If you’ve worked hard to build muscle strength, you probably won’t voluntarily take long periods of time off from training. On the other hand, there may be circumstances like surgery or injury that you have to. What happens to your muscles when you stop lifting weights and how easy is it to get your strength […]
What causes muscle strains? Just as importantly, what can you do to treat or prevent them? This article discusses types of muscle strains and what to do if you get one.
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.
In November of last year, I began noticing pain in my elbow. Unfortunately the pain grew and eventually I was diagnosed with tennis elbow. My doctor recommended rest and avoiding any activity that would irritate it. This was very discouraging as I would have to stop doing weight-bearing exercises. I really enjoy working out and […]
Think the only good reason to exercise is to firm up your body? Even if you’re satisfied with your physique, working up a sweat can slow down Father Time. Here are five ways exercise slows down the aging process.
High blood pressure affects people of all ages, especially those who have a family history. In general, exercise is a positive for people who have hypertension, especially aerobic exercise, since it causes the arteries to dilate, which lowers blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, which is a concern for people who […]
Building muscle doesn’t happen overnight. It takes focus, discipline, patience and strength training to reach the point where you can see real muscle definition. So how do you know if you’re lifting hard enough to build muscle? If your goal is to build muscle, you should be lifting weights that are heavy enough to make […]
Some women shy away from lifting weights. When they do head over to the weight rack, they lift weights that aren’t heavy enough to really challenge their muscles. The reason? Some fear it will make them bulky or destroy their feminine shape. Others are intimidated by the idea of lifting a barbell or dumbbell or […]
One of the biggest mistakes people make when weight training is to use momentum to lift the weight. Many aren’t even aware they’re doing it, but it works against them when it comes to strength-building. It can also increase the risk of injury. Momentum takes tension off the muscle being worked and makes it easier […]
Do you listen to your favorite tunes when you work out? Listening to music can lift your mood, and it may even help your exercise performance. Can music give your exercise routine a boost? Exercise and Music: Can It Boost Your Performance? Listening to music keeps you entertained during a workout, and it may boost […]