Active Flexibility Warm up Exercises You Should Try

You want to do active flexibility exercises before any kind of physical training. These exercises are important because they wake up your muscles, increase the range of motion of joints, and they improve your body awareness. This style of warming up will enhance your muscular power and performance. Continue reading Active Flexibility Warm up Exercises You Should Try

10 Reasons You MUST Warm-up Before Any Type of Workout

A warm-up should be done before each workout session: cardio, strength training, and even stretching-based classes like yoga. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time since 5-10 minutes is typically all you need to get your body ready for working out. Plan to spend more time warming up for very intense workouts, whereas you can spend less time warming up for low- to moderate-intensity workouts. Continue reading 10 Reasons You MUST Warm-up Before Any Type of Workout

8 Ways To Speed Up Recovery After Exercise

Rest and recovery are as just as important as exercise. Time off allows your body and mind to fully recover and grow.

Here are some tips recommended by the experts: Continue reading 8 Ways To Speed Up Recovery After Exercise

Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?

Melissa Abramovich ACE CPT, NASM CGT, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Muscle withers away if you’re not constantly building it, and muscle withers faster as we age. Waning muscle mass gives way to fat gain, stiff joints, stumbling and bumbling balance, and a precipitous drop in self esteem and functional strength. If you are willing to, fighting back will help us turn the hands of time, just a bit. This means getting strong. Lifting weights can do as much for your heart and lungs as cardio, in addition to building lean muscle, providing you with armor to weather the inevitable storms of time. Continue reading Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?

Recovering from a Meniscus Tear: A Non-Athlete’s Experience and How I Bounced Back

by Susan Madden: Member, Mom, and Guest Blogger

“Confidence is the feeling you get before you understand the situation”-Anonymous

If you told me 10 years ago, I would be a snowboarder, I would have laughed in your face, right after making sure that you weren’t blatantly mocking my athletic ability (or lack thereof).  Although I do enjoy being active, sports have never been my specialty.  The peak of my athletic glory was the high school swim team.  Therefore, when invited to play on a softball rec league, or run the 5K du jour, you can count on me to be the first one to offer up an excuse to refrain.  But 8 years ago when my boyfriend (now husband) asked me to go snowboarding, I was all in.  Sure, I wanted to impress him, but I realized this was an opportunity to try something completely out of my element.  I also wanted to impress myself. What better way to test my inner athlete than by soaring downhill with your feet strapped to a board?

Continue reading Recovering from a Meniscus Tear: A Non-Athlete’s Experience and How I Bounced Back