When it comes to fitness, it seems that an hour-long class at the gym or repeated lengthy bouts on your elliptical are what we are told it takes to get fit. But what if I told you there are other ways to be fit, and they might be more effective, make you smarter, and help you live longer?
Research shows regular morning exercise can help us make better food choices throughout the day, be more focused, alert, and productive at work, and sleep better at night, amongst other notable benefits. While it sounds like a novel idea, working out soon after you wake up can feel impossible. But, there are some tried and true ways to help you form and stick to a morning workout routine. By reframing your goals and focusing on creating a new healthy habit, A.M. running, lifting, or yoga—or whatever activity you like—can become a reality. Read on to learn how morning workouts can benefit you plus ways to make them happen.
Stretching before bed is one of the best ways to release that built up tension and get the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while. Most people know to stretch before and after exercise, or in the morning to energize themselves, but there’s actually a ton of reasons to stretch before bed as well.
Working on all of your body is imperative to overall fitness. Unless you’re hitting all your major muscle groups, you aren’t being effective or efficient with your fitness. Regardless of whether your goal is gaining strength, losing weight, or purely aesthetic, you’re going to want to get a total body workout throughout the week. So, what are the best total body routines for your goals, and how should you balance strength training and cardio throughout the week?
One of the most important things to think about when it comes to a full body workout schedule is balancing lifting with recovery, particularly if you’re attempting high-volume strength training.
Posting up at a desk for eight or more hours a day can do a real number on our bodies. Extended sitting not only has prolonged health risks, it can make you feel stiff, achy, and uncomfortable in a matter of hours. The good news: Yoga can help. By incorporating a few yoga poses into your daily work routine, you can stretch out the muscles that get tight and sore with all that sitting—no mat or form-fitting pants required.
Yoga doesn’t have to be limited to a studio. Incorporate these poses into your workday to help prevent the aches and pains that often accompany a 9-to-5 desk job. Read on to learn how.