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Top Reasons to Start Running

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise today. Its popularity stems from the multitude of great benefits running has to offer. Running is simple, fast, and affordable making it a form of exercise that anyone can take part in. But, if you are on the fence and you are not sure if running is really worth it, here are the top reasons to start running.




Which Muscles Groups does an Elliptical Trainer Work?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Whether working out from home or exercising at a gym, a multitude of fitness equipment options exist. The elliptical trainer has become one of the most popular forms of exercise for a number of reasons. Elliptical trainers offer a low impact exercise, safe range of motion, and are affordable if you choose to get one for your home. Ellipticals are very versatile machines and enable users to exercise a wide variety of muscles groups. We hope to shed some light on what these groups are and why ellipticals are a great way to tap into these parts of the body.

Ten Best Running Locations in the U.S.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Man Running at Sunset

If you’re looking for some incredible new running locations then look no further! We have put together a list of what we think are 10 of the best running locations in the U.S. These locations include, trails, parks, beaches, and islands sprinkled across several different states from coast to coast. Don’t miss out on these incredible running hot spots!


Is Hiring a Personal Trainer Worth It?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Personal Fitness TrainerA debate topic that often comes up in today’s fitness world is whether paying for a personal trainer is worth it. This question is difficult to answer as opinions vary depending on every individual’s needs, goals, and general approach to fitness. Below is an overview of both sides of this debate to outline some of the key advantages and disadvantages involved with hiring a personal trainer.

Stay Cool, Stay Safe: Tips for Running in Hot Weather

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

The summer is really heating up and while the sunshine is great, the temperatures can be brutal out there. Heat exhaustion can take hold quickly and may eventually lead to heat stroke if the proper precautions are not taken. If you plan on running outside during the hottest days of summer, the following tips are designed to help you prepare to do so safely.

Easy Outdoor Activities and Workouts

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The summer is the best time of year to get outside and get active! Working out at a gym club or in your home is great, but there is nothing like getting outside once in a while and enjoying all the benefits nature has to offer. There are a lot of great outdoor activities that provide a fun experience coupled with a healthy workout.

Elliptical or Treadmill? – How to Choose

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Smooth Fitness Treadmill and EllipticalWhether purchasing a piece of home fitness equipment or working out at a gym, chances are the question of “elliptical or treadmill?” has crossed your mind at one point or another. Both elliptical trainers and treadmills can be used to burn calories and get into shape, but they are two very different machines. Each offers a unique set of workout functions. Making an informed decision when it comes time to start your routine or purchase a piece of home fitness equipment is very important; therefore, we have outlined some key differences and similarities between elliptical trainers and treadmills.

Heart Healthy for Father’s Day

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Father’s day is just around the corner and with the summer months upon us, we thought it would be a great idea to go over some tips and strategies to insure you and your father have a healthy heart. Heart disease is a leading cause of death, and many adult males suffer from it. The best way to prevent the onset of heart disease is with a healthy diet and exercise routine. By eating the right foods and getting the right amount of exercise, anyone can significantly lower their risk of having heart disease.

Getting In Shape for the Summer – Beach Body Tips and Strategies

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The sun is out and the beautiful summer months are finally here! With Memorial Day weekend as a kickoff to the summer-vacation season it is a great time to get in shape and tone muscle in order to achieve that perfect “beach-body”. Most people think achieving this is difficult, however, with minor changes to exercise routines and diet; you can be well on your way to the beach body you’ve always dreamed about.

The two primary ingredients when starting to work towards a toned body are diet and exercise. Dieting alone may not help you shed pounds efficiently unless it is coupled with healthy amounts of exercise. Shedding weight and slimming down are all about jump-starting the metabolism and burning calories. In order to get you started towards that perfect beach body, we will be outlining some key diet and exercise tips.


2011 Marathon Series (Race Across America)

Friday, May 13th, 2011

With summer right around the corner the Marathon and Race Circuits have kicked into full effect.  All across america there are tons of Marathons, Half-Marathons and other race events you can participate in.  We decided to do something fun and pull together a listing of Marathon events spanning from Maine to California, Hawaii to Alaska and all the in betweens.  For the laughaul trucker driving from Maine to San Diego California it takes approximately 3,327 Miles.  We have pulled a combination of Marathons across the US that if you were to run all of them you could literally have run across the whole continuous united states.  Through the course of this Trek you would touch 22 states and it would take you 127 days if you were to run continuously 26.2 miles every day of the week.  Starting this weekend May 14th it would take you until Sept 17th to complete the 3,327 miles. In the Average Marathon there is an attendance of 35,000 participants and doing these 127 races that would equate to a total of 116.5 Million Miles run in these races during the course of the summer.  Adding all that up that is enough mileage to run around the Earth 4700 times.  For all of us runners out there image if we were to run a consistent relay race each person taking a 26.2 Mile leg of the race it would take 950 people to run their own Marathon to complete a full rotation around the Earth over the 2 1/2 years. 


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