There’s nothing like trying to open a feisty jar of pickles or protein powder to remind you about the importance of grip strength. But, did you know that along with helping you satisfy your kitchen cravings and deliver a firm handshake, a strong grip can make the difference when it comes to hoisting a heavy barbell, delivering the winning shot on the tennis court and helping you achieve a host of athletic and fitness goals?
By now, pretty much everyone has heard about how refined sugar and processed carbohydrates (think cheat meals: bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, alcohol, and candy) are bad for your health. But the sweet stuff may be seriously holding you back from your fitness gains, too!
Have you ever heard of “sleeping glutes” or heard someone talk about their diminished lack of push-off in their big toe or a calf muscle that doesn’t “fire” when they need it? Though these conditions might sound minor at first blush, it’s serious stuff. Experts have realized that many injuries, chronic pain, and less-than-stellar athletic performances can be linked to inactive or underactive muscles. What’s the solution? Muscle Activation Technique (MAT®) Training!
Now that you've mastered bodyweight exercises such as squats and push-ups, what comes next? How do you keep progressing with them? By adding weight, of course! No, I'm not talking about putting on 20lbs so you can be heavier when you do your squats, I'm saying that you should be adding some sort of prop to your exercise. I'll explain everything in this article.
Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to get an ample dose of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your body. They also offer healthy carbs and protein to fuel you up for all your summertime activities. So, whether you're headed home from the gym or headed out to the beach, drinking a smoothie is the perfect way to keep you cool and satisfied.
The Stability Ball is one of my favorites! It allows you to keep your abs engaged and work muscles you never knew you had.
Sleep better to exercise better. Exercise better to sleep better. It’s a reciprocal relationship that can lead to a lifetime of fitness.
Imagine that instead of sitting on your desk chair, you were required to wear the chair around your neck for a few hours a day. That sort of encumbrance would not only make it difficult to sip your coffee, it would likely cause you pain. Yet, when you gaze down at a smart phone or anything for a prolonged period of time, it’s akin to asking your neck to support 60 pounds of hanging weight. Compound that with the rounding of the shoulders that occurs when you sit at an office chair in front of a computer, and you have the makings for poor posture.
Lots of people are going dairy-free these days, and you don't have to be lactose intolerant to consider making the switch yourself. Why? Dairy can lead to problems like gut biome irritation (messing with the healthy bacteria naturally found in your digestive system), gas, congestion, and acne. Plus, consuming dairy tends to disrupt weight loss due to the way it spikes your insulin.
Exercise is for everyone--truly. Exercise doesn't discriminate based on age, sex, background, health history, or personal style.