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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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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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Which To Choose: Personal Training or Boot Camps?

Every person’s physical makeup is unique. You could give two people the same training program, but only one of them might enjoy it and experience results.

When it comes to fitness, most people choose to either work with a personal trainer or join a group workout program. Yet so many don’t reach their desired goals because they aren’t in an optimal setting that fit their particular needs.

So how do you know which path is right for you?

Fear not, because we’re going to outline the benefits of both personal training and boot camp programs.

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5 Workouts for a Strong Core

Did you know that your core includes 35 muscles that make up your back, sides, abdominals and hips?

When people think of core muscles, abs are the first to come to mind. However, your core includes a lot more muscles than your abdominals. In fact, it’s everything besides your leg and arm muscles. While your legs and arms do the work necessary to get you moving, the core does the stabilizing, initiating, and supporting throughout the process. Strong core muscles make simple physical activities easier, protect your spine, make you leaner, and improve your balance. Athletes who want to kick or punch hard need a strong, stable core behind the movement.

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6 Tips to Burn More Calories

There are only so many hours in a day. Between work, chores, social events, and eating, it’s hard enough finding time to sleep, let alone exercise. But you’re on a mission to lose weight, and exercise is a big part of the weight-loss equation. Instead of giving up before you even get started, take comfort knowing there are creative ways to burn more calories while exercising.

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5 Full Body Medicine Ball Workouts

Sometimes you need a full-body workout, and you want to add some weight and resistance, but you don’t want to have to buy dozens of different types of equipment. Well, look no further, because these medicine ball workouts will add a little extra to your workout routine and are a versatile piece of equipment.

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Are You Doing the Most Efficient Weight Loss Workouts?

In this day and age there are more and more weight loss solutions being offered to you. This is both a good thing, because you have options, and a bad thing, because with so much information how are you supposed to know what really works?

We’re going to tell you exactly what kind of workouts you should be doing for maximum weight loss, and we’ll even explain how it all works.

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