Even when I’m in the mood for an effective cardio workout, it’s hard to be motivated for a treadmill. Machines like that are great to get the job done. At the same time, they also don’t do very much for the mind. The repetitive motions are not stimulating at all. A stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical will also give an effective cardio workout. Do I want to use them each time I need exercise? Nope. To be clear, I’m not against these machines. I use them all the time. Still, when I don’t want to, I have an entirely different strategy in place. Netflix isn’t Enough to Make an Effective Cardio Workout Yes, a lot of gyms and even home equipment comes with a screen for video. I’ve tried watching Netflix on my phone while using the treadmill a few times, too. Anything to beat the boredom, right? The issue Read More
Men are increasingly likely to start using an extreme diet to try to achieve the body they want. This can include any combination of harmful eating habits and excessive exercising. I get it. We’d all like to have the kind of body we see on fitness or men’s magazines. Women aren’t the only ones with body image issues. Men are affected, too. We’re continually seeing images of men with so many muscles that their muscles have muscles. These are guys with no more than ten percent body fat. I’m doing great with my fitness efforts at the moment, but I’m not immune. I look in the mirror or see pictures of myself, and it’s the flaws that stand out.
Have you been told that you should use a foam roller after your workouts? Maybe you’ve got a friend who swears by them. Maybe it’s your personal trainer who brought it up. This weird cylinder has become a pretty big deal in the fitness world. Here are my thoughts on why you should use a foam roller. Why You Should Use a Foam Roller – The Science I’ll start by talking about the research behind why you’d want to use a foam roller. A study published in The Journal of Athletic Training showed that when people use them after a workout, the risk of soreness up to 72 hours later greatly decreases. The reason is that it helps to stop your muscles from tightening up. It also keeps muscles more hydrated. So even though they just seem like a hunk of rounded foam, they are actually worth the surprisingly high Read More
The other day, Bree and I got into a discussion about what makes a whole body workout. We were talking about the types of exercises we do to make sure we target all our large muscle groups. It involved talking about everything from various specific moves to the types of gym equipment we like best. At one point, I said that I often consider pushups to be a fantastic whole body workout. Naturally, she looked at me like I’d grown an alien head (she makes the same expression when I say I keep my place pretty neat). Regardless of how neat you might think I keep my home, I stick by my claim. Push-ups really can give you a whole body workout. You just have to do them right. Tips to Get a Whole Body Workout Out of Push-Ups • Start on the floor – If you really want to Read More