What’s Your Best Halloween-Themed Fitness Story?

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Let’s face it. At some point in the pursuit of our fitness goals, most of us have had at least one less-than-memorable experience. Maybe it was that time you spontaneously signed up for a race when you hadn’t run in weeks that made you walk funny for days. Or maybe it was that night you witnessed a zombie tarantula come back from the dead while riding your bike home. It might even have been that time you ran past your doppelganger while on your morning jog. Even if that experience didn’t seem all that amazing when it happened, a story is usually better in retrospect. And with Halloween right around the corner, we think it’s a perfect time to share those weird fitness stories.

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How Many Rest Days Do You Really Need?

rechargeWhile we always encourage you to get your daily dose of endorphins, it’s also important to rest and recover properly. But how long you actually need to rest in between workouts is a subject that has long been up for debate. Taking a long break (we’re talking about a week or more) has been shown to significantly affect your fitness gains, but short recovery periods are necessary to both prevent injuries and to keep yourself in good shape. Still, that shorter break varies from person to person and from activity types too. So, if you’re looking to hone in on your best bet for improving your recovery time, keep reading and see if you think these options work for you. Continue reading How Many Rest Days Do You Really Need?

The Insider’s Guide to…CrossFit Lingo

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There is definitely a group of athletes out there who take their terminology seriously – the CrossFit crowd. Devotees of this discipline have a long list of lingo which would make listening in on one of their post-session conversations sound foreign to those who aren’t “in the know”. Incorporating CrossFit into your run training is a great way to mix it up and improve your overall performance. But before you head to your local gym to sign up, prepare yourself with our favorite CrossFit terms and phrases. Continue reading The Insider’s Guide to…CrossFit Lingo

How to Stop a Side Stitch ASAP

run_greatThere are plenty of things that can make you pause your run, but if there’s one thing that is sure to stop you right in your tracks – it’s a pain in the abs! Avoiding pain and injuries should be on the top of your workout priorities, so be sure to read on to find out how to prevent the onset of a side stitch. Continue reading How to Stop a Side Stitch ASAP

Can Coffee Help Make Your Workouts Better?

EndochinoWho doesn’t love a cup of coffee to kick start the day, or before a morning run, or after? For many, the day hasn’t officially started before we’ve had our first cup – and some of us are downright scary if we don’t get that coffee kick! Well, it just might be that the caffeine jolt isn’t the only thing that your cup of joe is affecting. As it turns out, coffee may just be able to boost your workouts as well as your energy. Here are some of the ways it could improve your next session. Continue reading Can Coffee Help Make Your Workouts Better?

The Best Warm-Up Routine for Walkers and Runners

W_SS15Run_141030_6257Whether you are a walker or jogger, one of the best ways to prep your body for your workout is to perform the movement you are about to do at a slower, gradual pace. But, in addition to slowly easing into the first 5–10 minutes of your run (or walk), there are a few exercises you can include during your warm-up that might help you reduce your risk of injury—and even boost your overall performance once you hit the road. (And, after you are done, be sure to check out these 6 Seated Yoga Stretches for Walkers and Runners to wind down with a proper stretch as well.) Continue reading The Best Warm-Up Routine for Walkers and Runners

17 Scientifically Proven Ways to Speed Recovery

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Having a day where no matter which way you move, you hurt? Whether you’re an occasional runner or gym fanatic, you should consider recovery an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. But instead of just dealing with the fatigue and soreness, try one of these science-backed tips to help your body feel better, faster.
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The Insider’s Guide to…Running Lingo

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When was the last time you found yourself engaged in a conversation with one of your super-fit friends, only to find yourself scratching your head about the weird words they were using? “You were doing fartleks…what?” Well, have no fear – we’ve got your back. We’ve searched far and wide to find the most out there terms and, with a little help from our in-house experts, we put together a list of our favorites. We’ll be sharing these insider terms to have you talking the talk in no time, regardless of the type of workout you do!

This time, we take on…running lingo:
 
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How to Pick the Perfect Training Plan

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Maybe you’ve bitten by the running bug or maybe you’re just looking to get yourself into better shape. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned runner, embracing running as part of your healthy habits is a great way to focus on your fitness. Running is widely considered one of the best sports you can practice, since you can do it practically anywhere and anytime and can be a fun social workout to do with friends or on your own (with a boost from some motivating pep talks). Still, if you haven’t been running regularly or if you’re aiming to push yourself to achieve a new goal, you need to consider how you approach your training. Running without a proper plan and guidance is one of the most common reasons runners get injured. To help you avoid injuries or from “hitting the wall” on your runs, we’re giving you a quick guide on how to pick a personal training plan based on your goal and fitness level. Continue reading How to Pick the Perfect Training Plan