Fall Fitness challenges to keep you moving ‘til winter

The weather is cooling down, and that means staying active is more important than ever. A solid exercise routine is vital to protecting our immune system and boosting circulation, both of which keep us healthy and limber once winter (and flu season) rolls around. So, here are three fitness challenges you can incorporate into your…

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Summer is hot. So is Hot Yoga.

Skip the studio, and take your hot yoga practice to the backyard. You’ll save some cash and breathe some fresh air (no masks required). WHAT’S HOT YOGA? Hot Yoga is just what it sounds like: a yoga flow practiced in a hot environment so muscles are warmer. Breaking a sweat is an added bonus, as…

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Heal your aches and pains with Yin Yoga

If you’ve struggled with post-workout soreness, you’ve likely incorporated yoga into your exercise routine to help stretch and strengthen tired muscles. But if you’re injured, or have scar tissue buildup, you might benefit more from a Yin Yoga practice. Never heard of it? Read on for a breakdown of the practice, its benefits, plus a…

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Stretch Your Way to Better Sleep

We know the benefits of stretching before or after a workout: relieved muscle tension, increased circulation, and better joint mobility. But getting in a round of stretching before bed can have additional benefits: stress relief, increased relaxation, and deeper sleep. A 2016 clinical review of sleep studies found that meditative movements improved sleep quality—and that…

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Do you really need to take 10,000 steps for optimum health?

If you use a fitness tracker or a smartphone to keep track of your health goals, you know the magic number: 10,000 steps for optimum health. That cracks out to around 5 miles for the average person—which seems like a lot. So how did the fitness world land on this number? According to experts, they…

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Buzzword Breakdown: LT

This month’s Buzzword Breakdown features a metric the average fitness tracker won’t tell you, but that you’ve certainly felt the effects of at some point in your life: lactate threshold. WHAT IT IS LT: Lactate Threshold WHAT IT MEANS Lactate is an organic molecule produced by most tissues in the body, particularly our muscles. Your…

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Spring Leg Workout

We’re a full year into this endless WFH lifestyle, and it’s time to give those legs some love. This one hour workout (courtesy of our personal trainer) will target your lower body—our biggest muscle groups—so you’ll be boosting your circulation and metabolism even long after your cool down. Ready to get started? You’ll need: One…

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HRV: A Quick Guide

WHAT IT IS HRV: Heart Rate Variability WHAT IT MEANS HRV is the variation in time between consecutive heartbeats, controlled by our autonomic nervous system. We frequently discuss the two halves of the autonomic nervous system on our blog—sympathetic and parasympathetic—as both are influenced by how you breathe. Our parasympathetic nervous system is activated while…

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The Unseen Benefits of Exercise

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us, but research shows that moving your body can physically change your brain, from increasing brain plasticity to encouraging the formation of new neural pathways.  The best part? Some studies suggest that we can tap into these benefits with as little as five minutes per day. Here…

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How to Dress for Outdoor Winter Workouts

We’ve gotten used to taking our workouts outdoors this year…but not during the winter. After some research and gear-testing, here’s how we’re dressing to stay comfortable while we skip the gym (and brave the elements). First things first: your Intake Kit. Here’s why— Breathing through your nose is particularly important in cold weather–your nose is…

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