Fitness Archive

Does Exercise Improve Your Vision?

Exercise has all sorts of benefits. That’s not really breaking news. Often, though, people are surprised to find out just how far-reaching those perks could be. Specifically, a lot of research over the past several years has been focused on the neurological effects of exercise – what those workouts do to your ...Read More

Is Exercise Really The Best Weight Control Strategy?

Generally, when people set out to lose weight, they all start the same way: massive bouts of cardio. Granted, it’s not always hours upon hours on the treadmill, but – regardless of the exact method – exercise is typically the go-to for weight loss. After all, you’ve got to get rid of ...Read More

Stepping Up to the Bar(re): My First Barre Class

My Background I am a man in my early thirties and have been involved in athletics, in one form or another, for most of my life. I wrestled as a teenager, played varsity basketball and volleyball, and swim and lift weights recreationally. Friends have converted me when it comes to a lot ...Read More

Sticking to Your Year-Long Workout Plan

Periodization is sort of a funny part of the fitness world. It’s incredibly useful and effective. But it can also be pretty intimidating at first. And, perhaps for that reason, periodization is seldom used outside of the professional scope of fitness practice. In reality, though, periodization doesn’t have to be that complicated. ...Read More

Should Cardio Come Before Or After Lifting?

Within the health and fitness world, the cardio and lifting camps have long been at odds. Occasionally, you’ll encounter the hardliners who strictly shun one of these methods out of fear that it will impede their progress in the other. Most of the time, though, people are much more moderate, trying their ...Read More

Macros, You Say?

Back in 2012, acting on a suggestion from my husband, I tried a Crossfit class. It took me less than a week to get hooked. The combination of endurance, gymnastics, and lifting–along with the camaraderie between the athletes and coaches–was everything a regular gym wasn’t. In four years, I made a lot ...Read More

The Benefits Of A Post-Meal Walk

Exercise is important. Let’s just make that clear now in case it wasn’t already. But science is forever finding new reasons to repeat this old adage. Not only that: we’re also learning more details about the best way to use this valuable health tool. For example, many people – including diabetics – ...Read More

How Your Gut Microbiome Could Be Wrecking Your Weightloss Efforts

Over the past few years, the role of beneficial gut bacteria has become better understood. In fact, these little bugs are so important to the function of the human body that many experts are starting to argue that humans are actually superorganisms – a communal group of organisms all working toward their mutual ...Read More

Does Brain Training Work?

Brain training programs, usually in the form of mobile apps backed by subscription services, are all over the place these days. By challenging you with innocuous games, these programs claim to be able to improve specific cognitive abilities, increase intelligence, and even ward off serious afflictions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Brain training ...Read More

Could an Early Dinner Help You Lose Weight?

Meal timing has been a common topic in the health and fitness world for a very long time. And, among the myriad recommendations out there about when you should and shouldn’t be eating, one of the most common pieces of advice that you’re likely to hear is this: Don’t eat too late. ...Read More