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Tag - Sweat

Tips for Race Day

Training for a race takes a lot of time, but all your efforts can disappear in the days leading up to the event if you don’t maintain your commitment level. You must prepare yourself for races and even a casual 5K both mentally and physically. Invite your friends and family to come cheer you on at the race, as you’ll need a good support team to give you something to look forward to at the end of the race --…

Work Out Around the World

Do you love to travel but fear losing your workout rhythm when you’re not at home? Not to worry! You can stay in shape as you explore other places or even new countries. You can even plan certain trips around a workout routine. Stay in Shape While You Travel The act of traveling -- be it on planes, trains, or automobiles -- can be exhausting, despite it not being a very physical activity. Long periods of immobility can be just…

Fall Activities to Keep You Physically Fit

Step outside and enjoy the fresh air. Fall is here and the weather is finally showing it! As the temperature begins to drop, we want to encourage you to continue to stay active and go outside. After all, this time only comes once a year and you should enjoy every changing leaf in sight. Solo runs in the fall can be lovely, but you can also mix it up with activities that will keep the whole family active together. Whether…

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…

Can Pilates Alleviate Back Pain?

Pilates is a great low-impact form of exercise. Not only does it increase your core strength and endurance level, but it has also been proven to decrease chronic back pain. Pilates focuses on how our body parts are lined up in relation to each other -- our alignment. These exercises work to improve the strength and flexibility of your body and muscles. It concentrates on the hip and shoulder areas in particular to prevent unnecessary strain on the back. Pilates…

How to Stretch Before and After Exercising

Stretching may be one of the most boring parts of exercising but it’s also one of the most beneficial parts. Stretching not only leads to increased flexibility but can help prevent injuries. However, the typical type of stretching you may be used to--Static Stretching--does not help with flexibility and may in fact cause an injury when performed pre-exercise. It is better to start with a more active form of stretching before exercising--Dynamic Stretching. Nevertheless, Static Stretching is excellent for muscle…

Off on the Right Foot: Tips for New Runners

Many people are unsure if running is the right exercise for them, and more often than not, the answer is yes.  Running is an excellent exercise that has been proven to increase your quality of life, energy level, and health.  However, running can cause certain health issues and injuries if you approach it unprepared as a first-timer. The first step to being a good runner is being an informed one! Just Run Most believe that running further and longer is…

Use Your Brain–Vary Your Terrain!

The treadmill: It’s a godsend for serious runners who want to get their workout in even when the weather is bad. There’s no wind resistance, you can adjust the grade of your “terrain,” ease the impact on your joints--or in some gyms, even watch TV! But of course, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Running exclusively on a treadmill--or any other type of terrain, for that matter--can prevent you from achieving the well-rounded workout…

In Recovery, Compression Makes an Impression

One of the distinguishing characteristics of our posture-training shirt is the way it hugs the user’s body. While many traditional spine braces are made of hard components that force your body into the “ideal” posture, ActivAided comfortably, naturally trains your body into better posture--equipped with scapular correction straps, an abdominal engagement system, and a lumbar stabilization belt, the shirt gently activates your core, relieves pressure on the spine, and encourages good posture. And that’s one of the ways ActivAided differs from traditional back…

Reduce Aches and Pains with a Proper Bike Fit

One of the primary reasons people turn to cycling is because it’s relatively low-impact, compared to other forms of exercise like running or weight lifting. Low-impact exercises like cycling can reduce joint damage, help you lose weight, and improve your cardiovascular health--but without a properly sized and adjusted bicycle, you may miss out on these important benefits. Whether you’re a competitive triathlete or just enjoy the occasional weekend ride, a properly fitted bike can also help you improve your pedaling…

Recover After Workouts with Water, Protein, Carbs

We’ve all been there. You finish a tough, satisfying workout and that familiar feeling hits: Hunger. When you complete a strenuous workout, your body is craving three things: Water (to replace all the water you lost through perspiration), carbohydrates (to replace all the energy you just burned), and protein (to repair your muscle tissue). Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN, a certified sports dietetics and nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, recommends that you eat a snack of about 200…