6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts

Running on the treadmill day after day can get very boring FAST. Make your time on the treadmill fun and challenging with these 6 treadmill workouts! 6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts via Tipsaholic.com #workout #running #gym #treadmill #run #fitness


6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts
The treadmill is a very useful workout equipment. No matter what weather it is outside, you can still hit the treadmill and get in a great workout. However, just running on the treadmill day after day can get very boring FAST. Make your time on the treadmill fun and challenging with these 6 treadmill workouts!

 

20-Minute Calorie-Burning Treadmill Workout

This treadmill workout is short at only 20 minutes, but its still challenging! You’ll change the speed every two minutes and change the incline for even more calorie-burning.

 

TV Workout

Do you like to watch TV while you run on the treadmill? Try using whatever show you’re watching to make your workout more challenging and fun! You could run hard during the show and take walking breaks during commercials. Or you could make changes to the incline depending on what you’re watching.

 

30 Minute, 3 Mile Treadmill Workout

Want to run for three miles on the treadmill? Try this interval treadmill workout that will push you to complete your 3-mile run in only 30 minutes. If it’s too fast for you, adjust as needed but work towards 30 minutes as your goal.

 

500 Calorie Burning Treadmill Workout

Burn 500 calories in one treadmill workout! You’ll adjust your incline and your speed at four different levels in ten minutes and do that for 5 cycles for a workout that will leave you sweaty but feeling great.

 

Descending Ladder Sprints Workout

This is an advanced treadmill workout that will have you feeling like you’re climbing hills! Turn up your incline way high and go as fast as you can for a few hundred meters before taking a couple of minutes of light intensity walking (or jogging, if you can handle that). You’ll also have a few minutes of rest between rounds, which you’ll definitely need! (Note: The link takes you to three different treadmill workouts; the descending ladder springs workout is the last of the three.)

 

Agility Training Treadmill Workout

You can do much more on a treadmill than just run or walk. This agility training treadmill workout includes high knees, butt kicks, lunges, walking side squats, and even backward jogging! (Note: the link takes you to several different treadmill workouts; scroll down to find the agility training treadmill workout listed at #3.)

 

For more workout ideas, check out 5-Minute Workouts — No Gym Required and Exercise Like a Kid: 5 Fun Workout Ideas.

 

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Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do?

Should you walk or run? Here are some questions to ask to help you decide on whether to include walking or running in your exercise routine. Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do? via @tipsaholic #running #walking #fitness #workout #health


Walking or Running
Should you walk or run as a part of your exercise regime? As long as you move your body, any exercise you choose to do is probably going to be good for you. However, there are some real differences between walking and running and some pros and cons for each. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide whether to include walking or running in your exercise plan for the new year.

 

Do you want to lose weight?

If your primary goal is to lose weight, you’ll probably benefit more from running than walking.

  • Running burns far more calories than running. You’ll burn around 800 calories per hour while running, while an hour of walking will burn off 300 calories.
  • A recent study showed that you’ll probably eat less after running than you would after walking, due to higher peptide YY levels in your blood when you run, which suppresses appetite.
  • You’ll get faster results with running than walking. Fast weight loss results will boost your motivation, which will help you stick to your weight loss goals and have more chance at success.

 

Do you want to avoid injuries?

If you’re concerned about injuries and wear on your body, walking might be a better option for you. Have a bum knee or a bad ankle? Stick to walking for now.

  • Running can lead to injuries, such as shin splints, runner’s knees, muscle strains, and more.
  • Running is a high-impact exercise, which puts more stress on your joints and other parts of your body.
  • To increase your intensity while walking, try wearing ankle weights or carrying light dumbbells.
  • If you still want to run, you can reduce your risk for injuries by running on grass or earth and wearing good quality running shoes.

 

Do you want to have a healthy heart?

Both walking and running will help your heart be more healthy, but walking gives your hearth more benefits.

  • Runners who ran at least an hour a day reduced their risk of heart disease by around 4.5%, while walkers who used the same amount of energy reduced their heart disease risk by more than 9%.
  • Both running and walking will give you other health benefits, as well. When you run or walk on a regular basis, you’ll reduce your risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. A recent study showed that runners and walkers had lower risks of developing age-related cataracts, for example.

Whether you decide to run or walk as a part of your exercise regimen, you’ll see health benefits. Running, walking, and any other cardiovascular activity will help whittle down your waistline, reduce your appetite, and help you reach a healthier lifestyle.

 

SOURCES:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/is-it-better-to-walk-or-run/?_r=0
http://greatist.com/fitness/walking-good-workout-running

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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10 Best Free Fitness Apps

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Whether exercising and losing weight is one of your new years resolutions or you want to switch up your regular workout routine, downloading a fitness app on your mobile device is a great way to create and maintain healthier habits. However, with so many fitness apps on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and your lifestyle. Good news–we’ve done the homework for you! Here are 10 of the best fitness apps for your Android or iPhone that won’t cost you a penny.

1. MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS)

MyFitnessPal has been the #1 Health and Fitness app for four years straight and featured by numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Today Show, and NBC. With the largest food database of any app, it’s easy to count calories and set weight loss goals by using the app daily. You can import recipes and scan food barcodes to instantly add the information to your food diary. Plus, MyFitnessPal is compatible with over 50 other fitness devices and apps.

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2. Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout (Android, iOS)

Featured on Good Morning America and in The New York Times, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout app boasts 36 different exercises with 1,000+ workout combinations. You can customize your workout with 2o different intensity levels and the only equipment you need is a chair, wall, and some floor space. Great for all fitness levels, the app’s clean interface makes it easy to navigate. Plus, you can listen and control your entire iTunes library directly from the app to make sure you’ve got the right song playing to get you pumped!

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3. C25K (Android, iOS)

C25K by Zen Labs will take you from the couch to running a 5K in only 8 weeks. Complete three, 30-minute workouts a week and you’ll be ready to participate in your local 5K race. Each week your workouts increase in intensity to build your stamina. You don’t have to be a runner to use this app and reach your fitness goals. Bonus, this is the only 5K app to partner with MyFitnessPal for completely seamless integration.

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4. Challenges by Nexercise (Android, iOS)

Do you have trouble finding the motivation to exercise? The Challenges by Nexercise app makes exercise more of an interactive game than a dreaded chore. Use the app to log your physical activity while competing with your family and friends to earn points and redeem them for real prizes like gift cards. The app has a full list of calorie-burning activities you can track, including things like playing with your kids, doing a yoga routine, and hiking. CBS talk show “The Doctors” named Challenges the best fitness tracker for weight loss.

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5. Moves (Android, iOS)

Moves is a great option for people who aren’t ready to pay out $100 or more for an expensive activity tracker but are looking to keep a diary of their daily activity. Carry your phone in your pocket or bag and it will detect if you’re walking, running, riding in a car or even taking public transit. At the end of the day, see how many calories you’ve burned and steps you’ve taken. Since this app uses GPS to detect and record your motion, it can quickly drain your battery so it’s best for iPhone 5s users.

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6. GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer (iOS)

With more than 1 million downloads, the GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer app is like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Video and audio coach you as you complete your reps and perfect your form. Plan your weekly workout sessions with a built in calendar. The app itself allows you to build personalized workout programs from over 1,300+ exercises; however, you can also purchase specialized workout packs ranging from corewheels to prenatal Pilates for only $2.99 each. Right now the app is only available for iPhone users but an Android version should be released soon.

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7. Fitocracy (Android, iOS)

If you’re social and looking for a fitness-minded community to keep you motivated, Fitocracy is the app for you. Join fitness teams led by expert trainers for workout guidance and coaching. Find inspiration by following fellow Fitocrats and access workout routines you can complete at home or in the gym. Earn points as you track your exercise routine and experience a gaming-like environment by unlocking achievements and tackling quests.

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8. FitBit (Android, iOS)

You don’t need an actual FitBit to benefit from using the FitBit app. Use the app to do things like log your calories, map your walk or run, and keep track of your weight loss as you work towards a healthier lifestyle. View your progress with easy-to-read charts and graphs and connect with fellow users for a healthy dose of encouragement and competition.

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9. Lose It! (Android, iOS)

Similar to My Fitness Pal, the Lose It! app helps you count calories and log exercise to help you reach your weight loss goals. Compatible with a number of motion tracking devices and apps, including Fitbit and Nike+ Fuel Band, you can even download the app on your Nook or Kindle. This tried and true app has been around for several years and has an extensive community of motivated users.

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10. Jefit Workout Tracker (Android, iOS)

Do you enjoy lifting weights but have trouble keeping a record of your workouts? Toss our your paper notebook or planner and download the Jefit Workout Tracker app. This app help you keep track of your sets and reps. Use the app’s calendar to schedule your workouts in advance and plan for needed rest days. Although this app lacks a lot bells and whistles, its simple interface is easy to use and definitely beats using a paper notebook.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight: 10 Tips for Weight Loss Success

How do you achieve your weight loss goals? Find smart ways to stay motivated to lose weight. Try these 10 ways to stay motivated and you'll lose weight via @tipsaholic #weightloss #goals #motivation #fitness #health


How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight 10 Tips for Weight Loss Success
You’ve heard this story before. You start out the new year determined to reach your weight loss goals, but before you know it, its February and you’ve completely derailed off the weight loss train. But how do some people achieve their weight loss goals? They find smart ways to stay motivated and keep going at it. Try these 10 ways to stay motivated to lose weight and reach your weight loss goals this year!

 

1. Team up!

Accountability is so important in staying motivated when you’re trying to lose weight. Find someone who is very reliable (always shows up on time to events, rarely misses work, etc) and ask him/her to team up to work towards weight loss. Whether you decide to meet up with your partner for exercise classes, gym dates, or just daily discussions on the phone, teaming up with someone else will help you stay focused and motivated.

 

2. Set monthly (or weekly) goals.

Instead of picking a number as your weight loss goal for the end of the year, try setting monthly or weekly goals. When you reach them, you’ll feel an instant boost of motivation and you’ll be even more determined to continue with your weight loss progress. If you don’t achieve your monthly goal, you can stop, reassess your progress thus far, and make adjustments in either your diet, your exercise, or your goals. Then you’ll embark on another month with clearer goals and a plan that will work better for you.

 

3. Share your progress on social media.

Again, accountability is always helpful when you’re trying to reach weight loss goals. A blog, status updates on Facebook, progress shots on Instagram, or short updates on Twitter will all help you feel like you’re reporting your progress to a supportive community who is rooting you on. Also, you could follow other people on social media who are working towards their weight loss for some extra motivation.

 

4. Bet on it.

Money is always a good motivator; after all, we all work for money. Reward yourself with  a chunk of change when you reach your monthly weight goals. For example, you could take out some cash from your bank and put it aside. If you reach your goals, you can use it towards new clothes; if you don’t, you’ll donate it to a charity. Or you could join a betting group on a website (try DietBet, Healthy Wage, or Fatbet) and bet a certain amount that you’ll lose a specific amount of weight. If you succeed, you’ll walk away with some extra money.

 

5. Keep track of your progress.

Whether you keep track of your weight loss goals by weighing yourself or measuring your body, make sure to keep a record of your progress. Week after week, you’ll enjoy seeing the numbers drop and it’ll help you stay motivated to lose weight through plateaus and bad days or weeks. Taking before and after photos is another way to keep track of your progress.

 

6. Think about why you want to lose weight.

What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight? Maybe it’s to ensure more years with your family or to feel more comfortable at the beach. Whatever your reasons are, write them down in a list and refer to it from time to time when you need motivation. Include your most compelling reasons in your efforts to lose weight; for example, you could exercise with your kids or hang up a bikini in your exercise room.

 

7. Set fitness goals as well as weight loss goals.

Fitness goals, such as a shorter running time, completing a 5k (or a marathon!), or a certain number of pull-ups, can motivate you during times when your scale just won’t budge. Setting fitness goals will help you remember that you’re changing your lifestyle to get healthier, not just for a lower weight. That’ll help you stay motivated to lose weight.

 

8. Be prepared to fail sometimes.

Nobody is perfect. It’s okay to slip up sometimes. Just don’t use it as a reason to throw away your whole day or a whole week or give up entirely. An extra slice (or two, or even five) of pizza isn’t a good reason to also get dessert and skip your exercise for the day. Just admit that you enjoyed the pizza and move on with your day. A few slip-ups here and there isn’t going to make a big difference in the long run, anyway. Stay motivated to lose weight by not putting much value on failures and more emphasis on your achievements.

 

9. Try new things.

It can get boring to always eat the same meal at breakfast and to do the same exercise routine day after day. Change it up and try a new recipe with a vegetable you’ve always wanted to taste, try a new cooking technique, or order a new exercise DVD. Maybe you read about a new exercise technique on a blog the other day — make it your mission to try it out. Sign up for a fun exercise class or a cooking class.

 

10. Stay positive.

Your mental health is the utmost importance when you’re working towards your weight loss goals. Achieving weight loss doesn’t take just one day; it takes days and days of changes in your lifestyle and your diet. That’s a lot for anyone to take on, so it’s vital to be as positive as you can be throughout your weight loss journey.

 

For more weight loss ideas, check out 8 Fitness DVDs to Try at Home and Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Five Healthy Food Blogs.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

tipsaholic title divider - apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many home remedies and some people recommend a dose or two of the vinegar daily for many health benefits. But is apple cider vinegar really that good for you? Here’s what you need to know about apple cider vinegar before trying it for yourself!

1. There is not much scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you.

It’s important to realize that there are not very many studies being done on apple cider vinegar and other natural remedies. Therefore, it’s hard to say whether apple cider vinegar is truly beneficial because there’s not a lot of strong evidence for it, but on the other hand there’s not much evidence against it either. It’s unfortunate that this is the reality; wouldn’t it be great if more scientists were studying natural remedies? But as long as a health remedy is not harmful, you can experiment on yourself and see what works and what doesn’t work for you, as long as you talk with your doctor before you try anything new.

2. There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar levels.

Elevated blood sugar levels are bad for people with type 2 diabetes, but people who don’t have diabetes still can get health problems from high blood sugar levels, such as certain chronic diseases. A common recommendation for keeping blood sugar levels stable is to avoid refined carbs and sugar. However, consuming apple cider vinegar may also improve blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity, as shown in several studies.

3. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Many people have claimed that taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar has helped their health in a myriad of ways. These health benefits include:

  • Clearing up sinus infections and other infections in the body
  • Getting rid of kidney stones
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving constipation and other digestion problems
  • Fighting overall inflammation and arthritis
  • Removing moles, warts, skin tags, acne scars, and age spots
  • Soothing bug bites
  • Healing cold sores
  • Reducing dandruff
  • Easing sunburns
  • Reducing mucus
  • Lessening allergy symptoms
  • Reliving acid reflux

Will apple cider vinegar work for you in the same ways? Every human body is different, so there’s only one way to find out: try it for yourself.

4. It is generally recommended that you should only consume organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you want to reap the health benefits, but there is no proof that it’s “better” than regular apple cider vinegar.

Some studies suggest that it’s actually the properties of vinegar that give you all the health benefits, so you would probably get the same benefits if you took a daily dose of a different type of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar. Again, experiment with the various types and see what works for you.

5. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is usually one tablespoon in a big glass of water, at least as a starting point.

Some people recommend that you increase the dosage slowly over time to build up to 2 or 3 tablespoons per day if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

6. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight-up because it can harm your body.

The vinegar is so acidic that it can damage your tooth enamel and your esophagus.

7. Apple cider vinegar capsules probably don’t work as well.

You might want to avoid the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar by taking capsules, but many capsules are very questionable in their contents and some of them might not even contain apple cider vinegar at all.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and want to try it for yourself, here are 5 delicious drinks to make your daily dose a more enjoyable experience.

Do you take apple cider vinegar? How has it helped your health?

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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