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How to Start Resistance Training for the First Time

Are you ready to start resistance training for the first time? Perhaps you’ve done it before, but it’s been a while.  If you haven’t been practicing it regularly, then you’re ready. It’s time to begin experiencing the benefits that these strength workouts have to offer you.

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Exercises That Work the Most Muscle Groups

Exercises that Work the Most Muscle GroupsWhen you are working out, you probably want to work the most muscle groups possible in a single visit to the gym. Although some people have a “leg day” or an “arm day,” you most likely want to kill more than one bird with your precious time and energy. In order to do that correctly, you are going to have to know which exercises target the largest number of muscles and which are only effective for one particular area.

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How Exercise Increases Pain Tolerance

How Exercise Increases Pain ToleranceExercise increases pain tolerance in a spectrum of different ways. Of course, it depends on the workout you choose and the type of discomfort you’re feeling, but research has clearly shown that the threshold will rise with many forms of physical activity.

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Here’s Why a Great Workout Doesn’t Require Muscle Soreness

Though the once popular “no pain, no gain” expression isn’t used much anymore, the idea that muscle soreness is a vital component of a good workout has still managed to cling to our beliefs. It’s widely believed that if we want to get in shape, there is a certain amount of discomfort that we will need to endure along the way. That is, if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not going to get you to your goal. It’s unfortunate that this is such a sticky belief, because it’s not actually true.

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Things You Shouldn't Be Doing in Yoga Class

Do in Yoga ClassTaking a yoga class is supposed to be fun and rewarding, but that is nearly impossible if you are not doing it right. By the same token, spending too much time worrying about your technique could cause you some serious problems. It all boils down to knowing what you should and shouldn’t know while you are on the mat.

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Exercises That Challenge Your Body and Your Mind

Exercises to Challenge Your Body and Your MindThere are some truly great exercises out there to challenge your body and your mind at the same time. These are the best types as they give your body the true challenge that it needs to change and transform. Yet at the same time, these types of exercises can also help to keep your mind sharp and facilitate an overall transformation.

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Are You Checking Your Heart Rate Too Often?

Workout Heart Rate

Having a heart rate monitor on your smartwatch or fitness tracker can be very handy, but it’s only really beneficial if you’re using it properly.  Unfortunately, all too many of us are checking it too frequently, rendering the results were seeing less and less useful.  Get to know if you’re using this gadget feature to your best advantage or if you’re only holding yourself back.

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Research Shows a Morning Workout is Different than Evening Exercise

Morning Workout Timing

One of the most common things people ask themselves when they start an exercise routine is whether they should do a morning workout or wait for the afternoon or evening. It’s a reasonable question.  That said it’s not just a matter of when you think it would best suit your daily schedule (though that’s still a big factor, of course).  Instead, research has shown that timing decides other factors as well.

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How to Start Running for Your Mental and Physical Health

How to Start Running as a Beginner

Learning how to start running may be something you’re considering doing for your physical health, but you’ll be happy to know that it is also great for your mental wellbeing.  Even though we’re moderate runners at best when compared with others in the animal kingdom, our bodies were designed to get up on those two legs and get moving. By training to use that design, we can enjoy a slew of healthy advantages.

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What Difference Will You Feel from Getting 10,000 Steps Every Day?

What is the deal with trying to get 10,000 steps every day?  To be completely frank, the number is an arbitrary one. It was chosen in 1965 in Japan as a target for a pedometer called “Manpo-kei”, which translates to “ten thousand steps meter” in English.  It was a marketing tactic for the gadget that was, for whatever reason, accepted as the universal goal for the amount we move around on our feet each day. 

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