We’ve all been there… You’re going along fine with your rowing machine workouts. Showing up for them according to your plan, feeling like you could conquer the world when you’re done. Nothing’s going to stop you now!
And then life gets in the way.
You get sick, you go on vacation, you get an injury that requires you to lay off for a while. One day you wake up and you realize, “I’ve gotten way off track.” Days or weeks have gone by without a real workout happening.
First off, stop and take a deep breath. Getting off track with your workouts is totally normal. It doesn’t make you bad, wrong, or any kind of a failure. It makes you human. Continue reading →
Most people don’t realize that it is very easy to exercise at home or outside the gym with very little equipment. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Outdoor Physique, uses the planes of motion and bodyweight exercises for a total body workout which you can easily complete nearly anywhere.
Below are 9 exercises which you can easily do outside the gym. All of the movements can be performed either indoors or outdoors, for nearly any age, sex and/or level. While you can do these by themselves, to get a complete body workout, it’s best to do these together in circuits and then combine the circuits. By grouping these exercises together, it will work most of the major muscle groups in the body. Continue reading →
Everyone reading this article has a story that makes them exceptional. By sharing, you could likely help others with their own self-discovery.
In the new sharing economy, you can tell your story in a material way by blogging, writing a book, developing a course, product, or podcast. But the new economy is more than a transaction of goods and services. It’s an exchange of trust with the intent of building relationships, and ultimately a tribe of trusted followers that will receive your message of gratitude. Continue reading →
With the arrival of Spring, you’re starting to think ahead to Summer. You’re ready to shed those bulky winter clothes and slip into shorts and swimsuits–but you’re worried that the remains of too many holiday parties are still hanging on your hips.
Spring is the perfect time to get moving again–why not take advantage of the next few months to get your body fit and lean for summer? Continue reading →
Staying on top of preventive healthcare is especially important as you grow older. Taking steps to prevent illness and catch disease early leads to lower healthcare spending and better outcomes among older adults. However, many seniors don’t understand what preventive care they need and how they can pay for it. Continue reading →
2019 promises to be the year of the jump rope and we’ve got the world’s leading jump rope expert Buddy Lee with a brand new book 101 Best Jump Rope Workouts.
Jump rope is ranked as one of the most efficient exercises for improving cardiovascular health. Variations in jump speed, jumping patterns, jump techniques and jump progressions all lead to making jump rope one of the most effective and versatile exercises on the planet. Continue reading →
Technology has spurred a major shift in the way we work, spend our free time, interact with others, shop, go to the movies, read books, get our news, socialize, date, make love, get married, and raise our children.
It’s easy to identify technology’s external changes because they come in the form of new devices and capabilities. But the internal changes technology has created are much less understood and discussed. Continue reading →
One of the best things you can do for your brain and for your future health is to feed your brain the nutrients it desperately needs. When you feed your brain only what you most desire, fast food, baked goods and other nutritionally deficient foodstuffs, you fail to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the brain. The brain requires specific nutrients for the regeneration of brain tissue and maintenance, as well as foods and substances that positively impact neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers. Continue reading →
It’s summertime. And that means more outdoor activity, less restrictive clothing, and quite simply, more of a visible you. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Complete Physique has the following tips for anyone who wants to look feel and look their best hitting the beach this summer. It’s a great time to reset your fitness at every level.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE With the inviting sun and fun weather, it can sometimes be difficult to get to the gym for the usual routine. You can renew your mental and physical spirits by getting back to basics by simply taking it outside. Pushups and bodyweight squats, along with running or biking can all be performed amongst the elements. Additionally, bands, Swiss Balls and other portable peripherals can add variety and fun to a sometimes stale and stagnant workout.
WORK YOUR ENTIRE BODY Sure the chest and arm muscles receive a lot of attention, but keep your workouts in balance. A flawless upper body that sits upon stilts is not a good look, nor is it optimal for total body fitness. The often neglected muscles such as the calves, forearms, posterior deltoids, hamstrings and even your core, will definitely detract from you being all that you can be. You’ll not only look more balanced, you will actually be more balanced in your daily performance in life.
EAT SMART FOR MUSCLE TONE Many fat-loss programs require drastic caloric restrictions and extreme amounts of cardiovascular exercise. The problem is that most also do a pretty good job of wasting away your muscle mass at the same time. Regardless of what your fat loss goals might be, losing muscle tissue is never a good idea–it slows your metabolism to a crawl. Instead of following a low-calorie diet, follow a dietary plan that will enhance your ability to both build and preserve muscle, and rev up your metabolism in the process.
STRETCHING IS ESSENTIAL, BUT DON’T GO BALLISTIC Have you heard of ballistic stretching? It’s a kind of stretch in which you move into a position and then bounce to stretch the muscle. An example would be bending to touch your toes and then bouncing to reach them. Ballistic stretching can do a lot more harm than good, tightening the muscle and leading to injury. During and after your workout are ample times to stretch as your muscles and warm and pliable, unlike at the onset of your routine when your muscles are cold and restrictive.
PLAN TO LOOK GREAT…AND FEEL EVEN BETTER! The desire to look great in your swimsuit may be what’s inspiring you to get in shape, but remember that the results will be more than just cosmetic. As you build muscle and stamina, you’ll be able to excel at classic summer sports like beach volleyball, swimming, and surfing. The active habits that you form this summer will inspire you to stay fit year-round!
HOLLIS LANCE LIEBMAN has been a fitness magazine editor, national bodybuilding champion, and author. He is a published physique photographer and has served as a bodybuilding and fitness competition judge. Hollis has worked with some of Hollywood’s elite, earning rave reviews. Visit his web site, www.holliswashere.com, for fitness tips and complete training programs.