Stretching

12 Pictures That Show You Exactly What Muscles You’re Stretching

Stretching before and after a workout is a great way to promote blood flow to the muscles and increase flexibility.  But do you know what muscles you’re stretching?Stretching may help you improve the range of motion of your joints, which in turn may help improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury...

The Dynamic Warmup You Should Do Before Every Workout

Before any workout, perform a dynamic warmup for 3 minutes—six exercises, 30 seconds each. Then you'll rest for a minute and start the main workout. The reason? A dynamic warmup is designed to prepare your body for the work ahead. You're pumping blood, warming up your muscles and connective tissue, and sending game-on signals to your...

5 Ways to Make Fitness Fun

Stuck. Fed up. Bored stiff. For every way we express our mind-numbing exercise frustrations, there’s a totally simple way to break past it, says exercise physiologist Amy Dixon. Make gym time fun time with these energizing tips and bust out of your workout rut.1. No Excuses The most important part of getting fit is to...

Home Remedies for Fitness Aches and Pains

5 Clever CuresNext time you're sidelined by shinsplints, scraped knees, or achy joints, don't dash--er, hobble--to the drugstore. Simple solutions like cornstarch, sea salt, white vinegar, and even your own two hands can help alleviate common exercise-induced ailments at home.Foot PainA massage, even one that you give yourself, is a great way to relieve...

How to Injury-Proof Your Knees

Whether you're a PR-setting runner or a moderate athlete, a knee injury is one of the fastest ways to sideline your sporting pursuits. The best way to make sure your knees aren't out of commission? Preventative steps. Literally.Take these five rules to heart when you're injury-proofing your knees, and you'll be keeping your whole...

Prevent Muscle Injury with Vitamin D

Here’s another reason to soak up more of the sunshine vitamin: Not having enough D may put you at greater risk for muscle injury, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) this past weekend. Researchers looked at New York Giants football players and found...

Exercise works by stimulating NERVES, not just muscles, study finds

It is common knowledge that lifting weights increases strength — but it has never really been determined just how much and how often people should lift. New data reveals that while light weight lifting builds muscle mass, heavy weight lifting makes muscles stronger. The reason behind this, researchers say, is due to the neural connections the...

Are Big Veins a Sign of Fitness?

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Pawel Poljanski broke the internet after Instagraming a photo of his "tired legs" following stage 16.The sprawl of veins punching through his paper-thin skin looked like a host of spiders throwing a web-weaving rave. Heck. Even my mom reposted it asking, "Does this hurt?!" Other slack-jawed observers wondered if such a vascular look was worth...

Multitasking Isn’t the Key to a Better Workout, But This Is

Want to up your biking speed? It could be as simple as grabbing your favorite book, sitting down on that stationary bike, and pedaling away. A new study from the University of Florida shows that people who performed easy visual or verbal activities while on a bike improved their speed by almost 25 percent.A little...

How To Become a Morning Exerciser!

When you’re more used to hitting snooze than the pavement in the wee hours, having a laundry list of the health benefits is hardly enough incentive to get you laced up and out the door. But hear us out: A morning sweat session helps sharpen your senses, boost energy, and improve the quality of your...
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