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When the temperatures drop and our nose hairs freeze within minutes of leaving the house, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get outside and exercise. But, as we'll outline below, outdoor winter workouts are really good for us. Keep these tidbits in mind when you're on the couch dreading the thought...
Oh no, not another yoga-related article…I know, I know, you’ve probably been told one time or another that you HAVE to try yoga. Assuming you’ve come across articles and images shouting at you about how great yoga is, you're probably aware of just how many people are singing yoga's praises. Guess what? Those people are right; yoga is pretty great...
With the summer Olympics upon us, the world watches as the absolute best athletes from every country compete for the coveted gold medals in some of the most grueling sports. While natural ability is important to being successful, the athletes also have to dedicate countless hours to training their bodies and minds, maximizing their fitness, and becoming as lean and strong as possible. But what actually happens in the body when someone begins to physically train? What does it really mean to ‘get in shape’?
Recently I was invited by the UFC to train at the Exos gym in Arizona. I had such a great time that I decided to share it with all of you. I had no idea what to expect when going to Arizona only that I was going to a strength and conditioning gym. I have been to many strength and conditioning facilities with different coaches in the past but nothing compares to the Exos gym.
Question & Answer with Olympic Athlete and Jules Fuel Creator, Julia Murray
Topic: How to Motivate Yourself to Stay Active in the Winter Months
Even before they are born, the health of our children is very important to us as parents. Parents are also beginning to become more aware that the health habits formed in childhood can have a direct impact on our health as adults. For this reason, it is very important to establish proper eating habits and make physical activity a regular part of our daily lives. However our good intentions are often thwarted by a toddler who has thrown his potatoes and carrots on the floor for the umpteenth time or the preschooler who refuses to eat anything but plain pasta. Now-a-days, with all the game systems and tablets that are widely available, it can be hard to convince even a six year old to turn off the screens and get active.
I have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I love the way exercise makes me feel. Exercise makes me feel good. I feel strong and energized. I feel accomplished and empowered. I love to sweat it out and push myself to be stronger, go harder and go one step further than my body says I can. The thing I hate about exercise is the part where I actually have to get up and do it. I hate that I have to exercise! I know that sounds strange because I don't mind exercising. But the thing I find most difficult is motivating myself to actually get started. There was a time in my life that I didn't have to worry about exercising. (I miss those days!) I was young, had a fast metabolism and a very physical job.
I love soccer! I've played since I was a little girl. But there is one thing I don't like about soccer: pulled muscles. Pulled or strained muscles seem to be an inevitable part of soccer for me. Usually after some rest and more thorough stretching before the next game, I don't have a problem for the rest of the season. But no such luck this year; I have a lingering muscle strain that won't heal properly. It is one of the most frustrating things I have dealt with in terms of my physical fitness in a very long time!