Why Fitness Results Are Different for Everyone

Article by Darla Leal | Found on VeryWellFit

Getting fit can feel like a struggle especially if you’ve been working hard for weeks without seeing outward results. Images of athletic bodies pinned to motivate you now seem to be a source of frustration instead of empowerment. 

Often times many of us feel we’re the only ones struggling with fitness results. We wonder why others seem to get in shape easier and why body changes aren’t happening. These are very common concerns so don’t feel alone in your struggle. 

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How to Meditate through Exercise

Article by Julie Cameron | Found on Mindful.org

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” —John Keats, poet

The revelation that mindfulness can happen with movement is often profound for people—especially those who have resisted meditation because they don’t like to sit still. If you’re committed to morning workout sessions and enjoy the boost that physical movement can bring, you can try turning your activity into a mindfulness meditation.

Runner Ashley Hicks described it to Krista Tippett in a July 2017 On Being podcast this way: “I don’t run with music, headphones, anything—I call myself a true minimalist runner. Literally, it’s just me […]

These Are The Seriously Overlooked Benefits Of Working Out

Article by Shauna Harrison | Found on MindBodyGreen

Getting in shape has become virtually synonymous with “carve the body into a given physical ideal.” We glorify the six-pack, celebrate the bikini body, and are on this hamster wheel chasing aesthetic greatness. Having been part of the fitness industry for 22 years, I am well aware that, from a marketing standpoint, the six-packs, bikini bodies, and booty-lifting appeal affect people’s desires, in terms of imagery as much as verbiage.

I do think that as an industry, though, we have a responsibility to direct the conversation and tell the whole story. Yes, […]

Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Stop You From Exercising

Article Found on HealthyWomen.org

 Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case.

In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans — most often in the knees and hips, but also in the lower back and neck.

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

Article Found on Helpguide.org

You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive. […]

Why Do My muscles Feel Sore After Exercise?

Article by Yella-Hewings Martin, Ph D. | Found on MedicalNewsToday

Whether you are cramming in some last-minute exercise before the holidays or trying a new workout, beware of aching muscles. But why does your body feel so sore, and what can you do to speed up recovery?

Have you decided to make a start on your New Year’s resolution and take up exercise now? Or maybe you’re looking at stepping up your usual routine ahead of the inevitable excesses of the holidays? The chances are that your muscles will pay the price.

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5 Simple Mental Tricks To Improve Your Workouts

Article by Mike Goncalves | Found on MindBodyGreen

In order to maximize the benefits of a workout, any workout, it’s what you do beforehand that makes the difference.

Being physically prepared for a workout with the right amount of rest, recovery, nutrition, and hydration are all important factors to consider, but it’s the mental preparation done beforehand that will help intensify your focus, energy, and effort with every workout.

It’s this same type of mental preparation that professional and Olympic athletes use to be successful. Here are five mental preparation skills to help you maximize each and every one of your […]

How to Avoid Heartburn During a Workout

Article by Sharon Gillson  | Found on VeryWell

There’s a new type of burn that you may experience post-workout: exertion-associated gastroesophageal reflux (EAGER). Turns out exercise-induced heartburn happens more often than previously thought.

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Winter Got You Down? Move Around!

Article by Cara Bradley | Found on Mindful.org

When you’re faced with short days and chilly temperatures, you may find the couch calling out to you ever more loudly. Research indicates, though, that hibernating during winter isn’t such a good idea. According to the Mayo Clinic, diminished sunlight can cause levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) to drop, exacerbating our low motivation as we feel more tired and hungry. Being sedentary during winter may also trigger those prone to depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The good news? A Harvard Medical School study suggests that exercise boosts both mood and health, especially during the colder, darker days […]