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Archives for March 2015
Amongst Guiness Record holders like the man with the 32-foot fingernails and the woman with more than 4,000 piercings, the men and women pulling off extreme feats of endurance, stamina, and strength deserve some props too. We searched for some of the most astonishing fitness achievements—some amazing, some weird, and some just pretty silly. And you’ve probably never heard of any of them. (Note: All records are recognized by Guinness World Records.) To read more click here!
In my 20s, I was all about heading out to the clubs on Friday nights. But instead of strapping on stilettos, I was lacing up my cross-trainers and hitting another kind of club—the health club. That’s right, I was one of those poor saps you see through the gym window, sweating through a workout while everyone else headed to a bar, the movies, or a restaurant. People strolling by probably felt sorry for me. But here’s the truth: I loved it. My evening sweat fests were not only some of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done, they were also the most fun. But what about all the dire research warning against evening exercise? Maybe you’ve heard that p.m. sweat sessions could bring on insomnia. Or that evening exercisers are less likely to stick with a workout routine. (Hey, at the end of a long workday, TV can be more tempting than the treadmill.) But I maintain that if you do the right workout, it’s way more entertaining than back-to-back episodes ofScandal and How To Get Away With Murder. (Sorry, Shonda!) Turning down karaoke for kickboxing hasn’t always been my M.O. though. I adopted this routine because it was simply the only time that exercise fit into my schedule. But once I realized all the amazing perks of nighttime workouts (including the crazy group of night owls that became my close friends), I was hooked. If you’ve got your morning mojo working for you, by all means keep up your a.m. exercise. But for those of us that dread waking up at the crack of dawn and naturally have more energy at night, here are 12 great reasons to join The Society of Evening Exercisers. (Membership has its privileges!) To read more click here!
Some fitness fads come and go (we see you, Shake Weight), but others, like yoga or Pilates, aren’t going away anytime soon. Another trend that’s definitely here to stay? High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, which involves short bouts of extreme effort alternated with periods of rest. “HIIT workouts are quick and dirty, never lasting more than 30 minutes including a warm-up and short cool-down,” explains Gina Harney, certified personal trainer and creator of Fitnessista.com. “You’re working as hard as possible for a short amount of time and then reaping the rewards throughout the day.” While there’s no such thing as a fitness miracle, HIIT workouts come pretty darn close. Research suggests that HIIT can super-charge fat burning , boost metabolism , and improve cardiovascular fitness . Plus, the vigorous nature of HIIT ensures you’ll continue to torch even more calories for hours after your workout ends. Bottom line: HIIT is quick, effective, and the perfect way to train for anyone who’s short on time and wants to see results stat. (And who isn’t and doesn’t?) Intrigued? Get started with this exclusive upper-body workout from Harney’s new book HIIT It! In less than 30 minutes, these highly effective circuits will target and strengthen every muscle above your waist. All you need is a set of medium-weight dumbbells and your own bodyweight. To warm up, perform 5 minutes of moderate cardio (such as jogging, jumping rope, or cycling). Complete 3 rounds of circuit 1, then rest for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Boost your heart rate again by running or walking 1/4 mile. Then complete 3 rounds of circuit 2, followed by a cool-down stretch—and you’re done. To read more click here!
lexibility, relaxation, less stress—even if you’ve never stepped foot in a yoga studio, you’ve probably heard all about the mind-body benefits of a regularyoga practice. But before any of you type-A personalities go straight for the sweaty strength workout, we have one more surprising perk to add to the list: stronger abs. It’s true: Getting your “om” on will help fire up your core and hone in on those hard-to-reach stomach muscles. In this simple routine that takes less than 15 minutes to complete, yoga instructor Brett Larkinproves how yoga can seriously tone your core through a sequence of balances, planks, and static holds. (Yes, you can get stronger without even moving a muscle.) Grab a mat—no other equipment necessary—and get ready to feel the burn, from your upper abs to the lowest, deepest muscles in your core. You’ll use your breath to focus on drawing your abs in, since staying in control is better than making big movements here. By the end of this sequence, your mind may feel more centered and calm, but your abs will be begging for mercy. To read more click here!