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
The folks over at Standee are on a mission to change the way we live our day to day lives. According to them, we are in the middle of an epidemic that is only getting worse. And what is that epidemic? We’re all sitting down too much.
Many workers spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk or table, often using equipment that has not been ergonomically designed to suit needs. Extended periods of sitting down are proven to affect circulation, joints and posture. The Standee designers have come up with a simple solution – standing up.
In conjunction with their bamboo standing desks that sit neatly on top of a standard desk, they have released the Standee Anti Fatigue Mat. Standing might be better for your health than sitting, but it’s important that you’re standing on the right surfaces. Enter the Standee Anti Fatigue Mat – a cushioned polyurethane standing mat that combines comfort with performance. Continue reading
Firmly aimed at people who are looking to fit an exercise schedule in to their everyday routines, desk exercise bikes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exercise machines on the market. The concept is simple. The desk exercise bike sits underneath your desk at your feet, and you pedal away at your chosen speed and resistance level. While there are many of these bikes on the market, the DeskCycle by 3D Innovations remains one of the most popular, and with good reason.
The DeskCycle is a well-built, sturdy desk exercise bike with 8 resistance levels available and a display screen that shows one of speed, distance, calories burned, time, or cycles through all four. With so many desk exercise bikes on the market, what makes the DeskCycle stand out? Continue reading