Does Increased Strength Go Hand-in-Hand With Muscle Building?

First we have to define strength, because it can have two meanings. One, it can refer to endurance or how long you can work a muscle before it reaches failure, or two, it can refer to its ability “to exert force,” meaning how much weight it can lift. In this article we are talking about […]

What to Do If You Blow Your Diet Plan and How to Get Back on Track

If you stay on your healthy eating plan long enough, it will happen to you – guaranteed! You’ll blow your diet plan. The key is to not let that one event define you and to get right back on your healthy eating diet plan. It is like riding a bike; when you fell off of […]

How Do Endorphins From Exercise Help When You’re Depressed?

Did you know that the hormones released when you exercise can actually help relieve depression? Endorphins are special hormones secreted in your brain, and also your nervous system, and they have a great deal to do with your mood. These peptides actually activate the same receptors kicked off by powerful drugs, without the dangerous and […]

A Guide to the Fitness Benefits of Barre Classes

Barre fitness is not new. Developed in 1959 by German dancer Lotte Burk, she needed an exercise routine to supplement her physical therapy sessions she was taking at the time to help her recover from an injury. While based on ballet technique, it is not only for dancers. This form of exercise use ballet poses, […]

How Getting Fit Can Make You Happier

Did you know that getting fit and in shape can actually make you happier? Chronic depression is combated with regular exercise, and aside from helping you return to your natural body weight, regular exercise and other fitness activities are great for your heart and your circulation. Most fitness experts will tell you that a brief […]

The Role of Protein in Muscle Growth

You probably know that a protein-rich diet helps build muscle mass. But do you know how protein promotes muscle growth? It is no secret that protein is one of the most sought after components that professional athletes and bodybuilders make sure they get enough of. And whether you are resistance training, cardio training, or weight […]

How Does Exercise Help Beat Stress?

Before we talk about how exercising helps relieve stress, let’s first talk about what causes stress. The stress we feel – tightness in the neck and between the shoulder blades, rapid pulse, sweaty palms, along with increased breathing – are all responses by our body to a “fight or flight” situation. When faced with perceived […]

Strength Training or Endurance Training – Which Do You Need?

You’ve heard about strength training and you’ve heard about endurance training. You may be wondering which is the best for you, or which is right for you. A lot of fitness experts often tout one or the other. This is generally due to their personal preference, the one they prefer to work on. Not all […]

Which Exercises Can Help With Depression?

Since mood-enhancing endorphins are naturally released whenever you physically exert yourself, are there some exercises which help cure depression better than others? The natural effect which exercise has on improving your mood does not really care which exercises you perform. You simply have to be involved in a physical state of stress or exertion which […]

Steps To Being A Physically Fit Family

When your entire family is working together towards a common goal, no matter what it is, your chance of success improves dramatically. The old joke asks, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time.” When your family is also focused on helping you eat the elephant, a seemingly impossible […]

5 Ways a Daily Walk Can Improve Your Life

We all know the health benefits of walking, such as losing weight, strengthening muscles, and lowering the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer, but a brisk 30-minute walk each day also provides several non-physical benefits. Take up walking and you can also enjoy: An improved mood More energy Better sleep Improved sex […]

Hate Exercising? Here Are 5 Ideas to Turn Your Mindset Around

Regular exercise has so many health benefits associated with it, more people should do it. Reduced risk of cancers, longer life span, lower blood pressure, and an enhanced mood are just a few of its benefits. But if your mindset on exercising is it should be something you do instead of something you want and […]

Scheduling Time for You to De-Stress

Research has shown that constant, chronic stress can compromise your immune system, leaving you with weakened defenses against illness and disease. Stress also takes a toll mentally and emotionally and can leave you with a reduced ability to cope with situations that require clear-headedness. When you’re really stressed out, the feelings eventually spill over into […]

How Diet, Exercise, and Confidence Are Connected

Do you struggle with not feeling confident? While therapy and coaching can help, it may also be of benefit to address your diet and exercise schedules. The Connection When you eat well and exercise, it may help boost your self-confidence. Why? Here are some thoughts. Body Image – While exercising won’t necessarily result in the […]

Effective Steps for Managing Anxiety

Have you ever been in a situation that brought on sweats, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath? You probably weren’t having a heart attack but an anxiety attack. If you suffer from anxiety disorders, learning to manage it is the first step to overcoming it. Anxiety is characterized as extreme reactions to fearful situations. When […]

How To Stretch Your Back When Sitting In An Office Chair All Day

Let’s face it; having an office job which requires you to sit at your desk all day can be detrimental on your back, especially as you get older. Plus, it’s difficult to maintain a proper back posture when you’re concentrating on your work. That’s why it’s necessary to regularly stretch your back. Here are some […]

How to Stay Accountable When Starting a New Fitness Program

There is an old adage that it takes 30 days of doing something before it becomes a habit; it is no different when starting a new fitness program. Part of the way to make yourself accountable to sticking with it is to make it a habit. Then it becomes part of your daily routine just […]

Can Exercise Cure Anxiety and Depression?

More studies have to be done to know if exercising can actually “cure” anxiety and depression, but we do know that it can reduce the symptoms and effects of both mental disorders. When you exercise, the brain creates two different types of neurons, along with increasing the level of certain potent chemicals, all which have […]

Yoga Stretches That Can Help With Lower Back Pain

The American Heart Association says that most people will suffer some form of lower back pain in their life. And if you have this debilitating affliction, you know how limiting it can be. Aside from improving heart health, helping you lose weight, and drastically increasing brainwave function and recall, proper yoga practice can actually reduce […]