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With so much information available on the Internet and social media, it can be hard to decipher what's real from what’s … not.
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MYTH #1: You need to be in the 'fat-burning zone' to burn fat.
You might have heard about the 'fat burning zone' and how you need to run for long durations in this zone to burn fat.
Though there is truth to this, the same desired outcome can be achieved through a...
Get out and walk, concentrate on your posture, and flow. Take elongated steps, and breath! A beautiful day for a walk in January, in Lakes Park, Fort Myers. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Having adequate mobility and stability is essential for your health and function.
This is especially true when it comes to avoiding injury. When your joint mobility is restricted, your movement is impaired, meaning the risk of injury is increased.
Therefore, you need full mobility when strength training or performing any other form of exercise.
When we are born, we are generally graced with full mobility but as life progresses, our mobility slowly deteriorates due in part to injuries and our lifestyle choices.
A perfect example being sitting for long periods of time.
On the other hand, we are born with no stability. Stability is developed as me mature throughout our childhood and enhanced through exercise and lifestyle choices later in life.
Therefore, placing a large focus...
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Well here’s an oxymoron...
An article about sleeping on New Year’s Eve!
While it may see counterintuitive to talk about sleeping on the one night most of the world doesn’t sleep enough, it’s worth a conversation.
The health costs that arise from sleep deprivation include over $2+ billion spent treating conditions associated with sleep deprivation including:
Accidents result in the loss of a further $3.5 billion, and economic inefficiency costs more than $400 billion.
The study titled ‘Why sleep matters..’ as reported in Fortune magazine determined that lack of sleep or poor sleep habits is costing the US workforce approximately 411 Billion dollars is lost productivity and 1.2 million work days annually.
Example resistance bands, easily found on Amazon or anywhere workout equipment can be purchased.
Whether you're rehabilitating a specific muscle group or just want to get more out of your workout, don't overlook the humble resistance band.
Resistance bands are an extremely common piece of equipment that you can find in most gyms, but many people are unsure of what to do with them.
Just like the weights around the gym, resistance bands come in all different sizes and intensities to suit you and your training.
Resistance bands are great for people in all stages of their training needs.
They can be great for beginners learning how to move, people recovering from injuries, elite athletes needing help engaging certain muscles or simply people wanting an extra burn.
Read on to learn some of the top benefits and practical applications of resistance bands.
Resistance Bands for Rehabilitation
A lot of clients still in the rehabilitation phase of their training can benefit from using...
Enjoy a beautiful fall day in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida - where I've run with many from our beautiful GearedUp family. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Sometimes life is just plain busy.
Some people work long hours while others do shift work or travel often.
Regardless of your situation, your health and fitness training don’t need to suffer, nor should they.
As one who has the tendency to work more than I probably should, I know how hard it can get to find the energy for a workout, never mind the time to get outside and go for a ride or a run.
However, I always find time.
With the proper intention, anything is possible.
Be purposeful with each practice
Often we see people who want to do it all – golf, tennis, bike, run, yoga, weight train – and with the inability to fit everything in, they end up doing nothing. Instead of trying to do everything, focus your attention on your goals and purposefully spend the time you do have directed at...
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Regardless the kind of exercise or activity you do, you will always require some sort of energy to complete the task at hand.
Without our metabolic processes’ we would not be able to convert the food we eat into usable fuel.
Around 60% of the energy we get from our food is used for keeping the body alive and its organs working correctly. The other 40% can be used for walking, exercise and other daily activities.
If the energy does not get used, a big part of it will be stored in the body as fat.
Extensive dieting reduces our metabolic rate, cuts down your energy levels and is not the best way to lose weight.
Exercise can help to increase your resting metabolic rate, meaning you’ll start to burn more calories even while your body is in its resting mode.
High intensity exercise or vigorous resistance training can cause you to burn calories for hours after the training has been completed.
On a recent run, several athletes complained of acute tightness in their chests which I speculated was partly pollen induced and an increase in humidity.
However, upon further examination, I noticed they were breathing very shallowly and part of their weakness was due to good ole laziness of the respiratory muscles.
Correct breathing techniques can help improve performance, delay the perception of fatigue and reduce recovery time … but it takes work.
Research has shown that inefficient breathing and respiratory muscle weakness can lead to a low tolerance of exercise and a misconception of fatigue.
Unfortunately, this misreading of fatigue often leads to prematurely quitting a training session or exercise set and ultimately prevents individuals from breaking plateaus and reaching their goals.
Correct breathing occurs when the volume and rate of oxygen uptake matches the muscle tension for a given activity level.
This means that as intensity or duration of activity increases,...