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 resolution goals 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 th..
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 alternative cardio 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 alternative cardio workouts...
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 learn how to safely run 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..
Did you know that working out in the morning may help you to lose weight faster? Or that an after-work run can help decrease stress? Scientists have found benefits to exercising at different times of day. Which one works best for you? Morning Morning routines may be easier to maintain, because they will not conflict with other responsibilities like a late night at work or meeting up with friends. Morning exercise also doesn’t conflict with your sleep schedule; some studies show that exercising after 8 pm can disrupt sleep. On the other hand, exercising at 7 am may help you sleep more sou..
Getting into a fitness rut can lead to boredom and demotivation. We’ve all had periods where we struggle to stay motivated in our workouts. The routines you enjoyed doing in the beginning can become stale and lose their excitement, which can make you want to give up exercising altogether. But don’t forget -- one of the most important aspects of fitness is that it should be fun! Make the effort to try something new and mix up your workout to bring the joy back. Here are a few signs that its time to change your workout routine along some suggestions on how to mix up your workout. Prevent E..
We all know it takes a lot of time and energy to find the right gift. If you don’t know what to get your fitness-loving friends and family this holiday season, don’t worry because we have some great gift ideas for runners that even they may not have thought of. Here is a list of six workout accessories and gifts for the athlete in your life just may not have known they needed. 1. Kettlebells As the weather cools down, runners often have to bring their workout indoors. Use kettlebells, which range in size and weight from four to 92 kilograms, to do everything you would do with dumbbells t..
You are having a great run, your stride is relaxed and smooth, you feel balanced and at ease until suddenly -- that sore spot where your seam hits your thigh starts to get irritated. It rubs and scratches until it’s all you can think about. Say hello to chafing. Chafing, which is skin irritation that is similar to blisters, is a common occurrence among people who work out. Causes of chafing Chafing is caused by friction -- your skin rubbing against something else such as skin or cloth. Sweat exacerbates the problem by making the skin wet and salty, which will cause the chafed area to sti..
Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor exercise? Which environment gives you the most benefits? There is an ongoing debate in the fitness world about where is best for exercising. There are differences in how your environment affects your workout quality and your mental and physical health, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. Pros and cons of outdoor exercise Pro: Improved mental wellbeing Compared with indoor exercise, a study shows that exercising in “natural environments” was linked to “greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decr..
If you are trying to be healthy, is it possible to eat your favorite foods? That depends on what they are. For many of us, our favorite foods are not the healthiest options on our plate. The key to being healthy while still having your favorite foods is doing so with intention, moderation and by making smart choices about the types of food you eat. Here are some tips on balancing your diet while still enjoying your favorite foods. Tip #1: Eat with intention The problem with eating your favorite foods isn’t that they are bad for you, rather, it’s that you binge on them. Have you ever star..
Trail running has skyrocketed in popularity in the past couple years, with more people ditching roads for rugged paths in the woods. Instead of a boring run around the neighborhood, runners can jump over fallen trees and dash up steep hills to get some exercise while enjoying nature. For those that are looking to trade in the track for the trail, there are a few running tips and tricks for beginners to keep in mind. Remember the (unspoken) rules. Be aware of your surroundings and adhere to trail running etiquette. With trail running, you’ll often encounter things you wouldn’t on a..
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, because your cloths are a bit tighter than you’d like or simply because you want to feel better and be healthier, we’ve all declared that we’re going to get in shape at one point or another. Then comes the hard part of actually following through. Starting your healthy lifestyle journey isn’t always easy, but these seven tips for getting in shape can help you establish a sustainable routine to achieve you fitness goals. Be Honest With Yourself Some people are committed to getting up early and working out in the morning, others prefer to..
There has always been furious debate over whether you should eat before or after a workout. Some people skip eating beforehand, thinking that it will force the body to burn fat. The truth, however, is that you should eat before and after your workout to keep your body strong and healthy. Pre-workout meals, eaten three to four hours before the exercise begins, should be high in carbohydrates and protein but low in fat and fiber, which can cause cramping if eaten too soon before exercising. Post-workout, you should eat 45 minutes to two hours after exercising and focus on foods that are highe..
Our need for speed, adrenaline and new experiences is pushing the wide world of sports to increasingly extreme levels. Videos of extreme downhill skateboarding and street luge starting making a splash online a few years ago, but that’s just a small part of the list of extreme activities. The X Games don’t hold a candle to these top extreme sports found around the world. Paraskiing As if jumping out of a helicopter to go skiing (heli-skiing) wasn’t extreme enough, there are some thrill seekers who combine skiing and flying even more. Paraskiing is a combination of skiing (or snowboa..
Whether you squeeze in your run in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t up or simply like running in the dark when it’s cooler, running at night (or before the sun rises) requires special equipment and heightened awareness to ensure your experience is safe. These must-follow guidelines will help you stay safe while allowing you to run in the dark. Know Your Running Route If you’re running in the dark, stick to a route that’s well lit, populated and that you know well. This way you’ll be able to see your surroundings and recognize if something seems out of place. Have a few “appro..
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