All types of physical activity, from working in your garden and vacuuming your house to jogging and competitive tennis, are beneficial in their own way. But new research suggests that intense activity, the kind that makes you work up a sweat, may be especially good for you. Compared to those who engaged in only moderate […]
Everyone has “on” days and “off” days, but if you’re “off” at the gym you’ll likely be wasting both your time and energy. Finding the time to work out is one of the biggest hurdles people face in fitting in exercise, after all, so when you make the time to do it, you want to […]
When surveyed about their most-loathed body part, 75 percent of women agreed their upper arms were the clear ‘winner.’ More specifically, the extra flab that’s unflatteringly known as “chicken fat,” “chicken arms,” or, sometimes, “bingo wing arms” (so-named for its tendency to ‘flap’ like a chicken wing) is many women’s nemesis. About 80 percent of […]
If you’re fed up with your aching back, put down your painkillers (and certainly postpone any invasive procedures like steroid injections or back surgery) and put on your workout clothes. Exercise, in general, is wonderful for back pain (both prevention and relief), but today I want you to consider one specific type that shows particularly […]
By its very nature, exercise puts stress on your body. This is actually a good type of stress, though, one that will help your muscles to become stronger. However, it’s important to refuel your body properly after a workout in order to replenish lost nutrients and energy stores.
There is arguably no more important event in an athlete’s life than the Olympic games. And this year at the Winter Olympics in Sochi we’ve already seen phenomenal tests of strength, endurance and dedication as the athletes compete to be world champions. This doesn’t come without years of practice, discipline and drive … as well […]
When it comes to getting fit, everyone has an opinion about how to do it best. But as you’ll soon learn when you enter the world of fitness, there is no set right or wrong way to exercise, and what works for you may be quite different from what works for others.
You’ve probably heard the motto “no pain, no gain,” and when it comes to exercise this is quite true … sort of. While some pain after a workout is completely normal (and a sign that you’ve been beneficially challenging your muscles) other pain is a warning sign that you’ve pushed it too far.
Exercise is good for you … but chances are you have no idea how good it actually is. If exercise were a pill, let’s just say it would easily become the best-selling drug in the world because it prevents disease, slows aging, boosts your mental health and makes for a more attractive physique.
If you struggle with joint pain, the last thing you may want to think about is exercise — but you absolutely should. In fact, exercise has been called the secret to joint pain relief,[i] because it breaks the tendency to favor your joints and avoid movement.