The Benefits Of Group Exercise
Added On: Sep 22, 2015
Getting the motivation to work out can be one of the hardest things to do. For those who find it hard to work out alone, group classes may be a solution. These group exercise classes are more than just fast movements, shouts of encouragement, and loud music. They offer not only physical benefits, but psychological support. Here are a few types of group exercises: - Yoga - Step Aerobics - Boot Camps - Indoor Cycling - Kickboxing Working out in groups can help you have more fun while exercising & gives you the opportunity to meet new people who have similar goals and desires. With motivation and accountability from others in your class, you will start seeing greater physical benefits. 24 Hour Fitness offers many group exercise classes. You can check on class schedules by visiting their website or going to any one of their physical locations.
Water And Working Out
Added On: Sep 3, 2015
Staying hydrated is the most important thing for your fitness; muscles perform better when you are well-hydrated. The first tip is hydrate all day long, not just before a workout. Your body naturally knows how to keep you hydrated, so only drink when you are thirsty. Drinking more than you need, will not help you. Is it possible to drink too much water? Water intoxication is a real thing and can be very dangerous. If you are exercising intensely and drinking too much water, your stomach is sloshing around with liquids and can make you sick. What about caffeine? You actually do not need skip coffee if it is used to it. Try to stick to the same amount every day and the habit will not throw off your balance and dehydrate you. Plain water is just as beneficial as enhanced water. You do not need to spend more money for your workouts unless you have a high-intensity exercise for more than an hour. It is recommended that you drink a sports drink that can help keep you going. Do not forget...
What is Fascia?
Added On: Aug 21, 2015
Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue fibers, primarily collagen, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs. Fascia surrounds every cell, organ, artery and muscle fiber in your body. It’s also always changing. In some places it can be dense mesh or an open web of fibers. It can also form sheets, layers, and tube like sheaths. This allows fascia to take on different roles in the body. It can also act as a shock absorber in your feet, distributing the impact of each step into multiple tissues to protect the knees and lower back. When you run, your fascia helps your muscles relax quickly so that you can take your next step smoothly. When you do one thing consistently, layers of fascia build up around specific areas to prevent injury. This can create restricted movement, tightness and pain. Chronic lower back pain is associated with thicker, more numerous fascial layers in the lower back. Fascial build-up like...
Reasons to Stretch
Added On: Aug 12, 2015
Anytime you do physical activities it’s always important to stretch before and after. Stretching has many benefits and it’s quite simple to do. First off, stretching decreases muscle stiffness and increases your range of motion. Starting your workout by stretching also reduces your chances of becoming injured. A flexible muscle is less likely to become injured from a slightly extensive movement. Stretching your lower back muscles can also keep your back in better alignment and improve your posture. It also allows your muscles to relax. Muscles that are habitually tense tend to cut off their own circulation. It also prepares the body for the stress of exercise. Stretching prior to exercise allows the muscles to loosen up and become resistant to the impact they’ll undergo. A good stretch also decreases the risk of lower back pain. The flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors, and muscles attached to your pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine; in turn this reduces the risk...
Workout Gloves: Good or Bad?
Added On: Aug 4, 2015
If you see callouses as your proclamation of faith to working out, then maybe gloves aren’t for you. Some folks prefer wearing the gloves to prevent the metal bar from digging into their palms. The use of weight lifting gloves is controversial, however STACK went out to speak to experts to get the inside scoop. One fitness expert, Stan Dutton, said he advises his athletes to not use gloves. He states that the gloves make it easier to hold the weight, and it prevents athletes from getting the max benefit from their training. He did confirm that the gloves do make lifting more comfortable, but they can definitely interfere with your form. The gloves can make deadlifting difficult. Another fitness expert, Tony Bonvechio, said it simply doesn’t matter. He believes that if using the gloves keeps them from ripping their hands open, then they should use them. The goal is to not impair their ability to play their sport. They said if it helps them work out more, and doesn't...
24 Hour Fitness Tools and Resources
Added On: Jul 29, 2015
The more you know about your fitness, the faster you can reach your personal fitness goals. With this in mind, 24 Hour Fitness has easy to use fitness tools available on their website. The first tool they offer is a body mass index calculator. This measures your weight in relation to your height. It’s used primarily to estimate a healthy body weight in proportion to your height. They also offer a calorie calculator. Using this you can find out how many calories you use while working out, and then you can adjust your caloric intake accordingly. Their resting metabolic rate calculator allows you to find out how many calories you burn while doing nothing. Knowing this gives you a clear understanding of how many calories your body burns when performing its basic functions. It’s usually equal to 60-75% of your daily intake. One of the coolest things 24 Hour Fitness offers is their 24 minute work out for those on the go. This is a lifesaver for the people who have things to do, but...
A.M. Or P.M. Workouts?
Added On: Jul 16, 2015
Early morning workouts are a great way to start your days. It jump-starts the metabolism similar to eating breakfast. In the hours you spent sleeping, your body was in sleep mode, also known as regeneration. Getting a morning workout has a thermal effect on the body for at least 4 hours, which causes a greater burning of calories throughout the day. After sleeping however, some people simply don’t have the energy to get right into a work out. That’s okay, don’t worry! An early morning workout could wear you out for the rest of the day if this is the case. Muscle strength is contingent on the muscle's ability to stretch. As the day goes on, your body has a chance to warm up. This results in you being able to work out longer, lift heavier weights, and lower your chance of injury. Synovial fluid found in the joints is also imperative to ensuring your joints are cushioned and at low risk for injury. This fluid is worked around your joints throughout the day as you move. The...
Fitness & Sleep
Added On: Jul 10, 2015
Even if you live and breathe the gym and only eat the best foods available, you will get run down eventually. Sleep is just as important as tracking your calories and is a vital part of your workout program. Sleeping impacts you in so many ways, including hormonal release, muscular repair and metabolic maintenance. Your body releases a growth hormone as you sleep and this correlates to increased muscle-size. A study has shown that this growth hormone is released in small bursts throughout the day for women, but in men it is released at one time, during sleep. So, if men skip getting their daily dose of sleep, they won’t benefit from this hormone. Sleep deprivation can negatively impact muscular repair on the tiny tears you make while lifting weights. These tears need to be repaired and built back up. Not getting enough sleep can slow and even impair this process. Your immune system works overtime as you sleep and helps your body recover after a hard day at the gym. The last...
Working Out During Pregnancy
Added On: Jul 2, 2015
Gaining weight during pregnancy is very easy, but the mantra of “you’re eating for two,” is not the best excuse anymore. It is important to be healthy while taking care of the two of you, especially for those soon to be moms who used to work out frequently before pregnancy. Here are 13 rules of safety for working out while pregnant. 1. It’s important to check with your doctor first. If you exercised regularly you can most likely continue as before with modifications. It’s always important to be approved for activities by your doctor or midwife. 2. You need to take in extra calories. Exercise burns calories fast and as the baby grows you do need to take in more. If your body mass index or BMI before was between 18.5 and 30 you will need to eat 300 or more calories a day. 3. Stay away from dangerous sports. Contact sports might throw you off balance and during pregnancy you have high levels of hormones that will make you more susceptible to sprains and injuries. The...
How Much Protein Should You Take?
Added On: Jun 21, 2015
If you are on a fitness kick and you want to have protein shakes to either add those extra pounds, lose the extra weight or help you get cut for a contest; it’s important to take the right amount. Whether the type of protein is soy, whey, casein, or milk... it's all about one thing: protein. The minimum amount of protein that you should take in for building muscle is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (for instance, if you weigh 200 pounds then the minimum amount of protein you should take in is 200 grams of protein for muscle growth). Any additional protein that exceeds the daily minimum for muscle gain just helps to speed up the healing process.
The Magic of Group Training
Added On: Jun 11, 2015
Exercising in a group makes you happier based on a recent research at university of Oxford. Scientists now believe your body releases more endorphin into your brain that gives you a happy feeling, when working out in a team. A similar research at university of Saskatchewan shows that working out in a group keeps you more interested in exercising, increasing the likelihood of sticking to regular workout plans. In fact, group workouts increase self-efficacy since they create a challenging environment that everyone is rewarded including you.
Fitness Hydration Test
Added On: Jun 3, 2015
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is not only important for your daily life, but especially when you work out. You could overwork or harm yourself if you are working out while being dehydrated. It is important to always have water and/or foods with high levels of water, like fruits, handy. One interesting way recommended by 24 Hour Fitness is called the skin snap. You pinch a small section of skin on the top of your hand. If it snaps back to normal quickly, you’re hydrated. If it goes back slowly, you may be dehydrated.
How To Get A 24 Hour Fitness Free Pass Online?
Added On: May 18, 2015
24 hour fitness offers free pass for those who want to try this fitness center for couple of days. This free pass gives you access to almost all amenities including the workout classes offered at 24 Hour Fitness. Further more, by signing up for the free pass you are able to access all locations in the US. To obtain this pass you should simply fill out a short form online. Simply go to the "Coupons" tab of this store on Zoupons.com and get your free pass emailed to you right away.
Did You Know 24 Hour Fitness Offers Babysitting?
Added On: Apr 27, 2015
For the convenience of its members, 24 Hour Fitness offers a babysitting service to children ages 6 months to 12 years. By paying a small fee of around $10/hr, you can leave your child at the Kids' Club where they can play safely under supervision of a fully trained member while you are exercising. Monthly payment options are also available if you use the gym on a regular basis. You can add this service from the "Add Additional Services" option under your 24 Hour Fitness account.
What Are The Best 24 Hour Fitness Deals?
Added On: Apr 13, 2015
24 hour fitness has two popular deals for those who are seeking to get in shape! First, 24 hour fitness offers a one day free pass that allows anyone to try the gym and all its equipment for one day at no charge. The process of getting the pass is very easy. You can get your free pass through your email by just entering your basic information online. The second offer is the "first month free membership" that allows you to enjoy one month free when you sign up for a full term membership. This offer is only valid online by using the promo code provided. Here at Zoupons, you can check out both deals from 24 Hour Fitness and grab any coupon required from the "coupon" tab.