull-ups every day for the first couple weeks. Then, slowly, I started adding more and more – every week I increased the amount by just a little bit.
By summer, I was up to about 15-25 reps every day, so I decided to change it up a little bit and add more sets. I worked up to doing 3 sets every night, and kept increasing the amount just a little bit.
Of course, there were lots of days when I wasn’t super motivated and didn’t want to do any. But I told myself that I would just do a couple, even if I didn’t do all of the sets. At first, there were days that I missed, because I forgot or because I was too tired, but after a few months, I got into the habit of doing my push-up, sit-up, and pull-up routine every night before going to bed.
By the end of the year, I achieved my goal and was able to do almost 50 push-ups and sit-ups and around 25 pull-ups. Continue reading
It’s Monday morning, and you’re determined to start your week right with a quick morning run. You wake up, lace up your running shoes, take a quick sip of water, and head out the door.
But before you start your run, you should stretch, right?
Well, not so fast. Although many people believe that stretching before you run is absolutely essential to preventing injuries – that’s not completely true.
Some experts even say that certain types of stretching might even be bad for you. Physical therapist Jason Gromelski says “static stretching before exercise can cause damage to the tissue.” (1) To best take care of your body, he suggests replacing static stretching with dynamic stretching before a run. Continue reading
Are you sick of the pandemic yet? Is it making you feel totally down in the dumps?
Mental health has been making headlines more and more the past couple of years – and now more than ever, thanks to the ongoing pandemic.
According to one study, “COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in US adults.” (1) Before the pandemic, only 8.5% of adults reported symptoms of depression. Now, that number has increased to 27.8%.
This increase is huge – and it means that a huge number of people are facing mental health problems like depression and anxiety. The authors of the study noted that this time, with COVID-19, the “rise is much higher than after previous major traumatic events” like the 9/11 terrorist attack and the Ebola outbreaks. (1)
As we continue dealing with the ongoing effects of the pandemic, mental health continues to decline. Now, more than ever, depression and anxiety are health concerns that can dominate our lives. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is the most popular day for a race in America. Each year, over a million people sign up for Thanksgiving Day races across the country. In 2018, “more than 1.17 million runners registered to run, jog, trot or walk” in Turkey Trots all over the nation (1).
Perhaps you were one of them?
It’s no surprise either – thanksgiving is a great day to run. The colors of the leaves are changing, the fall temperature is nice and cool, and with everyone out of school and off from work, it’s a great family activity as well. Not to mention, the more you run in the morning, the more turkey you can eat in the afternoon!
But this year, with large gatherings cancelled because of the pandemic, races are changing. Instead of the traditional race with hundreds of runners and volunteers cheering you on, races are going virtual.
If you missed your annual Turkey Trot, here’s a great way to get yourself in gear for the rest of the holiday season. Continue reading
Have you ever seen people who have clearly run all their life? They show up to a race with silver hair, lean muscles, and all the confidence in the world. Then, they take off like a rocket and seem to maintain their pace like they were channeling an inner “energizer bunny.”
Well, some people really do just run all their lives. And we’re learning that this habit may actually be doing their body a world of good.
That’s because running doesn’t just have physical, mental and emotional benefits. It may actually help you SLOW your aging process. If that’s not a great reason to power up your at-home treadmill, we don’t know what is!