Get ready, folks: It might be freezing outside, but you are about to sweat up a storm thanks to this week’s workout.
What would you guess is the safest exercise of all time?
Before you answer, consider this. Fitness trends over the past few decades have taught people to regard as “safe” any exercise that’s done on a padded machine, involves very little weight or requires little-to-no range of motion.
This is very misleading. The problem is that life isn’t padded. Sometimes, we simply have to lift heavy weights (anybody shovel their driveway this winter?), and movement is mandatory (i.e. we are not houseplants).
So I ask again: What would you guess is the safest exercise of all time—considering not just its low rate of injury inside the gym, but its ability to prevent injury outside the gym?
Ladies, when was the last time you climbed a tree? If you’re anything like me, it was probably on a Girl Scout camping trip in the fourth grade. And you’ve probably never thought about doing it since. Until now.
• I don’t buy into that whole thigh-gap obsession thing, but that’s not to say we shouldn’t target our inner thighs every now and again with a few good moves. This routine is done lying down—meaning? You can do it before getting out of bed. Win! [POPSUGAR Fitness]
• Can superfoods cure you of everything that ails? Probably not. But when my nose is clogged with allergy-induced snot (TMI?), I am willing to try ANYTHING. Here, superfoods that (supposedly) help with everything from allergies to muscle pain. [Refinery 29]
Remember those super gnarly skin irritations Fitbit Force users were complaining about a few weeks ago? To jog your memory: In January, news began circulating of Fitbit Force users experiencing painful rashes as a result of wearing the wristband fitness tracker. At the time, the company claimed that the irritation was probably being caused by an an allergy to the wristband material or as a result of bacteria accumulation. In other words, it was no big deal. But now it looks like it might be a bit more serious than the company originally let on.
I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: I regularly convince myself that I am totally capable of doing things that I don’t actually know how to do. Sometimes it’s great for conquering fears and pushing my own limits, but other times it sets me up for complete and total failure. Belly dancing, I learned, falls squarely into the second category.
Manayunk’s Never Give Up personal training studio is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend with (what else?) a whole day of free classes. On Saturday, the studio is packing in eight gratis group classes and competitions (more on these below) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All sessions are 30 minutes long except for BodyPump at 9 and boot camp at noon; those classes will last 45 minutes.
Now, about those competitions. Never Give Up is inviting participants to compete in three fitness competitions throughout the day. Here’s how they’ll work: