Chances are you’re more focused on what you do on days you actively work out than days that you don’t. In fact, some people feel guilty when they take a recovery day. There’s no need for that. Recovery days are a vital part of any fitness program. Find out why recovery days are important and how active recovery days differ from passive ones.
You may be committed to working out – but are you in the minority? How many people meet the recommended requirements for exercise each week and how is it that trend changing? Find out more about who exercises and who doesn’t.
There are advantages to using resistance bands. For one, they’re lightweight, making them ideal for workouts when you’re on the road and don’t have access to a gym or DVD player to do your regular workout. It’s certainly much more cumbersome to carry dumbbells with you than it is to toss some bands into your [...]
Can you do long periods of endurance exercise with ease or are you better at power moves like jumping or sprinting? This may be partially explained by the type of muscle fibers you have a predominance of. Find out more about muscle fiber types, how they’re different from each other and how they impact athletic performance.
Are you stronger than you think you are? The answer is almost assuredly yes. This article talks about people who are able to lift seemingly impossible amounts of weight under the right circumstances and how this might be possible. It also discusses the concept of “absolute strength” and “maximal strength.” You just might discover you’re capable of lifting more weight than you think you are.
So much to think about when you lift weights. Form is one of them – but don’t neglect another aspect of weight training – breathing. Some trainers will tell you there’s a right way and a wrong way to breathe but the most important thing is to make sure you ARE breathing. Here’s why.
Do you experience calf tightness after exercising? It’s a relatively common problem that can interfere with your workout and make it uncomfortable to walk or run. Find out what causes tight calves and what you can do to prevent and relieve them.
Ever wonder what’s going on behind the scenes when you resistance train? There are a number of hormones at work that have an impact on muscle growth. Find out more about these key players and how they make it harder or easier to build lean body mass.
Are you too focused on the number of calories you’re burning DURING exercise? That certainly makes exercise less enjoyable and it can also keep you from getting the results you’re looking for. Find out why the number of calories burned during a workout session isn’t all that important – and what is.
If you’re trying to make healthy lifestyle changes, should you focus on diet or exercise first? A new study looked at this issue and came to some interesting conclusions. Find out why BOTH diet and exercise deliver the best results, whether you’re trying to stay healthy or lose weight.