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How I Fell In love With Exercising Again

September 26th, 2016 - By Tanay Hudson
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When I first started working out in college it was exciting. I weighed 246 pounds when I began my journey to healthy living, and during my weekly weigh-in what I saw on the scale never disappointed me. Every week I lost anywhere from three to six pounds. My clothes were becoming looser and when I looked at pictures of myself I saw a new, slimmer me. But after losing 50 pounds, I got bored. My mix of gym and at-home beginner workouts became blase, so I started working out strictly at home and let Shaun T and Jillian Michaels supply me with heart-pumping sweat sessions. But after a few months, that got dull too. Then my weight loss slowed down, which really made me loathe exercising at one point. Why work out if I wasn’t losing pounds? Plus, I became sick of eating the same veggie-based meals. I had slowly lost my desire to sweat it out and I hit a plateau, but by stepping out of my comfort zone I was able to overcome it and find the fun in being fit again.

I was always scared to run on the treadmill or outside. (I tried to run once on the treadmill and got a painful cramp so I didn’t try anymore.) I’m also clumsy so when I thought about hitting the pavement I’d envision myself stumbling to the ground. A few years later, I tried for the second time. By shocking my body and changing up my workout I knew I would start to shed pounds again, so I gave it a try. I paced myself and ran and walked in intervals and before I knew it I was running at least 4 times a week. After my run, I  noticed a boost in my mood thanks to what’s known as a “runner’s high.” Research has shown that running, and exercise in general, leads to your brain producing endorphins, a chemical that reduces pain perception and promotes a more positive mood. With some guidance from a trainer and a running app, I then ran my first 5K race. The feeling of accomplishing something I thought I would never do was invigorating.

Another thing that helped me get out of my rut was changing my diet. I became weary of the same ole chicken, seafood and veggies combo. When the grocery store in my neighborhood closed shop, grocery shopping became difficult, especially when I wanted to try new things. So I decided to give HerbaLife a try and it turned out to be a great fit. I have long work days as a therapist, so eating three meals a day isn’t easy. With my HerbaLife program, I have a shake for breakfast and dinner and I eat a meal for lunch. I have my shake before I leave for work and while I am sitting in my last session of the day I sip on my shake for dinner and then head off to the gym.  Plus, the shakes come in flavors like Dulce de Leche, Cookies and Cream and Dutch Chocolate, which have all left my taste buds satisfied.

Meeting with a trainer also helped put me back on the right track. I used the same machines repeatedly, so to help me use the gym more effectively, I consulted with a trainer for guidance. She educated me on the right moves to target my problem areas and showed me exercises that help me capitalize on my workouts and burn more fat. I was familiar with certain moves thanks to Insanity and Jillian Michaels DVDs, but there was so much more to learn. Having a trainer advise me and show me new things made me motivated to lace up my Pumas and train harder.

I’m usually solo dolo during my daily fit fest, but having a workout buddy is pretty helpful. Not only does the workout go faster, but I pick up on some of my partner’s different workouts and give them a try. When I am with him I am more likely to pick up the weights and do some strength training, which I neglect at times due to my love for everything cardio.

Being in a funk when you’re trying to be fit can be a major setback. Finding ways to revamp your workout and spice up your diet can be just what you need to get back to going hard in the gridiron.

 

How To Fall In Love With The Gym This Fall

September 22nd, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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As the sun starts to set much earlier, and the air gets colder, your options for outdoor exercise become limited. If you live in an area with the true four seasons, then soon enough, you won’t be able to go for a morning jog without worrying about slipping on icy ground. For most, the change of seasons means a change in workout setting, aka going back to the gym. The gym can be a mundane, soul-crushing place where you feel like all you see is gray walls and miserable faces, all you hear is the painfully repetitive sound of the pounding elliptical machine, and all you smell is sterilizing wipes mixed with sweat. And, honestly, in the fall when people often suffer from some degree of depression because of the changing seasons, you don’t need that. But the gym can also be your sanctuary from the dreary weather, and your bright place during darker evenings…if you know what to do. Here are 15 ways to enjoy the gym more this fall.

Things That Make Exercising Much Easier

September 21st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all know at least one person who loves to work out. They invite you to their CrossFit classes, look forward to mud runs, and often make you wonder, “How do they do it?”

But for a lot of other people, sticking to an exercise plan can mean boarding the motivation struggle bus. If your goal is to have a long-term relationship with physical fitness, it might pay to think about it in a different way. When exercise is a chore, nobody looks forward to it. But there are a few ways to make exercise a lot more fun. And even more ways to fake it ’til you make your way to motivation.

Fitness experts say the key is to make your workout routine easy. When getting in a few workouts a week sounds like fun, they are easier to fit into your schedule.

Do You Embarrass Your Boo At The Gym?

August 25th, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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Honestly, if your partner has agreed to the two of you hitting the gym together, then you’ve found a unicorn. For most men, the gym is their sacred time. It’s when they get to do the ultra masculine stuff that, if they did it at home, you would usually take them down a notch for. Like flex their muscles in the mirror while yelling at an imaginary old high school nemesis, or punch a bag with a level of aggression that you know they don’t even have. So I don’t know how you got him to turn gym time into date time, but try not to blow it because your privileges are conditional. Here are ways you might embarrass your boo at the gym.

Anxious Thoughts We All Have When We Go To The Gym (And Why They Don’t Matter)

July 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Real talk? Going to a gym for the first time, whether co-ed or a women-only facility, can be intimidating. You’ve come there to get in shape, but everyone else seems like they’ve got it down already. They’re fit, know where all of the machines are, and is it just you or are they looking at you like maybe you don’t belong?

A recent study found that you’re not the only one who has felt that way. In fact, 75 percent of women have found themselves skipping out on the gym because they felt anxiety about working out among the crowd of people who go to fitness facilities.

The gym can seem like a really intimidating place, but you don’t need to feel embarrassed. It’s easier than you think to conquer your gym fears and stop them from keeping you on the couch. The trick? Remembering that you’re not alone. These thoughts run through everyone’s head when you start a new fitness routine at the gym — but these are reasons why none of us should worry about it.

Which Type Of Gym Rat Are You?

May 19th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The gym is filled with so many colorful characters. About 75 percent of the gym struggle is just trying to motivate yourself to get through the full 30 minutes to an hour that you swore you were going to stay. The other 25 percent is just trying to motivate yourself to deal with all the people sure to tap dance on your last nerves. From the pushy trainer looking to make you their newest pet project, to the women in your dance class who act like they can’t make space for you even though you were just five minutes late, it’s a jungle in there.

But we all have our moments when we hit up fitness facilities and know we could be nicer, get off of machines sooner, or know we’ve done the absolute most in the attempt to get a good workout. Still, if you had to classify yourself and your regular gym behavior, where would you fall? Check out nine different types of gym rats, and if you don’t see yourself on this list, (politely) tell us what mold you fit in the comment section.

#NoExcuses: Equinox To Launch Fitness Hotels So You Can Stay In Shape On Vacation

May 4th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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When you travel, it’s easy to create excuses so you can eat poorly and avoid working out but if you need a reason to stay on the straight and narrow road of fitness, get ready to lodge at Equinox’s fitness hotels.

The luxury gym brand will launch its first high-end hotel in 2018 in the Hudson Yards section of New York City. The hotel has been designed to have a 60,000-square-foot gym, which will be Equinox’s largest facility. In a February interview with Condé Nast Traveler, Equinox’s Cheif Marketing Officer Carlos Becil revealed that “the demand for fitness and high-performance living has never been greater, and we don’t see it slowing down. We polled our members and we received a 95% response rate that our members would be interested in staying at an Equinox hotel.”

Although many boutique hotels have fitness centers, overall wellness is rarely a focus. Refinery 29 reports that where hotels are not answering the call for health, boutique gyms are. SoulCycle will be opening at the Starwood’s South Beach Miami location and the brand Exhale will begin expanding its 27 studios and spas locations. “We believe that to maximize results and reach your goals, you need to place equal focus on, and carefully plan, how you move, nourish, and regenerate your body,” Becil concluded in his Condé Nast Interview.

We stand in agreement. Would you stay at a fitness hotel?

According To A Study, There’s A Lot More Germs Lingering At The Gym Than We Expected

April 10th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If you’re like me, you’re always mindful of wiping down equipment at the gym before and after you use them. However, some of us skip out on a good ole’ disinfecting wipe, and after reading the following information they’ll change their mind.

According to a new report from FitRated, a site that reviews gym equipment, gyms are a lot more germ-y than we expected. Sure, we know hundreds of people utilize the equipment on a daily basis, but not to this extent. The site took bacteria samples from 27 different items are three national gym chains to find our which of them weighs in at the bottom of the totem pole. The report showed that the standard exercise bike had 39 times more bacteria than a plastic cafeteria tray with the tread mill having 74 times more bacteria than a water faucet. Yikes!

And the free weights ranked in as the biggest bacteria carrier with 364 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

So, ladies, if weren’t wiping down equipment before and after you use it, now is definitely the time to start! And a thorough hand wash before and after your workout is a must!

Which Piece Of Gym Equipment Has 362 Times More Germs Than A Toilet?

April 6th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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There are so many options of things to do when you go to the gym. You can get on the treadmill and either go for a walk or run. You can get down on a mat and do some yoga poses or stretches. You can grab a few different free weights and work on building muscle. You can tighten and tone on some of the resistance machines. There’s no limit to the kind of workout you can have. Unfortunately, there’s also no limit to the number of germs you can pick up, all while attempting to get healthy.

The website Fitrated.com enlisted EmLab P&K to swab almost 30 pieces of equipment at three different gym facilities that are national chains in an effort to find out just how many germs our go-to gear really holds. What they found was, just as you thought, you should probably wipe down the equipment before you use it due to an abundance of gram-positive cocci and other serious bacteria.

Treadmills at the three facilities they checked out had 74 times more bacteria than a public water faucet does.

That exercise bike people sit on for extended periods of time? Thirty-nine times more bacteria than the reusable plastic cafeteria lunch trays.

But the dirtiest equipment of all? The free weights. They have 362 times more bacteria than the toilet you sit your behind on.

Disgusting, but not the biggest of shocks. Most people don’t wipe down the machines before getting on or getting off, and people put their grubby hands on the free weights more than any other piece of equipment because they’re quick, easy, and effective. But just because you use and pick up these things doesn’t mean you need to pick up all the germs that come with them.

It’s recommended that you spray and wipe down the equipment before and after getting on, and don’t touch your face until you wash your hands. Better yet, just don’t touch your face at all while in the gym. And when you get home, take off your workout clothes before sitting down on your furniture. Basically, don’t take the gym home with you, and if you can afford it, get some of your own equipment so you don’t have to rely so heavily on the grimy gear at your local facility.

Are You Having Sex At The Gym? Because 25% Of Gym-Goers Are

January 20th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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There was a scene in the first season of Being Mary Jane where the always conflicted title character runs into Andre, the married man she unknowingly had an affair with, after trying to avoid him.

He follows her into the women’s locker room where they have an argument about him being dishonest that ends with Andre telling her how much he loves her. Eventually, they end up having sex in one of the tiny gym showers, an old-school one with the white plastic-y curtains. And while it was indeed a steamy scene (no pun intended), I couldn’t get over the idea of having one’s body up against the walls of a shower that had been used by hundreds of funky people. An ordinary locker room shower surface is probably rife with, at the least, some athlete’s foot and ringworm waiting to happen.

And while I couldn’t see myself rolling around in the germs at the gym while trying to get some loving, a recent survey found that quite a few gym dwellers are having sex in such facilities. About a quarter of them.

According to the UK’s Metro, Ann Summers, who surveyed 2,000 Brits, found that 25 percent of respondents admitted to having sex in their workout facility. More than half said they use the gym as a place to meet people (to hell with working out!), and 10 percent stated that they carry condoms in their gym bag to be protected and ready for whatever.

About 45 percent of women surveyed said they attract men while on the cross trainer machine, which tones and lifts the butt. And men prefer to hit the lateral pulldown machine to attract the honeys while working on their biceps and pecs.

Twenty percent of respondents said they’ve hooked up with a trainer, and more than 80 percent said they’ve made connections by using dating apps while in the gym.

In case you were wondering, 31 percent of those who admitted getting it in at the gym were gay while 49 percent of participants were straight. The other 20 percent identified as bisexual.

Again, this survey was taken across the pond (and it didn’t say where exactly people were scurrying off to in the gym for sex), so this may not be as common here (though, somehow, I have a feeling it is). But I can’t help but ask if you would ever be interested in being sexually spontaneous at the gym? Why or why not? Or, if you’re brave enough to answer, have you ever had sex in the gym?