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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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Winter Training Guide

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This last stretch of bitter cold, unpredictable snow storms and early night fall can be pretty cumbersome, especially when you want to get outside to train for running season. Winter weather may force you to hop on the treadmill, but after reading this, you’ll thank us for a dose of tough treadmill love.

Depending on your taste, treadmill running may not tickle your fancy because you feel it doesn’t offer the same benefits of running outdoors. However, there are some key advantages and workout schedules that will propel you to the head of the pack this season.

Here is a quick list of benefits before we get to the race training guide:

  • Cushioned treadmills reduce stress on bones and joints
  • They’re great for pace training (for beginners)
  • No need to worry about dodging traffic or other pedestrians
  • Safely run indoors at night
  • Plan and track goals easily

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Top Ways to Break Out of Your Workout Rut

Friday, October 21st, 2011

When you start feeling diminishing returns from your workouts, chances are you have fallen into a workout rut. This happens to everyone at some point or another. But don’t worry! You can easily recover from these ruts and we hope to provide you with some tips on how to do that. The first step is to take some time and analyze exactly what your routines have to offer and hopefully pin-point the weaker points that should be changed. One very common cause for a rut is not challenging your body enough.
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Setting Realistic Fitness Goals

Friday, September 16th, 2011

 

The success of any workout plan or fitness regimen is determined by the progression from one goal to the next. In order to progress in a healthy way it is very important to set realistic fitness goals. Setting one large goal is great; however, it is never just one step from where you are today to that goal. Setting small short term goals and reaching them will eventually lead to your overall goal but in a realistic and healthy way.
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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.

 

 

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Treadmill Cushioning Systems Explained

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

smooth fitness cushioning systemTreadmills are packed with a number feature sets and workout options. One feature that often goes unexplained is a treadmill’s cushioning system. Cushioning systems are implemented to reduce joint pain, to better simulate running, and to add extra resistance. Depending on the treadmill brand and cushioning system design just one or all of the latter functions may be possible. We hope to provide readers with a clear explanation of what cushioning systems are and why they are a great addition to any treadmill.
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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.
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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!

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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.
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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.
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