Few people really enjoy their time at the gym. Even the most diehard dead-lifters and muscle heads will admit that even they from time to time get bored. For most of us, going to the gym is a necessary evil to help us improve our overall fitness.
There is one thing that is more important than your workout: your warm-up. It sounds odd because most people put so little thought into it. Maybe they take a couple deep breaths, stretch their hands in the air and go right into their routine.
This isn’t for the faint of heart, getting your dream body is going to take some serious work. If you think that you can get there quickly without raising your heart rate a bit… you must have an incredible metabolism.
Admittedly, it can be tough to wake up every morning with the desire to go and exercise. Truth is, even the greatest athletes on the planet struggle to get better each and every day. So, if even the greatest athletes sometimes struggle to get better, what separates you from them?
High power activity is key to making workouts fun and dynamic. Many high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts include plenty of full-range squats, crouches, and jumps. Our knees tend to take a lot of the impact and are therefore increasingly exposed to the likelihood of knee injury.
It may seem like a vigorous workout that comes with lifting weights is what helps build your muscle and strength, but that’s a misconception. In fact, it’s the muscle rebuilding process - replacing sore and torn muscle tissue with new healthy tissue - that builds your muscle mass.
It’s a common enough scenario.
You’ve decided you need to shed the pounds. You’ve talked to fitness experts. You’ve looked up the best cardio routines, and have decided the Stairmaster (or Elliptical or Stationary Bike) is the way to go. So far, so good! Right? Wrong.
Many people exercise to avoid weight gain or lose weight, but there are actually a huge number of other benefits of exercise. Some workouts provide specific benefits, but all types of training help improve your health and overall quality of life.
When you have a fitness goal set for yourself, the biggest challenge is getting yourself to that point. It’s a natural thing to feel overwhelmed or discouraged at time, especially if that change you were anticipating seems to be out of reach.
Cardio workouts, no matter which you prefer, help build stamina and allow us to get and stay fit. They are recognized as one of the keys to health and longevity.
But, yes, we also agree: they’re not always fun. That's why we've explored the ways you can add more fun into your fitness and cardio [...]