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Sleep is the Body’s Most Powerful Recovery Tool

Sleep is hardly an exciting topic in fitness because most people know that it matters. 

Still, it’s important to discuss the topic because, while many are familiar with sleep, most don’t truly understand how profound it is.

In today’s post, we’ll go over what sleep is, its effects, and why you must prioritize it.

A Better Approach for the Novice Athlete Than “I saw it on Instagram”

How do you go about learning new exercises? Do you work with an expert, or are you more likely to follow the traditional approach by learning from short videos on social media?

Watching videos on Instagram might seem like a perfectly acceptable way to elevate your knowledge and master new movement patterns, but it often leads to problems.

Let’s discuss why that is and what’s a better way to go about things.

Building Muscle as You Age

Building muscle might seem like a vain pursuit but doing so is one of the most beneficial things we can do to improve our health, become more functional, and remain independent as we get older.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss the importance of muscle mass, a hidden danger of aging, and how the process might differ for older individuals.

Let’s dive in.

Sit Less and Prioritize Movement for Long-Term Fitness

Between sitting at the computer, driving, and watching TV, we are growing increasingly sedentary. 

The average person spends anywhere from five to 6.5 hours seated each day, which might not seem like much, but it translates to at least 35 hours of sitting time per week and a staggering 1,825+ hours in a year.

Unfortunately, sitting isn’t great for our health, and taking active measures to minimize it is crucial for our well-being and longevity.

Let’s explore.

Running for Beginners

So, you’re interested in going for a run. But, like most beginners, you’re not sure how to go about it.

Sure, you have to put on comfortable shoes and hit the pavement. But, might there be more to it? 

Here are seven invaluable tips to get you started on your running journey.

Plyometric Workouts

Introducing plyometric training in your fitness plan is a fantastic way to shake things up, boost the intensity, develop power, and become more athletic.  

Let’s dive in and go over plyo, what it is, how it benefits you, and what workouts you can start doing right away.

Kickboxing Workouts

Are you looking for a new and fun way to keep yourself active, burn calories, and build athleticism? 

If so, you’re in luck because we’ll be going over a type of training most people overlook: kickboxing workouts. 

In today’s post, we’ll go over the basic moves involved in kickboxing and how to blend them into perfect sessions that leave you sweaty and panting. 

Let’s dive in.

Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain is widespread today and can occur for numerous reasons. The condition often surfaces from nothing and can hinder our ability to move, perform everyday activities, and enjoy sports. 

In today’s post, we will take a look at what sciatic pain is, why it occurs, and what we can do to alleviate it.

Let’s dive in.

Fitness-Tracking Wearable Technology

Smartwatches and other fitness-tracking wearable technologies have become incredibly popular in recent years. 

These days, countless manufacturers offer products designed to help us track our workouts, exertion level, and progress.

The question is, how do these devices help us, and are they worth the money?

Let’s discuss.

Benefits of Water Aerobics

Water aerobics are fun, beginner-friendly, and low-impact activities you can perform to improve your health and fitness. 

Unlike other forms of exercise you do on dry land, water aerobics require access to water, which reduces the stress on your joints and increases the tension on your muscles. As a result, you can train safely, promote physical improvements, and have a lot of fun.

With that in mind, let’s go over five of the most prominent water aerobics benefits:

Free Weights vs Machines

Like most people, you’ve probably wondered which is better: free weights or machines. There’s undoubtedly been a debate on the topic with solid arguments on both ends. 

On the one hand, some people recommend machine training because it allows you to focus on muscle contractions and isolate muscles better. But on the other hand, countless trainees swear by free weights as tools for superior muscle overload and the development of stabilizing muscles.

So, who is right? Let’s discuss.

Why Meditation Makes for the Perfect Cool Down

We’ve known that meditation is beneficial for a long time. The practice has been around for a long time, and countless people have used it to melt stress, become more present, and learn to control their emotions better.

But have you ever thought about what would happen if you mix meditation with exercise? For example, what if you began using meditation as a practice to cool down after training? 

Let’s review. 

Is Training to Failure Necessary for Muscle Growth?

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Go hard or go home.” Or perhaps the more popular, “No pain, no gain.” Or maybe even, “Pain is weakness leaving your body.”
Each of these tidbits is great for motivational purposes, and all of them point to one thing:

You need to work hard to make any progress in the gym. Pain is not something to fear but to embrace. So, the idea of training to failure makes sense because what else can we do to fulfill this idea of hard work?
But is that truly the case? Is training to failure necessary, or might there be an easier and more effective alternative? 
Let’s review.

Tips and Tricks for Increased Flexibility

Let’s face it:

Being more flexible is fantastic. Aside from having the ability to do various things, your injury risk is lower, your posture is better, and you feel light on your feet.

To that end, we’ve put together this post outlining six simple tips and tricks for better flexibility. 

Let’s take a look. 

Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

It’s no secret that exercise is a fantastic way to improve your mood, maintain good health, and reduce the risk of health issues down the road. As little as three to four weekly sessions are more than enough for most people to feel great and reap all the benefits.

But what if you’re feeling under the weather? Would it be okay to exercise then, or should you take some well-deserved time off? 

Let’s discuss. 

Help For Your COVID-19 Anxiety

March of 2020 marked the beginning of a temporary lockdown that was supposed to last for a couple of weeks, one month at the most. 

Sadly for us, things didn’t turn out that way, and we couldn’t get rid of the virus as quickly as we hoped. Travel restrictions, lockdowns, quarantines, and face masks became the norm. What we saw as a given became a privilege, and many people still feel like things will never go back to normal. 

To that end, we’ve put together this post to share some actionable advice you can use to treat your Covid-19 anxiety and hopefully lead a happier and more peaceful life. 

Let’s dive in.

Exercise or Execution: Why Your Shoulders Really Hurt

“No pain, no gain.” At least, that’s what people say, right?

Well, the above makes for a lovely saying to motivate yourself and finish an excruciating set of lateral raises. But following the tip might not always be in your best interest. 

Sometimes, pain isn’t an indicator of growth but of an impending injury, and you need to be careful. 

Keto Diet; What is it? The Pro's and Con's of it

Keto is one of the most popular diets today, and it looks like it’s not going away any time soon. Like most, you’re probably wondering what the diet is, what benefits it offers, and if it’s worth trying. To that end, we’ve put together this post outlining the essential points you need to know about ketogenic dieting.

The Importance of Having a Regular Exercise Schedule

Like many people, you probably exercise when you can, which is perfectly reasonable. You can’t ignore obligations like going to work, grocery shopping, and similar in favor of training. 

Still, establishing a regular exercise schedule and trying to stick to it offers numerous benefits that can have a profound impact on your adherence, fulfillment, and long-term results. 

Workouts For Stay at Home Parent(s)

Everyone thinks they are busy until they have kids and realize how few 24 hours are. 

Parents, especially stay-at-home parent(s), often have to give up on activities to leave enough time and energy for taking care of their kids. And fitness? Well, that takes the back seat for at least a few years.

Luckily, busy parents can work on their fitness and make steady progress while spending most of their time at home and raising kids. With that in mind, let’s go over three workouts for stay-at-home parent(s). 

What Supplements to Take (And Why) When Working Out

The dietary supplements industry was valued at $48 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to $118 billion by 2027.

Such statistics show us how unsurprising it is that we can now pick from hundreds of supplements, each touted to be fantastic for our health, well-being, and fitness results. 

Plus, given the industry's projected growth, the market will become even more saturated, making it more difficult for us to make the right choice.

With that in mind, let’s go over the four proven supplements you might want to consider as an active person.