Getting Active

Fuel Your Workout: A Simple Guide to Timing and Planning Nutrition

Posted: Sep 24 in Getting Active by

Nearly as important as the workouts you do, is how you fuel them.  The right nutrition for before, during, and after your workouts can help to optimize your training goals, whether you aim to improve body composition, athleticism, and overall health. Nutrition, however, is an oversaturated and overwhelming topic.  The information below will help you to establish a good nutrition foundation with which you can create a simple and easy to follow workout-nutrition plan. Keep in mind that the macronutrients included below are only a guideline – you should adjust according to your own calorie needs.  [Read more]

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Building Muscle: Free Weights vs. Isokinetic Machines

Posted: Aug 20 in Getting Active by

When it comes to weight lifting, there is widespread disagreement over which types of equipment are most effective at building muscle mass. Many swear that free weights are best, while others swear that isokinetic machines are just as effective. So, what is the best way to build muscle mass? Here are the pros and cons of each method. [Read more]

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An Introduction to the Practice of Yoga

Posted: Jul 30 in Getting Active by

Yoga produces results that mirror the effort you put into practicing it. Yoga can be an easy way to stretch if that’s all you want from it. It can also serve as a tool for improving your mental and physical health, or even as a tool for spiritual development, if you want to take it farther. Yoga establishes a more positive balance between your mind and your body, helping it to function better. This new balance can take awhile to establish, but once it has been established, you are on your way to a healthier, happier life. [Read more]

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The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Posted: Jun 18 in Getting Active by

Walking your dog has many benefits for both you and your dog. Walking your dog allows both you and your pet to get physical exercise, even if it is just for a brief time each day. A walk provides much needed mental stimulation for each of you. Your dog will become mentally bored if it is not allowed to experience different scenery from day to day. Lastly, bonding is very important to have a great long-lasting connection with your pet. Walking with your dog will grow that emotional bond to build trust and friendship. [Read more]

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Hate Working Out? Here Are Five Tips For Exercising Anyway

Posted: Apr 30 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by

Do you hate working out? Do you recognize that staying fit is crucial to health and wellness, but dislike exercise so much that you almost never work out? If so, you aren’t alone. Getting and staying fit is a mighty struggle for many of us. Luckily, all is not lost. Check out the following five practical exercise tips for people who hate working out. [Read more]

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The Five Benefits of HIIT Workouts You Should Know About

Posted: Mar 26 in Getting Active by

In the fitness world, high-intensity interval training has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. High-intensity interval training — or HIIT for short — is a style of workout in which brief periods of intense effort are punctuated by short rests. As it turns out, HIIT offers some powerful advantages over other styles of exercise. Here are the five big benefits of high-intensity interval training. [Read more]

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8 Exercise Trends That Don’t Require a Gym

Posted: Jan 30 in Getting Active by

You are probably familiar with gym workouts that include cardio machines and some weight lifting. Those fitness sessions can produce results, but they sometimes get boring. Shake things up by trying an exercise trend that doesn’t require time spent in a gym, or even indoors. Here are 8 trends in exercise that you can try with no gym membership required. [Read more]

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Exercise at Your Desk: Whittle That Waist

Posted: Nov 14 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by

Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair with a straight spine, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your waistline. Make sure your shoulders are down so the tension is relieved in that area. Gently turn your torso to the right, also looking to the right. Hold for a few seconds, and then return to the forward facing position. Do the same exercise to the left. Repeat 10-20 times on each side. [Read more]

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Why Men Should Practice Yoga, Too

Posted: Sep 30 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by

Yoga is a female-dominated fitness activity. When men think of yoga, they likely picture twenty women at a yoga studio donned in sweatpants. Each performs impossible bends and twists, discussing abstract ideas of “energy” and “prana.” It is not something men are particularly drawn to, especially since many of the necessary skills are weak or even absent in males. [Read more]

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Go the Distance with Your Weight-Control Plan

Posted: Sep 26 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by

Most people consider embarking on a diet or exercise program at some time of their life. When setting new weight-loss goals, most individuals shoot for the stars and start the process feeling highly motivated. [Read more]

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