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Fit Tip: Beach Running

Bored with the usual grind of going for a run and having that run consist of miles of flat, hard asphault or dealing with colorful characters while on a treadmill? If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach, or be visiting one soon , switch up your routine and go for a jog in the sand. Not only is the view gorgeous and the smell of the ocean way better than your typical street/gym smells, the sand offers excellent resistance. That resistance helps burn 30% more calories! Here’s some tips to get the most out of your sandy workout: Choose your equipment: You don’t need a whole lot for a run on the beach. We would choose these versitile shorts from Nike that have a matching halter top for plenty of support. Also, the shorts are made out of swimsuit material just in case you decide to take a quick dip. Go barefoot. Going without shoes allows you to use your toes to grip the ground, so it’s great for the muscles in your feet and calves. Just be careful because running on uneven surfaces can increase the risk of sprains and tendonitis, not to mention cuts and scrapes …

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3 Inspiring Reasons to Workout That Aren’t Related to Your Weight

Exercise can change your life. You’ll never regret a work out, no matter how long or short it may be. There are many reasons to exercise other than burning the calories consumed in yesterday’s cheat meal.  Here are 3 reasons that will inspire you to remember working out isn’t always about looking down at the scale. Clears Your Mind. A good run or workout can help you clear your head and solve a few problems because of increased serotonin levels. Serotonin is the chemical in your body responsible for happiness, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite. Serotonin levels increase if you work out regularly leaving you with more energy and clearer thinking. Exercise is a natural anti-stress treatment, and way cheaper than therapy! Next time you have a lot on your mind or are having a rough day, grab your running shoes and break a sweat. We promise it will make you feel better and brighten your day. Improved Energy (and Productivity). It’s easy to assume that after a hard workout you will feel fatigued, but that is actually totally false! Research shows that regular exercise can boost energy levels. After a beach run or gym session, I always seem to knock everything off of my to-do list in no time. So …

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Why yoga on the beach is the best thing for you

From improving your well-being, boosting your energy, getting an extra workout for your muscles, and enjoying blissful peace, doing yoga on the beach can be the best thing for you. Yoga director Nancy Goodfellow at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica shows how great yoga on the beach can be. Article by Shannon Farley Yoga is well known for its amazing health benefits. Doing yoga on the beach is even better for you when you add in the positive effects of sea air, sunshine and being outdoors. Studies show that being by the ocean has multiple positive effects on your health and well-being. It’s not a coincidence that doctors for centuries have prescribed trips to the seashore to improve patients’ health. Find out all the reasons why doing yoga on the beach is the best thing for you. Exercising outdoors is good for you. According to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, exercising outdoors in nature – especially near water – helps ease stress, tension, anger and depression, and can increase happiness, satisfaction and energy. The benefits of exercising last longer when it’s done out in nature because fresh air means the body receives a healthy supply of oxygen. Even …

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The Newest Research on the Benefits of Meditation for Fitness and Longevity

We’ve all been there — feeling like we’re mindlessly exhausting ourselves on a hamster wheel while we tread an endless list of tasks, worry that we aren’t successful enough, and fear that our entire lives will collapse around us at any moment. Stress, depression and anxiety are the harbingers of the modern, Western lifestyle. And they’re slowly killing us. There is a growing body of research that is investigating the concept that an imbalance in stress hormones is the root cause of disease1. Medical science has already shown a causal link between stress and maladies like insomnia, eating disorders, circulatory issues, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Some researchers2 are continuing to draw connections, and they hope to establish a link between stress and all disease. Regardless of whether or not this field of study pans out, it’s clear that we can improve our health by reducing the impact stress has on our lives, and meditation is at the forefront of the movement for many people to reclaim their mental health. Meditation soothes our emotions, strengthens our psyche and helps people achieve a deeper connection to the inner workings of their minds. Meditation increases our self awareness and allows us to gain …

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