Use a Foam Roller

Why Use a Foam Roller After Every Workout?

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

Whole Body Workout

Top Tips to Turn Your Push-Ups into a Whole Body Workout

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

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How I Finally Stopped Experiencing Leg Cramps at Night

Recently, I finally stopped going through painful leg cramps at night. This may sound odd, but I consider it an important achievement. Bree considers it a huge victory. After all, she doesn’t have to listen to me whining about it anymore! If you’ve ever been through leg cramps at night then you know how important it is that I stopped mine. They usually started late in the evening when I was winding down, or once I lay down in bed. They made me miserable! They hurt and made me feel like I needed to kick my legs. How to Stop Leg Cramps at Night: The Problem with Leg Cramping For a long time, I thought I was the only one who went through this. The feeling I stopped with leg cramps at night was focused mainly in the calf muscles. It occurred when the muscles would suddenly and sharply contract. Read More

don't want to do anything

What I Do When I Don’t Want To Do Anything

The start of the year motivates a lot of people to get a fresh start and do something amazing for themselves, but for me I have days where I don’t want to do anything at all. I always think I’m going to be motivated right along with everyone else, but when January rolls around, I always get a slower start than I would at pretty much any other time of the year. I blame all the rush and tight schedules. Once I relax from that every year, my brain seems to turn to mud for a while. Still, despite the fact that it means I don’t want to do anything more often than usual, I don’t let myself give in. OK, to be fair, I usually don’t let myself give in. The rest of the time, Breeze puts me in my place. Sure, I may want to skip my workouts Read More