The long-awaited 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to finally start on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. When the Olympics were postponed last year due to the pandemic, athletes across the world who were training to compete were devastated. Now, after a long wait and another year of grueling training, the competition will be better than ever.
It’s no wonder we, as spectators, wait anxiously for the Olympics games every four years – watching the world’s best athletes compete is exciting, memorable, and inspiring. And behind every flawless gymnastic performance, game-winning goal, and lightning quick 200m freestyle are years and years and hours and hours of practice.
Olympic athletes have some of the most intense and demanding training schedules of any type of sports competitor. And while most of us probably couldn’t even survive one of their typical days, looking at their health and fitness routines is always awe-inspiring. And, it can motivate us to step it up a little bit in our own training programs as well. Continue reading
Summer is right around the corner, and that means – swimsuit time! With travel and activities opening up again, many people are excited to go back to the beach or local pool. And of course, everyone wants to look great in their new swimsuit.
If you’re like most people, you might have put on a few pounds during the pandemic (don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us). But now that summer is almost here, you’re ready to kick those pounds to the curb, get your beach body back and look amazing in that new bikini!
But with just a few more weeks till the first day of summer, you might be asking yourself, is there still time? Don’t even worry, you’re not too late – you can still get fit and look great at the beach by changing up your diet and kicking your workout program into high-gear. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, my sister and I took a trip to the coast for a few days. We woke up the first morning and my sister asked if I wanted to go for a run. Running in new places is always an extra motivator for me, so I quickly said yes – I imagined running alongside the ocean and listening to the waves at sunrise…but as I went through my suitcase looking for my running shoes – I realized that I had forgotten to pack them.
But, determined to make that idealistic beach run come true, I decided that I would just run without shoes – after all, we were going to run on the beach, not through the mountains – how hard could it be?
So, we walked down to the beach – me in my sandals, and my sister in her $120 Asics running shoes. I kicked off my sandals and we started running. Besides running around in the grass at the park or playing soccer on the beach, I had never actually gone on a run barefoot. And there I was, running barefoot on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves, and feeling the cold sand under my toes. It felt great!
Until the day after, when I was so sore, I could barely walk. I think it was the combination of running barefoot for the first time, running with my sister (who’s a Speedy McGee), and running on the sand. That being said, I did enjoy running barefoot on the beach, and did it a couple more times on that trip.
You’ve probably heard about barefoot running before – maybe you’ve even tried it yourself. Barefoot running has been around for millions of years, actually. The concept became more well-known in 2009, when Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book, Born to Run became popular. The book argued that running shoes actually caused injury, and that, as humans, we are genetically engineered to run long distances. (1) Continue reading
You’ve seen the siren song TikTok dance…watched thousands of remakes of Shakira’s “Girl Like Me” dance…and smiled at hundreds of Taylor Swift “Love Story” TikToks. Since TikTok was the “most downloaded non-game app” worldwide in 2020, it’s no surprise that these trendy videos made their mark (1).
And while these TikTok videos are wildly popular – and certainly very entertaining, can they really help you achieve your fitness goals?
The super successful social media app is known for it’s fun and entertaining videos – of celebrities, of fun TikTok challenges, dance videos, and yes, even the classic cat videos. But, in the recent months, there have been more and more heath and fitness videos taking over TikTok as well. Continue reading
A month ago, a small child died in a tragic treadmill accident involving a Peloton Tread+. Since then, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has begun an investigation and issued multiple statements and warnings about the dangers of Peloton’s Tread+.
After such a heart-breaking and traumatic incident – an incident that could have occurred in anyone’s home – many parents are left wondering, are treadmills safe to have at home? Are my children safe in my home gym? How can I keep my children safe around my new fitness equipment?
Now more than ever, because of the pandemic and gym closures, families are deciding to invest in fitness equipment and add it to their home. Curious children can want to touch or play with the “new toys,” and parents need to be away of the potential dangers.
Treadmills are not intended to be used by children and are extremely dangerous for small children. Accidents like burns, broken bones, and head trauma can occur when children are left unsupervised around treadmills. Continue reading
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