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
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
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?