September is here, and with the arrival of the cooler crisp air and changing colours we are adjusting to getting back into the comfort of our familiar routines. Getting back into the swing of things can be quite hectic after a summer of relaxation -- holidays are over, kids are back at school, school year activities begin and your personal time is minimal.
When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!
Research shows a positive correlation between participating in a physical challenge or fitness activity and experiencing greater feelings of satisfaction with your partner. There are many reasons why exercising together has a positive impact on how you relate to one another, but physiologically we also know that exercise impacts dopamine and serotonin release (the feel good neurotransmitters) which can enhance your overall mood post-workout.
For years it was blindly accepted that too much protein was bad for health and that only bodybuilders needed to worry about this part of the diet. For the fitness crowd, it's also been generally accepted that you need to crush a protein shake after every workout in order to avoid losing gains. Well folks, the research is out and let's discuss where things stand.
We know that there's no great magic to achieving the perfect 6 pack, but rather it's about a lot of hard work and clean eating. This doesn't mean, however, that you shouldn't be working out your abdominal muscles on a regular basis. And these five exercises will provide you with the perfect core-focused workout for all of your ab-based aspirations this year.
The foot is complex; it has 33 joints and huge neurological potential. It is supposed to be able to maneuver and adapt to different terrains and communicate with the brain about whole-body balance and proprioception. Proprioception is the feedback loop between your body and brain that allows your brain to know where your body is in space.
I've tried, tested, and triumphed (or failed) many different health fads. Quite frankly, more than I can count. I took it upon myself to investigate (unintentionally, and over the span of a few years), and here's my honest overview of some of the most memorable health-capades I've ever dabbled in, including the benefits, process, and aftermath.
So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?
During these moments of low motivation, it's important to remind yourself that all of your hard work will pay off, and to do this it's all about having a plan that makes sure you will get results from your workouts. I've trained for a number of triathlons and I've found there are three easy ways to a well-rounded workout plan.
Every woman seems to have a goal in mind for their backside. Standing and engaging your postural muscles has a waist-slimming effect. The added benefit to this, better spine alignment and all the health benefits of increased neural and blood flow. But who cares about the health benefits, people are going to be asking your trainer for "That Butt," and pointing at you.
Variety is the spice of life, so it's always strange to me when people get stuck in a workout rut and don't change. Who said you had to do the things you are doing? There are hundreds of ways to exercise. Some need equipment, some need open spaces and some just need you and a little bit of good old hard work.
A few weeks into my quest for the best workout, a workout buddy mentioned a machine called The Reformer. While describing its uses, I could not get the picture of an 18th-century torture device out of my mind. After expressing interest (and fear) towards it, our instructor decided to move our pilates workout onto The Reformer. Joy.