1. 7 Surprising Ways a Pre- or Post-Workout Cup of Joe Can Boost Your Fitness

    Few of us care to live without coffee, yet it supposedly has negative health effects: dehydration, caffeine dependence, interference with sleep, and high blood pressure, to name a few. At the same time, others tout the health benefits of coffee, such as its antioxidants. Which should we believe? As it turns out, they’re both right. In moderation, coffee has many health benefits. You might be sur…Read More

  2. Three Keys for Taking the “Work” out of Cardio Workouts

    Unless you’re one of those rare people who enjoys running, cardio isn’t included in the list of our favorite things. In fact, it would probably top the list in a poll on which type of conditioning people dread the most. Why does cardio seem like so much more work than, say, weightlifting? One of the likely answers is that cardio can get monotonous, especially if you’re using a stationary mac…Read More

  3. Why Sitting is So Dangerous for Your Health

    Some people say exercising too much (or too intensely) at the fitness center is harmful to your health. Although that could be true in certain cases, there’s much more scientific backing for the reality that sitting too much can literally take years off your life. Even if you exercise for one hour a day (more than the CDC0-recommended 30 minutes a day), following that up by sitting for more than…Read More

  4. High Reps/Light Weights or Low Reps/Heavy Weight: Which Is Better?

    Lifting weights is pretty uncomplicated: pick a weight, choose a move, and crank out as many reps as you can. Other than making sure to use proper lifting technique and, if you’re lifting really heavy, grabbing a friend at the fitness center to spot for you, there’s not much to it. No fancy machinery necessary, no formula to figure out -- just you and some iron. But, like most types of exercis…Read More

  5. Does Competition Motivate You? Use These 5 Apps to Your Advantage

    Are you a born competitor? Early in life, it might show up as sibling rivalry, excelling in academic and athletic competitions, and making just about everything you do in life into a competition. This approach can get you in trouble when it comes time to work with instead of against others, but the competitive bug can be very beneficial to helping you achieve health and fitness goals at the fitnes…Read More

  6. 4 Kinds of Smartphone Apps That Maximize Your Gym Workouts

    Are you feeling left out because you don’t have a personal fitness tracker yet? Don’t be. If you have a smartphone, there are a number of free or cheap mobile apps that have some of the same features: calorie tracking, activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and even customized workouts to help you reach your fitness goals. What’s more, a number of these apps are especially useful for maxi…Read More

  7. How Prioritizing Exercise Can Help You Achieve Your Life Goals

    You know that prioritizing time at the fitness center has a positive impact on your health, strength, and weight loss goals. After all, it’s what helps motivate you to get up for that early-morning workout or head to the gym on your lunch hour. But did you realize that prioritizing your fitness has benefits for other areas of your life, as well? Both formal studies and real-life examples provide…Read More

  8. 5 Tips for Avoiding Knee Injuries

    Most of us have experienced the frustration of knee pain or knee injuries at some point in our fitness journey. Women are about 10 times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than men, a statistic John Hopkins recently linked to lower testosterone. Others might have a family history of arthritis and other joint problems that predispose them to this frustrating problem. Whatever your situation, you s…Read More

  9. Training Mistakes Every Runner Makes

    As one of the highest calorie-burning activities, running is the cardio workout of choice for many of us who want to lose weight while improving cardiovascular fitness. It’s simple, adaptable to every fitness level, and can be done outside or on a treadmill at the fitness center. Even though running is fairly straight-forward, key training mistakes common to both new and seasoned runners can res…Read More

  10. Avoid These 7 Common Treadmill Running Mistakes

    Running is one of the most natural movements for the human body, but it’s still possible to do it wrong.  Poor running form negatively affects efficiency and speed while increasing the potential for injuries. Even seasoned runners need a reminder of good form now and then, since bad habits have a tendency to creep in over time. If you’re a runner, check for these common treadmill running mist…Read More