Ever wonder how fit you really are? There are multiple ways to get an idea of your current fitness level — like tracking your reps, monitoring your heart rate, or measuring your body fat percentage. But one metric you may be less familiar with is aerobic capacity.
Whether you’re new to exercising or consider yourself a workout pro, finding out your aerobic capacity can be a great way to gauge how fit you are and track your progress over time. Here’s what you need to know about aerobic capacit...
Cardio before weights, or weights before cardio? Everyone seems to have a different answer: Your friend swears by doing her cardio workout before hitting the free weights. Your brother says it’s better to do strength training first and then crush your cardio. So how can you decide, once and for all, whether it’s better to do cardio before or after your workout?
The short answer: It depends on your fitness goals.
Stiffness, muscle pain, feeling like a 90-year-old when you try to sit on the toilet — delayed onset muscle soreness is no joke.
Whether you like to hit the gym or sweat through a barre session like Openfit’s Xtend Barre, run outdoor trails or power through a quick HIIT workout at home, chances are you’ll end up with sore muscles at some point. (Although it’s okay if you don’t — you don’t need to experience muscle soreness to see results.)
If you've had the same workout playlist in rotation long enough to have the exact order memorized (along with memorizing all the words and guitar solos), summer is the perfect time to mix up your workout with a set of new tunes. It may seem a bit trivial, but the right selection of tunes can help you get the most out of your workout.
Full disclosure: I’m not one of those people who “glows” when I work out. I sweat. And I swear by antiperspirant to keep me dry and B.O.-free. But lately I’ve been intrigued by the influx of natural deodorants on the market — could they actually hold up to a sweaty gym sesh as well as my trusty, traditional antiperspirant?
In recent years, there’s been a growing push to use fewer chemicals in our health and beauty products — and that includes switching from antiperspirants to natural deodoran...
While you’ve probably done your fair share of downward dog and cobra pose, you may not have tried a different form of yoga gaining popularity: face yoga.
Curious? I was — so I gave face yoga a try.
What Is Face Yoga?
Face yoga is a series of facial exercises intended to tone the muscles in the face. Those who practice face yoga say...
Hitting the gym can help you stay fit, but you could end up getting more than just an endorphin rush — sharing gym equipment can also put you in close contact with bacteria (like staphylococcus), viruses (like the flu), and fungi (like athlete’s foot and ringworm).
And while that’s true of many public places — from subways to public pools — gyms present unique germ-prevention challenges. “A gym is more of a risk than, say, a grocery store, because a gym has more high-touch surfaces and theref...
Hot sun, greasy food trucks, plenty of booze — music festivals tend to have a free-for-all vibe that’s not exactly synonymous with healthy living.
But if you plan ahead, it’s possible to rock out with a few thousand of your closest friends without subsisting on junk food or dealing with sunburn, ringing ears, and a nasty hangover the next day. If your summer plans include a music festival, here’s how to stay safe and healthy.
Between the summer heat, free-flowing booze, and sho...
As a mom of three, there are a couple of workhorse appliances in my house – my vacuum, my washer and dryer, and my dishwasher (well, and my coffee maker!) As my boys have gotten bigger, so have the messes they make, the clothes they wear and the amount of food they eat! Making sure that you choose appliances that really work well for your family can make everyone’s day run smoother – here are my tips for picking out a family-friendly dishwasher that will meet your family’s needs.
If you're looking for nourished, moisturized, how-do-you-get-that-glow skin, the key may be a bottle of beauty oil away. Regardless of your age or skin type, beauty oils are packed with an array of antioxidants, fatty acids and essential nutrients that can work to soothe irritation, strengthen your skin barrier, reduce redness and maintain your skin's moisture.
If you’ve ever gone on a diet for more than a week, you are likely familiar with the concept of a cheat meal — or maybe even a whole cheat day.
The idea is simple: For one meal, you get to throw “moderation” to the wind and eat whatever you want. Cheat meals often include sweets, greasy comfort foods, alcohol, and other treats that don’t fall within the guidelines of your regular healthy eating plan.
But while cheat meals might feel like a guilty indulgence, they can actually help you stick t...
Sawing logs. Calling the hogs. Rattling the shingles. There are so many euphemisms for snoring because, well, so many people snore. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 90 million American adults snore sometimes, and 37 million snore on a regular basis. While snoring may be the cause of many a midnight jab or exasperated pillow whack from your partner, it’s no laughing matter. Regular snoring can have serious health consequences, both for the snorer and their bed partner. ...
You set a fitness goal. You made changes to your diet. You’ve been sticking to your workout plan. And it’s working — the pounds have been peeling off, and you feel healthier and stronger than before. You’ve almost reached your goal! Only five more pounds to go, and then…it stops. The scale won’t budge. You’re still following the same plan, but suddenly, it’s not giving you the same results. What gives?
When this happens, you’re likely to hear this weight loss adage from someone: “The last fiv...
When you’re killing your last set at the gym, a drenched tank or dripping top knot isn't the worst thing in the world. But a big presentation? First date? Job interview? Yeah, not exactly when you're looking for sweaty palms and pit stains.
Let's break down everything you need to know about perspiration.
Why do I sweat?
SWEAT HAPPENS (Tank)
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As stinky as it might be sometimes, it's important to remember that sweating itself ...
Whether you prefer to pump iron in the gym or pump your legs on a treadmill, it’s vital that your body gets enough iron. From transporting oxygen to muscles and helping build connective tissue to supporting basic cell function, iron is essential for a healthy body. Fortunately, getting enough of this key mineral is easy when you know which foods are high in iron.