Monthly Archives: October 2016

  1. Cardio vs. Strength: Structuring Your Gym Workouts

    27th October 2016. When it comes to hitting the gym, there is a clear dichotomy visible no matter which one you consider: there will be people pounding the treadmills and cycles for cardio, and others pumping iron for strength. Maybe you've even overheard other people discussing how many days a week they train in each discipline, or if they even forego one entirely in favor of the other. What's the real answer to the question of "how do I balance these activities?" Intense cardio is excellent for heart health, but strength training can enable more muscle development and deeper fitness gains. Whether you're signing up for a membership for the first time or you're a gym veteran, figuring out how to structure your workout is a challenge for everyone. In part, the answer will depend on your goal. Are you aiming for weight loss, muscle development, endurance, or something else? Is there a particular sport in which you are trying to excel?
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  2. The Importance of Interval Training in a Running Routine

    24th October 2016. When you lace up running shoes for the first time, you might not have any idea what kind of journey lies ahead of you. Finding your stride and running hard is a lot of fun ? for the first few minutes. Then the difficulty sets in: running is hard! Of course, that's what makes it so rewarding. Once you've practiced enough, your body not only becomes more adept at handling the stresses of running, but you learn how to be more effective at it as well. As the months go by and your mile splits continue to go down, though, you need to be wary of the same thing as any other athlete: plateauing. You must avoid hitting a wall and struggling to continue making gains. It's important to do more than just run in a straight line to and from home each day. The answer, besides concerning variety in your exercise routine, is interval training. Interval training is a method many athletes use to mix up the difficulty and the stress placed
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  3. Making Effective Use of Gears in a Multi-Speed Bicycle

    20th October 2016. When we take our first early steps towards learning how to ride a bike, even simple things such as mounting the seat and practicing to balance are difficult tasks to master. There are always bound to be a few bumps and bruises as you learn how to ride. Once the technique comes more naturally, though, the world opens up to you. Riding your bike wherever you like is not only a fun way to explore, but it is also a superb way to exercise. Whether riding bikes has been your hobby from childhood or you've just recently picked it up, there are many ways cycling benefits your body. However, learning how to ride your bicycle effectively doesn't end with taking off the training wheels and going solo. No matter if you're looking to improve your exercising abilities or for a competitive edge, switching from a single speed bike to a cycle with multiple gears is a natural progression. When you're first starting out, though, it can
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  4. The Pros and Cons to Joining a Cycling Club

    17th October 2016. It's no secret that there are many fitness benefits to cycling. Hopping on your bike and going for a regular ride is great for your cardiovascular health and muscle development. It can even be good for your mental health, too. Riding fast with the wind rushing in your face is always an exhilarating and fun experience, even when you're pumping out the kilometers during a long distance ride. Cycling is clearly popular around the world, too, and it's not all about riding solo for fitness. Have you noticed a local cycling club out and about during your travels? Perhaps you've wondered about what it would be like to join them. Choosing whether or not to give up some of your time to a cycling club is a challenging decision. There are plenty of pros and cons to weigh, and plenty of good arguments on both sides of the equation.
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  5. 6 Ways to Improve Your Running Speed

    13th October 2016. When you're out on your run and the only thing on your mind is the open path ahead of you and your feet hitting the pavement, it's easy to become lost in the moment. Even more natural is becoming complacent with the performance you turn in every time you go out running. Even if you're just exercising for basic 6-ways-to-improve-your-running-speed-fasterfitness, there should always be an element of challenge to your workout routine. That means that if you aren't pushing yourself to go further and challenging your body to go faster, you aren't getting the full benefit of your workout. It might be time to set some goals: can you go faster? When you first start out with running, it can often be challenging just to keep up a decent
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  6. 10 Excellent Reasons to Give Yoga a Try

    10th October 2016. Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it is only in recent times that the activity has spread around the world and become globally popular. It's not hard to find a yoga studio in any number of cities in many countries. Tens of millions of people practice yoga every day, breathing carefully and bending their bodies into complex shapes while stretching out their muscles. Rather than merely being a fad, it seems like these millions have realized that there are many benefits to practicing yoga. From the personal to the physical, it is an activity which has quite a lot to offer for those willing to put in the time to practice. Do you wonder whether or not there's a good reason for you to try yoga? Perhaps you've watched from afar as others have practiced in a public park on a pleasant spring day and wondered, "Could I do that?"
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  7. Striking the Right Balance with Sporty Kids

    6th October 2016. For every parent, one of the most crucial parts of parenting centres around your child's health and fitness. Encouraging our kids to exercise and eat right is one of our most fundamental duties as parents. After all, these are the habits which your offspring must maintain throughout their lifetime. They are also the striking-the-right-balance-with-sporty-kids-pushy-parentsfactors that define the course of our health and wellness through life. With the global obesity epidemic continuing to grow in scope, it is more important now than ever to provide our children with proper physical education. One of the best ways for a child to see fitness gains and the formation of habits is with sport. Youth sports are fun, exciting,
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  8. 5 Reasons to Give Velodrome Track Cycling a Try

    3rd October 2016. For many, cycling on the road is not just a way to improve physical fitness and general wellness, but it is also a fun activity they enjoy doing. In fact, millions of people use bicycles for transportation and exercise around the world every day. Perhaps you are one of them! You may be well used to cycling at this point if you do it as part of a regular fitness routine. 5-reasons-to-give-velodrome-track-cycling-a-try-2016However, it may no longer feel as exciting or even as engaging as it once was. Do you feel like regular cycling just isn't pushing you hard enough, or do you feel your interest in biking falling? Maintaining a solid fitness regime and keeping yourself healthy means staying interested in your activities.
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