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Benefits of Using Treadmill Programs

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s important to stay motivated to workout. Doing the same workout everyday can lead to workout-boredom, which can eventually lead to giving up on fitness goals. It’s not just your mind that gets bored after a while of the same exercise, sooner or later your body will adapt to the workout you’re doing and will be challenged less (if at all). In order to keep you and your body actively engaged in fitness, you should choose a program that fits you and your objectives best. (more…)

Control Post Workout Cravings

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Does the desire to eat ever become greater, or even uncontrollable after a workout? The truth is most people do have this urge, because it’s a natural process your body goes through. But you should know where these urges come from before for you try to control them. (more…)

How to Choose a Treadmill

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Choosing a treadmill to purchase can be very difficult and confusing these days. With so much contradictive information on the internet, a person looking for a home treadmill for the first time may not have or understand all the available information in order to choose the right treadmill, even after doing research. How much horsepower does the motor need? What’s the difference between peak performance, intermediate duty, and continuous duty? What indicators do I need on a console? These are a few of the many questions people have when searching for a treadmill for their home. (more…)

Motivational Music for Your Workout

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

As you run on the treadmill listening to your MP3 player on shuffle, do you ever realize there are some songs that really get your adrenaline pumping to push through another half a mile? On the other hand are there songs that seem to instantly make you feel fatigued? What is it about songs that have this mental impact on us while we are working out?  Dr. Kravitz, program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, says there are four likely conclusions that can be drawn from studies explaining music on exercise performance; music reduces fatigue, boosts spirits, produces relaxation response, and improves motor coordination.
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Ways to Make Your Diet Easier

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

While dieting is a very rewarding process, it can be a difficult one. Many individuals struggle with staying on track, weight loss plateaus, and resisting temptation. Sometimes it may seem as if you need to make a major dietary change, but in many cases small changes over time almost always lead to healthier and longer lasting results. Overcoming these obstacles and knowing what to change is difficult on your own; therefore, we have come up with some tips to keep your diet simple and easy.

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Using the Right Running Gear

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it. It is that simple. Finding the appropriate athletic gear for running and/or working out can seem a bit daunting, but don’t let it be. Just be realistic about your needs and goals.

When it comes to doing anything with your body, you must take everything into account. We hate to be blunt, but just like getting dressed for work, a hot date or a gym work out, you must take into account how your body will react to the clothes that you wear. Your weight, the way in which you run and where you are extremely important. Whether you are running indoors, on the asphalt or cross country trails the wear and tear on your shoes will be different.

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Temptation Strikes: Strategies to Boost your Willpower

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Willpower can be a limited resource when it comes to diet and exercise. Every person struggles with willpower in some capacity. Temptations are around every corner and the ability to make the right choices directly correlates to the strength of an individual’s willpower. But willpower is not static. With the use of some simple strategies willpower can be improved, strengthened and used to achieve fitness goals and overcome dietary obstacles.
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Quick Tips for Marathon Training

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Checking off things on our bucket list feels great, but running an entire 26.2 miles can be a feat. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced, keep reading to gain tips on preparing for your goal marathon.

Beginners

  • Start out with Walk/Runs. Set a distance and start the workout by walking twice as long as your running sets. Gradually increase the running distance and the ratio of running to walking as you get more comfortable.
  • Prior to training for your marathon, you have to be in decent shape. Get comfortable with running at least 25 miles a week for at least 6 months.
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A Beginners Guide to Motivation

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Is getting motivated really that easy?

Why yes it is that easy. Let’s hope that motivates you to keep reading.

Get psyched!
The first step, which may be the hardest, is making the decision to get up and work out. Telling yourself that you will work out creates a positive chain of reactions that will shape the rest of your life. Making the decision to work out will prompt you change other aspects about your life like eating better foods, taking your health seriously and omitting bad habits like smoking cigarettes.

Getting psyched also involves passion. That inner fire to do better for yourself will in turn boost confidence and self worth. Self confidence is key to working out because you need to believe in yourself to challenge yourself. Hey, if you need to look in the mirror and say, “I AM SOMEBODY,” go for it. Whatever you feel you need to do to build that confidence is ok, as long as it doesn’t involve hurting someone else.

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Energy Boost for Your Workout

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Today we’re on the hunt for good, clean, long lasting energy. In order to have a successful workout on your treadmill or elliptical, meals that are complete with a combination of complex carbohydrates and protein will provide a boost of sustained energy. This combination happens to digest much more slowly and raise blood glucose levels for prolonged periods.

Of course, eating sweets and candy will give you a boost of quick energy, but your body will crash before finish a good warm up. Continue reading to discover foods, which are probably already in your regular diet, that are high in protein and good carbohydrates.

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