How to Stay Active at Home

How to Stay Active at Home

When you’re stuck in the house — for whatever reason — it’s tempting to flop on the couch and binge-watch TV for a couple of hours (or more!) to avoid the fact that you’re stuck at home. But it’s vital to your physical and emotional health to stay active. Here are five fresh takes on how to stay active at home. 1. Set Small, Simple Goals Don’t underestimate the power of a simple workout to help keep you healthy and happy. “Staying motivated can be tough, but I’ve learned a simple and effective concept: Action leads to motivation, not the other way around. Getting going is the hardest part, but once you do, the motivation will follow,” says Tara Van Dam, ERYT, mindfulness and meditation instructor, and owner of Wholistic Joy Wellness, integrative coaching. Van Dam recommends setting a small goal, such as starting with 10 minutes of yoga or meditation a day... Read More
How to Train for a 5K in a Month

How to Train for a 5K in a Month

Eyeing your first 5K? Pat yourself on the back. Signing up for a race is a great way to give focus and intention to every workout and reap the benefits of running. Simplicity is among the sport’s many virtues, so many beginners believe that if you want to learn how to train for a 5K, all you have to do is run. But without foundational strength and stability, running can take a toll on your joints, especially after a long break or if you increase mileage too quickly. Thankfully, that doesn’t make running off-limits to newbies. It just means you need to start slow, with a smart, well-rounded program. With that in mind, read on to learn how you can train for a 5K in a month (safely). How to Train for a 5K in a Month As with losing fat or building strength, having a plan is the best way to train for a... Read More
What You Need to Know About 30 Day Breakaway With Idalis Velazquez

What You Need to Know About 30 Day Breakaway With Idalis Velazquez

If you’re ready to discover how resilient you are both physically and mentally, you won’t want to miss Beachbody’s new 30-day running challenge, 30 Day Breakaway. Created by Super Trainer and track-and-field athlete Idalis Velazquez, this program combines resistance training with running to help you not only conquer a 5K with confidence but also build a leaner, stronger, faster body. Ready to see how fast and how far you can go? We sat down with Velazquez to find out what inspired this 30 Day Breakaway and why everyone — from beginners to longtime runners — can benefit from this running challenge. What was the inspiration for 30 Day Breakaway? “I wanted to create a program that would help people break away from any fitness and mental plateaus, any physically self-limiting beliefs, and even their own living room — and help them reconnect with nature and all the amazing benefits of running.... Read More
Idalis Velazquez | 30 Day Breakaway

Idalis Velazquez | 30 Day Breakaway

Some of you may already be familiar with Super Trainer Idalis Velazquez — she created Beachbody’s first Spanish-language program, Mes de Más, Total Body Pregnancy and now, our first running program, 30 Day Breakaway. She’s a NASM-certified personal trainer and was a nationally ranked track-and-field start for 10 years in Puerto Rico. But underneath all of her amazing accomplishments, Idalis is just like everyone else — she has a favorite food, bad days, foods she doesn’t like, and guilty pleasures. Read on to learn more about Idalis! 19 Things You Don’t Know About Me...by Idalis Velazquez 1. My favorite food: Puerto Rican festival food. 2. My least favorite food: Anything with mushrooms or too many veggies in it. 3. My idea of a perfect meal: Anything tasty and full of nutrients. 4. What motivates me when I’m not in the mood to work out or eat healthy: The results, benefits, and appreciation... Read More
6 Boxing Techniques to Help Improve Your Skills

6 Boxing Techniques to Help Improve Your Skills

To the uninitiated, boxing might seem like little more than a legal bar fight. But give boxing a try and you’ll quickly find it’s a sport that requires serious skill and strategy. It’s not just about climbing in a ring and slugging it out — as you train, you’ll develop your own personal boxing style and learn key defensive boxing techniques. Of course, you also need to learn how to throw a punch — but all those jabs, hooks, and uppercuts are only part of the picture. There’s also defense, footwork, timing, and ring tactics. It can take a lifetime of practice to do it well — but there are plenty of benefits to reap along the way. Ready to take a deeper dive? Take a look at our breakdown of styles and defensive techniques below. What Are the 4 Styles of Boxing Once you find out what type of boxer you... Read More