Category: Exercising

What Drugs And Exercise Have In Common

Similar to drugs, exercise can produce a feeling of euphoria. While it is commonly used in addiction recovery, can exercise itself be misused like a drug? Find out what exercise does to your brain and when a healthy habit becomes a dangerous addiction.

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Top 3 HIIT Apps That You Should Download

The struggle of fitting hour-long exercising into your schedule is real. Low intensity workouts and cardio can become quickly monotonous and may not even burn as many calories and fat as you’d like. Worse yet, nothing can be more frustrating than not finding any available equipment at the gym.

High intensity interval training also known as HIIT promises to keep you active with fast paced routines on your own terms. No gym membership required!

HIIT workout apps that come with their own routines, progress tracking and more, make it easier than ever before to get a good workout!

But which one to pick when there are so many ? We have tried dozens of the most popular HIIT apps to present you with our choice for the Top 3 HIIT mobile apps that you should download to change your fitness habits for good!
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The Ultimate Guide to Strength Training: The 10 Greatest Weight Lifting Lessons You’ll Ever Learn

As great as cardio is, weight training is a perfect complement to your hours on the treadmill – and sometimes, it’s even better for your body. In this article we delve into some important facts about weight training. We answer all your questions. Read on to find out everything you need to know about weight lifting.

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4 Fitness Apps That Make Exercise Too Fun To Skip

No workout motivation? Try these 4 fitness apps that make exercise too fun to skip

Let’s be honest – we all have those days when we need some extra push to get us exercising. Sometimes it’s just too difficult to say no to that next episode on Netflix, especially when we’re bored of our repetitive workout routines.

The concept of gamification is becoming increasingly popular within the realm of fitness. While fitness trackers are helpful to keep track of our activity, they don’t actually change the exercise itself. Luckily, there are awesome fitness apps that transform exercise from a chore to something that’s fun and enjoyable.  The aim is to make fitness fun whilst improving people’s health along the way. These apps motivate people to alter their behaviour by providing engaging narratives and gamified rewards.

Here are 4 fitness apps that make working out insanely fun.

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4 Compelling Reasons You Should Add HIIT to Your Exercise Program

Getting and staying fit takes tremendous effort and a ton of hard work. You essentially have to constantly push your physical boundaries to continue to make advances. Well, one way to do that and achieve a higher level of fitness is through HIIT.

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training (sometimes called high-intensity intermittent exercise, or HIIE) and it involves alternating short bursts of intense exercise with slightly longer periods of either rest or light activity. What makes this type of training so beneficial? Here are four compelling reasons to consider:

You Burn More Calories

Muscle & Fitness published an article titled 5 Ways to Burn 500 Calories and guess what type of exercise made the list? HIIT, of course! Not only was it listed as a great way to burn a higher number of calories when compared to a lot of other workout options, but Tabata was the only other one on the list that beat it out in regard to time. In other words, you can expect to burn around 500 calories in 32 minutes with HIIT and it only takes 26 minutes to burn the same with Tabata. Talk about quick results!

Training Sessions Are Shorter

Another compelling reason to add HIIT to your exercise program is that the training sessions are shorter, making it a huge benefit in this day and age when our to-do lists are often longer than the day allows. Depending on how you structure your intervals and how many you do, your HIIT workouts can last anywhere from four minutes up to 30. In fact, some fitness experts, like those at Men’s Fitness, recommend not going above a half-hour as you risk overuse injuries at that point. A workout session that is supposed to be short versus long? How great is that?

You Don’t Need Expensive Equipment

Most of us are on a budget, putting a lot of different exercise programs out of reach simply because we don’t have the cash to buy the necessary equipment. However, that’s not the case with HIIT. This particular type of exercise relies primarily on your own bodyweight for resistance (think sit-ups and push-ups). That also means that you can do it anywhere, even if you’re traveling or otherwise away from home.

It Provides Numerous Health-Based Results

While all exercise offers some health-based benefits, the ones provided by HIIT are numerous. For instance, the American College of Sports Medicine lists benefits of HIIT to include improved blood pressure, a healthier cardiovascular system, better blood sugar control, and lower cholesterol.

Perhaps the best part is that you get all of these advantages naturally, without having to take a bunch of medications or undergo expensive and sometimes life-changing medical procedures. This also means no nasty side effects to contend with, and no lengthy testing and treatment processes.

How to Make HIIT Work For You

If you’re ready to add HIIT workouts to your exercise routine, here are a couple of pointers to make it work as good as possible:

Check with your doctor first to make sure higher-intensity exercises are safe for your health condition and fitness level. Get medical clearance if necessary to ensure you aren’t going to hurt yourself by engaging in this form of exercise.

Also, add HIIT in a way that makes the most sense for you. As College News says, “there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise,” so include HIIT when and where it works best for your particular lifestyle.

What do you say? Are you ready to try HIIT? When you do, you’ll likely hit your goals! (Get it? Hit…HIIT? Pretty good, huh?)

 

This is a guest post by Denver, Colo.-based freelance writer Shelly Stinson.

You can keep up with her work (and her random thoughts) by following her on Twitter at @ShellyStins.

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