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4 Ideas for Older Adults to Stay Active

2017-02-23T18:10:29+00:00

  A lot of things get easier with age, but staying active isn’t one of them. As we get older, exercising slides down the list of priorities, and our bodies simply don’t recover as fast. With that said, it is still important to make time for physical activity during the week. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a little bit can go a long way. Here are a few ways that older adults can stay active, courtesy of your friends at Insports Centers. Plan Family Activities Don’t use your family as an excuse for why you can’t exercise. Instead, [...]

4 Ideas for Older Adults to Stay Active 2017-02-23T18:10:29+00:00

5 Ideas to Stay Active on Your Valentine’s Day Date

2017-02-14T16:08:00+00:00

Whether you are a certified fitness couple, or you are just looking to burn off some of that holiday chocolate, these five active date ideas are the perfect way to spice up your Valentine’s Day… Ice Skating Ice skating is the ideal Valentine’s Day date. Not only is it a great wintertime activity in general, it pretty much forces you to hold hands. Not to mention, it gives you a great excuse to grab some coffee afterwards. Indoor Rock Climbing Take your romance to new heights with an indoor rock climbing session. Trying new things together is always great for any [...]

5 Ideas to Stay Active on Your Valentine’s Day Date 2017-02-14T16:08:00+00:00

3 Overlooked Muscles and How to Strengthen Them

2017-01-25T16:55:05+00:00

Every muscle in the human body plays an important role in movement, especially when it comes to sports. Yet, many athletes do not treat every muscle with the same importance when they are working out. Glamour muscles, like the chest and biceps, garner most of our attention, while smaller, stabilizing muscles are neglected. This can lead to muscular imbalances, which don’t just make you look disproportionate, they can also increase your risk of injury. Here are three commonly overlooked muscle groups, and what you can do to strengthen them: Hamstrings When it comes to weight training, many people neglect their legs [...]

3 Overlooked Muscles and How to Strengthen Them 2017-01-25T16:55:05+00:00

Top Sports Nutrition Myths

2017-01-17T15:20:30+00:00

Don’t believe everything you hear; especially if it is about nutrition and especially if it is online. With the vast amounts of conflicting information available, it can be tough for athletes to separate the facts from the fiction. Luckily, Insports Centers is here to help. Here are some of the most common myths about sports nutrition, and the truths behind them: Myth: Carbohydrates make you gain weight. Eating a surplus of calories (no matter where they come from – even grilled chicken) makes you gain weight. Carbohydrates have earned a bad reputation from the fitness community, but they are the body’s [...]

Top Sports Nutrition Myths 2017-01-17T15:20:30+00:00

4 Ways to Improve Your Vertical Leap

2017-01-09T15:29:21+00:00

  A soaring vertical leap is a valuable asset for just about any athlete, regardless of their sport. The secret to a sky-high vert isn’t Michael Jordan’s shoes, or even his genetics (although they would definitely help). Like almost everything in sports, it boils down to hard work. If you want to increase your vertical jump, here are four things you need to do: 1. Foam roll regularly. You might already be familiar with some of the benefits of foam rolling, but did you know it can also improve your vertical leap? That’s because your legs are full of knots, which [...]

4 Ways to Improve Your Vertical Leap 2017-01-09T15:29:21+00:00

15 Health Benefits of Sports

2016-12-21T15:35:41+00:00

  It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you, but do you know about all the ways that exercise can improve your health? Check it out: Improved cardiovascular health. The heart is a muscle, it needs to be worked out! Regular exercise can help improve the overall health of your entire cardiovascular system. Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A healthier heart means reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Helps manage weight. Not only does physical activity burn calories, it also improves your metabolism in the long run. Reduced blood pressure. Physical activity keeps your [...]

15 Health Benefits of Sports 2016-12-21T15:35:41+00:00

What Should Young Athletes Drink?

2016-12-13T16:45:34+00:00

One of the most important parts of playing sports is staying hydrated throughout your game (or practice). There are many drinks you can choose from, but not all are equally beneficial. Here's a breakdown of the good and the bad of some of the most common drink choices among athletes: Water Water is by far the best option for rehydrating any young athlete. Studies have proven time and time again that good old-fashioned H2O does the best job at keeping athletes hydrated. You just may need to remind your kids to keep drinking it, especially if they sweat more heavily, since [...]

What Should Young Athletes Drink? 2016-12-13T16:45:34+00:00

5 Ways to Keep Your Children Active This Winter

2016-11-21T17:10:14+00:00

There is no debating the importance of physical activity, especially for children. As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your kids that regular exercise is essential for good overall health. Unfortunately, the cold weather often keeps us sedentary for months at a time, but it doesn't have to. Here are five things you can do to keep your children active this winter: Partake in winter activities. Don't let the cold weather keep you inside. There are still plenty of activities you can enjoy during the winter months, such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowball fights, or building a [...]

5 Ways to Keep Your Children Active This Winter 2016-11-21T17:10:14+00:00

3 Delicious and Nutritious Lunchbox-Friendly Meals for Kids

2016-11-07T16:33:38+00:00

Life can be tough as a parent, especially when it comes to preparing your kid's lunch. Luckily, these three recipes can make it a little easier. All of these meals are nutritious, easy to make, and lunchbox-friendly! Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich The healthier cousin of the classic PB&J, a peanut butter and banana sandwich brings a serving of fruit to the familiar taste your kids love. Simply spread all-natural peanut butter (almond butter works too) on a piece of whole grain bread and top it off with thinly-cut slices of fresh banana. For best results, wash down with a glass [...]

3 Delicious and Nutritious Lunchbox-Friendly Meals for Kids 2016-11-07T16:33:38+00:00

Make the Most Out of Your Rest Days

2016-10-20T12:54:19+00:00

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know that proper recovery is a key part of optimal athletic performance. This doesn't just mean sleeping 8 hours every night; it means allocating yourself rest days to ensure your body fully recovers in between workouts. Your rest days don't have to be spent on the couch, though. In fact, it's best if they aren't. Participating in some form of light exercise, or “active recovery”, can help alleviate muscle soreness by stimulating blood flow and improving circulation. If you want to make the most out of your rest days, active recovery [...]

Make the Most Out of Your Rest Days 2016-10-20T12:54:19+00:00