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
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?
Running is still the most commonly associated activity with cardio—but, for many, it's not the optimal route. Running, especially on older treadmills and pavement outside, can be hard on the joints, especially the knees and hips. And while many find it quite enjoyable, for others running is a total bore, which means they are less … Continue reading Save Your Joints With These Five Low-Impact Cardio Alternatives
Abs, they say, are made in the kitchen. True? Absolutely. The rectus abdominis—that so-called "six pack" we all chase ahead of beach season—doesn't have high potential for hypertrophy. This means that, regardless of how intense your core work is, your abs will never experience the same level of growth as, say, your legs or back. If … Continue reading Earn Your Abs Without Giving Up the Pizza: This is The Best Way to Diet