Training is not just hard physically, it's hard mentally. We all know that training our bodies is the right thing to do, it's sticking to it long term or getting inspired enough to even start in the first place that's the tricky bit.
I like seeing sweat drip, heart rates elevated, and heavy breathing. What I don't like is the trend toward thinking we need to beat down our bodies until they hurt. Working out until you can't move is not a badge of honor.
My favorite stress and exercise mantra? Find your sweet spot, that state between ambition and anxiety in which you can function at an optimal performance without being overwhelmed.
The key to running in the extreme cold is to protect yourself, wear the proper clothing and have an exit strategy.
Instead of a weight-loss goal, consider performance goals, which may help you stay more motivated to exercise not just this year, but for the rest of your life. Getting leaner and stronger is a byproduct of achieving these performance goals.
Get ready for the swarm at your favorite gym or fitness studio. For those of you just starting out or restarting on your fitness quest, here are a few rules of etiquette to keep you from being "that guy/girl" at the gym or studio.
Use this practice as a warm-up or cross-training sequence to lengthen and strengthen your body for skiing and snowshoeing.
State-of-the-art equipment, innovative classes, on-site salons, rooftop lounges and car washes -- if the fitness world had its own Oscars, we would nominate these ultra-luxe locales.
If in the moment neither running nor being vegan is as pleasurable as the alternative, then whatever drives me to run and abstain from all animal products, day in and day out, must be pretty darn compelling. And it is.
I give it my all, pedaling as hard as I can. My legs burn. I am Karlie Kloss. I am a supermodel. I am a Victoria's Secret Angel and I HAVE WINGS DAMMIT.
Above all else, trust your gut. Look for a knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer who feels like the most natural fit. That's the one to hire because she'll not only help you reach your goals, but will also keep you feeling comfortable, motivated and inspired throughout the process.
Training for my first half marathon has been exciting and challenging. Because I hadn't run much more than four miles leading up to my training, adding miles also starting taking a toll on my body. Muscles began hurting that never did before.
Because their sole purpose is to track steps, pedometers show even the smallest changes in physical activity. You can't get distracted by other bells and whistles, so instead you'll see the difference taking the stairs instead of the elevator truly makes.
Whether you spent the summer scaling mountains or doing laps in your gym's outdoor pool, exercising outside doesn't have to end when the first leaf drops. In fact, fall is a great time to harvest a new routine to re-energize your workout.
If you fell off the training wagon this summer, don't fret, there is still hope for a great race day! As long as you have a reasonable foundation of fitness, you can prepare for a race in about a month's time -- and steer clear of injury in the process.
This workout routine helped to keep me energized throughout the day, strengthened and toned my legs and made me feel much better about myself when I got back to town. It also curbed my cravings and helped me make better food choices.
The program goes like this. There are 10 exercises. You will perform 10 reps for each exercise, rotate through all 10 exercises once, and then repeat the circuit five times until you finished your Another 500 program.
I'm not a cyclist. Which is why my 400-mile bike trip was more of a learning experience than the athletic endeavor I'd imagined when I agreed to ride from Manhattan to Montreal. But from the four flat tires, two skinned knees, poison ivy and collection of nasty bruises, I learned some valuable lessons about the sport.
We often start the day with the best intentions to get to the gym, go for a power walk, or make it to yoga class. Then life gets in the way. When we have to work late, fold piles of laundry and complete a mile-long list of errands, the workout is often the first to go. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to burn calories throughout your daily routine.
In any area of self-improvement -- not just in fitness and diet -- small changes in habit can lead to amazing results. Yet even the smallest change in behavior requires willpower and conscious effort -- something that sounds as simple as running five minutes a day won't be simple in practice.