aujoe-interval-training

Interval Training is Working for Me: Here’s Why

I get asked a lot if high intensity interval training (HIIT) is any good and if I would recommend it. I’m all over HIIT, and I feel that every fit person should consider this type of workout. There are a lot of reasons I feel it works and that more of us should be giving it a try. The idea behind this kind of interval training is that your complete workout is made up of bursts of rapid, intense, exercise where you put everything you have into your performance, but split them up between recovery periods that are short but may be active or inactive. This kind of training helps to make sure your heart rate stays high and you blast through more body fat in a shorter period of time. This works because it raises your body’s need for oxygen during the times when you’re really going intensely into Read More

aujoe-convince-friends-workout

How to Convince Your Friends to Work Out with You

I’m a huge advocate for working out with a partner. When you buddy up with a friend, there are a ton of benefits you can enjoy, especially being able to keep each other motivated. I’m especially lucky in this area because my girlfriend, Breeze is as driven as I am about staying active and pushing to always improve performance. Still, you don’t just have to be lucky to get someone to work out with you. As long as you’ve got friends, the odds are that you have a potential workout partner you just don’t happen to know about yet. Even if your friends are more into lifting snacks than dumbbells, there might still be some great potential there. You just need to know how to do a bit of finessing to get your buddy interested and then help each other out from then on. Don’t know how to finesse? Here Read More

aujoe-battling-ropes-cardio

3 Best Cardio Exercises for Aching Joints

Cardio workouts are a fantastic way to get your body moving, the blood flowing, and your heart rate up. Doing so will give you energy, boost your metabolism, burn through calories and fat, and help you lose weight while maintaining your cardiovascular health. But if you have aching joints, you may want to avoid the common cardio exercises that are out there. Thankfully, though, there are a few cardio exercises for aching joints that you can do on a regular basis to get the same results and benefits. Check out three of them below. 1. Swimming One of the very best cardio exercises for aching joints is swimming. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard or you live in an area that experiences cold temperatures, a local fitness center likely has one that you can use several times a week. Swimming will work on just about every muscle Read More

aujoe on rowing machine

How to Manage Heavy Breathing During Workouts

Whenever you experience heavy breathing during workouts, it is a sign that your body is trying to compensate because you are working it hard. Basically, your body is attempting to deliver increased amounts of oxygen to all of your cells. Most of the time, heavy breathing during workouts is not really a cause for concern, but you should learn how to manage it nonetheless. Check out the tips below. Breathing in Through the Nose vs. the Mouth You may have heard some experts say that it is better to breathe in through the nose during exercise. This is because you could help warm the air as you inhale it into your lungs, so it is beneficial especially when you are working out in colder conditions. Plus, it can help to reduce your intake of allergens from the environment, and it could even help keep you calmer. But if you find Read More