Fitness Archive

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

Change Your Rest Times To Match Your Goals

There are lots of different factors that need to be considered when it comes time to design your workout routine. Of course, everybody’s thoughts immediately go towards exercise selection. Then there’s the set and rep scheme. Often, though, people don’t give a lot of consideration toward the amount of time that they ...Read More

Could Your Workouts Protect You From Holiday Overindulgence?

The holiday season is a stressful time for lots of reasons. For the fitness enthusiasts out there, however, the overindulgence in sweet baked foods can be a major source of concern. After all, you’ve worked hard throughout the year and the social pressure to load up on…less-than-healthy foods can be pretty strong. ...Read More

Could Your Shoes Be Slowing You Down?

The idea that your choice of footwear can have a major impact on your running performance isn’t a new one. It’s also not a very surprising concept. Not only is it completely logical to assume that heavier shoes can make your runs more challenging, this fact has been well established in laboratory ...Read More

Metabolism Myths and Facts

Whether you’re looking to lose fat, gain muscle, or improve your athletic performance, your metabolism is a pretty important factor when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. Although people normally think about the metabolism in terms of how many calories you can burn, it’s actually about a lot more than that. ...Read More