Measuring your target heart rate (THR) is a concrete, numbers-don’t-lie way to sneak a peek inside your body to find out what exercise intensity is right for you. Figuring out your target heart rate can give you a clearer sense of how hard you should push yourself to improve your health and fitness.
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Even if a workout is convenient or effective, it’s hard to stick with it if it doesn’t inspire, excite and motivate you. Different things inspire different people. Find exercise that you’ll not only truly enjoy, but stick with.
Moving your body with purpose is one of the most important ways you can honor yourself and foster a sense of overall wellbeing. Get motivated to get moving with these wise words.
Personal training can empower you to take your fitness to new levels, provide motivation, accountability and a workout plan designed especially for you. Finding the right trainer comes down to a combination of skills, experience and personality.
If you’ve been hesitant to spend money on a membership but are in a need of a positive change for your body and your mind, consider some of these other—possibly surprising—reasons to join your local gym. Discover so much more than barbells and bodybuilders.
Cardio machines are an easy go-to at the gym, especially if you feel comfortable on a certain piece of equipment. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and make a beeline for the same treadmill, elliptical or stair climber. Sound familiar? Be careful not to shortchange your workout.
The right workout should leave you feeling pumped up and energized—not in pain. Read on for how to outwit some common workout mistakes that can sap the joy from your exercise routine and make it needlessly uncomfortable. Get ready to fall in love with your workout.
A ‘no pain no gain’ approach is actually more likely to land you among the quitters than among the healthy and strong. What will keep you coming back for more is striking a balance between what makes you fit and happy.
Choosing a gym that is kept clean with well-maintained equipment is a good first step to protecting yourself, and there are plenty of things you can do once you’re there to avoid germs and work out safely.
While it may be tempting to stick with the tools and machines you already know how to use, many of those funny-looking, what-the-heck-is-that gadgets can deliver some powerful body benefits—and they’re not as intimidating as they look.