It’s pretty common for workout enthusiasts to incorporate regular cardio and strength days into their weekly routines. Some might even go so far as to designate “leg” days or “arm” days when strength training is hyper-focused on one area. Toss in some focused flexibility work and you’ve got it all covered. Right? Wrong!
Without a steady dose of oxygen, you wouldn’t be reading this sentence, let alone be able to process the information that follows. Your body- brain, muscles, organs, bones- needs oxygen to produce energy and repair and produce cells. Gratefully, your autonomic nervous system allows you to take in oxygen without having to focus on every single breath.
There are lots of suggestions around Valentine’s Day about things you can do to make a partner feel special. But, how about showing yourself some LOVE? Go ahead and break the chocolate mold. Treat yourself to some goodness.
A picture of Meb on your mirror can inspire you to run a marathon. A photo of Mt. Rainier can inspire you to want to be at your peak and ready to ascend summits by springtime. There are many ideas and images that can motivate you to achieve your fitness and wellness goals. But, sometimes motivation isn’t enough to get you to the gym. That’s when self-discipline needs to get off the bench and start playing the game.
There’s no quicker way to create a superfood masterpiece than pulling out the blender and making a morning smoothie! While “superfood” is not an official food label, the idea that certain ingredients are nutritionally more sound than others is completely legit. When you combine superfoods together, you get a quick blast of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients.
Do you want to hear a fitness pro talk? Don’t just ask them whether or not you should be doing squats. That question alone will evoke an exuberant “YESSS!!!!!!” Instead, ask them “how” and “why.” Fitness pros light up likes kids when the ice cream truck rolls up when they get to talk about one the most effective exercises around!
You’ve turned over a new leaf and joined a gym. Congrats. It’s a big deal! Not only is it a financial commitment, chances are you’re hoping your new gym membership will positively change your life. Working out regularly at a gym can be transformational. But, listen, you don’t have to have everything completely figured out before you arrive for your first workout. Indeed, in many ways it’s better if you don’t. You can improve the chances you’ll reap the benefits your new membership provides if you immediately commit to two things: exploration and conversation.
Are you ready to slice honey baked ham and candied yams from your holiday menu? Why not create a hearty meatless meal that includes favorite seasonal foods? The vegetarian menu below features thick, satisfying portobello mushroom steaks and twists on classic sides. Interesting sides featuring yams, cauliflower and green beans will add color, depth and loads flavorful nutrition to your holiday feast.
Brr…it’s not only cold out there, it is quick becoming cold and flu season. As winter shivers bear down upon you, it’s a good time to learn how to pepper superfoods into your meals. “Superfood” is an unscientific general term that is used to describe foods that are incredibly nutrient-dense and have purported, but not necessarily scientifically proven, medical benefits.
If you spend any time at the gym, chances are you’re keenly aware of killer core workouts, ab-blasting moves and bicep builders. It’s likely you’ve witnessed people pushing out squats and bench presses to pump up their most visible muscles. It looks impressive! But, you know what’s really smart? Zoning in on those less visible muscles too, in order to stave off injury and get the most out of all the moves you do.