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 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
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!
Do you find yourself checking your step count throughout the day? It might be on your FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone or any one of the other devices you strap to your body.
As the hours go by, you take the stairs, walk the extra block, or go to the coffee shop a little farther away. All in the hopes of reaching that magical 10,000 mark!
As this routine goes on, day after day, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why 10,000?”
Probably not. You just do what you’re supposed to do, congratulation yourself when you get there and then get ready to start from step zero when the next day starts.
However, new research is turning everything we know about step counts on its head. But don’t worry. We’re not going to tell you that the number of steps needs to be increased…
In fact, this new research performed at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that you could see results at just 4,400 steps!
So what prompted this change in the global understanding of daily steps? Continue reading
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.
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…
It’s been a long day at work. Your boss was a pain and the office intern messed up your lunch order. You are exhausted.
All you want to do is punch through a satisfying workout at the gym and head home for some well-deserved relaxation!
So, you grab your gym bag out of the trunk and head into the locker room to get ready to get your sweat on.
As you dress, you might give your clothes a quick sniff. Hmm… they seem passable, so you slip them on and head out into the main gym. You just put on dirty gym clothes and unfortunately, you’re not alone.
Now, here’s the big question…
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
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