Training: Yoga Alone Won’t Cut It

Training: Yoga Alone Won’t Cut It

Yoga is a low-impact physical activity that involves poses, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditation. Adding yoga to your existing exercise regimen can improve balance, muscle endurance, and motor control. According to a Colorado State University study, young adults who practiced yoga for 8 weeks increased force steadiness by 2 percent, leg strength by 14 percent, and balance by 228 percent. Researchers also found that yoga improved power, flexibility, metabolic health, and helped reduced stress. Practicing yoga exclusively, however, won’t significantly […]

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Supplements to Chew On

Supplements to Chew On

While it’s always best to rely on whole foods for your nutritional needs, I do supplement my diet with multivitamins, essential fatty acids, protein powders, and occasionally, branch chain amino acids. But some, particularly BCAAs, which come in messy liquids or gargantuan tablets, aren’t the most convenient to take–and the biggest advantage of protein supplements is convenience. In August, we touched on the importance of branch chain amino acids (BCAA) in our diets. Basically, our muscles can’t grow without protein, […]

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Home Exercise Equipment and Why We Don’t Use It

Home Exercise Equipment and Why We Don’t Use It

Did you buy the Perfect Pushup so you could “get more from your workouts without having to leave the house?” You probably had every intention of doing push-ups every day and getting ripped, but now the rotating handles are collecting dust under your couch. What went wrong? According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, it’s that our expectations of our behavior often don’t generally match reality. In a series of studies, researchers Robin J. Tanner […]

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iPosture Promises to Purge Poor Posture

iPosture Promises to Purge Poor Posture

Are you a sloucher? Although we weren’t created to sit for extended periods of time, today’s lifestyle means just that, whether it’s working behind a desk or playing video games. Past studies have found a 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture is the best biomechanical sitting position, but keeping your posture in check isn’t easy. A new gadget, however, promises to help. The iPosture Monitor is an electronic device designed to improve posture by letting you know when your body stance is […]

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Weight Training in Runners? Why Workout Shoes Should Match Your Activity

Why Workout Shoes Should Match Your Activity

Working out in Converse All Stars may seem odd considering the amount of specialized athletic shoes out there. But Chuck Taylors do have a place in the weight room. As a rule, your workout shoes should meet the demands of whatever physical activity you’re doing. If you’re a runner, for example, Chuck Taylors are a poor choice. You need a shoe that will absorb shock, control motion, be flexible, and protect your foot from the stresses of running. Since walking […]

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