Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. For the past decade or so, scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless of age or fitness level (yup, this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners), studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships, and lead to a healthier and happier life overall. To read more click here!
Archives for October 2014
When it comes to weight loss and bodily overhauls, Day 1 sometimes starts with an epiphany—a too-tight pair of jeans, an is-that-me? look in the mirror, or an innocent “are you pregnant?” from a toddler. But for other folks, the inspiration to change may come from somewhere else: A deadline
Whether your fast-approaching day comes in the form of a wedding, a reunion, a beach vacation, a race, or something else, the right nutrition and fitness tips at the right time can be exactly what you need to get you where you want to go. Depending on your deadline, check out these strategies to get your best body—just in the nick of time.
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Along with peanut butter and jelly, mixed martial arts(MMA for short) is proof positive awesome things happen when worlds collide. MMA takes different fighting disciplines — boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, you name it — and combines them into an unpredictable combat system. Contenders can mix and match elements from literally any martial art on Earth, and the result is a tough, intense sport and a kick-ass workout. “The best shape you can be in is fighting shape,” says Fran Fontan, an MMA trainer at Body Space Fitness in New York City. Which makes sense, considering how MMA fighters train to survive three five-minute rounds of non-stop, full-body attacks from people who want nothing more than to beat them into submission. To go the distance, they have to be in peak condition: panther-like speed, incredible stamina, and serious strength. Even for those of us with no intention of stepping into the ring, MMA-style training can be a terrific addition to any fitness regime. Apart from the physical rewards that come from practicing MMA, training for the sport has loads of other benefits, too. According to Ryan Parsons, an MMA trainer and owner of Radius Sports Management, it’s also great for teaching humility and how to stay calm under pressure. Here, Parsons and Fontan share some of the exercises they turn when they train fighters and non-fighters alike. Consider this the road map to a knockout body. To read more click here!
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Struggling to find motivation to get back on your exercise regimen? When it comes to working out, many of us find it difficult to find motivation. Motivation is fuel. It drives us when it comes to starting and maintaining a fitness regimen. The psychology of fitness motivation has been well researched, and there are proven methods that you can use to get yourself going. When put into practice, these tips can be highly effective. Read on for foolproof motivation techniques. To read more click here!