5 Ways to Shake Up Your Exercise Routine

Your body is like everything else in life, it responds to change. Adding variety to your exercise routine challenges your muscles in different ways, delivering a mental refresher and preventing burnout. Additionally, continually mixing up your workout will help you avoid overuse injuries since it changes how your muscles are worked. As an added bonus, studies have even shown that by mixing up your routine now and again you’ll be more likely to stick with it! Continue reading 5 Ways to Shake Up Your Exercise Routine

Lazy Day Workout Backup Plan

Everyone has those days. You know the kind. Days where you want to be motivated, but you simply can’t find it in you. Whether it be from stress, having too much on your plate, or plain old lack of motivation, some days are just tougher than others. You have good intentions, but the thought of getting yourself to the gym seems unfathomable. But maybe, just maybe, if you had a workout backup plan in place, you’d be able to talk yourself into doing SOMETHING. That way, instead of missing a workout completely, you could do a bit of exercise at home in an effort to keep yourself on track toward your fitness goals.

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Sticking With It: 10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

When it comes to health, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment that will increase your chances at longevity and help ward off certain chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to become a healthier you AND stick with it for life. Continue reading Sticking With It: 10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Gave Your All On The Tennis Court? It’s Time to “Treat Yo’ Self!”

Playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (plus, it’s pretty fun). Jumping, cutting, smashing, and twisting; playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (and did we mention… it’s also pretty fun). It’s a game that requires strength, power, flexibility, speed, and agility.

How can you become a lean, mean, bright green tennis machine? (Watch out Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams!) We’ve put together a few important things for you to remember if you want to reap the benefits on the court, and there is only one phrase you need to remember… say it with us now… “Treat yo’ self!”

 1. Massages. Why? Because it feels pretty darn AMAZING. Those 30-minute (or even 60-minutes!) sessions aren’t just for people who love to be pampered. Their advantages reach far beyond that with benefits that include: augmenting flexibility, dilating the blood vessels, improving circulation and flushing-out toxins that can cause muscle swelling and soreness. And, hey, if Wimbledon winner Andy Murray can do it, why can’t you?

2. Physical Therapy. Fact of life: injuries happen. Yes, even for a fine physical specimen such as yourself. Whether a sprain, strain, tear, separation, rupture or an ailment ending in “-itis”, it’s important to take proper steps on the road to recovery. Physical therapists are a necessary tool for evaluation, treatment and education (and since we like you so much, Elite members are entitled to a FREE injury assessment at our S.M.A.R.T. clinics!).

3. Nutrition. Food fuels your body (we know, you’re thinking “thank you Captain Obvious!”). After all that court time you put in, your body’s energy gauge is probably hovering near empty. Pre-, during- and post-match nutrition is critical to your performance as a tennis player–or any athlete for that matter. As tempting as fad diets and theories on sports nutrition may sound, you may consider consulting a dietitian (like Elite’s own Rita Larsen) to learn how to fuel your body, lose weight and healthy eating.

To learn more about the most extensive tennis program in Wisconsin (hint: it’s at Elite Sports Clubs) click here. And for more ways to “Treat yo’ self” visit our website.

What ways do you “Treat yo’ self” after a day on the court? Tell us in the comments!