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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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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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How Exercise Affects Gut Flora

How Exercise Affects Gut FloraPerhaps you have never considered the connection of how exercise affects gut flora. It’s common just to turn to exercise simply for the fact that it helps you to lose weight or get healthier, but it goes much further than that. What you will find is also that exercise can help you with so many digestive issues, and therefore can benefit you greatly in this way.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Gym Membership

How to Get Rid of Your Gym Membership

Ready to get rid of your gym membership?  It’s a decision many of us face at various times in our lives.  There’s nothing wrong with signing up to classes or to use the machines and equipment at your own pace. However, if you just aren’t using it to the point that it’s worth your while, or you’re looking for areas where you can trim extra expenses from your life, this is certainly an option worth considering.

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Precautions to Take When Exercising in the Heat

Safely Exercising in the HeatExercising in the heat can be an unavoidable circumstance at times, especially if you live in an area where it is hot most of the year. In addition, being part of certain outdoor competitions can leave you at risk of suffering from heat stroke if you are not careful.

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5 Reasons NOT to Skip Your Workout When You’re Feeling the Blues

Top Reasons NOT to Skip Your WorkoutWhen you’re suffering from the blues, it can be difficult to build up the motivation to face your workout. After all, it can be difficult to build up the motivation to face most things, let alone something challenging and that requires physical effort. That said, when you’re feeling down, it’s even more important to be active than it is when you’re already in a great mood.

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6 of the Handiest Fitness Apps for iPhone and Android

Top Fitness AppsJust when you thought you were aware of everything, technology surprises you with something new. There are even fitness apps for your iPhone and Android that will follow you and hold your hand, yell at you and even motivate you through your workouts.

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The Best Ways to Quickly Recover from a Workout Injury

Ways to Recover from a Workout Injury

Having to recover from a workout injury stinks.  There’s no way around it. It’s not fun, and it’s not something any of us want to have to do.  Still, it happens.  We may not want to think about it, but it’s best to have a plan in place in case it happens.  That way, we can make sure we’re doing our best to shorten the necessary healing time as much as we can.

The Importance of Taking Time to Recover from a Workout Injury

Even when we’ve taken all the best precautions not to hurt ourselves, we’ll all eventually have to recover from a workout injury that has happened regardless. We all assume that if we do the right things during each workout, we won’t get hurt. That’s simply not the case.

Sometimes, injuries happen despite our best efforts to protect ourselves. It may be due to improper technique or form, or it may result from straining your body beyond its limits. This may happen when you don’t listen to your body or when you don’t provide it with what it really needs for a workout. However, the injury may occur, you need to know how to work through it so that you can get back on your feet again.

The key is to know what to do to make sure you recover from a workout injury.  Don’t just trust what your friend or a meme on social media advises. Instead, make sure your injury is properly diagnosed, so it can be treated properly, and you can heal from it as quickly as possible.

You Don’t Have to Give Up All Activity

If you find yourself needing to recover from a workout injury, one of the most important rules is to remain active where you can. If you just sit on the couch and don’t engage in any exercise when you get hurt, then it’s going to be that much harder to get moving again once you have healed.

Remember that your injury (hopefully!) does not involve your entire body. This means that the other areas of your body can still get a workout, even if it’s just a mild one using alternative exercises.

You’ll want to find alternatives and work the part of the body that is not hurt, as that will be key to moving forward successfully. So, if you have a lower body injury, keep working out the upper body, and vice versa. Keep active and simply work around your injury as that will help you to get back to normal a lot faster.  After all, a wrist injury isn’t stopping you from taking a brisk walk.  An ankle injury doesn’t stop you from lifting hand weights from seated.

Listen to Your Body and Give It What It Needs

You do want to take time to recover from a workout injury because you don’t want to push it too fast. Trying to push things beyond your healing level will only risk making things worse or slowing down the healing process.

Really listen to your body, for it will give you the signs you need to recover successfully. Though you may think that a certain amount of time will be sufficient, recovery time may be different for everyone.

Though you may be sidelined for a while, it’s imperative to give your body time to heal properly. You risk further injury if you don’t let yourself get back to normal first, so just work around the injury in the meantime. Never push yourself or try to throw yourself back into working out the injured part sooner than you should. This will always backfire in the end.

As you recover from a workout injury, you want to think about the long term as that will benefit you the most. In the short term, take care of the injury and really listen to your body. Apply heat or cold and take care of the injury as necessary.

Do continue to be active, but always work around the injury to give it proper time to heal. You will do yourself a favor if you follow these guidelines. Giving your body time to heal and continuing to stay active as much as you can, will help your body and your health in the long run. Injuries happen to all of us, but with the right combination of patience and perseverance, you will be fine soon enough.

Ease into Your Workout Routine After Healing

Once you feel you’ve been able to adequately recover from a workout injury, you may be eager to dive back into all the exercises you were doing before.  It’s better to start gently.  Ease into the exercises you were doing and be careful with the intensity you’re giving it.  For the first few sessions, err to the side of caution.  Do slightly fewer reps or fewer sets.

Make sure your body is ready to get moving again and build up as you can feel confident that you won’t end up having to recover from a workout injury yet again.  Before you know it, you’ll be right back on track and powering through each session once again.