Even with a gym full of the latest equipment and fitness classes galore, there can be significant value in adding personal training sessions to your workout mix, especially if you sign up with experienced and insightful trainers.
We’ve done our homework and the answer is clear:
Good food = good students.
We also know that keeping kids active is not only good for their body, but also their mind.
Getting kids to eat a healthy meal at home is hard enough. Making sure they get a proper lunch at school, with the siren call of recess and the pandemonium of the cafeteria all around them, can seem almost impossible. Sun Basket’s Registered Dietitian Kaley Todd shares some of her findings and offers real-life lunchtime solutions.
Whether you’re just starting on your journey toward new fitness goals or you’re looking to speed up your progress, it may be worth considering some group activity to get the results you want.
Group exercise can take several forms, from doing a group training session to joining group fitness classes. Here are some reasons why ditching the solo workouts—or at least mixing them up with some group time—may get you fit faster:
Let's face it: Life can be hectic sometimes. With going to work, picking up the kids, and running errands, you don’t always have time for a full workout. So how can you get an intense cardio circuit workout when you’re short on time? By combining body parts in a total body circuit, or through pairing opposite muscle groups together in a superset (when one set of an exercise is performed directly after a set of a different exercise without rest between them), you can conquer your workout in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. You might also add active rest (which involves lighter exercises that stimulate the recovery process) in between strength training to ramp up the calorie burn. Here is an example of intense cardio circuit workouts combining these ideas:
Beyond its athletic benefits, boxing can create positive results in your everyday life. From a better posture to a clearer, more thoughtful mind, the reaches of boxing’s positive effects stretch well beyond the punching bag. Here are four new attributes you can expect from wrapping up a pair of 14-ounce gloves:
Even for those who have the best intentions about getting more sleep, reducing stress, and keeping “normal” work hours, life has a way of getting busier than planned. Schedules can change, projects come up, deadlines breeze by, and relatives drop in without notice.
Page through a health and fitness magazine or fire off a search-engine keyword combo like “toned arms” or “bigger biceps” and you’ll see fitness models and athletes showing off their guns. Guys, you probably want bigger arms. Ladies, you’re probably looking for a way to tighten and tone. Or maybe you want both!
Study after study has shown that children and teenagers benefit from regular exercise, with advantages ranging from better study habits and a deeper interest in healthy food. In one study, just a 20-minute walk through a park helped kids with ADHD improve their symptoms.
So, where is a good place to start if your kids are more sedentary or don’t seem to be interested in sports at school? Many parents are finding that kickboxing can be the answer. This workout not only helps children stay physically fit, but offers a considerable range of other benefits, including these four:
You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about functional fitness in your gym, by your trainer, or even around the water fountain. But functional fitness is more than just a fancy gimmick name or the newest exercise fad. Functional fitness is a method of training that uses exercises that work the muscles that help you do everyday activities safely and more efficiently to maintain or improve your quality of life. If you are still asking yourself, “Is functional fitness for me?”, here is some more information to help you decide.