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7 Springtime Workouts You Can Do In Your Backyard

Can you hear it? It’s the sounds of birds chirping, “it’s spring!” If you’ve been feeling cooped up lately (and haven’t we all), now is the time to get some outside activity with a few springtime workouts. Hopefully, you can hit up a nearby park, but if not, and you have a backyard, patio, or balcony, you can still enjoy working out in the great outdoors.

 

Here’s why you’ll want to: Exercising in the sunshine gives you a vitamin D boost (because sun exposure helps your body produce the vitamin). And vitamin D is important because it keeps your bones strong and may even help with cognitive health, according to the Mayo Clinic.1

 

Also, an outdoor workout is low-cost — you’re saving money by not going to the gym or signing up for an expensive digital subscription service. Plus, it gives you a self-esteem boost. Being out in nature is soothing and could help reduce your stress and make you feel good about yourself.2 What’s not to like about that?

 

We’ve rounded up seven of the best outdoor workouts you can try today, whether it’s in a local park or your own backyard. Give one a try!

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Exercise For Weight Loss: Does It Work?

Feel like you’re stuck in a weight loss plateau? Take heart — there might be something missing from your routine. While eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for weight loss, exercise is a great way to support your efforts and develop an overall healthy lifestyle.1

 

So how much exercise do you need to ideally fit in? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (plus two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities) to really reap the health benefits.2 So that could be 30 minutes, five days a week of brisk walking, riding your bike, or taking a swim, along with two days of using hand weights or your body weight for strength training workouts.

 

Whatever your preferred style of fitness may be, discover the surprising ways exercise can improve your health — from helping you lose weight, to allowing your heart to function at its best.

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5 At-Home Workouts For Weight Loss

If you’re staying at home lately, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your healthy exercise routine. While nutrition is key to reaching your weight loss goals, keeping active is a great way to support your efforts and to stay motivated. So, you’ll want to get moving, even if you aren’t able to go to the gym. And here’s some good news: There are plenty of toning and tightening exercises you can do, right in your living room.

 

So if you’re inside and still want to break a sweat, try these five at-home workouts you can do to help you lose weight. They’ll keep you on track, plus you’ll get a rush of feel-good endorphins.1 Let’s get started! 

 

Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.
 

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7 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family

Remember the days before you had kids? Leisurely lunches with friends, long nights out and mornings spent sleeping in, virtually unlimited time to work out. Now that you’re a parent, though, your reality has undoubtedly changed.

 

Yes, you’ve gained the incredible gift of having a child (or children), but long gone are those hours-long bike rides and gym sessions — you may be finding it difficult to fit any exercise into your hectic days! Work commitments, after-school and weekend activities, and the ins and outs of daily life can sap you of the time you need to get in a good sweat session on the daily, that’s for sure. Plus, after spending much of the day away from your kids, you’re probably wanting to enjoy time with them — not with strangers at the gym! 

 

Rest assured that there is a way to accomplish two goals at once: family workouts. Whether they’re structured or impromptu activities, family exercises can benefit you and everyone involved — not only in the health benefits they offer, but in family bonding and in quality time spent together. Plus, they’re just fun!

 

Read on for our complete guide to exercising as a family.
 

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5 Exercises for Diabetes Control (and Why It's Important)

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you likely know that following a healthy diet is key to managing your condition. But did you know that exercise for diabetes control can be just as important?

 

Regular exercise is beneficial for all people in numerous ways, as it can help:1

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Raise your HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Manage your weight
  • Strengthen your muscles and bones

 

But exercise is even more vital if you’ve got diabetes, as it can help:1

  • Lower your blood glucose levels
  • Increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin
  • Reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease

 

Along with enjoying a healthy diet, getting regular exercise might even delay or prevent the development of diabetes in people with prediabetes.2

 

Those are some pretty impressive benefits, right? Still, you may have questions about exercise and diabetes: What are the best exercises for diabetes? How often should I be exercising? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more in our complete guide to exercise for diabetes!

 

Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

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8 Moves From A Certified Trainer to Strengthen Your Core

Stop everything — and consider your posture. 


Are you sitting up straight? Are you standing? No matter what you’re doing right now, your core is working hard to keep you balanced and stable. And if you’re just starting to explore an exercise routine, learning how to strengthen your core could help support your fitness goals and your health. We sat down with Briana Rodriquez, Certified Personal Trainer (and Jenny Craig’s resident Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), who shared her top eight exercises to strengthen core muscles, and discussed how a strong core can benefit your entire body.    

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