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Coping with Muscle Soreness

One of the biggest fears people have when it comes to working out is the muscle soreness that comes with it. No one likes waking up feeling like their arms and legs weigh as much as an elephant.

But, this delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is actually a good thing. In order for your muscles to grow, they need to tear. As people exercise, their muscles experience small tears, followed by inflammation.

That inflammation is the cause of muscle soreness. Fortunately, this pain only lasts for around 1-3 days, and there are ways to cope with it.

Today’s blog is all about handling DOMS. Try out these easy remedies that people use to alleviate body tension and increase their range of motion, even after a grueling workout.

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When Should You Step Up the Intensity of Your Workouts?

A friend of yours starts going to the gym for a few weeks. She starts complaining that she’s not seeing results, despite spending most of her afterhours working out.

So you decide to tag along for one of her evening workouts. Once you watch her workout, her problem is crystal clear.

She isn’t pushing herself hard enough.

She swings from machine to machine, lazily going through the motions. By the end of her hour-long routine, she’s barely broken a sweat.

Working out is less about how long you work out for and more about the effort and exercises you do during that time. A lot of people trick themselves into believing that just because they go to the gym, they’re getting in shape at a rapid pace.

Don’t you want to get the most out of your workouts? Isn’t your goal to get fit without spending hours and hours on the elliptical?

If so, you should check out a Fit Body Boot Camp location near you, since our 30-minute Afterburn workouts promise to maximize your results in a short timespan. In the meantime, here are a few signs that it’s time to ratchet up the intensity of your workout routine.

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The Art of Warming Up Before You Work Out

It’s an age-old adage you’ve probably heard a thousand times: stretch before you work out.

Yet so many people at gyms and with personal trainers ignore this step completely. They hop right onto the treadmill or pick up weights before any of their muscles are primed to perform. Or, they’ll do the stereotypical arm-across-the-chest stretch, not to get loose but to trick themselves into thinking they’re ready to exercise.

The result? Injuries, discouragement, and a lack of weight loss.

So why are stretching and warming up the best things you can do for your body before exercise? It’s all because our muscles need to be eased into the exertion of exercise.

Whether it’s lifting a dumbbell, squatting, playing a sport, or running a marathon, working out requires blood flow and flexibility. A tight body with tight muscles that tries exercise is a recipe for disaster.

We thought warming up was so important that we decided to give it some shine in this week’s blog post. Here are a few of the many ways you can effectively prepare your body for a productive workout. Try these at the gym, on the field, at home, or wherever else you train!

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Recipes: Healthy Chips

Chips. Why are you so good yet so unhealthy?

I mean, chips are so addictive. You open a bag, stick your hand in, and before long, they’re gone. And unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest choice on the shelf.

Well, we’ve got the solution to quell your chip cravings without sacrificing your precious diet!

The key is to swap the potatoes out for some veggies or dried fruits. You can still keep the regular texture of chips with some added kick or sweetness, depending on what you’re going for.

Let’s explore a few ways you can cook up some tasty chips to munch on free of guilt! You won’t want to go back to processed bags ever again.

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8 Global Dieting Tips That You Can Try Today

Let’s talk about Jennifer.

Jennifer is in her mid-thirties and has three kids. She’s super frustrated with her body shape and wants to slim down. Let’s say she finally reaches her breaking point and decides to make positive, healthy changes in her life.

She’s pumped. Her excitement translates to the gym, where she works out 5 times a week. She’s on the fast track to big-time weight loss when….

…. she gets hit with a wrecking ball of anxiety.

She doesn’t know how to diet properly.

See, someone once told Jennifer that being healthy is like driving a car. Your motivation is what twists the key in the ignition and exercise is the turbo-charged engine that motors the car down the highway.

But no car can drive without gas. That’s exactly what a good diet provides: energy to power you through the day.

Jennifer is nervous because she doesn’t know how to transform her diet for the better. She listens to dieting podcasts and reads health blogs, but gets even more stressed because she doesn’t know which tips actually work.

Believe it or not, countries around the world do dieting differently. It’s awesome to know health is a universal goal, but different regions use their cultures and perspectives in unique ways to stay healthy.

So, why don’t we help out our friend Jennifer and learn how we can improve our own diets from our neighbors across the globe? Here are 8 tips you (and Jennifer) might find helpful!

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How to Squeeze Exercise into Your Busy Schedule

Take a look at your schedule. Go ahead, take a long look.

Chances are, most of your days are filled to the brim with things to do. You might work a 9-5 job, or you might be a stay-at-home mom trying to keep up with your hyper-energetic kids.

Most people understand the importance of exercise. Still, so many of those same people skimp out on workouts.

Where is the disconnect between our ambition to work out and making exercise a part of our lives?

A hectic schedule is one of the most common reasons why people don’t work out consistently (and why they don’t believe they can in the first place).

Believe it or not, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to exercise, even in the middle of your volatile schedule.

Try out these quick-and-easy exercises that can be done on the go, in the office, at the gym, at the mall, etc. Time to keep those workout shoes glued to your feet and ready to go!

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How Group Fitness Can Increase Your Self-Confidence

This is a guest post by David Dewar, a clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in unlocking human potential.

Exercise is one of the biggest self-confidence boosters out there. It helps you feel and look better through losing weight, strengthening and toning your body, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of achievement.

However, getting started on an exercise program and sticking with it can be quite the uphill task.

Group fitness classes have become more popular, leading to the creation of new workout programs and communities. They provide the support system, motivation, and camaraderie that make exercising fun and structured, which keeps you accountable.

Other than the physical results you can expect from group fitness classes, such as boot camp training, there are also several benefits of group fitness for self-confidence. Improving self-esteem will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here are some of the ways group fitness improves your self-confidence.

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Lowering Your Risk of Injury

What most commonly derails people’s progress in getting fit and staying healthy?

Injuries.

For people who lead active lifestyles, suffering a debilitating injury – such as tearing a knee or breaking a finger – can be demotivating.

While no one can avoid all risk to injury, there are certainly steps you can take to limit your exposure to getting hurt. While many of these steps take extra effort, they’ll pay off in the long run when your body is still strong heading into your older years.

So let’s talk shop on reducing the chance of those pesky injuries and freeing yourself of any worries about your health.

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Recipes: Omelettes

Today’s recipe is all about breakfast’s favorite little pocket of deliciousness: the omelette.

The awesome thing about omelettes is that they’re very customizable. You can make them healthier by substituting egg whites for regular eggs or by stuffing the inside with veggies.  Or, pack your omelette with some healthy meats or fishes to get a rich serving of protein.

Add some salsa or avocado on the side to jazz up the flavor without ratcheting up the calories. You can even pair this meal with some sweeter breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit to get a balanced meal.

One thing to keep in mind with omelettes is that they usually have a lot of calories. Try not going overboard with your fillings for a healthier omelette experience.

Below are three unique takes on the traditional omelette. Happy eating!

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