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HOW TO HANDLE HUNGER WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT

The article below is from My Fitness Pal, titled “How to Handle Hunger When You’re Trying to Lose Weight” by Author Danielle Omar Ever have those days when all you can think about is what you’ll eat next? We all do! When trying to cut calories for weight loss, hunger is the most common side effect. After all, your body doesn’t want to give away its energy stores without a fight. I’m here to tell you that this is one fight that you can totally win. With a few expert strategies and a bit of planning, you can keep hunger at bay and still meet your weight goals. Below are nine expert tips and tricks to tame your “hanger”: DON’T

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5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR TRAINERS… ANSWERED!

The article below is from My Fitness Pal, titled “5 Frequently Asked Questions for Trainers…Answered,” by Author Brittany Risher. Trainers and coaches have a wealth of knowledge. Ask them about building muscle, burning fat, losing weight, gaining strength, becoming more flexible, etc., and they’ll have an answer. But if you put yourself in a trainer’s shoes, you’d realize that they end up answering the same five questions, repeatedly. We decided to do our friendly trainers a favor and answer them for you here. “WHAT ARE THE BEST EXERCISES FOR [FILL-IN-THE-BLANK BODY PART]?” “Let me stop you right there,” says strength

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5 ESSENTIALS OF AN IMPROMPTU HOME GYM

The article below is from My Fitness Pal, titled “5 Essentials of an Impromptu Home Gym” by Author Brittany Risher. Whether you’re an avid outdoor runner or cyclist but the weather makes getting out next to impossible or you can’t get to the gym for whatever reason, it’s nice to have a backup plan. And that’s where having a makeshift home gym comes into play. It just takes a few (we argue five) key components, not counting your body weight, and — boom! — you’ll be working out in no time. “Fat loss and increasing conditioning levels, relative strength, mobility and flexibility can all be achieved with the right items at

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HOW CAN I AVOID GETTING SHIN SPLINTS?

Q&A WITH FITNESS INC. TRAINER, JENNA KANE, MS
Q: I am starting to run outside and preparing for my spring and summer running races. How can I avoid getting shin splints?
A: That’s a great question! First, let’s define shin splints. Shin splints (or medial tibial stress syndrome) is a condition where one of the calf muscles from the back of the leg becomes irritated and overused and begins to tear away from the shin bone (tibia). OUCH! Because of where this muscle attaches, the pain will be felt on the inside of the shin bone. It is typically an intense pain that you can pinpoint to a specific area of 1-2 inches anywhere along the inside of the tibia. If your pain in ….

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NUMBERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

According to some fitness experts, people who make a habit to avoid their bathroom scale might have the right idea. Well, let’s say a few other health-related numbers may be every bit as important as our weight. Here are a few you may consider tracking… Calories A moderately active woman who walks 1.5 to 3 miles per day, not including her activities related to daily living, needs to consume between 1,800 and 2,200 calories to maintain a healthy weight. For men, this number usually ranges from 2,200 to 2,800. Blood Pressure According to the American heart Association, 120/80 or lower is a reading that will place you in a normal category for blood pressure. These

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GET BACK IN THE GROOVE

A few simple moves to get you back in the swing of exercising Whether you are looking to get started with, or back to, an exercise routine, you should begin by gradually building a regimen. A guide from the National Institute on Aging suggests starting with as little as 5 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity and increase gradually. You should also set out to perform 30 minutes of endurance exercises most days of the week. Regardless of your age, or length of inactivity, here are some simple exercises to get you moving. Half Squats
– Begin by standing next to a chair for balance and slightly bend your knees. Try to complete 3 sets of 10. If you want more of a challenge, try ….

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