Many of us are being forced to stay at home for the first time in our lives. Gone are the days when we can head off to the crowded gym for a lunch break or after-work sweat sessions. Now, we need to substitute rows of weight machines and exercise equipment for the workout gear we have in our living room.
And yes, our staff here at Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com are feeling the pain just like you are. In fact, our fearless leader, Brad Heath wanted to share his own story in the hopes that it will help inspire and motivate you as you adjust your own fitness routine.
You plan your fitness goals. You strategize a way to reach them. You imagine amazing results.
But, do you know what you’re NOT doing? You aren’t actually getting started… Yup, when it comes to attaining your fitness goals, there are a lot of things that can derail us.
For most of us, we use the excuse that it’s not the right time. Work is really busy, there’s a lot going on with the family, it’s just too cold…or too hot. Or maybe you set your goal on January 1st and have already lost sight of the finish line.
And now, this COVID-19 situation has all of us in a bit of an odd situation. Many of us are stuck working at home for the first time in our lives. But when you take out a daily commute, kids’ soccer practice, and the need to dress for society, many of us are finding ourselves with a little (or a lot of) extra time on our hands.
So yes, NOW is the perfect time to finally get going with your fitness goals. Not only will daily exercise help you, boost your immunity and manage your anxiety in regards to the pandemic, it will also help you look and feel great for the time when we’re finally allowed to go public again.
We know that exercise is good for you, there’s no argument there. It’s great for heart health, brain function, bone strength, emotional health and more.
But did you know that it’s also good for your immune system? That’s right! Exercising can help boost your immune system to keep you healthy and ready to fight off illness.
It’s something that’s all the more important given the current state of the world.
There are a few theories as to why regular exercise may help you stay healthy. Nobody knows exactly how it happens, but based on how our bodies function this is the closest the experts have come to knowing what’s really going on.
The scientific community is still learning about the coronavirus so none of the studies in this report are specific to our current situation. Instead, we’re working off our prior knowledge of how exercise can help boost your immune system against things like the annual flu. (The COVID-19 virus is a type of flu.)
Apex Legends was just named the Best Multiplayer Game of 2019 at The Game awards. The game has grown a massive player base of over 70 million gamers with estimates of 8 to 10 million players battling to be named the Champion each week, all playing anywhere from an hour per day to 5 hours per day on average.
That’s a lot of sitting around and not doing much.
To help gamers get off of the couch or out of their comfortable gamer chair and get some exercise we worked with an Apex Legends player, graphics designer, and fitness aficionado Reddit user /u/DanyulD to come up with an exercise challenge based on one of the game’s Legends.
Appetite and exercise are a funny combo…
There may be times when you finish a workout and feel like you could eat a horse, while other times the thought of a basic salad is totally unappealing.
Neither of these feelings are out of the ordinary, it just comes down to understanding how the body is responding to different types of exercise. This can keep you from derailing your hard-earned results. To plan your workout and diet regimen to be the most effective, let’s take a look at the different ways exercise can affect your appetite.
Gone are the days when you simply had to choose between a treadmill and an elliptical. Now, at-home fitness includes a new kid on the block… the high intensity interval training machine!
In recent years we have seen an influx of HIIT Trainers that promise you amazing results in less time. There are three machines that we are going to look at today, the Horizon Peak Trainer HT5.0, the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer line and the Bowflex MaxTrainer.
If you’ve ever had a loved one suffer from dementia, you understand the extreme hardship it can place on a family. You watch your loved one lose touch with the world – feeling a mixture of sadness and fear. Fear because you wonder if you might one day deal with the same fate.
That’s why it’s important to do all you can – right now, right here – to keep your mind and body healthy for many years to come. One of the most surprising links recently discovered to brain health actually comes from an unexpected source… your heart!
We’ve talked before about heart health and why it’s so important. Now, new studies are showing that a good and strong heart may actually help our brains battle diseases like Alzheimer’s.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been taking steps to tackle what is being viewed as a global epidemic. Over 50 million people currently suffer from dementia – and these are our fathers, mothers, and grandparents. Sadly, that number is expected to triple by the year 2050.
To battle this outcome, the WHO announced a brave action plan. They conducted widespread research to compile a database of life-saving information. More importantly, they created a 96-page report to help people like us prevent this terrifying disease.
So… let’s take a look at some of their most important recommendations.
No Pain No Gain?
Soreness… stiffness… a tweak…a twinge here or there…
All of these things are part of the deal when you work out regularly. For the most part, exercise enthusiasts have learned to just accept them and move on.
You push through the end of your 7 mile run even though your lungs are burning and your feet feel like dead weights strapped to your ankles. You go back for another lifting session even though the muscles in your arms are still tender from your session two days before. You tell yourself that you need to be tough because “pain is just weakness leaving the body.”
But sometimes, this isn’t the case. Sometimes that tweak or pull is actually a sign of a deeper problem or injury that needs rest and treatment. And – when this is the case – every bit of exercise you stubbornly perform risks making that injury worse with a longer recovery as a result.
The old adage “No pain, no gain” can sometimes do you a lot more harm than good. So, how do you know when to push through and when to pull back?
Well, you need to listen to your body. Some of us have a hard time understanding the signals we are receiving. Your body might be sending you signals you don’t recognize as an injury. So, you need to become a bit of a detective to understand the signs and symptoms of real injury.
It’s with smart exercising that we can truly become stronger and fine tune our bodies to reach our fitness goals. And smart athletes know the value of rest and recover when it’s warranted.
Remember the good ol’ days? Your parents shout from upstairs, “Go outside and play!” Hours later, you’d come in with muddy knees, a scrape on your elbow, and a huge exhausted smile on your face.
Ah yes… playing outside was fun as a kid.
So, why should it change as an adult? It turns out, going outdoors has some solid health benefits that you can’t get otherwise. It can have a positive effect on both your physical and mental health.
So, while autumn settles in for a stay, take advantage of the crisp cool weather and take your exercise and leisure time outside a few times a week. According to a study published in Scientific Report, you can reap the health benefits of nature without spending a lot of time outdoors. In fact, just two hours a week is enough to make a difference.
Remember sitting at the table as a kid staring a big soggy pile of greens? Your mom wouldn’t let you leave the table until you gave it a try.
Or worst, your father demanded that you, “Eat all of your vegetables!” before you could dig into any sort of sweet dessert.
Ah yes. These scenes may be from a childhood horror story. But – as an adult — reminding yourself to include those fruits and veggies in your diet can make a huge difference in your health.
In fact, according to a new study presented at Nutrition 2019, an annual event put on by the American Society of Nutrition, eating your recommended fruits and vegetables could actually save your life.