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Tag - Indoor Exercises

Learn the Basics: Fitness Tips for New Athletes

Every year, millions of Americans resolve to improve their health by committing to new fitness regimens for the New Year. As tempting (and admirable) as it is to jump into a new routine head first, there are some very basic principles that any beginner athlete should stick to in order to avoid injury, stave off burnout, and get the most out of that new outlook. The following are our tips for new athletes: Start Small As we wrote last week,…

How to Set Fitness Goals You Can Actually Achieve

With 2015 finally here, fitness enthusiasts and regular folk alike are setting resolutions and goals for the new year. And yes, starting off the year with clear goals that promote good health is a great way to foster a positive mindset and general wellness for the next 12 months and beyond. However, it can be tempting (and very common!) to "overshoot" and set goals that might not be entirely realistic. Completing three triathlons in a year might sound like a…

How to Stay Active This Winter

Staying active in the cold weather might sound like an oxymoron to some. Exercising outside is often impractical, and working out inside can be a bore. But don’t stop exercising! Consistent exercise can actually help you clear those wintertime blues and boost your energy levels, so there will be fewer days when all you want to do is snuggle up under a blanket next to a fire. Keep Your Eye on the Prize Just because it’s winter and not marathon…

Keep Fitness in Mind with Gadget Gifts

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday may be over, but that doesn’t mean holiday shopping has ended. There is still time to find the perfect gifts for those in your life. What better way to keep fitness in mind this holiday season than by stocking up on fitness gadget gifts this holiday season? The tech and fitness industries have stepped up their game since those “cool” pedometers your mom used to wear on her belt buckle first came…

Season’s Eatings: Staying Fit Through the Holidays

You may have just survived Thanksgiving, but the holiday season is only beginning. This season seems to get longer every year and is full of food, fun, family, and friends. But it can also be detrimental to your waistline and metabolism. Despite the wonderful foods and treats your loved ones put in front of you, it is important now more than ever to remember to stay in shape and keep up your exercise routine. While in reality the average weight…

Roads Hurting Your Knees and Back? Try an Elliptical Trainer.

While streets and roads can offer consistent flat surfaces for running, they’re not great for your body. Constantly running outside or even on treadmills can lead to anterior knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Elliptical training is a low-impact exercise that can help alleviate back pain. Ellipticals have pedals suspended off the ground that move in an oval motion. These pedals help simulate walking, running, stair-stepping, and even cross-country skiing, but without the impact on your joints. Most ellipticals have varying incline…

Avoiding Injury While Lifting Heavy Objects

Although we’d love if it were the case, there’s no way to live your daily life while avoiding any potential strain on your back. Be it at work, at home, or anywhere in between, sometimes you have to lift heavy objects. And yes, your back plays a large role in stabilizing your body when doing so. But by understanding how your body’s positioning affects your biomechanics when lifting, you can reduce your risk of a back strain or a more…

Types of Bad Posture and Correction Techniques

Of all the things you can do to improve your health, posture is often overlooked. But just like exercise, eating right, and getting lots of sleep, good posture can make you more energetic on the field, in your exercise regimen, or in your day-to-day life. Although slouching is perhaps the most commonly cited form of poor posture, there are other, more specific types of bad posture that might be less noticeable. People looking to improve their posture can achieve some…

Relieving Spinal Stenosis as You Age

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is expected to have surgery later this year to relieve the pressure caused by his spinal stenosis. At age 84 and having spent much of his life golfing at a professional level, he’s surely not alone in his condition--spinal stenosis is common among golfers as well as the elderly, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal or the vertebral foramina become narrowed. This can…

Yoga Poses to Relieve Cycling Lower Back Pain

According to a study by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, back pain is the most common overuse injury among cyclist, with 58 percent of cyclists polled experiencing such symptoms in the previous year and 41 percent seeking medical attention for it. Indeed, cycling is one of the best low-impact cardiovascular workouts you can get, but after a few hours riding, even the most experienced athletes can feel discomfort in their upper or lower back. But according to Alyssa Dinowitz,…

5 Household Items to Use for Strength Training

by Lora Mays Starting a strength-training program can be done without a gym membership or any fancy equipment. Believe it or not, your home is brimming with tools that can help you build your muscles and create a strength training workout right at home. Here are five household items to use for easy workouts at home: Stairs Perhaps the most diverse tool, stairs can be used to build up your strength as well as your aerobic fitness. Stairs can be…