Most people think of strength training as a great way to build muscle and increase strength, but there are many more benefits you may be less familiar with. Strength training involves placing a heavier load on a muscle to stimulate an increase in the number of muscle fibers, making the muscle stronger. Types of strength training include working out with free weights or weight machines at the gym, using resistance bands or the body's own weight for... Read More
Many workout and fitness plans get derailed by some common mistakes and bad habits. Be careful to avoid the following mistakes.
Working out without a battle plan -- Some people walk into the gym and wing it -- with no sense of how well they're working out all their muscles, then wonder why they don't make progress. Write down a workout plan: Map out all your workouts to the set. Figure out your goals and set a plan to get... Read More
In American society, flat abs equal beauty and appeal. That is why Americans spend hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours trying to obtain the perfect, six-pack abs, only to find that it's not working.
The reason it is not working is simple: Six-pack abs involve a well-developed muscle made visible by the lack of body fat. In other words, perfect abs are created when you have toned muscles and no fat. They are... Read More
Ask any professional body builder what they do when they're not working out, and you'll quickly find out it has nothing to do with exercise. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Fitness buffs use their downtime to relax -- as in, their muscles.
The reason for this is that the truth behind building muscle has a lot less to do with "building" than many people think. When we work out, we may feel that our muscles are growing larger and... Read More
Your time is precious, and it's hard enough to fit in a workout during your busy day. So when you do work out, you want to make your routine as efficient and injury-free as possible. You know that cardio and strength training are integral to success, but do you know which moves you should ditch? Start with a big pain in the neck -- the pulldown machine can be an effective tool in sculpting back muscles, but it should always be pulled down in... Read More
By Janice Feuerhelm
Chronic pain affects millions of people worldwide. Chronic pain is different than acute pain. Chronic pain is pain that continues long after the original cause. Chronic pain also has a psychological component that affects every area of one's life. The challenge of living with chronic... Read More
When your days of pregnancy are finally over, you may be left with several pregnancy pounds and loose skin. Losing weight after pregnancy is possible with the right workouts and a healthy diet plan, but you won't be able to lose the baby weight without a strong desire and commitment for getting back in shape. When you're ready to get started, here are some exercises you can add to your weekly schedule and shed those pregnancy pounds for... Read More
One of the benefits of exercise is that it improves cardiovascular fitness. Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats in a minute and is an indicator of how hard your heart is working during exercise. Learning to monitor your heart rate will help ensure you are getting the most out of your workout without overdoing it.
At rest, the average heart beats around 50 to 90 times per minute. Very fit... Read More
Scraped knees, nosebleeds or beestings can occur at any given moment and send you running for a first-aid kit. Moms know that when it comes to accidents, they can happen anywhere and at anytime.
But you don't have to fear being unprepared if you have a high-quality first-aid kit on hand. First-aid kits are essential not only in the home but on-the-go as well.
Where will I need a first-aid... Read More
While the benefits of working out in a gym are plentiful, indoor exercise sometimes leads you down the road to a place called boredom and burnout. When this happens, there's a simple solution: Reverse direction and take it outside!
Participation in outdoor sports can breathe new life into your fitness program. You'll work different muscle groups while enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Instead of waiting online for gym equipment, you can jump right... Read More