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Archives for May 2012

Making Exercise a Habit (Not a Chore)

by Angela Yorke May 31st, 2012| Exercises
As anyone “on hiatus” from the gym would attest, it’s immensely easy to start an exercise routine. The difficulty lies in sustaining it long enough to reap the results. Exercise can be simple, but hardly easy. Indeed, most people would find the couch infinitely preferable to yet another session

Fall to Build Strength

by Jessica B. May 29th, 2012| Strength Training
Falling – to build lower body strength?

I’ve spent a lot of time these last few months with people who are very passionate about martial arts. One thing I have noticed is they have an amazing amount of lower body strength. When we started comparing workout routines and basic training,

Hunger Games – Theme Workouts

by Bea May 28th, 2012| Exercises
So you have probably heard of The Hunger Games. This series was, and continues to be, huge at this point in time. There are book addicts as well as movie addicts out there, and even people who love both! Needless to say, there is an audience of people who

Walking Products That Don’t Help

by Bea May 24th, 2012| Walking
There are a lot of products that are marketed towards walkers and helping them train for their walks; however, there are some that might not be as helpful as you think.

The biggest promises that should not be taken seriously are those from the toning shoe advertisements. The promises the

I Got the Music in Me

by Joan Jacobsen May 23rd, 2012| Fitness Expert, Mind & Body
"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." William Congreve 1697 - The Mourning Bride

When I am preparing for one of my races, I choose music as my pre-jitter cure all. Before I even head to the starting line, I am enjoying

Weird Core Strength Training

by Mackenzie M. May 22nd, 2012| Mind & Body
There are hundreds of standard ways to do core strength training that are both simple and effective; however, I recently discovered an entire subset of very strange weightlifting techniques that are great for building a lean and muscular core. With these exercises you will surely burn fat, build muscle,

Foods to Improve Cardio Health

by Angela Yorke May 21st, 2012| Cardio
We’ve all heard the saying “food is fuel.” Beyond providing the basic amount of energy needed to sustain coherent thought and sober movement throughout the day, food can also help sustain your performance during a cardiovascular workout.

No “magic bullet” food item instantly boosts cardiovascular fitness; in the world of

Introduction to Kettlebells

by Angela Yorke May 17th, 2012| Strength Training
Much like how the Hunger Games and Avengers movies have contributed to the current popularity of archery, interest in kettlebells grew when the movie 300 was released in 2006; interest has been renewed as people search out strength training methods that differ from the norm. A simple search

5 Quickie Moves for Sexy Legs and Sleek Arms

by Melissa Koerner May 16th, 2012| Fitness Expert
I’d be willing to bet that you want to tone-up your legs and arms but you face one or all of the following problems:

1. You don’t have a lot of time to work out.
2. You get bored doing the same exercises.
3. You don’t know what exercises to do.
4. You

Hydration Belts

by Louise May 15th, 2012| Eating Tips
There was a time when I didn't speak too highly of hydration belts. I didn't like the idea of carrying extra water; I imagined it would uncomfortably slosh around during my run. The first hydration belts probably did cause some discomfort during exercise. Of course, things have changed. As

Tips for the Finish Line

by Mackenzie M. May 14th, 2012| Running
Half the battle of running a race, or running in general, is a mental one. Several magazines, websites, and coaches all fervently claim that the best way to run faster, or to finish a race with flying colors, is to develop a mental attitude that allows the body to

Join Me in the Couch to 5K

by Jessica B. May 10th, 2012| Cardio, Running
I have a confession to make: I’ve gotten a little lazy. I used to live at the gym and workout religiously. And then life got in the way. I started going a little less, and a little less. These days I am happy if I make it a few
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