Why do I have to stretch?

Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities with relative ease. To get out of bed, bending in hard to reach areas, lift children, or sweep the floor. Flexibility tends to deteriorate with age, often due to a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle. This blog is to help motivate and educate you to stretch on a daily basis so that physical activities . . .  read more

5 Reasons to Meal Prep

You’ve heard it time and time again: Prepare your meals ahead of time. In case you haven’t heard it, ladies and gentlemen prepare your meals ahead of time! Meal Prep. is a very efficient way to track what you’re eating throughout the day and to avoid eating for convenience. It’s easy as heck to run by the Drive-thru and grab . . .  read more

Tips for How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Everyone knows how good it feels to be at their peak performance level and having that “I’m on top of the world” feeling. But then, you plateau, and making it to those boot camps or running after work seems to be extremely hard. Here are seven tips that will help you find that perfect concoction to stay motivated while working out.

  1. The early bird gets the worm. Rise to the occasion; wake up an hour or two earlier to get that workout in before work or school. Make it the first thing you do in the morning so you won’t keep putting it off.
  2. Bribe yourself. Who said bribery was a bad thing? Set a goal and don’t forget to reward yourself. Be proud of yourself, you deserve that new bikini or power tool!
  3.  Get a buddy. Make your workout a social event. Whether catching up on the latest gossip, making it a competition, or just having someone there to count your sets, a workout buddy is beneficial. Chances are, you will hold each other accountable whenever one of you is getting a little less motivated.
  4. Switch it up. Think fun and shake things up a little. Having the same workout routine can get boring sometimes. Go out on a limb and sign up for that belly dancing class. Who knows? You may enjoy it.
  5. Keep a log. Look at how far you’ve come and how much you’ve improved or accomplished. You know you look good and feel great, but now you have those results to prove it!
  6. Tune in. Keep your iPod fresh. Download that new song that you’re addicted too and don’t be afraid to put it on repeat or shuffle.
  7. Find a quote. There are numerous motivational quotes all over the internet. Find one that fits and inspires you. Post it in your locker, in your car, on your mirror, or make it your background on your computer or phone. This quote should not only motivate you to get in the gym, but brighten your day and keep you confident in your abilities to conquer anything.

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Build Your Confidence in the Gym

The UCO Wellness Center is a great facility and has plenty of equipment to get that much needed workout in for the day. However, this is a college campus and let’s face it, we all look at others while working out and judge whatever it is they are doing or how they look. For example, “Why is he grunting so loud?”, “I want to look like that.”, . . .  read more

Lower Stress with Physical Activity

I love getting my daily dose of physical activity because it is so good for my body, but more importantly because it is medicine for my mind. Physical activity is one of the best stress relievers there is. I have found that during the times in my life when I have experienced the most stress is when my physical activity levels have decreased. I have . . .  read more

Water and Exercise

I recently spoke to an individual who would like to improve her fitness level, but also hates drinking water. This got me thinking that perhaps she is unaware of the benefits of water in exercise, and that she may not be alone.

We all probably know that our bodies cannot survive without water, and that it is recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses . . .  read more

Benefits of Exercise

These days, it seems as though everyone is too busy to exercise. Life gets in the way with work, school, kids, and so many other things. When one finally does find the time to exercise, it can be hard to find the motivation. Maybe if we all knew a little more about just how beneficial exercise is for our bodies and minds, we would add fitness to . . .  read more

Fitness Fads

CrossFit, Hot Yoga, Zombie 5K races, marathons… There are a lot of fitness crazes out there today. But isn’t it interesting that most of these trends are focused on those who are already (at least somewhat) fit?

According to abcnews.com, Mud Runs and CrossFit are in the top 5 fitness trends for 2013. Other popular fitness activities include Dance . . .  read more

Running Posture

It seems so easy to walk out the door and get started with a light jog around the corner. But to some, running can be misunderstood and as a result runners practice poor posture which can eventually lead to joint discomfort or even an injury. Your running posture is the way you position various parts of your upper body as you run. Along with your . . .  read more

Knee Problems?

Injuries to the knee are among the most common that individuals suffer from. If this category fits you, here are a few strengthening exercising specifically for the knee. They may seem simple but they are used for rehabilitation purposes and will build strength with flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction so you will be ready to move on to more . . .  read more