The Many Health Benefits of Running – And How to Get Started

Running can benefit almost every part of your body and your mind. It’s not hard to learn, and can be done anywhere, anytime. Read on for more on the many health and wellness benefits of intelligently incorporating running into your life.

How Much Cardio Training Do You Really Need?

Fitness professionals are divided when it comes to cardio training. Some believe it should make up the bulk of your program, while others suggest skipping it altogether. Of course, like most things in life, it’s actually much more nuanced.

The Great Debate: Cardio or Weights?

Exercisers seem to fall into two distinct “camps” – the strength trainers and the cardio lovers. The strength trainers are pushing the free weights, resistance machines and barbells, whereas the cardio lovers are on their ellipticals, stair machines, and treadmills, and having fun in Zumba classes. So which is really better?

Exercise and Your Metabolism

Many people blame their metabolism as a reason beyond their control for why they are overweight, claiming those gifted with a “better” metabolism can eat anything they want and never gain pound. Metabolisms seem to be either fast or slow, high or low. But just what is your metabolism, then? What role does it play in body weight and body composition (muscle vs. fat tissue)? And how does exercise influence metabolism?

Is a flat stomach really possible?

Keep in mind that the way your body looks doesn’t necessarily reflect your overall health or wellbeing. Someone with a flat stomach or “washboard abs” isn’t necessarily healthier. It’s the same with scale weight. Someone with good muscle tone and a healthy level of body fat may actually weigh more than someone who appears heavier due to a higher proportion of body fat.

The Joys of Working Out at Home

A full exercise routine at home really is possible – and more than that, it’s also convenient, flexible and fun. Instead of being limited by your local gym or rec center’s offerings, you can choose just about any type of exercise imaginable – and all on your schedule. Consider some of these key benefits that make working out at home a better all-around choice.

The Myth of Weight Machines

Gyms invest thousand of dollars in weight machines, yet they can be ineffective, and sometimes dangerous, for most exercisers. Discover alternatives that are more effective and don’t require a gym membership.

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