Breaking Muscle https://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en The Best Recovery Modality You're Not Using https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-best-recovery-modality-youre-not-using <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-best-recovery-modality-youre-not-using" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/recoverymodality.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's not what you'd expect. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I&#39;m about to blow your mind</strong>. There&#39;s one exercise you&#39;re probably not doing that&#39;ll change your life and give you immediate results.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Walking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Seriously. <a href="/fitness/walking-the-most-underrated-movement-of-the-21st-century">Walking is incredibly underrated</a>. It&rsquo;s become my favorite recovery modality by far. I know you don&#39;t believe me, so I&#39;ll give you an example from my own training this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-best-recovery-modality-youre-not-using" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cardiovascular fitness cardiovascular health daily practice fat loss Fitness Recovery steady state walking Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:18:50 +0000 182371 at https://breakingmuscle.com Natural Ways to Promote Recovery and Ease Discomfort https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/natural-ways-to-promote-recovery-and-ease-discomfort <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/natural-ways-to-promote-recovery-and-ease-discomfort" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/frontsquatrackposition.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A better understanding of the natural progression of injuries can help you approach the management of the associated functional loss and pain that may occur. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>While most athletes are in denial when it comes to acquiring an injury or developing chronic pain, the truth is that sports disciplines are notorious for increasing your risk of experiencing injuries. A better understanding of the natural progression of injuries can help you approach the management of the associated functional loss and pain that may occur.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The following phases are normal after an injury has occurred</strong>:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/natural-ways-to-promote-recovery-and-ease-discomfort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anti-inflammatory chronic pain Fitness inflammation injury injury prevention low back pain mindfulness opioids Recovery rest and recovery Supplementation Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:37:32 +0000 182366 at https://breakingmuscle.com Do Runners Need a Multivitamin? https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/do-runners-need-a-multivitamin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/do-runners-need-a-multivitamin" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/multivitaminsandrunning1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The best way to get your vitamins is through good, whole, healthy foods, but sometimes supplementation is in order. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ve all had them in our medicine cabinet at one time or another. Multivitamins are a staple in most people&rsquo;s kitchens, but they&rsquo;re not cheap!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/do-runners-need-a-multivitamin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> balanced diet Fitness healthy eating meal planning multivitamins nutrition runners running supplements Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:40:02 +0000 182361 at https://breakingmuscle.com What Harry Potter Can Teach You About Fitness https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/what-harry-potter-can-teach-you-about-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/what-harry-potter-can-teach-you-about-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/harrypotterfitness.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The most important thing to recognize is that you must never go back to that old version of yourself—be your own hero instead. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The hero&rsquo;s journey is a tale as old as time</strong>. You can see it in just about any story we share with others, from movies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, etc.) to television series and books.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While the details differ from story to story, the foundation is exactly the same in every single iteration:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/what-harry-potter-can-teach-you-about-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> basic fitness consistency daily practice fat loss Fitness goal setting growth mindset patience Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:21:36 +0000 182341 at https://breakingmuscle.com Training: Commune with a Deeper Humanity https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/training-commune-with-a-deeper-humanity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/training-commune-with-a-deeper-humanity" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/trainingdeephumanity.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Immerse yourself into the work without expecting any immediate outcome. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201901/trainingdeephumanity2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The air is crisp, cold, and smells like January at 4 am</strong>. Other than a few leftover Christmas lights, there are no signs of life as my feet pound the pavement. Trees rustle, stars boast, and I run, taking each step in stride. I have no music, no podcast, no phone &ldquo;for emergencies&rdquo;&mdash;nothing to distract from this transcendent sense of harmony.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/training-commune-with-a-deeper-humanity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body awareness daily exercise Fitness mind-body connection mindful training outdoor fitness Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:11:29 +0000 182336 at https://breakingmuscle.com Goodbye Car: Dreams of Health and Wealth https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/goodbye-car-dreams-of-health-and-wealth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/goodbye-car-dreams-of-health-and-wealth" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/goodbyecar.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you are looking to make a change this new year your physical and financial health are probably the most broadly impactful places to start. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>I&rsquo;ve always dreamed of getting rid of my car&mdash;freeing myself from my over-convenienced stupor to reconnect with the very human act of locomotion</strong>. The majority of our millions of years of human history, humans have been hunter-gatherers responsible for covering many miles each day with nothing, but their two feet. Couldn&rsquo;t I, so opulently assisted by a bicycle, make do without a personal vehicle. I mean, we&rsquo;d still have my wife&rsquo;s after all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/goodbye-car-dreams-of-health-and-wealth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginning cyclist bike trainer cycling daily exercise Fitness healthy lifestyle movement nutrition resolutions Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:12:27 +0000 182321 at https://breakingmuscle.com Specificity https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/specificity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/specificity" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/specificitywithhulcher.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Beginners can make adaptations across the board, but experienced athletes will have to sacrifice something to achieve a desired outcome. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>We have a saying here: everything costs something</strong>. If you want to enhance some part of your performance, you should be prepared to suffer some short term (or even long term) consequences to other aspects of fitness and performance. There is almost always a trade off.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In my case, I decided over the summer (as I was fixing a problem with my nutrition) that it would be an ideal time to focus on building some size and strength. In late 2016 I injured my back and really hadn&#39;t been able to do much weight training through most of 2017.</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/specificity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness long-term planning sacrifice specialization specificity Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:03:31 +0000 182331 at https://breakingmuscle.com The 101 on Muscle Strains https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-101-on-muscle-strains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/the-101-on-muscle-strains" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/emilypappasmusclestrain.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The tricky part of getting back in the game after a muscle strain is to keep your injury site at rest while still keeping your body active. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Pull your hammy? Strain your quad? Well, it looks like you are out of commission for a couple of weeks!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If the muscle strain is severe, you could be out for months</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;re probably thinking:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>&quot;What caused the strain in the first place?&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Is there anything I can do to get back into play faster?&rdquo;</li> <li>&rdquo;How can I make sure this doesn&rsquo;t ever happen again?&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/the-101-on-muscle-strains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness hamstrings injury injury prevention muscle strain muscle tear pulled muscles rehabilitation rest and recovery strength training training plan Wed, 09 Jan 2019 21:17:28 +0000 182326 at https://breakingmuscle.com Attack Your Imbalances https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/attack-your-imbalances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/attack-your-imbalances" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/michaelhulcherlunges.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Get creative. Dumbbells and kettlebells are a great way to train your limbs independently and make sure you're not developing a "strong" side or a "weak" side. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201901/manwomanoverheadlunges.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Most of us have muscular imbalances</strong>&mdash;a weaker arm, shoulder, leg, etc. If you find yourself constantly doing the classic barbell movements (barbell bench press, deadlift, and back squat) then you might be further developing and exacerbating your own imbalances.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/attack-your-imbalances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitness kettlebells lunges muscle gain programming strength and conditioning training plan unilateral exercises warm up drills Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:25:52 +0000 182316 at https://breakingmuscle.com Everything You Should Know About Protein Supplements https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/everything-you-should-know-about-protein-supplements <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/everything-you-should-know-about-protein-supplements" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/proteinprimer1.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You chug them down after every workout like your life depends on it, but do you really know if protein shakes do anything? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>You chug them down after every workout like your life depends on it, but do you really know if protein shakes do anything</strong>? There are scientific studies covering various topics such as the best time to take them, the best type to use, and why they may or may not benefit you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/everything-you-should-know-about-protein-supplements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> casein Fitness muscle gain nutrient timing nutrition post workout nutrition protein supplements proteins supplements whey protein Mon, 07 Jan 2019 22:33:36 +0000 182311 at https://breakingmuscle.com