Most of us treat the cold as an inconvenience that we must conquer rather than embrace….coats, scarves, sweaters, heated blankets, seat warmers and steamy hot showers. Everyday approaches to keep coldness at bay.
But what if the cold is actually useful? What if instead of protecting ourselves from chilly temperatures we should be wrapping ourselves in the cold’s frigid benefits?
Wim Hof, also known as the “Iceman”, has changed his life and his body thanks to the cold. It all began when he was just 17 years old and took in a dip in an icy pool of water. The effects of that experience changed his views on how both his mind and body functioned, and that icy dip became a normal part of his regular routine.
Now 59 years old, Wim Hof holds 21 Guinness World Records and has racked up some astounding achievements. For instance, he ran a half marathon above the Arctic Circle, barefoot and wearing only shorts. He also climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in a swimsuit and can swim underneath ice for 66 meters.
These are things the rest of us shiver just to think about, but Hof claims that cold exposure is behind his ability to do these things.
According to Wim Hof, “Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we’ve forgotten about our inner power. This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment. The inner power is a powerful force that can be reawakened by stimulating these physiological processes through the Wim Hof Method.”Continue reading
New Shorter Exercise Recommendations
We hear it all the time – “Get up and get moving!”
Unfortunately, many of us are not moving near as much as we should in an effort to maintain our fitness.
Whether you are already moving and shaking on your fitness journey…or just setting out on the path to your best you…there are recommendations to help guide you along the way.
The government recently released new physical activity recommendations, so there are some updated guidelines to follow to keep your journey on track. Keep reading to find out how much you need to be getting up and moving, and just how to go about making it happen.Continue reading
What if a simple fitness test could give you a glimpse into your future health outlook?
We are constantly being bombarded with information about what we need to do to stay healthy and how much we need to do it. But even if you do all of the things, the question remains … how do you know if you’re actually in good enough physical shape for the long haul?
Read below for a simple test that can help you unlock this vital knowledge.Continue reading
The top fitness equipment brands are rolling out some exciting new models and new elliptical updates to take your fitness to the next level. At times, these new options can be a bit overwhelming, so we have put together this guide to all of the best new options on the market. Use this article to find the perfect elliptical to help you hit your fitness goals this season!
In 2015, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, suffered the loss of her husband, Dave Goldberg, who was killed in a tragic treadmill accident.
Accidents can and do happen, but if you prepare yourself properly you can use exercise equipment to safely get a great workout.
Whether you are new to the elliptical or consider yourself a pro, safety is extremely important. Just because you’ve used an elliptical before doesn’t mean you can get lazy in this department. Home exercise equipment is a heavy-duty piece of machinery and things can go wrong in the blink of an eye.Continue reading
You know breathing is important, this is not big news to anyone. But did you know that the simple act of breathing can help boost your metabolism, relieve stress and burn fat?
We’ve talked about how to utilize proper breathing techniques to ensure you’re getting the most out of every breath. Now we are going to look at why you should really make sure that you’re using those techniques to reap major benefits.Continue reading
Whether you are new to exercising or you’re looking to change up your normal routine, LISS cardio may be just the ticket.
Hang on… LISS? Yes, another acronym has stormed the world of fitness. Just like popular HIIT workouts, this new type of cardio can help you get better results.
Breathing is important. You know that. But did you know your breathing can make a huge difference when you’re doing cardio?
Proper breathing can increase your performance during a workout and even help you deal with physical and mental stress.
The average person takes around 23,000 breaths per day. So why not get the most from every single inhalation? That’s why we’ve decided to come up with these breathing tips to help you get the most from your cardio workout.
Now, let’s take a closer look…
We all know that cardiovascular exercise is super important. The American Heart Association tells us to get a minimum of 30 minutes per day to keep feeling young. And doctors tell us that cardio saves lives!
But what if there’s more to the story? What if getting that cardio in each day has more benefits that you ever realized?
Exercising outdoors definitely has its perks! Fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun can be refreshing after a day spent working inside. However, it’s important to consider how fresh that air really is…
Are you breathing in air pollution during your run?
Since air quality can vary from day to day and between regions, here are some FAQs to make sure your outside time is helping and not hurting your fitness.