When it comes to protein intake, it may be challenging at times to hit your daily protein needs, especially if you are strength training and your protein needs increase in order to build muscle. One of the most popular solutions to finding quick and easy protein is incorporating a protein bar or protein shake to supplement your meals eaten throughout the day. Adding in a bar or a shake will give you the flexibility you need to increase your protein with an often portable, shelf-stable solution. However, this raises the question: which should you choose? Outlined below are the benefits to choosing one option over the other, to help you make the best decision based on what works for you!
Despite the benefits of regular exercise – more energy, boosted metabolism, decreased appetite, increased strength, improved mood – many people continue to experience anxiety just at the thought of going to a gym, and the reasons are just as many.
Obstacle course racing (OCR) is a sport in which a competitor must overcome various obstacles while also running. They are both mentally and physically challenging. There are multiple types of Obstacle course races that you can do: Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash are the most popular. Spartan races range from 3 miles to marathon distances and can include 20-60 obstacles depending on the race. Tough Mudders are endurance events where you have a 10-12 mile obstacle course. A Warrior Dash is a 5K Mud Run with 12 obstacles. No matter which one you choose, here are some things to know before you do an OCR.
Finding ways to work out while traveling can be difficult- but here are five workouts you can do in a short amount of time, that don’t require equipment, meaning they are perfect for traveling or doing anywhere!
High Intensity Interval Training: Focuses on short periods of all-out work follow by short periods of active rest. This makes the body work harder than it does during steady-state cardio. Some great examples: Tuck Jump, Lunges, Squat Jumps, Mountain Climber, Burpees, Sprints, and Planks.
Pilates: While you can do Pilates with a reformer or props, you can also do it with just your body weight. It can be just as effective using only your weight and is another great program you can do anywhere. Popular moves to try: Bridges, Leg lifts, T-Press, toe taps, Arm Circles, and push ups.
Circuit Training: You can put together your favorite circuit to get your heart rate up, burn fat and get a good workout in 30 mins or less. Set up 2 circuits that you do for 10 mins each with a warm up and cool down of 5 mins of each for a great 30 min workout. Remember circuit training is all about no rest in between exercises. Choose exercises such as high knees, lunges, push ups, squats, and planks.
Go for a run: Most hotels have a treadmill but you can also take to the streets using one of the million running apps that are available and find a trail near you. It’s a great way to get a cardio workout and see the sites of wherever you are visiting.
Yoga: While yoga is normally done on a mat, it can also be done on carpet or any soft surface. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, yoga is great to improve your flexibility and muscle strength. Some great moves to add to your next workout: Cobra pose, warrior pose, downward dog, airplane pose, one legged prayer, and childs pose.
Finding quick and simple workouts that you can do anywhere including on the road are the perfect way to stay on target with your health and fitness goals.
The number one rule in marathoning is don’t try anything new on race day or race week. Stick to what your body knows and treat every long run like a dress rehearsal for the race.
You have probably done Yoga but have you ever tried Hot Yoga? Hot Yoga adds a whole new level of difficulty along with the benefits of detoxification, flexibility, de-stressing, and more. If you have never tried hot yoga and want to give it a try here are some tips to prepare for Hot Yoga.
A common issue among new fitness enthusiasts is their lack of understanding of proper nutrition – what it is, what it does and what it has to do with training. Most either start out by believing that more strength and more muscle means more food, so they eat more of anything and everything, without paying attention to their timing or menu.
Box jumps are a basic quintessential plyometric workout that build explosive power, strength, and stability. However, people tend to use incorrect form that could cause some serious damage to your body. Once you nail the correct form, add box jumps to your workout to target your fast-twitch muscle fibers that will ultimately improve your lifts. If you are new to box jumps, start with a box no higher than knee height and work up to a higher box.
Many people know how great the rowing machine is for a full body workout but they hesitate to use one because they don’t know how. Learn the proper form and technique below so that you can be confident the next time you row.
A lot of people have general goals when it comes to working out. For example, your New Year’s Resolution may be to “go to the gym more,” but what does that really mean? Without specific workout goals it is hard to remain accountable to yourself so you can achieve results. Whether you want to set a fitness goal, like running a 5K, or a diet goal, like incorporating a workout protein bar into your routine, thinking about the little steps now will allow you to see the bigger picture.