Occasional breaks from exercise are sometimes unavoidable. You may have been ill, on vacation, busy at work, or simply have lost your workout mojo. If the break was just for a few days, you have nothing to worry about and won’t need to take any special action. But, if your break was two weeks or more, it may be a good idea to ease back into exercise rather than jump back in feet first.
Sticking to an exercise plan or diet can be hard – especially when you go it alone. When you go it alone, it’s up to you to stay motivated and do what needs to be done. And if you have an off day, skip your workout or cheat on your diet, what does it matter? If you are doing it “lone wolf” style, the only person that knows if you.
However, if you know someone else is taking an interest in your fitness journey and is watching what you do (and don’t do) each and every day, you will be much less likely to stray from the straight and narrow path.
Exercise fads come and go and one of the more recent is kettlebells. Kettlebells are not, in fact, new at all and pre-date almost all other forms of strength training with the exception of bodyweight training. The strongmen of India, Russia, and even Scotland all used heavy balls with handles on them to develop prodigious strength long before kettlebells re-emerged and gained increasing popularity a few years ago.
Let me tell you a secret. When you are trying to lose weight or get fit, the program you follow isn’t as big a deal as many people will lead you to believe. We’re often told that x program is better than y program but that z program leaves both x and y in the shade. And while it MIGHT be true that one program is better than the other, it’ll only be a matter of degrees.
The truth of it is, it’s not the program you follow but your consistency that matters most. So interval training burns more calories than steady-paced cardio? That really doesn’t matter if you cannot exercise consistently. Which is better – 300 calories once a week or 200 five times a week? The answer is pretty obvious even to a math-midget like me!
So how do you ensure your exercise efforts are consistent? How can you avoid your workouts from being flesh-in-the pan events? Use these tips to help improve your workout consistency!
Exercise injuries happen to the best of us. Even if you train hard and smart, warm up properly, work on your flexibility and restoration/recovery, eat right, and get plenty of sleep, sometimes it’s just YOUR turn. Being injured is no fun at all but, and assuming your injury is not super-serious, there are several things you can do that will speed your recovery so you can get back into exercise as soon as possible.
Exercise is important for your body. It can help strengthen your muscles, improve the condition of your heart and lungs, strengthen your bones, and is vital for the prevention of many diseases. When combined with a healthy diet, it can also help you to lose or maintain your weight too.
Exercise is good for everybody’s body but it’s not just your muscles that benefit from your workouts; your brain does too. Here are FIVE brain benefits of exercise…
Skiing is an awesome sport but imagine how much more you would get from your ski trip if your muscles, heart, and lungs were in better condition. For many skiers, especially those weekend warriors who work all week in sedentary jobs, skiing can be a physically demanding shock to the system that leaves many battered, bruised, tired, or even injured by the end of their trip.
Rather than let your lack of conditioning limit your skiing enjoyment, why not get into pre-season training so that, when the snow arrives, you are in great shape and better able to make the most of your time on the mountain?
Going out for a run or hitting the gym are great for your body and mind but if you spend the rest of your time being sedentary and especially seated behind a desk or on your sofa watching TV, you may not be doing enough physical activity for optimal health. You may even be doing yourself untold harm.
Getting fit and losing weight are admirable pursuits. Just doing what needs to be done to achieve these things can boost your health, your confidence, your happiness and your self-esteem.
However, simply exercising or watching what you eat might not produce the best results if you are not working toward a specific target. Without establishing a “why”, your actions can lack focus and that can sometimes be demotivating.
Whether you do cardio or lift weights, play sport or go to group exercise classes, stretching is something you should probably do more of. In this article, we’ll lift the lid on stretching so you can learn how to get the most benefits from this important fitness component.