When someone is looking to drop some weight, they usually think cardio, cardio, cardio. Is this the case though? Is cardio truly better to lose weight than lifting weights?
Injuries, unfortunately, are fairly common in the world of exercise and sports. Muscle strains, shin splints, hairline fractures, plantar fasciitis, torn rotator cuff, tendonitis, knee problems, etc. are all common injuries that occur during or as a result of exercise or sports. Some of these injuries occur when people do too much too quickly, when their bodies aren’t ready for the load applied; some happen from plain doing too much, resulting in overuse injuries; and some injuries happen out of sheer bad luck.
Current physical activity guidelines recommend accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (or 75+ min. vigorous activity). There are many types of moderate intensity exercise, but one of the most common and most convenient forms is walking (1). Walking can be performed in a variety of settings. From quick walks on your lunch break to long hikes through the woods, walking gets you out and moving – and it’s free!
Most of us have a certain goal in mind when we start a training routine. Whether this is to compete in an athletic event, improve our strength, or achieve a healthier lifestyle, we are always working toward something. Our goals are motivating, and we want to work as hard as we can to achieve them, but sometimes this can backfire on us if we don’t take time to rest.
It’s summertime! The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and we are feeling the heat! Every time I open my front door I get a blast of hot air that makes me want to turn around and go back inside my air conditioned house!
Even though the temperatures have been rising, I’ve still been wanting to get outside to exercise, as I’m sure many of you do too. As you head out in the blazing sun, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
For all you serious (and not-so-serious) runners out there, you know that running often leads to injury. Because running involves repetitive pounding movements, it takes a toll on your feet, legs, hips, and back. Most runners have experienced an injury at some point or another. These injuries range from small annoyances that go away in a day or two to serious problems that disrupt training for months and even years. Luckily it doesn’t have to be this way!
Hiking is a great way to explore, spend time together as family and friends, and get some exercise! While hiking might sound intimidating to some, the great thing about it is there is a hike for everyone. Once you start looking around in your area you’ll find short, flat, beginner hikes; longer intermediate hikes; and more advanced, technical hikes.