When it comes to hitting the gym it seems that everyone has their own way of training and their own set of guidelines that they follow to achieve optimal results. But is there a right or wrong way to train? Is there a specific set of guidelines that you should be following to make sure that your gains are progressing as they should, and that you’re achieving the results you want without putting in more effort than necessary? When it comes to weightlifting there is one question in particular that people seem to be asking more and more these days. Should I be doing more reps with lighter weights, or less reps with heavier weights?
To achieve your fitness goals and create a body that runs at optimal performance levels there are a few things you should be doing. First and foremost is that you absolutely must be eating properly. Everything that you put into your body should have a purpose for being there. That means that you should be focused on a diet rich in lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Don’t bother weighing yourself down with added sugars or extra calories, these things will just drag you down. In addition to getting your dietary intake under control, here are four more fitness tips you need for a healthy body and mind.
We all have the same amount of hours available to us in any given week, it is how we choose to divide them amongst our priorities and use them that makes us different. Chances are that no matter how hard you try if you have a family and/or a job you aren’t going to be able to spend the majority of your hours working out in the gym. That’s why it’s so imperative to maximize the efficiency of your workouts, so that you can accomplish the perfect workout week every single week.
So you’re done at the gym for the day and you’re basking in that post workout glow, but something feels off. You made sure to eat a well balanced pre workout meal and you loaded up on the healing powers of protein during your post workout snack, but your muscles are still in a bit of pain. Could it be that you just aren’t recovering as quickly as you think you should, or did you perhaps cause a serious injury to your muscles during your latest workout? Do you need to keep your muscles rested, iced, compressed and elevated to help them heal or can you chalk this pain up to classic post gym soreness? Are you sore or injured? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you tell the difference so that you know how to best recover.
All Bikram yoga is hot yoga, but not all hot yoga is Bikram yoga. In order for hot yoga to be called Bikram yoga it must follow the teachings of Bikram Choudhury. Bikram yoga must be practiced in a room kept at 40% humidity and 105 degrees F. The same 26 postures must be followed within a 90 minute class and no participants are to speak. The rules of hot yoga are much more relaxed. Temperatures can vary from 80 degrees F to 110 degrees F, classes are between 60 and 90 minutes long and the poses are less regimented. The benefits of hot yoga and the benefits of Bikram yoga are similar though.
In general, when it comes to fitness people tend to jump out of the gate with unrealistic goals for their body composition, eating plans and workout regimen, which can lead to dissatisfaction in their progress. When you come to realize that fitness is not a journey focused on the end destination and is instead a commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle you will be more like to reach your fitness goals. Learning how to set realistic goals and achieve realistic results is one of the best things that you can do to keep your healthy lifestyle going.
Strong back muscles are necessary for general movement of your body, maintaining good posture and avoiding pain. In the process of keeping your back strong, working out can create sore back muscles that need tending to before you can get back to hitting those weights on a regular basis. Likewise, constant inactivity such as working from a desk or being put on medical bedrest can have a toll on your muscles as well, creating a sore back that can be difficult to soothe. Fortunately there are a few things that you can do to loosen the tension in your back and relieve some pain.
Do you want to do one thing that will drastically change the way you look at your personal fitness? If so, go find your scale and toss it in the trash. Let go of the idea that the numbers on the scale mean anything when it comes to your health and focus instead on the way you feel. And if you can’t bring yourself to throw out the scale just yet at least read on to learn about why your weight fluctuates daily so that you don’t drive yourself crazy trying to hit and maintain that magic number.
It seems that no matter where you look or who you ask you are going to be met with a few fitness myths that just aren’t true. Usually it’s because people are honestly trying to be helpful but just don’t know that the information they are giving you is wrong, and sometimes you’re actually asking someone who’s trying to sabotage your fitness success. Either way these fitness myths have the potential to confuse and derail even the most cautious listener. But we’re here to help!
We’ve compiled a list of fitness myths that are most commonly confused as fitness truths to help you out along your journey. So remember that the next time you hear someone utter these words, take them with a grain of salt, because they just aren’t true.
When it comes to staying active, fit and healthy there is nothing more important than keeping your muscles limber and free from injury. After all, if you’re in too much pain to move, or your muscles are too tight to function then you’re never going to be able to get in the workout that you or your body deserves. Unfortunately tension, pain and injuries are all a part of the game though so it’s important to be prepared with some helpful stretches to get you back in the saddle. Whether your legs are sore from a particularly straining workout or a day of travel resulting in physical inactivity and tension we’ve got the perfect stretches to help relieve sore legs and get you back to feeling great!