How many times have you heard that phrase “no pain, no gain”? A lot, right?
For whatever reason, many people think that to achieve fitness and health goals they have to make every workout feel-like-you’re-dying intense. Even worse: They also assume that exercising to the brink of exhaustion every day shows how dedicated they are.
The truth? Rest and yes, sleep is the key to achieving your fitness goals.
Why getting enough sleep is important if you workout
It might sound counterintuitive, but sleep is the “magic ingredient” that can really make all your time in the gym or on the tra..
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said that goals are “dream we convert to plans and take action to fulfill.”
He’s right: We can wish and hope that our dreams will come true, but without work nothing will change — and that goes for fitness and weight loss, too. Specific goals are like roadmaps that are tangible. If your goal is too broad — something like “weight loss” or “looking good” — the odds are you’ll never get there.
But, how can you? You must be ready to work — no quick fixes here.
One high-achieving marathoner says he screamed “I am a champion” to himself every day in the ..
You triumphed through your races goals this last year. Whether you ran your first 5K or 10K or set a new PR during your last marathon, you can look back on a great season and begin thinking about what’s next.
The off season comes quick, and now with colder temperatures and less daylight, it’s nice to hit snooze at 5 a.m. instead of lacing up your running shoes for a few mornings. Those few mornings turn into a couple of months and before you know it running season is back in swing — and you’re back at square one.
Instead, resolve to make the most of your time off by switching up your rou..
Gyms and running trails are setting the stage for a new era of fashion — thanks to the popularity of activewear — and the new styles, patterns and colors of athletic leggings that are coming out every month.
Having so many choices when it comes to athletic leggings is a good problem to have, because now you can be both comfortable and stylish during a workout session or anywhere on the go. However, not all athletic leggings are created equal, and what works best for your long run might hinder your range of motion during hot yoga, or sag off your waist while you’re practicing your squat.
But, don’t fret! We’ve rounded up a few expert tips on how to fall in love with the perfect athletic leggings for you, no matter if you’re a marathoner or a kickboxing enthusiast.
Joining a running group can be a great way to make friends, get inspired and amp up your running pace and technique, especially during the colder winter months when you may need the extra motivation. When joining up with a group, there’s some helpful pointers on what bad habits may seem like no big deal, but can be annoying to runners.
Making new friends is great part of the runner experience. Sometimes making extra talk can be overwhelming, especially when someone is running at max effort or trying to make it up the hill without stopping. Be mindful of others and take time to..
Ask five different runners the same question and they’ll likely reveal very different methods for keeping their phones safe while running.
“I stick it in my sports bra. I know it won’t fall out!” “I use the zippered pocket in my shorts, but it gets pretty sweaty.” “I just hold it in my hand!”
And then there are purists who don’t believe taking a phone on a run. “I don’t need a phone while I’m running. I just listen to the world around me!”
The truth? There is no one “right” way to be a runner, but there are right and wrong ways to stash your phone during a training run or a race. We’r..
There’s a reason why so many 5K races and marathons are held during the fall: It’s the best season for running.
The cooler temperatures make it easier for even the most casual runner to get outside and crush their crush their goals without worrying about excessive heat or bone-chilling cold. However, picking the right gear for fall running can prove to be a little tricky as you prepare for a wide range of weather conditions and less daylight.
As you prepare to get out and make the most of the season, we’ve put together a list of fall running essentials that will leave you comfortable and..
Part of the beauty of the United States is its various landscapes: the never-ending deserts of the Southwest, the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the dense forests of the Northeast and the prairies of the Great Plains. The unique characteristics of these regions call out to adventure-seekers, whether they’re runners, hikers, rock climbers or just plain adrenaline junkies and is growing in popularity.
Find Your Outdoor Fitness Challenge
Getting outside to explore these beautiful areas while pushing themselves in endurance events and outdoor fitness challenges has become a way for th..
When you’re out for a run, having good music along the way is crucial to keep you motivated to maximize your experience. Choosing the right wireless headphones for running is a major decision to make so that you’re not worried about keeping them from falling out and that they stay comfortable along the way. That’s why we’re big fans of the Miiego Wireless Headphones and are proud to carry them as the perfect audio accompaniment to your running journey.
Having to adjust your headphones is just as annoying as shorts that keep falling down or stopping to untie your shoes. Free of distractions,..
Running is popular for a reason! It’s a form of exercise that you can take with you practically anywhere. With the right gear and a few key tips, you can maximize your running experience and see great results. These will not only improve your fitness, but also help to clear your mind, reduce stress and feel better overall.
As with any exercise routine, variation is the key to success. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned runner, try these tips to vary your routine and keep your body in the best shape.
1. Run short intervals.
Running short intervals is one of the most effective ways..
Summertime is reserved for beach days, exploring cities and experiencing new cultures. With all the excitement around traveling and the relaxation of finally taking some days off, it can be easy to forget that you are in a new environment—and you need to protect your belongings, especially your money, while on vacation.
Pickpockets are everywhere, especially in tourist-packed towns in which people are more likely to be looking at their surroundings than keeping an eye on their purses and pockets. Pickpocketing is more common in European cities than in the United States—a list from TripAdvis..
The wind whipping past your face; a thumping, pumping heart; and that exhilarating feeling: all are the hallmarks of a good running session. For one in 12 people in the US, however, that feeling seems unattainable due to asthma.
Asthma is a lifelong condition that is characterized by a chronic inflammation of the airways, leading to feelings of breathlessness and a tightness in the chest, as well as wheezing and coughing. The number of diagnoses is rising, and so too is the level of concern—according to the latest statistics, more than half of people with asthma had an attack in just one ye..
It’s almost June 1 and Summer is coming fast. 2017 is now well underway and we’re coming up on the midway mark. Hard to believe, huh? Even more difficult to believe is where you’re at today on those New Year’s resolutions you made almost six months ago. If you’re one of the dedicated people who stuck to their 2017 resolutions, we applaud you. Studies show that of the estimated 40% of people who make a New Year’s resolution only 8% meet their goal. If you made it this far, you’re a true champion, and we’re sure you’ll keep going strong for the second half of ’17. But, if you’re standing there, ..
You have more choices than going to the gym in order to get a good workout. Although running is a top choice for many, when injury or weather prevent you from running there are several other surprisingly good alternative workouts you can do to stay active and receive great health benefits. These workouts will keep your weight under control, keep your bones and joints strong, give you focus, stave off memory loss and improve your balance. So the next time you get ready to move, consider switching up your routine with one of these surprisingly good workouts.
Tai Chi, which is t..
It’s officially New Year’s resolution time. If you’re on the path to a healthy 2017 by running before or after work this winter, you’re probably running in the dark. Did you know that nearly 70% of pedestrian deaths occur between the hours of 6 pm to 6 am, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? Follow these tips below to stay safe while running at night.
"This belt adds a nice reflective band that can be seen from 360 degrees. It's a great addition to the lights and other effective gear I already use. Plus, not only does it add safety, but it's functional..