Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. Read these 13 ways working out can benefit your mental health.
High-intensity training is getting a mindful makeover, and you’re going to want to clear some headspace for this. Thanks to a few fitness renegades, yoga studios aren’t the only group fitness classes that are baking meditation into their exercise regimen...
Weight lifting provides a myriad of health and mental benefits. In addition, it will increase your overall sense of well-being. If you’re not already lifting weights, I strongly encourage you to start. Find out 8 ways lifting weights will transform your life.
Muay Thai is a striking art that utilizes attacks from the fists, elbows, knees, and feet. Strikes can be thrown from long, mid, or close range. There is also an element of grappling in muay thai referred to as the clinch. Very different from the grappling techniques used in Brazilian jiu jitsu, clinch maneuvers are used to set up knee and elbow strikes or to throw your opponent to the ground. Since the sport requires that practitioners possess a large number of athletic qualities, the benefits that accompany learning muay Thai are numerous.
It has been known for some time that high intensity interval training (HIIT for the experts) is more effective and efficient than regular endurance exercise to improve your endurance and lose weight. However, interval training is not a complete form of exercise, because it does not improve muscle strength. Scientist from the Saskatchewan Canada developed a more complete form of training and performed a study on it while they were at it. These were their results.
1. Integrate new movements into your warm-up first.
2. Put a time limit on you warm-up.
3. “Floss” your joints during self-massage.
4. Mimic the day’s big exercise with a lower load variation first.
5. Consider using MCTs for pre workout nutrition.
To stretch or not to stretch, that is the question. At least it has been lately with the science of stretching being called into question. Think touching those toes is the best way to prep for a run? It might be time to rethink that pre-workout ritual. New research suggests good old-fashioned stretching isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Instead, mobility might just be the key to unlocking our bodies’ true potential, bringing us closer to peak performance....
Most of us know that strength training (with free weights, weight machines, or resistance bands) can help build and maintain muscle mass and strength. What many of us don't know is that strong muscles lead to strong bones. And strong bones can help minimize the risk of fracture due to osteoporosis.