Surrounded by several other key muscles, the hip is a crucial component to any runner's anatomy. Weak hips affect form while running, which can drag down speed and efficiency while increasing rates of injury, according to USA Track & Field physical therapist Jerrica Thomas. “You can lose a lot of power if you have weak … Continue reading Hip Exercises to Improve Posture and Running Performance
The beautiful nation of Switzerland has a history of novel inventions, including Velcro, Cellophane, and the World Wide Web. One that the country is lesser known for, but no less enriching to our lives, is the parcourse. The concept of the parcourse is simple: exercise stations spaced out along a nature trail. Its origin dates … Continue reading The Parcourse: An Old Movement Returns with New Swagger
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”Marcus Aurelius Throughout my life, I have seldom been good at anything on first try. If you, like I, are human, your experience may be similar. Hockey players do not take their first step onto the ice, race down the rink and … Continue reading Overcoming Fear of Failure Through Sports
Some prefer short bursts of high-intensity action. Others enjoy long, leisurely hikes. As far as being healthy is concerned—especially in terms of anti-aging—any exercise is always better than none, a scientific review has confirmed. Exercise has a positive effect on our metabolism, which is important for weight management, especially as we age. Your metabolism cannot … Continue reading Any Form of Exercise Better Than None, Study Concludes
Whatever your training split and no matter your experience level, there are certain fundamental movements that are worth mastering. For the lower body, our Big Three are the Squat, the Lunge, and the Deadlift. Here are a few variations of each worth trying. Squat Goblet: Hold a dumbbell, kettlebell, or medicine ball to your chest … Continue reading 3 Essential Lower Body Movements and the Best Ways to Perform Them
While lower body work is often a majority of most athletes' training volume, the upper body is of similar importance. There is a great variety of muscles in the upper body, each serving a purpose (or several) and deserving of attention in the gym—which means doing more than vanity-weight bench presses and bicep curls in … Continue reading 3 Upper Body Exercises No Workout Routine is Complete Without
Losing weight—fat, specifically—is a common goal for many, especially as summer approaches. Being within a normal weight range not only allows you to look good, boosting confidence, but also staves off potential health concerns; obesity is linked to increased chances of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, among other issues. Getting healthy is always an admirable … Continue reading What’s More Important When Losing Weight: Diet or Exercise?