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The Ultimate Medicine Ball Workout

Medicine Ball

One medicine ball. Five moves. 22 minutes. That’s the equation for a killer total body workout that will leave you sweaty, satisfied, and a good kind of sore.

Medicine balls offer a great alternative to dumbbells. They prepare your body for realistic motions because you’re not fixed to a single plane of movement. You can add throwing, swinging, and rotational movements whenever possible.

Do each exercise for 1 minute and rest for 30 seconds. Do three of these intervals and immediately start the next exercise after you finish the last 30-second rest.

1. Forward Lunge with Arc

Hold the ball overhead and lowering it the right side of your body (to about shoulder height) while the right leg lunges forward. As you push back and switch legs, arc the ball over your head so that when you lunge forward with the left foot the ball lowers to the left side of your body. Keep alternating.

2. Overhead Slam

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and knees slightly bent. Lift the medicine ball overhead with both hands, bend at the hips, and slam the ball on the ground directly in front of you. Keep slamming at a high speed for the full minute.

3. Rolling Push-Up

Get into plank position with your right hand on top of the medicine ball and your left hand on the floor. Lower into a push-up until your chest is as close to the floor as possible. Press back up to plank and then roll the ball across to the left. Place your right hand on the floor and your left hand on top of the ball and do another push-up. Keep alternating.

4. Russian Twists

Start seated with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, holding a medicine ball with both hands in front of your chest. Keeping the spine long and the abdominals tight, lean back slightly and lift the feet a few inches off the floor. Slowly twist the torso to the left and bring the medicine beside the left hip. Return to center, and then slowly twist to the right and bring the weight beside the right hip to complete one rotation.

5. Plank To Chair Squat

Start standing with the ball at your chest. Squat down, place the ball on the floor, and quickly jump your feet back into plank position with your hands on top of the ball. Then, jump your feet back and stand up into a squat position. End the rep by pressing the ball overhead.

Check out our wide variety of Medicine Balls and Crossfit-style Wall Balls and find the best Medicine Balls to step up your workout routine.

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Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

Bad Joints? Go For A Swim

Dive in, dunk under or take a dip! However you want to call it, swimming is a great way to get a good workout, especially if you have arthritis or bad joints. Water places upward force on a person – better known as “buoyancy” – which means you can be unweighted by 90 percent in the water up to neck level. Thus, this phenomenon makes pool time the perfect low-impact activity for those who suffer pain during land-based exercises.

If you think water workouts are too “easy,” think again. Thirty minutes swimming laps burns 372 calories for a 155-pound person, according to Harvard Health. That’s the same as running at a 10-minute mile pace! And if you’re water jogging, that’s 282 calories a half hour.

Swim

Buoyancy Benefits

So what exactly does swimming bring to the table?

  • Strong calorie burn
  • Joint ease
  • Improves posture, balance and flexibility
  • Increases strength and muscle tone through the natural resistance of water
  • Reduces the risk of overheating during exercise
  • Lessens pain and increases range of motion

Pump Up Your Pool Time

Whether you sign up for a health club class or create a program in a local pool, there are many toys you can use to make your water workouts more fun and effective. If you are exercising in the shallow water, we suggest water shoes to protect your feet and improve your stability. Depending on your workout, you also can include:

  • Kickboards
  • Flippers
  • Resistance bands
  • “Noodles” (Long, thin Styrofoam tubes that keep you afloat)
  • Medicine balls (Yes, they float and are a great way to add resistance. Use them with a partner for even more fun.)

Whether you hit up the lap pool at your health club or make a splash in the shallow end, both are low-impact ways to get a great burn!

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Get Fit On The Waterfront

September is upon us, but summer hasn’t left the building quite yet! Squeeze out the last bit of sunshine by heading to the waterfront. Lakes, oceans and rivers offer a plethora of activities that will get your heart rate up and muscles working. Remember, water sports aren’t just for the pros. Check out our favorites below and take your pick!

Waterfront

Kayaking

Those who believe kayaking is solely an upper body workout have likely never tried it. Every stroke is essentially a single-arm row, and your arms, shoulders and back are consistently in action. However, you also need to activate your core, hips and legs to stabilize the boat and make turns, thus creating an excellent full-body exercise.

Wakeboarding

No need to do crazy flips or wake jumps to get a good workout. You’ll be holding onto a rope, which requires upper body strength, and your feet will be strapped into a board skimming across the water. Keeping a tight core and a slight bend in the knees are necessary to stay balanced and upright. Once you’ve done a few laps around the lake, your quads will be burning.

Tubing

After an afternoon of tubing behind a boat, your shoulders will feel it more than a deltoid workout at the gym. So laugh with friends as each of you takes a tumble or two, and enjoy such an entertaining way to get toned arms!

Water Skiing

Once you get the hang of getting up on skis, you’ll be addicted to gliding across the water. To prevent a wipeout, your shoulders, arms and chest need to be activated and strong. But don’t forget about the lower body, which needs to be in a balanced, seated position that requires strength in your upper legs and glutes. Now that you have the hang of two skis, can you go slalom on a single ski?

Paddleboarding

A mix of surfing and kayaking, paddleboarding is everyone’s new favorite water sport. And for good reason, too – you can sneak in both a cardio and a sculpting session all while having fun with friends! The balancing act of standing on top of unpredictable water provides a killer lower body and core workout. Plus, your upper body is in action and your heart rate will soar while constantly paddling.

There’s still time – get out there and use the sun and water to your advantage!

Don’t forget to prepare for the colder months ahead! Find the perfect indoor fitness equipment to keep your workout on track at www.TheFitnessOutlet.com. Want help finding the best equipment for you? Give us a call at 1-888-883-4863.

Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

Lunge Like You Mean It

Looking to amplify your workout on a walk or run? Look to the lunge. This do-anywhere exercise will firm up your glutes and strengthen your hamstrings, quads and calves. With tons of variations, your backside will never get bored! I’ll start with our five favorites below.

Lunges

Alternating Forward Lunges:

Take a large step forward and lower your body toward the floor. Both legs should be bent at a 90-degree angle at the bottom of the lunge. Use your glutes and hamstrings to rise back up to start and repeat on the other side.

Alternating Reverse Lunges:

Same as the forward lunge only step backward instead.

Cross-Behind Lunges:

Transfer your body weight onto your left leg and cross your right foot behind your left leg, keeping your hips facing forward as you bend both knees and lower yourself toward the floor (like a curtsy). Push back to start. Repeat on the other side.

Walking Lunges:

Walking lunges are the same as forward lunges except as you alternate legs and you keep walking (moving) forward. Try doing walking lunges across the floor and back several times in a row. Add them as you go up a hill or up a flight of stairs to really kick in the glutes.

Split Jump Lunges:

Start standing in a split stance with the right foot forward. Sink down into a lunge and jump straight up, and while in the air, switch legs and land in a lunge with the left foot forward. Without resting, repeat the movement while alternating which leg is in front. This is a plyometric and will also shoot the heart rate up.

How To Incorporate Lunges Into Your Walk or Run:

• Every time you reach a stop sign on your walk or run, do 20 lunges of your choice.

• Every time you approach a hill or set of stairs, lunge up it. If you don’t have any terrain on your route, then stop every 10 minutes and do a few walking lunges down the block.

• Save the lunges for the end. When you’re done with your walk or run, don’t plop on the couch just yet. Do this mini-lunge workout to top off your cardio session.

10 Alternating Forward Lunges each leg

10 Alternating Reverse Lunges each leg

10 Cross Behind Lunges each leg

10 Walking Lunges each leg

30 seconds of Split Jump Lunges

*Repeat 1 time!

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Prep Your Meals and Eat Better All Week

Prep

Eating healthy doesn’t start with a magic pill or protein bar – it starts with your very own kitchen. That’s right, homemade meals take a little extra planning, but you can end up cutting calories and adding more nutrients if you do it yourself. And don’t forget about the money you’ll save.

Here’s the battle plan:

Sunday Set-Up:

Designate one day as “Plan and Prep” for the entire week. (We’re partial to Sundays.) Make a list of your future meals and the ingredients required for the entire week, and then go grocery shopping. When you get home, it’s time to prep. Here’s my advice:

• Make sure you have Tupperware, an insulated lunchbox and even a slow cooker (or Crock-Pot) – it’ll make the transportation and preparation of food that much easier

• Grill or bake a week’s worth of chicken breasts

• Fry up ground turkey or beef that you can throw in eggs and pasta sauces

• Make a batch of quinoa or brown rice to use for breakfast porridges, salads or side dishes

• Hard boil a dozen eggs for on-the-go protein snacks

• Slice and dice a week’s worth of fruits and veggies for stir-fries, salads or just easy snacking

Use Your Slow Cooker:

If you’re okay with eating the same food a few times a week, start the slow cooker overnight on Sunday and portion into individual containers the next morning. Make a versatile meat like pulled chicken or pork to use in a variety of styles: sandwiches, salads, pitas and pastas.

On-The-Go Grub:

Packing a healthy lunch is easy. Toss a grilled chicken breast, a cup of quinoa and veggies into a container to heat up at work. If you’re looking for a grab-and-go breakfast, freeze a few individual smoothies on Sunday and grab one each morning on your way out the door. Happy eating!

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Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

Four Tips for Good Form

Form

Let’s face it: our schedules are busier than ever, and free time is the most valuable commodity we have. Sloppy strength training – including poor form, incomplete repetitions and ill-conceived resistance weight – is simply a waste of time.

Here are four simple tips to create an efficient strength routine that rations your minutes and gives you the best form possible.

1. Make Friends With The Mirror: During strength training, the mirror is your best friend. Check in with your reflection every few minutes to correct your form. Are you slumping or getting sloppy? Good form is crucial to building muscle, not to mention staying injury-free. Use these three points:

  • Stand tall with your chest up and arms naturally at your sides
  • Don’t hunch your shoulders or hold tension in the neck
  • Hold your abs tight to protect your lower back

2. Remember To Breathe: If you’ve ever taken a yoga or Pilates class, then you know just how important breathing is during movement. Well, the same holds true when strength training! You’ll never reach your full potential if you exercise while holding your breath. Inhale during the easiest part of the exercise and exhale during the hardest part. For example, if you’re doing a weighted squat, inhale on the downward movement and exhale as you push from the ground and return to a standing position.

3. Use Muscle, Not Momentum: Make your muscles do the work instead of letting momentum swing your weight up and down. If you are losing control of the dumbbell, slow down and regain a controlled pace, or think about lowering the amount of weight. You’ll activate more muscle fibers if you lift and lower weights properly, through the full range of motion.

4. The Rule of 15: If you’re whipping through 15 reps and not feeling anything, you aren’t working hard enough. Adjust your resistance weight so that after 12-15 reps, you clearly feel muscle fatigue. Note: in the same vein of challenging of your body, you should never work through intense pain. There is a big difference between pain and muscle fatigue. Pain is “Ouch that hurts.” Muscle fatigue is “Wow, my muscles are tired. I can only do a few more.” Learning to differentiate between these two feelings is important for safety and results.

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Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

The NEW Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle

The New Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is the newest of the Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles. Since the ’70s, Keiser has been on the cutting edge of exercise science and the development of resistance design for exercise equipment. For the past ten years, Keiser has been perfecting their indoor cycles. All those years of hard work have lead to the new Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle. Because of the hardwork and research that has gone into their cycles, Keiser has been a leader in the cycling world and has been called the system choice by trainers and facilities worldwide.

Trixter Patented X-bars

The Keiser M3x is the product of a merger between Keiser’s award winning M3 Indoor Fitness Cycle with Trixter’s popular patented X-bars. This new indoor cycle has the durability and smooth ride of the M Series Indoor Cycles, partnered with the pivoting  Trixter X-bars with 7 levels of resistance. This partnership creates a ride that imitates that of mountain biking or hill climbing by giving riders an upper body pump movement for core, torso and arm benefits.  As Keiser Vice President Darrin Pelkey explains, “The Keiser M3X tension handlebars are another great way of offering more value to group instructors and participants”.

The Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is not only equipped with the newest Fore and Aft Adjustable Handlebars, Backlit M Series Display, and factory calibrated resistance system, but was also made to last. The M3x was created of corrosive resistant materials with durability in mind, making it nearly maintenance free! The computer gives instant information about your workout with average ride calculations as well as total distance for the bike.

The Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles are known for their durability, but most notably for their advanced patented resistance system, created by an eddy current. The resistance in an M Series bike is created by two opposing magnets passing over the conducting flywheel; the closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the more resistance experienced by the rider.

 photo M3Xeddysystem_zpsa58383e0.pngAt full resistance the flywheel is in most contact with the magnetic field. When you reduce the amount of contact to the field (move the magnets away) the resistance then decreases.

Leader in Indoor Cycle Developmen

The new Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is durable, dependable, virtually maintenance free, and keeps workouts fun and challenging for users of all levels.  The Keiser M3x is a great new addition to the Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles and The Fitness Outlet is one of the first in the industry to carry them. Visit TheFitnessOutlet.com for more information or call one of our fitness experts at (866) 883-4863.

The New Polar Loop

The NEW Polar Loop

Stylish • Informative • Highly Accurate

With the emergence of highly sought-after activity trackers released by companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike, the digital fitness monitoring experts at Polar finally released an activity tracker that is not only highly accurate, but also offers features that similar activity trackers have lacked – at a competitive price.

The Polar Loop is the product of over 30 years of fitness assessment and heart rate research. Since the 70′s, Polar has been perfecting the digital heart rate monitoring world with countless technological and software innovations.  Polar has put fitness monitoring and assessment in the hands of athletes and non-athletes alike, while making the information easy to read and easy to understand. Their research and innovations have helped users understand their bodies and train in a smarter, more effective way for years.

The Polar Loop is a stylish new bracelet that tracks the user’s daily activity, gives instant motivational feedback,  monitors sleep patterns, and reminds users when they have been still for too long. Every step, every jump, every daily activity is tracked and reported to motivate the user to make healthier choices and create daily personalized activity goals.

Combined with Polar Flow, Polar’s free online tracking software, the Polar Loop provides easy to read and extremely accurate activity readouts, goal progress, and an inactivity alert among other information about your daily choices. Polar Flow also comes in an iPhone App that automatically syncs via Bluetooth® Smart, to keep that information readily available on your phone.

Being able to track all of this information each day, and having it at your fingertips is meant to highlight the importance of every step and every movement throughout your day. As Herb Baer, Polar USA President, explains, “Polar Loop brings our expertise and insights beyond time spent exercising, providing a complete and accurate picture of all daily activity and underlining the importance of every movement made throughout the day—from running, cycling and weight training to cooking, taking the stairs and walking the dog.”

Meant to be worn 24 hours a day, the Polar Loop is waterproof, stylish, and custom-fit. The best part of this specific activity tracker that sets it aside from its competing trackers, is the incorporation of heart rate monitoring. With the use of their H6 Heart Rate Sensor (not included but highly recommended for its obvious benefits), other Polar features become available like their EnergyPointer and Smart Coaching software, creating an even more complete activity and fitness overview. The Polar Loop is the first activity tracker to incorporate heart rate monitoring as an option.

We are excited to carry the new Polar Loop at The Fitness Outlet and to help our clients reach their fitness goals for the New Year. We will soon be offering the Polar Loop as a FREE gift with the purchase of any Precor, Landice, True or Life Fitness treadmill or elliptical for a limited time. For more information or to order your Polar Loop, visit www.TheFitnessOutlet.com or call one of our fitness experts at (866)883-4863 today.

Sources: http://www.digitaltrends.com/sports/polars-new-loop-will-measure-your-heart-rate-may-improve-your-sex-life/

http://www.polarloop.com/us-en/use.php

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PRECOR HOLIDAY SHAPE UP SALE

HOLIDAY SHAPE UP SALE

From November 28th til December 3rd, The Fitness Outlet will be slashing prices on Precor Products as part of our Holiday Shape Up Sale*. The following products are getting significant discounts for a very limited time:

Precor EFX® 5.25 Elliptical , 5.31 Elliptical, 5.33 Elliptical, 5.37 Elliptical

Precor 9.31 Treadmill, 9.33 Treadmill, 9.35 Treadmill

Precor 240i StretchTrainer™

In honor of this Precor Holiday Shape Up Sale, we would like to highlight the Award Winning Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer.

The Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer has won the 2013 Best Buy Award from Treadmill Doctor.

According to the Treadmill Doctor Review Comments, ” the Precor EFX 5.31 is hard to beat;” and we agree. Precor has done an amazing job creating reliable, high quality cardio machines. The EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer is the perfect example of Precor’s award winning design, unbeatable quality and reliability, all backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

The EFX 5.31 is great for cardio and toning, with a smooth and natural stride for a low impact but effective workout. The patented motion of the Precor EFX series, reduces muscle and tendon stress.

Precor EFX® 5.31 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

Precor has been revolutionizing the fitness world for years, having released the first elliptical crosstrainer ever in the early 90′s. Since then, Precor has been enhancing their designs to create some of the best elliptical crosstrainers in homes and gyms across the country.

Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer Video

For further information or to order your Precor fitness equipment, visit www.TheFitnessOutlet.com or call (866)883.4863 to speak to one of our fitness experts today!

Treadmill Doctor Award Source: http://www.treadmilldoctor.com/precor-efx-531-elliptical-review-2012

* Sale Only Available at our California Location


PowerBlock: The Smarter Way to Strength Train

The benefits of cardio workouts are indisputable. Not only is cardio great for the heart, but it helps improve blood circulation, boosts your metabolism, and promotes a healthy hormonal profile among other things. Because cardiovascular exercises have all these great benefits and burn a significant amount of calories, the benefits and importance of weight training are often overlooked. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training can boost your metabolism, help build strong bones, increase stamina and can even help control chronic conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Oftentimes, strength training is left out of personal fitness programs because of the inconvenience of purchasing and storing multiple dumbbells, kettlebells or weight plates. Specialty fitness equipment designers, Greg Olson and Carl Towley, saw the inconvenience and impracticality of having to buy and store multiple weights as an opportunity. Together, these two friends created and tested “selectorized dumbbells” for two years before introducing them to the fitness industry.

Just one set of PowerBlock dumbbells can replace up to 55 pairs of old fashioned dumbbells for a fraction of the price and storage space. PowerBlock has also released their line of kettle bells, barbells, stands, benches and PowerBlock accessories. With over 20 years of designing, refining, and changing the world of strength training, it’s no wonder PowerBlock weights have made it into countless homes and gyms across the country.

The Fitness Outlet is proud to carry PowerBlock products online and in stores. For more information or questions about these or any of our products please call us at 1-866-883-4863 or visit us at www.TheFitnessOutlet.com.

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Sources for this Article:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/kick-up-with-cardio-exercise

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01710

www.bodybuilding.com

www.PowerBlock.com

Octane Fitness Q37 Elliptical – A Total Body Workout

Octane Fitness Q37 Elliptical Cross Trainer

Octane Fitness has been one of the leading elliptical manufacturers in the industry as the only fitness company dedicated solely to developing and building ellipticals. Being able to focus on this specific type of machine has led to the development of some of the fitness industry’s most effective and recommended elliptical cross trainers. In fact, the Octane Q37 gained fame when it was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things!

The Octane Q37 is a great upper and lower body workout. Not only is the Q37 Elliptical Cross Trainer designed with ergonomically correct body positioning, it also has multiple workout variations to keep your workout smooth and pain-free. With converging path handlebars, you can tone and strengthen your entire upper body while you workout your lower body. When you need to cool down or reduce stress from an intense total body workout, the Q37 also has stationary handlebars.

The Octane Fitness Q37 has two different console options: Q37c or the Q37ci.

The Q37ci Elliptical is an upgraded version of the Q37c, with upgrades including a larger screen, a Polar Heart Rate strap, wireless heart rate monitoring with 4 heart rate training programs, 4 cross circuit workout programs, customized workout boosters, and a pair of resistance bands and 2 workout videos. Because of the cross-circuit training and the limitless variations of workouts on the Q37 elliptical, full-body workouts never get boring or repetitive!

Optional Cross Circuit PRO Kit

The Q37 elliptical offers the option of  adding a Cross Circuit Kit or a Cross Circuit PRO Kit to add to the strength training portion of your workout. The Cross Circuit Kit adds side-steps, 3-powerbands with ranging resistance, a powerband instruction guide, and 1-set of extendable handle grips.

The optional Cross Crcuit PRO Kit includes weight stands with side platforms and 2 32lb Powerblock adjustable weights (see our previous blog about Powerblock dumbbells). Powerblock dumbbells are revolutionary in that they adjust to the desired weight in 4 lb increments to fit your weight training needs. For a fraction of the price of a conventional dumbbell set, and the space requirement of one pair of dumbbells, your Octane Q37 Elliptical with optional Cross Circuit PRO Kit can meet your cardio and strength training needs!

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Fun Runs and Obstacle Courses

This year is flying by and Summer will be here before we know it! Along with sunshine, flowers and a few April Showers, Spring and Summer bring loads of fun runs, obstacle courses and good old friendly competition. Staying on your path to fitness and health does not have to be hard or tedious work. Obstacle course races have been gaining popularity across the country in recent years, joining friends together to motivate each other, train together and reach fun fitness goals together. Training for these events combines multiple known motivators for making healthy decisions: working towards a goal and working out with friends.

Themed Run Photo Credit: Patrick Hui

There are countless runs and obstacle courses to sign up for, including Zombie runs, costume themed runs, mud runs and color paint runs. The most important part of these runs and courses is getting ready. Preparing in a smart way and listening to your body is vital when training for any event. To prevent injury and muscle strains, you should always train and prepare for strenuous workouts like obstacle courses and long runs. Some of the best training partners are heart rate and activity monitors, like Polar products, that combine daily activity data and allow you to train based on how your own body works. Some suggested training schedules include strength training with weights and resistance bands, combined with cardio workouts on treadmills and ellipticals. In fact, ProForm has designed a treadmill inspired by the Boston Marathon , designed to help you train for a marathon. Many of these runs and obstacle races have suggested training pages as well, based on your current activity level and starting point.

There are countless runs and races across the country to sign up for. Prices vary and many have philanthropic causes benefiting from the registration costs. Below are links to some of the most popular races for different areas across the country, also keep in mind that many areas have local events as well. So this month, get a group of friends together, sign up for some runs and start training!

Helpful links:

http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/Default.aspx

www.toughmudder.com

www.thecolorrun.com

https://thezombierun.com/

www.spartanrace.com

http://muddybuddy.competitor.com/

http://www.ruggedmaniac.com/

http://warriordash.com/

http://www.obstacleracers.com/upcoming-events/

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Modify Your Meal Habits

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Modify Your Meal Habits

You work out hard in the gym and get in those 10,000 steps a day, but the scale still isn’t budging. What gives? It’s time to take a long, hard look at your meal habits and see what needs to be modified.

Here are three simple fixes to get you back on track:

Make Breakfast King. There’s an old saying that goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” To maintain a healthy weight, your first meal should always be the largest. Studies have shown that those who eat a good early breakfast weigh less than those who skip it. Think of breakfast as the “on” switch for your body – it’ll get your metabolism moving and provide the necessary energy boost!

Stop Skipping Meals. People trying to lose weight often think that skipping a meal is a fitness shortcut. Less food, fewer calories and big weight loss, right? Wrong! When you skip a meal, you are sabotaging your body. No food to digest slows down your metabolism, and your body will break down its next meal slower and store the food as fat. Plus, skipping a meal causes your blood sugar to drop, which leads to feeling sluggish and tired. Yikes. For weight loss success, eat throughout the day!

Nix Nighttime Nibbling. Mindless late night munching can pack on the pounds and fast! After dinner it’s okay to have some sort of treat – you’re human after all – but after that, no more. If you are consciously aware of that creep to your cupboards come 9 PM, use strategies to stop the snacking. While you’re watching TV at night, get out of the kitchen, chew gum or brush your teeth. And when temptation really hits hard, drink decaffeinated tea or a glass of water, and then decide if you’re still hungry.Meal Habits

Focus on these three meal modifications next week and see how your body changes. Odds are the results will be positive!

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Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

When To Buy Organic Produce

When to Buy Organic Product

Produce

People always say, “I can’t buy organic – it’s too expensive!” However, there is a good reason for shelling out the extra cash for organic food: it’s without chemicals, fertilizers and added hormones, and thus is a much better fit for our bodies.

If you want to purchase organic but your wallet says otherwise, consider starting with organic fruits and vegetables.

The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are the 12 worst offenders for pesticides, and it’s worth the investment to find an organic alternative. Conversely, the “Clean Fifteen” are the least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, so you can save your cash and skip the splurge. Check out the list below, and go organic when it counts!

Dirty Dozen:

Apples

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot Peppers

Nectarines (imported)

Peaches

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Sweet Bell Peppers

Clean Fifteen:

Asparagus

Avocados

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Sweet Corn

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mangos

Mushrooms

Onions

Papayas

Pineapples

Sweet Peas (frozen)

Sweet Potatoes

For more information from the Environmental Working Group, click here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.

Fit Tip: Lose the Excuses

LOSE THE EXCUSES

Excuses

What excuse keeps you from exercising? It’s amazing how these rationalizations invade our thoughts and hold us back. But it’s time to recognize excuses for what they really are … excuses! Now here’s what to do to lose ‘em:

Excuse #1: “I Don’t Have Time to Exercise”

We all have hectic lives and busy schedules, but you only have one body and it needs to be treated well! Ask yourself this: How much television do I watch? If you have time for a 30-minute show, you have time for a 30-minute sweat session. If you don’t have 30 consecutive minutes available, fit in three 10-minute bouts of physical activity. A calorie burned is a calorie burned, no matter the time! And keep in mind that there will be days where you just can’t fit in the 10 minutes, due to a big work presentation or family concerns. Don’t use it as an excuse to stop exercising – just pledge to find time the next day to get moving again.

Excuse #2: “Exercise is Boring”

Nobody ever said the only way to exercise is to do something you dread. The exercise that burns the most calories is the one you like the best! Did you hear that running burns the most calories? Well, only if you like to run. Get the point? Do what you enjoy doing: take a dance class, go for a bike ride, walk with a friend or pop in a fitness DVD. If you like it, you’ll keep doing it – and that’s how you burn the most calories.

Excuse #3: “I’m Too Overweight to Exercise at the Gym”

Many people are afraid to hit the gym because they’re worried they will be judged, either for exercise ability or body type. However, you’ll find people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels at most gyms. And remember, most other gym goers will be far too focused on their own bodies to pay any attention to someone else’s. If you are still wary about joining the gym, there are plenty of other options. Take a walk through your neighborhood with a friend, bike around the park with your kids, or exercise in your own basement. With just a few pieces of equipment or a DVD, you can get in an excellent workout.

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FIT TIP: Train The Brain With Exercise

Train the Brain with Exercise

We all know a trip to the gym can burn calories, build strength and improve heart health, but it doesn’t stop there. When you’re on a Stairclimber working your glutes, you’re also working your mental muscles. That’s right, just like a Sudoku, exercise trains your brain!

Here are three ways to get a brain boost from your next sweat session:

Improve Cognitive Function. A study published in Brain and Cognition found that after 30 minutes on an exercise bike, test subjects completed cognitive evaluations faster than they did before exercising – and just as accurately. A different study found that adults aged 55 to 80 who exercised regularly performed four times better on cognitive tests than control groups who didn’t. So that spin class may do more than produce killer calves.

Train the Brain

Boost Memory. Multiple studies revealed that physical exercise helps healthy aging adults improve their memory. In particular, a study in Perceptual and Motor Skills found that women performed 20 percent better on memory tests after running on a treadmill. So that’s where you left your keys!

Spur Growth. Our height may be set in stone, but our brain can still upgrade! A workout can actually improve the brain’s plasticity by stimulating the growth of new connections between cells. Research from UCLA demonstrated that exercise makes it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections. Think about your growing brain the next time you want to duck out of a workout!

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FIT TIP: Don’t Neglect Your Quads

Quads

Thunder thighs. Ever heard of ‘em? Harsh, we know. But thighs are a common problem area for men and women alike. The culprit? Glute obsession. Most people are so concerned with their glutes that they completely neglect their quads in the gym. But our quadriceps (the front part of our thighs) are the last thing we should neglect.

This very important muscle is crucial in walking, running and jumping.  If you feel like your thighs need a little extra help, here are three simple exercises you can start doing today:

1) Squat

The classic squat is exactly that – classic.  It’s one of the most effective lower body exercises ever. Take a shoulder-width stance, point your toes outward slightly. Keep your abs contracted, spine long, and chin up as you sit back into an invisible chair. Try to keep your heels on the ground as you lower down so your thighs are parallel to the floor. Push through your heels to bring yourself back to starting position. Do 15-20 reps and eventually work your way to 2-3 sets. If you want to add some weight, try a leg press of a Squat Calf Machine, which can help with form and added weight for a challenge.

2) Pistol Squat

The pistol squat will help strengthen your quads plus your hamstrings and glutes. Also, since you balance on one leg, you’re core is getting a good workout. Start standing with your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level and parallel to the floor. Raise your left leg off the floor, push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to starting. Do 10-12 reps before switching to the other leg. Aim for 3 sets. (This is a hard one. Start by holding on to a chair for balance if needed when beginning.) For added support, hang a thick resistance band from something high up like a chin up bar and hold on to the band as you lower yourself down.

3) Lunge

Lunges are anything but fancy, but they get the job done. With your chest lifted, chin up and abs contracted, take a big step forward with your left foot. Sink straight down so your front left knee tracks over the top of your shoe and your back right knee points toward the floor. You are on your back left toe. Now push back to starting position. Repeat on the right leg and keep alternating. A good place to start is 10-12 lunges on each leg and work your way up to 3 sets.

Add these exercises into your workout three times a week and wave hello to strong, lean quads and goodbye thunder thighs!

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FIT TIP: Go Out For Lunch. Seriously!

Lunch

How do you spend your lunch break? Are you hunched over your keyboard chowing down on a sandwich? Or are you on the phone trying to sneak in bites while the other person talks? Both ways are common, and both ways are too sedate. Instead of working through lunch, take a walk to an area bistro, even if it’s just once or twice week. Here’s why getting up and out is good for your health:

Skip Sitting. Besides burning extra calories, a short walk to lunch does something even better: gets you out of your chair! More and more reports about the dangers of sitting too long are emerging, and the outlook is bleak. Those who sit for extended periods have lower life expectancies, larger bottoms and slower metabolisms. Ditch the seat for an hour and get some fresh air!

Eat Fewer Calories. A survey in Britain found that people who regularly eat at their desks consume more calories and snacks than those who dine out. The ones who dined at their desk ate more than 1,200 calories during a working day. 1,200 calories? There’s almost no room left for breakfast or dinner. But remember, dining out could easily make the calories add up fast. Think lean proteins like chicken and fish, and eat lots of veggies. Keep the condiments and dressing on the side and replace your soda with water.

Chill Out. Your walk to lunch is more than a mini sweat session – it helps you to relax. A study in the Academy of Management Journal found that employees who work through lunch tend to be more burned out and less productive than workers who do relaxing activities during their meal break. Convince a friend to leave her computer and have a fun and relaxing lunch together!

See what happens to your health when you leave the office and eat out!

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FIT TIP: Take Two Wheels to Work

According to the US Census, one half of the US population lives within 5 miles of their workplace. Yet less than 1 percent of workers nationwide bike to work. It’s true that cars rule the road, but the benefits of biking are greater. Give it a shot, and make an open-air ride to work part of your daily routine! Why? It’s all about the three Es.

Wheels

Exercise

If finding time for the gym is problematic, make your commute work for you. Depending on your weight, you can burn between 215-500 calories during a 30-minute bike ride. That’s 215-500 more calories than you would be burning sitting in a car. Looking to lose a few? The average person loses 13 pounds biking to work for a year. Get on the seat, slap on the helmet, and start to slim down!

Economical

Taking two wheels to work adds up. The average annual operating cost of a bike is $308, while you’ll spend $8,000 on your car. And don’t forget about the fuel. If you’re commute is 20-miles round trip, you’ll save around almost $10 in gas per day, plus the cost of parking. Oh, one last benefit—your time is money. Cycle and skip the traffic!

Environmental

Transportation makes up nearly 30 percent of U.S. global warming emissions, and the lion’s share is from cars and light trucks. If you can, get your workout in and go green at the same time – you’ll do your part in clearing the air!

If you can’t bike to work every day, even a few days a week in the saddle will save you money, help the environment and improve your health! Do you live too far away? (Pssst, we’re not up for 40-mile ride either.) Try driving halfway to work and stop at a Park and Ride or a mall. Unload your bike and ride the rest of the way.

A great way to get back into biking is to try out an electric bike! We carry a wide assortment of Pedego Electric Bikes – a stylish, comfortable and ecologically friendly way to commute. These sleek electric bicycles come in a variety of styles and colors, and the long lasting battery gives you that little extra push when you need it.

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Fit Tip: Jump on the Bandwagon

Need to refresh your strength routine? How about picking up a resistance band? Rubberized resistance will help you perform functional total-body exercises, refresh a stale routine and give you the toned results you’re working for.

They also function as a great post-workout stretching aid. Plus, what other piece of exercise equipment can fit in your suitcase with almost no extra weight? Hello, hotel workout!

Bands

Benefits of Bands:

  • Resistance bands offer the same benefits of other resistance exercises without being cumbersome and heavy.
  • If you use proper form and a challenging level of tension, your muscle fibers won’t know the difference between weights or bands. Even better, bands can offer more muscle recruitment because you can use multiple muscle groups at once.  Try a squat with a bicep curl.  Try a lunge with an overhead press.  They increase coordination and build buff muscles!
  • Resistance bands are the economical choice – inexpensive, lightweight and portable.
  • The band’s multidirectional movement can boost your strength for everyday activities.

Which strength of band is for you?

Resistance bands come in a range of levels, shapes and colors. To determine the right strength of band for you, use this rule of thumb: You should reach moderate to maximum muscle fatigue between 20-30 repetitions of your exercise. If your band is too easy, you’ll know. If it’s too hard, you won’t be able to complete the full range of motion.

Which type of band you choose depends on what you are using it for:

  • Flat bands are great for physical therapy, mind-body exercise and active agers.
  • Traditional exercise tubes are the most-used bands and are great for basic strength training and multiple muscle group exercises.
  • Superbands are great for pull-up assistance, partner exercises and athletic training.
  • You may have also seen braided tubing, looped bands, ankle cuffs … the variety is endless.

The bottom line – bands can be a fun, useful and portable tool to add to your weekly routine. C’mon, jump on the (resistance) bandwagon!

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Unplug and Get Active

Unplug

When’s the last time you’ve completely unplugged? Yep, that means saying no to your phone, computer and television. Hard to remember, right?

We feel a hole in our lives when our smartphone dies, we get ticked when our Wi-Fi goes down, and our plans are shattered when the DVR backfires. There’s simply no denying it: we are creatures of technology. The good news? There’s still time to do something about it.

A recent study from Nielsen reports that adults spend a whopping 11 hours per day with digital media. Which means, on average, that we interface with a screen more often than we sleep or interact with other people. Aside from costing us valuable real-world experiences, excessive screen time can cause major stress and fatigue. Here’s a challenge – for one week, completely unplug for at least one hour a day and substitute that time with a full hour of real-world activity. That means your phone is off, the TV goes dark, and the laptop returns to its case. Read below to strategize your escape from Angry Birds and Netflix!

Are you an extrovert?

Extroverts gain energy from being around other people in social settings. Group fitness classes like cycling and small group training through SYNRGY360 would be the perfect activities for your style. What about joining a summer volleyball or softball league? You’ll get in an hour of fun exercise followed by a team bonding session of dinner or drinks. The net result? Suddenly that one hour unplugged becomes three or four.

Are you an introvert?

Introverts tend to recharge by spending time alone. Running, walking, hiking, biking and yoga are great options to zone out, explore natural surroundings, and clear the mind. And once you’re out there, that three dimensional spread of crystalline lake, creaking willows and tangerine sky becomes much better – and clearer – than anything on your screen at home.

Do you need accountability?

If you struggle with motivation and need a little help staying on the wagon, a workout buddy or a personal trainer would be a great option. When you schedule a workout, you can’t bail. Well … you can, but you’d be losing money or leaving a friend hanging. Physical activity with an accountability system will keep you consistent.

No technology? No problem. Leave your phone in your gym bag and get out there. The results will speak for themselves.

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What Are The Benefits To Working Out At Night?

Night

We hear so much about morning being the best time to workout. But what about the night owls in the crowd? Some of you simply can’t function like a normal human being before 7 AM and some of you have no choice but to workout at night because of your schedule. So let’s give a shout out to those who sweat past sunset and find out why it can be a good idea!

No Crowds, No Rush

With everyone trying to fit in a pre-work workout, gyms are crowded in the AM. Come past 8 PM and you’re the king or queen of the place. No fight for treadmills, no wait for dumbbells, and no line at the showers. Plus, when you don’t stress about making it to work in time, you can focus on your workout instead of watching the clock.

Make Healthy Choices

The quitting bell rings and next comes happy hours with friends and dinners out—potential diet disasters! But if you know you’ll be taking a Zumba class in a few hours, you won’t go overboard with food and drink. And with post-workout healthy habits at the top of your mind, you’ll be less likely to veg out in front of the TV with a pint of ice cream when you get home.

Peak Performance

Let’s be clear: a calorie burned at 8 AM is the same as a calorie burned at 8 PM. However, your performance might be better or worse depending on how your energy and moods shift throughout the day. If you’re really not a morning person, you might feel stronger in the evening compared to the morning. And if you feel stronger at night, your workout performance will be stronger as well.

Decompress and De-stress

When you’ve spent the last eight hours working, hauling around kids or running errands, a late night sweat session is just the stress buster you need. Jump on a machine or hit the weights and forget about the day. Or take a relaxing yoga class, zen out and wind down for the night. You’ll be decompressed and ready to hit the sheets when you get home.

We know the night owls are already sold, but any morning movers making the jump?

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Introduce Your Kids to Sports

While Wii Tennis is a blast, it will never be the same as the real thing. Grab your rackets and head out to the courts as a family instead!

Introducing your kids to sports while at their side is a great way to spend time together and encourage an active lifestyle at a young age. Plus, kids who participate in sports develop stronger muscles and bones, have a reduced risk of obesity, improved coordination and sleep better. Here’s how to get the ball rolling (literally)!

Sports

Limit Screen Time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children’s screen time to no more than or two hours a day. This means setting limits on TV, iPad and gaming time, while encouraging the first step to sports … fresh air. Lead by example and leave the couch!

Get Involved. Instead of handing your child a soccer ball and heading back inside, join and instruct them. Teach them your favorite moves from your favorite sport. Make 15 minutes of playing catch or kicking a soccer ball back and forth after dinner part of your family’s normal routine. Your child will be more likely to stick with it if they see you enjoying it, too!

Use the Driveway. Your blacktop offers a plethora of athletic options, with no field necessary! Get out those jump ropes, hula-hoops and a basketball. Grab some chalk and draw a ladder on the driveway and time yourselves doing fast feet or single leg jumps along the rungs. Tell your child that their favorite professional athletes do the same drills to work on agility! Get a quick pick-up game of hoops started or play a game of four square. Try to think of it as active family playtime instead of workout time.

Run a Race. This time of year is filled with mile runs and 5K races, and they’re not just limited to adults. Lace up your sneakers and run one together! Kids seem to have boundless energy and a race is a great opportunity to channel that energy in a positive way. Finishing a race not only teaches your children that they can have fun being healthy, but that their accomplishments (especially as crowds are cheering them on) will do wonders to boost their self-esteem.

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Replace Your Chair With a Stability Ball

Form

The stability ball originated in the rehabilitation and physical therapy environment of the 1960s, but these days, you’d be hard pressed to enter a workout facility and not see it used as exercise equipment. Now the big rubber ball is bouncing into the workplace.

As the dangers of prolonged sitting are becoming clearer, more and more people are choosing to swap their seat for a stability ball. You don’t have to permanently say sayonara to your desk chair, but even keeping a stability ball in the corner of your office to use for half the day is better for your body!

Stability Ball Benefits

  • Stronger Core: By sitting on the ball, you are forced to use the muscles in the middle of your body: the abdominals, hips, chest and spine. Now, you’re not going to leave the office at quitting time with a six-pack, but the ball will engage and strengthen your core.
  • Better Balance: The first time you sit on the ball, you might feel a little wobbly. You’ll definitely become more aware of firing your core muscles to stay steady. But with time and practice, your body will unconsciously balance itself out.
  • Posture: With no armrests or chair back to slouch into, you’re naturally going to keep your back straighter and taller. Of course, you can always slouch forward but a stability ball is like a little bird constantly chirping into your ear to “sit up straight.” Also, your posture will naturally benefit from the stronger core muscles gained from the ball.

Pick the Best Ball For You

In a hunt for the ideal stability ball, look for an anti-burst ball which will deflate slowly and safely if you happen to roll over a pin or pen in your office. A cheap ball will pop and potentially cause injury. And remember, the one-size-fits-all approach is not the best strategy. When choosing a ball, select it based on your height:

45cm = under 5 ft tall

55cm = 5’ to 5’7”

65cm = 5’8” to 6’3”

75cm = over 6’3” tall

From rehab to gym and now to the office, the stability ball is a great tool for all three environments. Are you ready to take a seat?

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