Spring is just around the corner, and soon people will be flocking to the streets, with their lycra-spandex running tights and reflective jackets. People love to run, and it’s long been the go-to activity for getting back into shape. But in spite of its popularity, running may not be as good for you as you think.
There are two philosophies that most guys take on in the face of a training-related injury. They either stubbornly work through the pain, or sit on the sidelines with resistance bands, core strengthening exercises, and excessive stretching. In both cases, you’re probably going to see some lost progress. And while these recovery-type exercises are definitely the better choice, and are probably good things to include in your repertoire, why wait for an injury? Skip the recovery period and get ahead of potential injuries with a proper training routine. Lifting safe doesn’t have to get in the way of getting stronger. Here are 6 tips that can be incorporated into any training philosophy.
Step into a gym and look around. The weight room is disproportionately crowded with dudes, usually making noise and taking up space. Head over to the cardio section and you’ll notice the opposite on the treadmills. For women, lifting weights is intimidating, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there to scare you off. If you’ve always struggled with getting in shape, or if you want to take your fitness to the next level, chances are cardio alone won’t get you there. While there are definitely still stereotypes that exist, more and more women are reaching for the weights in the gym. Here are 9 reasons why you should too.
80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by February. What’s the point? You psych yourself up for these life-altering changes and it inevitably ends up being too much to sustain, so you give up. It’s a cycle that’s far too common. In fact, in my gym, we keep tabs on ‘resolutioners’, the folks who crowd the gym for a month and then bail as quickly as they came in. There’s a right way and a wrong way to approach fitness in the new year and the only ‘trick’ that works is sustainability.
For most, the holiday season means spending time with loved ones, travelling to family gatherings, attending holiday parties and indulging in extravagant dinners. It’s no surprise that with the lack of exercise and constant overeating, many of us see our waistlines expand. To help you keep your fitness goals on track, here are 5 tips for the holiday season.