We have talked about all of the ways that exercise can change you for the better, from your cardiovascular system, to your emotional health and mental health. We can look at each different part of our body and see benefits and positive results.
Now, for the first time, we are talking about how exercise helps you on a small scale… a very, very small scale.
As it turns out, just a small amount of exercise can change you on a molecular level!
In a groundbreaking new study, Stanford University is attempting to understand how exercise affects even the smallest building blocks of your body. Specifically, what happens to your molecules following an exercise session.
This information could help us understand how exercise actually changes the body, give you a better idea of your overall fitness and provide key information about how the systems within our body function. Continue reading
Breathe in… breathe out…
Most of us do this without thinking. It’s a natural process for the body and doesn’t take conscious thought. We don’t have to tell you that if you stop breathing, things get ugly pretty quick… especially if you’re in the middle of a long run.
So have you ever thought about how you breathe?
For instance, do you ever get short of breath mid-run? Do you ever find yourself becoming light-headed or gasping for air?
At initial glance, the Bowflex Treadclimber may look like a treadmill. Then, upon closer inspection, you’ll see not one, but TWO treadbelts at its base.
This may sound a bit crazy, but you don’t need to be a Cirque de Soleil acrobat to take advantage of its multiple moving parts.
The Bowflex Treadclimber was designed to be a hybrid machine, combining the benefits of a treadmill, stair stepper and elliptical all in one. According to Bowflex, this allows users to get a low impact workout that is more effective than any one of those machines on their own.
Each of the treadbelts — which Bowflex calls “treadles” — move up and down independently from one another. So as you step forward, the treadles come up to meet your foot, relieving the impact of your foot striking the deck.
When most of us hop on our treadmill, we aren’t planning to set a world record. A personal best, or maybe just a butt-kicking session, yes. But an actual world record, probably not.
Except that is exactly what Zach Bitter did. Now to be clear, he didn’t just set out to break a world record. He did it!
Zach Bitter is an ultra-marathoner that didn’t want to let staying in make him feel down and out. His life is dedicated to his running and he was going to be his best no matter the location. This was merely the newest in his impressive list of running accolades.
Bitter is already held to be the fastest on track and trail at the length of 100 miles. You heard that right, 100 MILES!
And now he can add the record for the fastest on tread belt to the list. Continue reading
It’s easy to get in a rut… especially when it comes to working out. Come on now… we’ve all been there!
And when you’re using a treadmill regularly, this rut can be even more mind-numbing. You end up running, day in and day out. Where’s the variety?
But don’t worry. Nowadays, you can actually use your treadmill to do a whole LOT more than just run, walk or jog.
Yup! No need to go outside or go to the gym (not that it’s even an option these days.) Instead, you can get a full-body cross training working using that trusty home treadmill.
Keep reading for a fun workout routine that will make your treadmill feel anything but boring!
Fitness equipment companies never ever want to be seen as boring.
Oh… the horror!
That’s why we’re seeing one of the most interesting new takes on selling equipment with this latest offer from ProForm.
ProForm is a brand that consistently releases quality at-home fitness equipment that you know and love. It’s part of the Icon Fitness family, the largest manufacturer of at-home fitness equipment out there. This means they keep themselves at the cutting edge of what’s new and fresh.
How to Stay Motivated and Moving While Staying At-Home
Sticking with a workout routine can be tough, especially when you have to do it from home…
Every. Single. Day.
The lure of the couch, the fridge and Netflix can be distracting and oh-so tempting. How is one supposed to resist the temptation to just chill out?
Switching up your at-home workouts is a great way to keep yourself engaged and motivated. There’s a lot more you can do on a treadmill than simply run a certain distance or for a certain amount of time.
To save you from having to put together a fun and diverse workout schedule, we’ve done it for you.
Keep reading for a variety of workouts that includes twisting, climbing and facing the gauntlet!
Okay, let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room… the world is crazy right now with this pandemic situation.
And unless you have a fancy home gym in your garage, it can be a little challenging for some of us to get in a proper sweat session.
Normally, we just go to gyms, right? That’s why we have health clubs filled with rows and rows of fitness machines, long mirrors so we can admire our muscled progress, and stacks of shining weight sets.
Sigh. The days of old… I mean… the days of a few weeks ago… before the world went crazy…
Yes, we’re living in a new reality these days. And honestly, no one really knows how long it’s going to last. As of the time of this writing, we still have at least a few weeks of “staying at home” so the world can kick this viral threat and take care of those in need.
The long and short of it is simple. The current world situation is challenging all of us to find new ways to keep going with life…
Did you start January filled with shiny new resolutions to finally achieve your dream body?
But then, as the weeks slugged by you started to find excuses to cheat. Your diet went off track. That daily run on your treadmill suddenly took up too much time. Your routine started to slacken, and one day, you realized it was the end of the first month and you’d already failed.
Yup… it’s a common problem.
We start out each New Year with optimistic health goals, but within weeks we’re back to our same old lazy ways. Well, it doesn’t have to be like this anymore!
We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions once and for all!
We know everyone has New Year’s resolutions and everyone wants to talk about them, but it’s not a competition. Your resolutions are for you to better your life and yours alone. Just because the person that sits next to you at work said they’re going to cure world hunger, doesn’t mean your goals aren’t lofty enough.
Your list doesn’t have to have a ton of things on it to make it worthwhile. In fact, for success it’s better to have fewer goals on the list. When you have less things you feel like you need to accomplish it’s easier to focus on them and get them done.
It’s like any to-do list you make for yourself. When you only have three things on there you are ready to get them done. When it’s a page long, it’s daunting, and you already feel discouraged with the thought of not being able to get it done.
This just means that instead of writing down one goal that takes many different things to accomplish, make each of those things a sub-goal. For instance, if one of your goals is to run a marathon, break it down.
Make different levels of your training into their own individual accomplishment. Getting your time down by a certain amount could be a goal. Running a 5K as prep could be another.
This way you are getting closer to your main goal, but you are able to see the progress you are making along the way.
This is a concept that’s important to keep in mind when you are setting your resolutions. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
Keep these things in mind when you add something to your list. If it doesn’t fit all of the criteria, you may just want to modify it a little bit. It doesn’t mean you have to scrap the idea all together, you’re just setting yourself up for success when you’re setting SMART goals.
This is a big one. We are all guilty of making excuses for why we aren’t doing the things to stick with our resolutions. The easiest one to throw out there is, “I don’t have time!”
An easy way to avoid this is to put it in your schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule it for the same time everyday so you know that’s what you’re going to be doing at that time.
Research shows it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. When you’re talking about your New Year’s resolutions, that’s only about two months. Once you reach that point, the next ten months will have you sailing toward your goals with no excuses.
This can go hand-in-hand with your scheduling. Make milestones or set target dates in your schedule. Success even in small doses is powerful motivation, it’s backed by science. When you achieve success, your brain releases dopamine which makes you feel happy.
We’re talking about the motivation behind your resolutions. Why did you pick the ones that you did? For instance, do you want to lose weight to help prevent heart disease? Are you wanting to eat healthy to improve your cholesterol?
As time passes and things get busy it can be easy to lose sight of why you set those particular resolutions in the first place. Remind yourself. Keeping the motivation behind your choices in mind can really help you better stick to your plan.
This may sound like we’re about to repeat ourselves, but stick with us. Now we’re talking about day-to-day motivation to get up and get working. There are a lot of ways to do this, but we’ll just touch on a few tried and true methods.
Agree to work out with a friend or join a local group. When you are held accountable to others, you’re much more likely to show up. Dragging yourself out of bed at six in the morning for a run may not be so appealing. But if you know someone is waiting for you, you don’t want to be the one that doesn’t show up.
You can also join a Facebook group or a group on your favorite fitness app. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and your triumphs. This is a powerful form of motivation, not just for you but for the others in the group. You’ll be seeing your success and have others cheering you on to keep pushing for that next milestone.
Positive reinforcement is super important. When you reach those milestones that you put in your schedule, treat yourself to a little something.
This may just be the most important key to the whole deal. We all slip and we all miss days, but it doesn’t discount all of the progress that you’ve made. There’s no shame because you missed a day or two at the gym…or even a week. Just get back up and keep going. You’ll feel better for it in the long run because you didn’t give up.
We know that New Year’s resolutions may not be the most exciting thing when March rolls around and the shine wears off. However, keep this tips in mind as the weeks go by and you’ll be ready for new, exciting resolutions next year.
Let’s face it. Working out in the morning can just be hard.
It’s dark… your bed is comfy… and it’s just so easy to hit the snooze button.
We’ve all been there.
Maybe you tell yourself you’ll work out after work instead…
But then life happens and you have errands to run and dinner plans get made.
So you tell yourself you’ll work out the next morning…
But then. But then. But then!
It’s a vicious cycle.
Lucky for you, there’s a perfect little pocket of time right in the middle of your day that may just be the solution to your problem.
Maybe your lunch break is the time you should use for your workout.