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5 Apps That Will Keep You In Shape
2012 marked the arrival of the smartphone and its many applications into our lives. Here are five applications that will help you stay in shape. Couch to 5k: to get back into sports As its name suggests, Couch to 5K is an application that will make you get off your sofa and help you run your first five kilometres without suffering and without stopping. Thanks to different progressive and motivating training plans (from 20 to 30 minutes), the application will support you as you progress over a nine-week period. Couch to 5K is ideal for beginners and those wanting to get back into sports activities and gradually build up their cardio endurance. RunKeeper: to visualize your training sessions This is an application that is as useful for beginners as for seasoned athletic types. RunKeeper allows you to keep track of all your sports activities (jogging, cycling, in-line skating), thanks to the GPS function of your smartphone. One of the strong points of this application is the possibility of concretely seeing the results of your training session directly after you finish: total distance, average speed, calories expended, as well as the path you took on a GoogeMaps map. The only thing(…)Read more
Are you Heart Health Savvy?
It’s amazing the way I’ve come to worry about my parents. I find myself having conversations with them like, “Dad, are you taking any vitamins?” or “Mom, have you thought about trying yoga?”. My dad turned 60 this year and I just can’t help but think about him aging—since that’s inevitable, I guess the thing is to help him age healthfully. And since a healthy heart is the foundation of the good overall health, I decided to put together a checklist of six healthy habits that can be used at any age. I hope it helps ease those “are you taking your vitamins” conversations you have with your own parents this year: Exercise: This is probably the toughest for my dad. His schedule really limits him from joining a gym or sports team. But recently he’s started to take walks after dinner; he walks at a moderate pace, but still gets his heart rate up enough to feel a difference in his body temperature. He says the walks have helped him sleep better at night, exhausting him a bit before bed. Which brings me to the next heart habit… Relaxation and reducing stress: It’s more about quality here than quantity, since everyone’s(…)Read more
Finding Ways to Stay Motivated for Heart Health
It’s a well-known fact that social pressure makes you do things maybe normally you wouldn’t do. You run just a little faster when overtaking that hot girl or guy, you do a few more reps because your gym buddy did as well, or you jump a little higher on your skis because you know there’s a camera pointed at you. It’s the very reason why personal training (P.T.) works. Not just because a personal trainer creates a tailor-made workout schedule for you, but mostly because he or she will tell you to keep going when you really don’t want to anymore. But in the age of social media and personal electronics, having a P.T. is no longer the only way to stay motivated to work on your health. There are several very good mobile apps on the market that will keep you right on track, especially for cardio and endurance workouts like running and cycling. An app like adidas’ Micoach for example, accurately monitors your route, speed, time and personal records. Plus you can set it to give you a mid-run notification when you’re about to shatter your personal best, pushing you further than you ever thought possible. And if(…)Read more
Shaking Up Your Routine: Little Things The Make all the Difference
In the past few weeks, we’ve discussed a number of ways to spice up your exercise routine. And for every single alternative, it’s easy to come up with an excuse not to do it. No time, too much hassle, I could never do that, etc. But even if the realities of your world keep you from getting into more demanding sports such as climbing or stand-up paddling on a regular basis, there are a number of quick wins to be had in shaking up your basic gym routine. Changing seemingly small things can have a bigger impact on your training results than you might think. So even if your current gym routine works perfectly fine for you, you can still switch things up slightly for better results. Think about how running on concrete differs from running on sand. The basic movement is the same, but the change of underground forces your body to activate different muscles, resulting in a heavier workout than you’re used to. A similar principle applies to making minor tweaks to your gym routine. Whichever aspect of your workout you change, the goal is to surprise your body and therefore prevent it from hitting a plateau. There(…)Read more