Why Guys Should Try Yoga

Most people who think about yoga often associate it with women.  For some men, the idea of going to yoga class is right up there with going to see the latest chick flick!  Should this be the case?  Does yoga have benefits for guys?

There is no doubt that yoga is a full body workout (but not in the sense that most guys think).  No, it’s not all about sitting, meditating, chanting, or talking about feelings!  Studies do show that yoga can certainly build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance, stability, sleep, and relaxation. read more

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The Top 11 Tips To Intensify Your Workout

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to your workout routine?  Looking to get back to the days when your exercise program was challenging, causing a good kind of muscle soreness over the next few days?  Yes, I have said that even a boring workout is better than no workout at all.  But boring is not very likely to lead to significant improvements either.

I’ve written previous blog posts stressing the need to modify workout programs on a regular basis in order to see optimal results.  Sure, adopting and sticking with a new exercise routine can be tough.  That’s why I’ve come up with 11 great tips to inject new life into a boring workout routine and provide the motivation you need to do more than just get to the gym: read more

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The 9 Things You Need To Know To Break Through A Strength Training Plateau

So you’re hitting the gym on a regular basis and drinking your protein shakes, but you’re just not getting stronger. You just may have hit the dreaded fitness plateau!  But don’t worry–there are options for you to stop feeling stagnant and move forward in your fitness quest.  Wanna know how?  Vary your workouts!

When you start lifting dumbbells for the first time you may begin to see results fairly quickly.  But as you continue to gain strength in a specific movement, the body requires new stimulus to grow.  According to research studies, the body will adapt to a typical fitness routine anywhere after one to six weeks.  While there is no one specific reason why you may stop seeing progress in your strength gains, a very simple (but plausible) solution may be to change things up. read more

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Does Running Increase Your Risk of Arthritis?

There are many different types of runners out there.  Whether they are recreational runners or competitive runners, their thoughts are similar–that exercise is medicine and running is therapy.  The benefits of running far outweigh the risks in terms of improving our overall health, especially for our heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and brain.  Running can help to reduce stress, lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, boost the immune system, and improve your mood. So what’s the issue, since millions of people worldwide exercise by running? read more

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Deep Squats Are Better Than You Think!

One of the most effective exercises you can do is a simple squat.  It engages the entire lower half of the body, including the hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves, while also hitting the shoulders, back, and core.  Performing a correct squat takes a lot of muscular coordination throughout the whole body, which serves to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously thanks to its high metabolic demand (which simply means it burns a lot of calories because it works a lot of muscles).  Does it really matter how far down you go? read more

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Are Flip-Flops Bad For Your Feet?

There’s no denying it.  There’s no sandal that signals summer quite like the flip-flop!  But are these no-fuss flats as harmless as they seem?  Research shows that despite their easy-going appeal, wearing flip-flops for an extensive period of time can cause a wide variety of physical ailments, ranging from plantar fasciitis and muscle soreness to lower back discomfort.  Doesn’t quite “foot the bill,” huh?

We are constantly bombarded with the recommendation of taking “10,000 steps a day.”  So how close do we really get?  Studies found that the average American adult only makes it a little more than halfway.  So if you walk between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day, you are an average American!  Think it doesn’t matter what you wear on your feet?  A 2012 survey found that 78% of American adults over the age of 21 report having had some sort of foot pain or issue at some point in their lives, and over half of them reported having such issues at the time of the survey.  And while no shoe can claim to be perfect across the board, flip-flops may very well be the riskiest choice of them all (except maybe for stiletto heels or Elton John’s platform shoes!). read more

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What You Really Need To Know About Multivitamins

It sure does seem that there’s a pill for almost every type of disease imaginable nowadays.  And especially when it comes to vitamins, Americans are a supplement-happy group!  We spend close to $14 billion a year on vitamins and supplements.  And nearly 40% of adults in the U.S. regularly take multivitamins.  But the real question is are regular multivitamin users actually benefiting from them?  The research might suggest otherwise.

The question of “should I or shouldn’t I take a multivitamin” started gaining traction back in the ’70’s when Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling wrote Vitamin C and the Common Cold.  Pauling recommended taking 3,000 mg of vitamin C every day to ward off colds and prevent degenerative and sometimes incurable diseases.  This was in shocking contrast to the 60mg recommended daily allowance (RDA) at the time.  And wow, did people listen!Sales of vitamin C quadrupled, and an estimated 50 million individuals in the U.S. were supplementing with vitamin C by the mid 1970s.  A number of studies subsequently followed to discredit Pauling’s claims, but they certainly did little to discourage vitamin marketers from taking advantage of the hype. read more

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Do Mobile Devices Really Help To Increase Our Physical Activity?

Using your mobile devices can help to make fitness fun and interesting, but can they also alter your behavior by increasing your physical activity?  According to a research study in the Journal Of Medical Internet Research, the answer is “yes.”  We all hear people blaming technology for making us lazy, arguing that we spend way more time on our phones, tablets, or computers than we do being physically active.  However, mobile health and fitness technology are helping to change that opinion with the introduction and growth of the app market and online communities.  Since we now have portable tools at our disposal 24/7 that can help us track our health and fitness information, we should start to see mobile devices as an opportunity to improve our health rather than as a burden to our health. read more

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