Balance, or the ability to steadily control your body in a variety of positions, is necessary for virtually every physical task of your life. No, you do not need to be an Olympic gymnast to care about this. Consider the following tasks: getting in and out of a car, taking a shower, running after the bus you just missed, walking your dog, or stretching in your favorite yoga class.
Topics: mobility, balance
Oh, acronyms. People in the health and fitness world really seem to love them. One buzz-phrase known as BCAA--short for branched chain amino acids--is hugely popular among powerlifters, body builders, CrossFitters, and many other fitness enthusiasts. Thousands of people buy BCAA supplements every year, a considerable nod to the ever-growing market of nutritional and sports-enhancing supplementation.
Topics: nutrition tips, Dietary supplement
Vegetarians may choose to forgo meat for a variety of reasons--but that doesn't necessarily mean they're looking to forgo healthy nutrition, too! Preparing fresh, delicious, good-for-you vegetarian dishes can seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but it can actually be a lot easier--and faster--than you may think.
Topics: meal prep, healthy dieting
For a lot of us, staying motivated to workout is easy. Getting to the gym is easy. Even grinding through a hard workout is, well, kind of easy (at least in terms of maintaining the discipline to do it). What's not easy is improving our mobility. Sure, we may like to roll around on a foam roller for a minute or two, but are we really doing enough to make improvements in our joint range of motion?
Topics: mobility, healthy body
Leg machines: we love 'em. They're easy to adjust to your size and skill level, safe (assuming they're used correctly of course), and a great way to target specific muscle groups. And while we'll never give up our love for barbell squats and other free weight movements involving your legs, we certainly think that adding leg machine exercises to your gym routine is a great way to enhance those glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
Topics: leg day, machine workouts
It's springtime, which means that fruits are finally starting to come into season. Of course, fruit is delicious on its own, but for a bit of culinary decadence, try making a homemade yogurt parfait.
Topics: healthy diet, healthy snacks
A healthy body needs balance. Physiologists and exercise science nerds call this "homeostasis." It's the energy-efficient state where our bodies can function and feel the best.
Topics: fitness tips, muscle building
Knowledge is power, and sometimes the more you know about a given topic, the more likely you are to make it a part of your daily life. For example, most people know the basic healing benefits of exercises. But even though it's considered common knowledge that exercise is super good for you, research indicates that only 2 out of 10 Americans get adequate daily exercise.
Topics: exercise ideas, workout tips
The internet is the perfect double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's wonderful to have such quick and easy access to TONS of information about virtually anything under the sun, including health and fitness tidbits. On the other hand, the universal accessibility of the online world means that pretty much anyone can share information that may or may not be completely accurate – which can lead to common health myths.
Topics: fitness tips, diet and exercise
If you're anything like me, then you probably have some days where you want to work out, but you just don't really feel like going to the gym for your usual cardio routine. And while you're not necessarily looking to take a rest day, you may be looking for an easier at-home solution that will still give you a great push but without the need for locker rooms, cardio equipment, and, you know, car keys.
Topics: cardio workouts, home workout ideas