Breaking Muscle https://breakingmuscle.com/feed/rss en Find Balance in Training https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/find-balance-in-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/find-balance-in-training" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/findbalanceintraining.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">Find some balance in your life and remember to have fun and don't suffocate the good stuff. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p>&quot;Training is life.&quot;</p> <p class="rtecenter">&quot;You gotta love the grind.&quot;</p> <p class="rteright">&quot;24/7, 365 hustle.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/find-balance-in-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> competition finding balance Fitness goals meal planning mindset nutrition rest and recovery Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:08:26 +0000 182386 at https://breakingmuscle.com You Should Stop Exercising https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/you-should-stop-exercising <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/you-should-stop-exercising" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/enjoyexercise2.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 can’t abide at the gym by participating with genuine heartfelt presence the way you would at church, then you should find someplace else to go. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Wait, what? Stop exercising? Isn&rsquo;t exercising good for you? <strong>Aren&rsquo;t millions upon millions of people looking for <a href="/fitness/5-reasons-to-work-out-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-a-bikini-body">the right reason to start exercising</a></strong>? Besides, isn&rsquo;t it my job and duty as a fitness professional and writer to convince you of the merits and copious benefits of exercise?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No, it isn&rsquo;t.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/you-should-stop-exercising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance body composition daily exercise fat loss Fitness goal formation habits mindset Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:43:43 +0000 182381 at https://breakingmuscle.com 10 Minutes to a Pain Free Body https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/10-minutes-to-a-pain-free-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/fitness/10-minutes-to-a-pain-free-body" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201901/mariahhellerpainfreeworkouts.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">Whether you are an athlete or an office worker, preventative maintenance on your body is a big deal. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>A good 90% of my clients (both for <a href="/fitness/the-5-benefits-of-massage-therapy-for-the-serious-weightlifter">massage therapy</a> and training) complain of some sort of pain regularly</strong>. In fact, it&rsquo;s often the reason they seek me out in the first place. For the general population, nagging perpetual pain in the upper back, shoulders, and knees is egregiously common.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/10-minutes-to-a-pain-free-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bands bracing daily practice facilitated stretching Fitness foam roller pain pain free pain relief posture pull-up band rest and recovery scapular stability self improvement Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:48:16 +0000 182376 at https://breakingmuscle.com 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