Health and Fitness

Three Key Reasons to Always Warm Up

Warmup

You’re committed to a workout program, even though you have to squeeze exercise into a busy schedule. To save time, you skip the warm-up portion of your workout – the main set is more important anyway, right?  Or perhaps you’re late to an exercise class, so you jump right in with what everyone is doing once you arrive. Is a warm-up really necessary?  Absolutely…and here are some important reasons why – plus some suggestions for what constitutes a good warm-up. Continue reading “Three Key Reasons to Always Warm Up”

Strength Training, Weight Loss

Five Reasons Women Should Strength Train

Woman doing bench press

Certainly you don’t want to look like a body builder, male or female. Many women fear that lifting weights, or strength/resistance training as it’s more aptly called, is going to make them bulk up just like the Terminator. But I’m here to tell you that this simply isn’t the case. Read on for five great reasons why every woman, no matter her age, should strength train. Continue reading “Five Reasons Women Should Strength Train”

Health and Fitness

The 5 Basic Principles of Fitness

Pink KBs and sneakers

The best way to achieve optimum results in exercise and fitness is to follow a plan. But not just any plan, such as “I’m going to run 5 miles every day” or “I’ll lift the heaviest weight I can every time I work out.” Your body is an amazing machine that responds to specific stimuli in distinct ways, and your brain is constantly working to protect the body from threats – like way too much stress on the muscles and tendons from continuous all-out hard exercise. Continue reading “The 5 Basic Principles of Fitness”