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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • 4 ways to learn to love running!

    Whether you're new to the fitness world or you've been exercising for years, there are bound to be certain aspects about the lifestyle that you love and others that you are not as fond of. Running is either a "love it" or "hate it" sort of physical activity, but if you currently in the camp that is not a fan of running, it's possible to change your mind.

    Running is a simple, yet effective, cardio exercise that offers tons of benefits mentally, physically and emotionally. Pounding the fitness treadmill belt burns calories, helping you lose weight and tone your body. It also strengthens your heart (which is a muscle) to lower your risk of cardiovascular​-related incidents including heart attacks, strokes and heart disease. Regular fitness sessions also reduce the likelihood of other medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in addition to boosting your mood through released endorphins. Not to mention, running is as much a mental activity as it is physical. Avid runners often consider running a form of therapy, allowing them time to think and enjoy much-needed solitude. Continue reading

  • Get going and get over that exercise slump!

    Now that winter is finally and officially over, it's time to think about the newness that spring brings with this change. During those cold weather months, you may have hunkered down with comfort foods, your TV and your pet, giving little thought to hitting the home gym equipment.

    But now that the weather is warming up, it's time to replace the big sweaters with swimsuits. This means you must get over that winter exercise slump and hop on that elliptical machine or stationary bike, dedicating yourself to a fitness routine. Aside from looking and feeling great physically, there are a variety of reasons not to let yourself get sidetracked from exercise goals. Continue reading

  • How Can Incline Adjustments Improve My Fitness?

    When it comes to cardio training on a treadmill, fitness enthusiasts everywhere take a myriad of approaches. Some people swear by walking, saying that "slow and steady wins the race." Others believe speed is the cure for better cardio. But what about incline? How does incline adjustment truly improve your level of fitness?

    At Gym Source, we've seen the research. And studies show that walking at an incline increases your hamstring and glute activity by 635% and 345%, respectively, when compared to walking on a flat surface. And don't feel like you have to set your incline levels at their maximum, either. You'll achieve results even at an incline rise of just three degrees. Of course the speed demons aren't completely wrong - your muscle activity at any given incline is even greater if you run as opposed to walk. Continue reading

  • Ditch the lengthy workout with these 2-in-1 moves

    Now that spring has officially sprung, it's time to kick your fitness routine into high gear. Just like cleaning out your closet to make it more efficient, you might want to clean up your workout plan as well. If you've hit a plateau, you can't lose those pesky remaining five pounds or are beyond bored with your current regimen, mixing things up get reinvigorate your excitement and help you reach your goals. Continue reading

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