Category Archives: Fitness
I am guessing that you are probably here looking for my opinion on when it is ok to workout when you are not feeling well. My quick take on this is to listen to your body and do what you think and feel is right. If you are run down then rest and let your body heal. You need your energy to get better. However if you have energy and want to get a short lift in or maybe some light cardio, because it is good for your psyche (that is my problem lol) then have at it!
I know you are expecting to see a normal gym bag list. Don’t forget your shorts, t-shirt, bag, towel etc. Well this is a much more important list. If you forget a couple of these things then you might as well go home! In fact if you have all 5 of these things and no gym clothes….work out in your work clothes! Let’s get started,
One of my favorite things about the fitness industry and working out is that you can make a slight change to an exercise and make it better. You can be creative with angles and timing and equipment. If you always keep safety and technique in mind there is no limit to the possibilities. However the opposite is also true. You can sometime change things for the worse and this will cause injury….or even worse….do nothing at all.
One of the moves that I just don’t get is holding on to the treadmill when you are using the incline. What makes this worse is that some machines even build in handles for you to hold on to. When you walk or run up a hill the difficulty increases and your body adapts to that difficulty. Your upper body leans into the hill depending on the incline and your legs work to propel you.
The other day I was lucky enough to come across this amazing program being offered by Under Armour! There are two reasons why it is amazing. The first is that it gives the winning school a $100,000 worth of gear for their sports teams!!! The second is that it is for CANADIAN Schools!!!! That’s right Canada, it is just for us. How often have you seen a great contest and you start to read the rules, and then somewhere near the bottom you see “only open to residents of the United States”? I stopped looking at contests lol. Well this one you can look at and if you are in high school or you teach in a high school, or you love your old high school, make people aware and give this a shot.
This is one of the reasons that I love the Health and Fitness industry and I love blogging and dealing with people. Because it was just from connecting with others in the industry that I found out about this. People in our industry really want to help others and we have a passion for helping youth. That is our future. Our health care costs are huge and getting much worse and our youth is more unhealthy than any time in history. It is programs like this that will get kids excited! It gets the entire school working together. Other companies should see this and implement other programs and target even younger children. The earlier you get kids active then the faster you will create that habit.
So thank you and congratulations to Under Armour for putting this all together and also thank you to Ryan Olah at Red Tettemer in Philadelphia for making me aware of this. Please click this link to learn more and share…share….share this info!!