No gym membership? No problem. Trade in the clanking of weights and the stale air of the gym for the background noise of chirping birds and fresh air. Working out doesn’t have to be pricey or require a gym membership. You don’t need fancy equipment or a bubbly instructor to inspire you. Just your own body weight and motivation will do. Let’s say you stumble upon a lawn with a tree, a bench and a hill. What might you do? Below are some exercises you can put together to create a 30-minute outdoor workout. Do two sets of the following including the hills. To read more click here!
Archives for September 2014
Ever feel like you’re doing all the right things to get in shape and get healthy, yet you just aren’t getting results as fast as you thought you would? Yeah, we’ve all been there. While you should never expect to magically lose weight and get fit the second you start working out and eating healthier, thereare ways to speed up your results. Here are five habits that have helped me get in shape quickly, and will help you, too: To read more click here!
You’ve heard it a thousand times: 50 is the new 40, 40 is the new 30, and so on and so on. That’s all fine and good when you’re talking about how to dress, going out to see a band, or how you feel in general. But when it comes to exercise, you need to act your age. When I was in my 20s and 30s, I was obsessed with exercise. I was a triathlete, I ran like there was no tomorrow. It was all about competition, speed, how many miles I could get in, how many calories I could burn. I did yoga and Pilates to balance the hardcore running I was doing. I didn’t need anybody to motivate me. I just did it myself. I got myself up and out the door every day, no problem. But now, at 45, my body just can’t take all that pounding of running, and I’m not going to risk injuring myself to try to keep up with what I was doing in my 20s. Nowadays, exercise is more about creating strength, stability and flexibility than burning calories or competing. Now, I have to ask myself, Can I do it at all? To read more click here!
Turns out that workouts don’t have to be super long to be super effective. High intensity intervals likeTabata training require intense effort for a short period of time and studies have shown that these quick but vigorous workouts provide all the health and fitness benefits of traditional endurance training   . All the fitness bennies in a fraction of the time? Not too shabby. We asked Greatist Expert Eugene “Bo” Babenko to come up with a super quick and unbelievably simple workout that would challenge exercisers of all levels. Babenko designed a six-and-a-half-minute workout named after (and the same length as) the Eagles song “Hotel California.” If you’ve got seven minutes and a pair of dumbbells, this workout is for you. To up the intensity/challenge, just do the workout a few times in row. Bonus: Ditch the stopwatch and use Spotify to play “Hotel California” on repeat. Now you’ve got yourself a workout timer and a playlist. To read more click here!
Behold: The humble body weight squats. Not only will dropping it like it’s hot strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, adding squats to your regular workout routine could mean fewer knee injuries. And you’ll increase your bone mass which will help you avoid osteoporosis as you age. Plus, one study shows that increasing lower body strength can help you be a better runner. We’ve rounded up 40 variations in four different categories—bodyweight, plyometric, weighted, and equipment—for your squatting pleasure (or pain). To read more click here!