Most of us have felt the need for more flexibility at some point in our lives. Whether it comes from the inability to touch your toes, the desire to improve athletic performance, or simply from feeling tension in your back while standing up out of a chair, most of us have experienced a moment in life where we think to ourselves, “Wow, I really need to stretch more!”
Have you noticed yourself often shrugging your shoulders, whether during exercise or simply just during your everyday life? Have you noticed yourself unintentionally rounding your shoulders forward? Many of us have jobs or everyday tasks that require us to spend much of our time sitting, which often results in those postural deviations. In this article, I’m going to give you 3 tips to help resolve these problems.
You’ve been training for a while, changing your eating habits, and really trying to make some lifestyle changes. And then you jump on the scale… And your weight is EXACTLY the same or… (GASP) it’s gone UP. How is this possible? You have been giving up sweets and wearing out running shoes… you have been working SO hard! What is missing? The fact that you are only looking at your body weight on the scale when you really need to be looking at your body fat %.
With all the challenges of our daily lives it can be tough to maintain a high level of energy at all times. Factor in a long winter on top of it all (seriously will this snow ever stop!) and being fatigued and having low energy is something that we all have to deal with at some point during the day. If you are feeling an tired slump in your day here are a few different techniques to keep those energy levels up so you can stay on top of whatever situation comes your way.
Ever wonder why your training program changes every month? Why you can’t just do the same things you’re comfortable with? Why you can’t keep doing 15 reps instead of 8? Or why you can’t do a different workout every time you’re in? What do you need to do to lose those last 10 pounds through training? In order for us to consistently achieve our fitness goals, we need to continually switch up our routine in a number of ways. And while most of us can agree that this is important, our major questions remain why? To begin, let’s look at what happens when we first begin to put some stress and resistance on the body.
In today’s post, let’s talk about Core Training. Are crunches and endless sit-ups the first thing that comes to your mind about core training? Don’t worry, you’re not alone…It’s time to rewire the way you think about how to train your core in order to strengthen it in a more balanced and functional way. When considering which exercises to implement into your exercise routine, it is important to consider which muscles and movement patterns each exercise is actually targeting. For example, when performing a crunch or sit-up, the muscle that we are predominantly recruiting is the rectus abdominis (the “six pack” muscle area.) There’s nothing wrong with strengthening your rectus abdominis, however, it is important to consider that there are many other muscles around the same area that make up your core. It’s time to recruit more of your core musculature, let’s dig a little deeper. You also want to…
We’ve all heard the classic saying before: Did you drink enough water today? Chances are in most cases we either forget how much water we’ve had, or we know most certainly that we haven’t had enough. And who can blame us? Our modern North American lifestyle has many of us seemingly caught in a constant deluge of working overtime, eating fast food, and for the most part ignoring our true path to optimal health. In these fast-paced times, many of us are looking for simple yet effective information and solutions that can help us win the battle of our personal health. For a moment let’s forget the fad diets, and leave behind those commercials telling you which foods to eat: Let’s focus on water.
Shifting Your Mindset It’s unfortunate whenever the only reason someone embarks on a new active kick is because they dislike the way they look. Rather than exercising because you’re not pleased with your physical appearance, exercise because you love your body and yourself. Understand that loving your body isn’t something that occurs when you achieve a certain physique; it’s about having the choice to make it at any time in your life. In fact, you can achieve the look you want but still struggle to be pleased with how you really feel inside.
You’ve been attending your workouts regularly and your eating seems to be on track, yet you feel like you should be a little more ahead… So what is it? What’s stopping your progress? While there could be a few factors, stress is one of the common culprits that we tend to overlook. Stress has a very powerful impact on you, both physically and mentally. When you are under stress your body doesn’t differentiate, on a hormonal level, the difference between being chased by a bear (physical stress) or an unexpected expense (mental stress).
Even if you’re halfway around the world, we’ve got your back! You don’t have to sacrifice all your hard work when on vacation or traveling for business. You’ve got to remember that this is long game; a lifestyle. While you may not be sticking to your normal routine when on vacation, even just working out for 20 minutes a day can make all the difference in the world to keeping you on track with your goals! You’ll feel great once you’re done and you’ll be glad you did it!