6, April 2016

How to Use Video Games to Get Fit

Gaming culture is such a big part of our current times that it’s not surprising that there are a large number of people who would choose video games over getting fit. Games offer a sense of recognition without any hard physical labor. But there are ways that you can play your video games and work out at the same time! Nobody wants to work hard to get into shape, but if you use your video games as a method to keep yourself in line, you just might be able to have your cake and eat it too. Kinect and Other Motion Games Video games have made leaps and bounds in the last few years. No longer are games constricted solely to being played using controllers. With technology like the Kinect or the Wii system, moving around has become a much larger part of gaming in general. This is something you can use to your advantage to get into shape. If you’re prone to playing movement games to begin with, this should be simple enough, but if you usually don’t playRead More …


31, March 2016

Why Hiking Is Better than a Treadmill

Everyone knows that walking is a great exercise for you. It doesn’t require a lot of training before you can do it, and it uses the muscles that you use every day to get around. However, one question always comes to mind when people are wondering how and where to work on their walking muscles: outside, in nature, or inside, on the treadmill? While there are diehard supporters of both camps, this is one area where all the gyms in the world just can’t compete with what nature gives you for free. Take a look at the ways that hiking exceeds expectations. Measure Your Accomplishments in Real Time When you’re running on a treadmill you have to get to the end of your program to see how you did. When you’re jogging down a trail or hiking in person you can see second by second how you’re doing, or try to time yourself between mile posts on the trail. It’s nice to get off the treadmill to see that you ran 4 miles in an hour, but it’s even betterRead More …


9, February 2016

How Much Distraction During Your Workout Is a Good Thing

It’s rare these days to see someone working out who isn’t either glued to a TV or has their earbuds in. It’s part of workout culture in these days that it’s a solitary activity that people can use almost like a form of mediation. All they have to do is plug in, load up their workout podcast or playlist, and let the words take them away. It begs an important question, however: when you’re trying to improve your physical fitness, how much distraction is actually a good thing? You Need to Pay Attention to Your Body You shouldn’t be so distracted that you can’t get any feedback from your body. No matter what you’re doing you can pretty much expect that your body has a reply. If you’re really pushing the limit, you need to be in tune with your body so that you know the moment “no pain, no gain” becomes “stop before you hurt yourself.” You don’t want to be so wrapped up in an audiobook that you missed the warning signs that would have stopped you fromRead More …