HIIT vs. LISS: Which Cardio Workout is Right for You?

Cardiovascular or aerobic exercise is an integral part of a balanced workout routine. The numerous heart health benefits include better blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight management. It also lowers the risk for conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It’s one of the best things you can do to care for your heart. But how do you choose what kind of cardio is best for you? Let’s break down popular forms like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and low-intensity steady state (LISS). We’ll discuss benefits and differences to help you formulate a personalized plan. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a training form with bouts of near-maximal effort followed by a recovery period and is then repeated for several cycles. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)1, the benefits of HIIT include improved aerobic and [...]

Try a New Move: Pumpkin Kettlebell Workout

Pumpkin Workout Read Time: 1 min 32 sec Who said Halloween was only fun when you’re young? This year we have a spooky-themed kettlebell workout full of witches, goblins, and creepy, crawly spiders. But don’t worry, the only scary part of this workout is how amazing you’ll feel when you’re done! Stirring the Witch’s Cauldron Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the kettlebell with an overhand grip. Keep your core, glutes, and quads strong as you rotate the kettlebell around your body, changing hands in the front and back. After 10 circles in one direction, change the direction of the circle and complete 10 more rounds. Goblin Squat Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and feet turned slightly outwards. Hold the kettlebell in front of your chest with both hands and elbows tucked in close to your body. [...]

Try A New Move: Isometric Workouts

Isometric Workouts Read Time: 1 min 38 sec Most Americans do not need to be told that exercise is good for their health. We know we should exercise, but sometimes we choose not to. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 24% of Americans meet the recommended Physical Activity Guidelines, and 1 out of every 4 engage in no exercise at all. So, what is holding us back? Lack of time is one of the most commonly reported barriers to physical activity. With other responsibilities at work and home, exercise may end up near the bottom of your priority list. Not to mention, the jobs in the United States have become increasingly more sedentary, requiring employees to sit for 7 or more hours a day. But there is one type of exercise that you can do at [...]

Try a New Move: Core Strengthening for Everyone

Core Strengthening for Everyone What are your fitness goals? Some of us want to run hundred-mile races or squat twice our body weight. But most of us have simpler goals like getting to a place where taking the stairs or getting down on the ground feels comfortable, and that’s OK! Wherever you are in your fitness journey, build a foundation that allows you to move how you want. An excellent place to start is building up your core strength, which can protect your spine, ease lower back pain, and improve balance, stability, and posture. We need some degree of core strength and stability in nearly every move our body makes. A weak, tight, or unbalanced core can undermine your ability to comfortably perform everyday activities like bending, lifting, twisting, and carrying. Even sitting and using a computer or taking phone [...]