The day after the first time I ever lifted weights, my muscles were so sore that it was almost too painful to sit down. That was actually pretty handy, because I didn’t have the strength to stand back up again unless I had something to hold on to. I may have overdone it a little.
It wouldn’t be the first time. I’ve run marathons, I’ve lifted weights, I’ve rock climbed, I’ve cycled, and I’ve strained myself into all kinds of places my inflexible body didn’t want to go in yoga. And I’ve been sore. Very, very sore.
Frankly, I’m not sure I know when to stop. Fortunately, this isn’t about fitness advice; it’s about sore muscles. And, thanks to my intemperate approach to exercise, I have learned a few highly effective ways to treat those aches and pains and get back on track. Check out eight of my best sore-muscle remedies in my new post on WideBread.com
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I’m always a little amazed when people drive across town to the gym, hunt around for a place to park, change their clothes, sign up for a treadmill, and wait in line to use it, all just to take a nice 30 minute walk. Not that there’s anything wrong with walking. Walking’s great. But I have a theory that making such a big production of it makes it more work than fun, more exercise than pleasure. Plus, the best thing about walking is that it’s so simple. Why complicate it? Check out 25 of the best reasons you should head out for a hike in my new post on WiseBread.com.
Maybe you’ll never find yourself in a “Cliffhanger” kind of moment, but I’d venture to say that being able to lift your own body weight — whether with your arms, your legs, or your core — is an important life skill. What better, more basic measure of fitness could there be? The best part of it is that most body weight exercises require little or no equipment of any kind, which means you can practice them anytime, anywhere. That also means most of these exercises come free of charge.
Check out 20 great body weight exercises to try — and some beginner ways to get into them if you aren’t quite ready to go full Stalone – in my new article on WiseBread.com. Combine a few from each category for a great full-body workout. And if you aren’t sure how to do these, click through the links for demos and explanations.