The question of how quickly you can improve your fitness is not an easy one to answer. Why, because it depends on many different factors! And some people may see results faster than others.
The good news, however, is that if you stick to a consistent training program throughout a four week period, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can achieve!
Starting From Scratch: What You Need to Know
If you’re starting from scratch – that is, you really wouldn’t call yourself “fit” at all – then it’s important to know that you’re not going to able to run a marathon after just four weeks. However, it might be possible to run a 5K in four weeks, if you’re careful and you’re not completely unfit to begin with. Continue reading
If you think the title of this post was a little too dramatic, think again. Research has continually proven that sitting actually does take many years off of your life. Even drastically so.
Don’t believe us? Check out these startling statistics revealed by respected scientists and research organizations:
Every hour you sit down and watch TV slices 22 minutes off of your life. (A University of Queensland study on sitting)
If you sit for a total of 11 or more hours daily, your risk of dying within 3 years shoots up a scary 40%. (compared to those who sit for less than 4 hours a day according to a study conducted by Australian researcher and Professor David Dunstan)
Men take on average 7,000 steps per day, women 5,000. (Pedometer researcher Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke – the globally accepted daily step count for preventing weight gain and staying healthy is 10,000).
These are not pie-in-the-sky numbers. This is hard research, and there is plenty more out there. Since the 1970s health professionals and health care institutions have noticed that modern men and women are standing and walking less, and sitting more. Continue reading
Healthy eating and exercising regularly are the two best things you can do to help you live a long and healthy life. Most of us concerned with our health closely watch what we eat but we don’t always recognize the less obvious signs that we are overtraining. We usually recognize these obvious signs of overtraining: Continue reading
You have probably achieved some of the fitness goals you have set during your life. But you have probably failed to reach certain levels of physical fitness as well, haven’t you? You are the same person, so why did you succeed in one physical endeavor and fail in another? Was it because you were not “mentally tough” when you needed to be? Was your mindset to blame? And if it was, how can you change that?
Dr. Jim Loehr is a globally recognized performance psychologist. He wrote a wonderful book titled Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence. In it he discusses and defines mental toughness, revealing that it is made up of the following 7 components:
- attention control
- minimizing negative energy
- increasing positive energy
- maintaining motivation levels
- attitude control
- visual and imagery control
He uses the word energy twice and the word control 3 times in defining the 7 dimensions of mental toughness in physical endeavors. And while the actual meaning of mental toughness may vary from one expert to the next, controlling your energy has a lot to do with your ability to accomplish any physical fitness goals. Continue reading
Many things happen to the body when it doesn’t get enough exercise. Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight. It’s important to remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of inactivity. No one is immune!
Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them. Continue reading
Whether you want to lose a few or a hundred pounds, it’s crucial that you understand that the benefits of exercise go way beyond weight loss and cosmetic enhancement. Some benefits of exercise pertain to your health in particular.
Exercising often (3-4 times a week, an hour and a half at least each day) has been found by experts to greatly reduce the risk of several diseases and health conditions. Some diseases that exercise will help you prevent are heart disease, stroke, and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Continue reading
It can be tough to stay motivated and on track with your workout plans. You see the perfect bodies at the gym. In the checkout line at the supermarket the fitness magazines show impossibly toned and ripped cover men and women. You look in the mirror and don’t see much, if any, results of all your hard work. So it’s understandable that you are thinking of throwing in the towel and giving up on getting in shape.
You may be stronger and more fit than you think. Changes taking place inside you may be paying off your exercise efforts. The outward results might just be subtle, instead of noticeable. The following are not-so-obvious signs that your workouts are working, and that visual proof of a stronger, leaner, fitter you are just around the corner. Continue reading
Fitbit built a reputation as a provider of quality wrist fitness monitors, but with the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch they have made the jump to full on smartwatch. Compatible with over 120 smartphones via Bluetooth technology, the Surge is not just any smartwatch, but a fitness super watch.
Boasting features such as constant heart rate monitoring, built in GPS, automatic sleep detection and a silent alarm, the Fitbit Surge serves a dual purpose. On one hand, it works as a functional smartwatch that can keep you connected with your phone, notify you of calls and texts and even control your music.
On the other hand, the Surge allows you to set workout goals and monitor your progress. In this way, the Fitbit Surge gives users real time information that makes workouts both more rewarding and more efficient. Continue reading
When they were first launched, desktop treadmills were seen very much as style over substance. Generally, the desktop itself was flimsy and unstable, and were useful for not much other than holding a towel and bottle of water. However, that has changed in recent times, and today’s desktop treadmills have come a long way.
Enter the Lifespan TR800-DT5 Desktop Treadmill. Boasting a fully adjustable 1 inch thick desktop that has a range of 16 inches, the TR800 is not limited to those of a certain height. Capable of speeds up to 4 mph, the TR800 is perfect for those looking to get a workout in while they browse emails or take conference calls during work hours. This is the ultimate enabling treadmill. Continue reading