Michelle Spindler, Author at Fitness Equipment Boise from Gym Outfitters

How Much Do I Have to Exercise to Lose Weight?

Thirty to 45 minutes of intense exercise. Boom—there’s your answer. If you want to just take that info and (literally) run with it, be our guest. But you strike us as the inquisitive type, so we’ll explain why this length of time and toughness appears to work best for weight loss.

When it comes to dropping pounds, working out can be both a blessing and a curse: Burning more calories than you take in is, of course, the basic recipe for weight loss—and exercise can definitely help with the burning part. But depending on the kind of workout you do, it may also trigger hunger hormones that lead to overeating, or at least to replacing the calories you torched during your sweat session.

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Thoughts We Have All Had During Cardio

I’m pretty sure most of us know that cardio is fantastic for increasing our fitness level and for helping our bodies to burn calories. As you ladies may know, my favourite type of cardio is walking and I tend to listen to music or watch TV while I’m walking on the treadmill, it helps keep cardio boredom away! Making cardio more effective AND keeping it interesting can be a bit of a juggling act.

I know plenty of BBG girls struggle to stay focused on their cardio for a full 35-40 minutes, and I’m sure many of us have had some of these thoughts while we’re doing it!

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3 Yoga Poses to Relieve Tight Hamstrings

Whether you’re a runner, a weight lifter, or a living-room-workout-when-I-can girl, at some point or another, your hamstrings have been tight. Tight hamstrings can make your hips, lower back, and even your knees hurt.

Your hamstrings are the muscles in the back of your thighs. Each leg has 4 hamstrings. These muscles are responsible for flexing your knees. (Stand on your right leg and put your hand on the hamstrings of your left leg. Bring the left heel up toward your butt and let it back down slowly. As you do, you’ll feel the hamstring working.)

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7 Tips to Battle Junk Food

I am a firm believer that in general, no food should be labelled bad or should be completely off-limits, however we FEEL better and our bodies function better when we are choosing nutrient-dense, healthier options when it comes to how we fuel our bodies. As someone who used to eat fast food and drink soda regularly throughout the week, I can attest from my own personal journey that this is so, SO true!! However, making the switch to clean eating is NOT easy.

Here are my top tips that really helped to change my habits when I was starting out!

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4 Keys to Sticking With Your Workout Plan

Hello beauties! I wanted to check in with you and see how you are finding my program in the SWEAT app? I am loving seeing your posts, make sure you keep tagging me!

With that in mind, I know that sometimes, as much as you are enjoying working out, it can get hard to keep it up everyday. Life can get in the way.

Here are a few tips that can help you keep at it!

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Plank Variations That Work Your Abs Harder

I get a LOT of requests for exercises that target your core and help you to build strength, and planks can be really good for this. Plus you can do them almost anywhere and they can be really effective if you do them correctly!

Planks might look easy, but it’s safe to say it takes a little bit of practice to nail them! What you also might not realise is there are lots of different variations to challenge you. Once you’ve got the standard technique down, (check out my blog for help with planks) you might be feeling confident enough to push the intensity to the next level. Here are a couple of variations you can try to make your abs work even harder!

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5 Small Steps to Becoming a Healthier You!

Listen — making a shift to live a healthier lifestyle is A LOT easier said than done. Believe me, I know!  I mean, I made the firm, resolute decision to live healthier at least 3 or 4 times a year my whole adult life until finally I actually DID something about it and made it happen.

The biggest problem is that “being healthier” is about as broad of a goal as you could have. That means it will probably never happen unless you break it down into simple, smaller goals and start working towards those. The good news is, you CAN do it! And once you know how, getting started is actually a lot easier than you might think.

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How to Choose Running Shoes for Treadmill

Running on a treadmill surface presents many different factors of consideration when ordering the proper footwear. Many of these concerns with crossover into the outdoor space, but a few are specific to running on a treadmill. Below is an in-depth look at features and specifics you should be aware of for buying your treadmill shoes. We also introduce 5 products and detail their parts to give an insight into what running shoes will work best for treadmill running.

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Tips For Exercising With Kids At Home

Where my mommas at?? Let’s be honest —working out is a struggle, especially when you have kids. If you go to a gym, it’s a struggle getting the kids ready, getting yourself ready, piling everyone in the car, etc. It can seem like a daunting task just getting out the door! On the other hand, if you choose to workout at home, it’s an even bigger struggle. Everyone needs mom the second she needs 30 minutes to herself, right?

First, I want to say YOU ARE AMAZING, and YOU GOT THIS.

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6 Non-Physical Benefits of Regular Exercise

This post is SO important to me, because it really is at the core of why I am so passionate about helping and supporting other women to live active, healthy lifestyles. I don’t want you to work out because you feel you need to change your body. I encourage you to exercise because your body is AMAZING and beautiful, and deserves to be taken care of. And you deserve to know that about yourself.

Simply put, I TRULY believe that if you care for your body, you begin to love your body. And when you love your body, you want to care for it. It is a beautiful cycle of nurturing self-love and regaining the self-confidence that the world can seem to easily and relentlessly strip away.

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