I recently wrote an editorial on "Any exercise is better than nothing," and saw a great motivational photo on Facebook that reminded me of it.
I don't bash people who do not work out. It's not my style, just as working out might not be your style. What I do love, and find inspiring, is someone who is not in the best physical shape trying to improve their health.
For me, healthy lifestyles are about progress, no matter the pace, and seeing things through until you are content.
It's been proven that keeping a journal helps you lose weight, stay focused, and accountable to your workout or nutrition program. For the most part, old school journaling with a pen and paper is out, but fitness and diet apps are definitely in for the busy, on-the-go person.
Do want to use an app, but not sure what's out there?
If you just started with your program, and not sure which which direction to turn, here is a description of 20 apps and links.
There are negative aspects of running that many people would prefer not to be part of. There are shin splints and blisters, but on the other hand, running is one way for people to do something for themselves, by themselves or with a group that achieves a sense of accomplishment.
In the past few days I've heard people make comments about exercise that surprised me. Actually, they didn't really surprise me, but made me think about the different views on exercise. Even though I bodybuild, and train a lot, my views of exercise are not skewed in the sense that people have to train hours on end to by physically fit and healthy.
If you're just beginning any sort of exercise or running program, you'll need to choose the proper shoes for your journey. Sneakers, which are the best choice for working out and running, are difficult to choose since each have a snazzy outer shell. Bright colors or cool options are not what is important, though. You may want your shoes to look good, but the most important aspect is that they fit your feet properly and offer you the most support.
Whether you are new or a seasoned runner, there are injuries that can occur. Several types of injuries can effect different areas of your body and will determine if you need to take a break from running.
While there are droves of injuries that can happen, some stand out as the most common. Lower leg, skin, bone and ligamanet damage are caused by the repetitive nature of running and have a tendency to take place with casual to athletic runners.
During my leg workout I noticed I was clenching my teeth. I had a heavy load on the lying leg curl machine. I never realized that I did this, and was concerned about the damage caused from clenching and grinding my teeth during exercise. Do you clench your teeth, also?
Do your legs hurt and ache from varicose veins? Is it made worse by standing on your feet all day? Reduce your varicose vein pain with a few simple exercises at the end of the day.
I visited a massage therapist for the first time in several years. During the massage, the therapist and I noticed my arms flopped wildly whenever she massaged my pectoral muscles. Although this did not surprise the massage therapist I was shocked. My arms were flopping uncontrollably on the table and I just knew something was wrong with me.
If you're anything like me cardiovascular conditioning might be one of your least favorite activities. Instead of walking-it-out on the treadmill I've decided to break away from the gym equipment, and use the numerous aerobic exercises available.