Four Signs You Are Working Out Too Much

Four Signs You Are Working Out Too Much

Working out regularly is great for your health, building muscle, and keeping your weight in check, but it is possible to train too much, where your hard work can actually backfire. Here’s why: when you overwork your body, you actually deplete muscle stores (such as when you do too much cardio), and you might feel more sluggish during workouts and experience more muscle pain, as well. Additionally, overexerting yourself increases your risk of injury—where you’d have to stop your training altogether. So, it’s best to keep workouts shorter (though more intense —give them your all!), and include rest days in your routine. Not sure if you’re working out too much? Look for these signs. Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain If your muscles feel sore all the time, then you are overdoing it. Your muscles need time to recover after workout, since training breaks them down. That repair comes from what... Read More
What Are the Best Running Shoes & What to Look For

What Are the Best Running Shoes & What to Look For

Whether you’re just getting started with running or you’re gearing up for 30 Day Breakaway, part of your prep should be getting the right shoes. But how do you know what works for you? What are the best running shoes? And do they have to cost a lot? “Definitely, it can feel overwhelming when you start to research shoes,” says certified running coach and trainer Kourtney Thomas, CSCS. She says the best approach is to go to a running store, where you can get fitted and have your stride checked. But that’s not always an option. In that case, suggests Thomas, “doing a bit of research before you buy could save you from frustration and even potential injuries.” The best running shoes will be the ones that feel most comfortable to you, but with so many options, finding your favorites can be tough at first. Here’s a quick guide to help you narrow down... Read More
The Best Home Exercise Equipment for Your Workout Space

The Best Home Exercise Equipment for Your Workout Space

Thinking of putting together a home gym? Good call. The home-sweet-home approach to fitness is perfect for anyone looking to save time and money. For a lot less than the cost of an annual gym membership, you can stock up on all the essential home exercise equipment you need to get seriously fit, and it’ll last for years to come. And it’s hard to beat the convenience of a home workout. If “going to the gym” requires a 10-second stroll to your living room rather than a 10-minute drive across town, you’re more likely to get your workout in today — and to reach your fitness goals down the road. The good news: When you’re setting up a workout space at home, you don’t need to go overboard. In fact, you can reach a high level of fitness with no equipment at all. But if you’re looking to take your workout... Read More
Celery Nutrition: Facts and Benefits

Celery Nutrition: Facts and Benefits

If you’ve been grocery shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed that the celery section is either sold out or costs much more than it usually does. And it’s hard to ignore all the hype around “celery juice” (yes, it’s a thing — but why??) Don’t get us wrong — celery is a great vehicle for dips, adds a refreshing crunchy texture to salads, and helps create the base of many soups and stews, but what gives? And it is really all that in terms of nutrition? Read on and get the 411 on this suddenly popular vegetable. Celery Nutrition Facts Celery is a low calorie, low carb, crunchy green vegetable that has gained a lot of popularity as a weight-loss food, and more recently, celery juice has been promoted as a cure-all for things like digestive distress and skin health. Here’s the nutrition breakdown for 1 cup of chopped celery provides: 14.1 calories... Read More
Running Motivation: 10 Tips To Get You Going

Running Motivation: 10 Tips To Get You Going

Some days, mustering the will to go for a run can be tough, even for experienced runners. Maybe your legs ache, maybe you have a jam-packed day, or maybe it’s raining; whatever the case, sometimes your desire to stay in overpowers your will to run. And that’s normal! Running motivation comes and goes, but the good news is there are plenty of easy, practical ways to renew your excitement for running and get fired up — you just have to find what works for you. Not sure how to get motivated to run? Try these 10 strategies the next time you need a motivational kick. 1. Identify Your Reason for Running If you don’t know why you’re running, it’s hard to stay motivated. If you feel your passion waning, ask yourself why you started running in the first place, says Martise Moore, a running coach and the founder of GreenRunnerLA.com. Maybe you wanted... Read More