If you want to start running, you start by setting a goal. A mile a day? A 5k race in a month? A half-marathon in half a year? Just set your goal.
It’s that simple.
Well, not exactly.
Spring is in the air, which means two things are fast approaching… baseball season and bikini season.
So, even if you’re not a major leaguer, it might be time to shed all that winter weight you put on hibernating on your sofa and watching TV during the cold winter months.
You did great work in the gym today – why un-do the minute you walk out the door?
What you do after a workout is just as important as the workout itself. You’ll never have sustained improvements in endurance, strength, or weight reduction if you don’t take proper care of yourself when you get home.
Stretching may be sabotaging your workout. Especially if you do it wrong.
If you are consistently sore after exercise, it may be time to retool your pre-workout routine. Even though stretching is important for injury prevention, it may actually lead to more injuries if not done properly.
That’s why, these days, warming up is the hot thing (literally) in exercise. Here’s how to warm up and stretch the right way, so there’s less chance you’ll be sore after exercise.
Football season is fast approaching and you may get that familiar itch to grab a ball and play.
If you plan on dominating the game at your next family barbecue or office outing, you’ve got the right mentality. But, if you’d like to emerge from bed spared of excruciating pain the next morning, you can’t treat football like a game. Football is serious business for your body.
Sports medicine and injury science have come a long way since someone realized that putting a bag of ice on an achy knee helps it heal.
In fact, the market is flooded with dozens of professional-grade sports recovery systems, all of which purport to be the best thing since ice cubes. Expensive systems are great for professional athletes, but most of us have to consider an important input: price.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things – a movie star, a politician – but he is also one of the most accomplished weightlifters in history. Even though he was winning Mr. Olympia 40 years ago, many of his techniques still apply today.
Basketball may be one of the best workouts around.
It’s fast paced, great cardio, and – most importantly – fun. But if you find you’re not going full speed at tip off, it may be your warm-up that’s holding you back.
Working out can be just as important as, well, NOT working out.
Flipping through a fitness magazine or seeing a pro athlete on TV might lead to you believe that every second you aren’t in the gym, you are getting weaker or fatter or both. Pumping up your muscles means pumping iron, and if you are looking to get in shape fast, you might think you need to lift every day. More lifting equals more strength, right?
If you want a better body, exercising is just one-fifth of the battle. Besides exercise, pay close attention to your warm-up, recovery, nutrition, and rest. You can lift heavy weights every day for a week and somehow end up weaker at the end. Or you can target your lifting, change your routine, and give your body time to recover so that you end up ripped. It all depends on proper muscle recovery.