How Showing You Care Can Keep You Well

one person giving another a hand upWe know our emotions have an effect on our overall wellness. Studies have shown that high levels of stress or feelings of satisfaction correspond with health and fitness status.

But you might be surprised to learn how expressions of love, care and concern, can be directly linked with our bodies’ physical reactions. It seems we get a lot from giving.

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How to Use Tempo to Improve Your Results

people running on treadmillsDid you ever wonder if you should be moving quicker through your lower body exercises as you get stronger? Or how long you should hold a yoga pose when you’re new to it?

Slowing down, speeding up, holding, stopping and starting—these variations in tempo can help you progress your workouts at just the right pace to improve your results.

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Top Tips for Working on Muscle & Strength Imbalances

woman doing bicep curlsBecause the body isn’t perfectly symmetrical, we all have strength imbalances to some extent. Strong and weak sides are natural, while injuries and habits can accentuate them even more.

You have a dominant leg and arm, and you might have certain muscles that simply respond better. Here are some tips for bringing up your smaller side or your weaker muscle groups.

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How Fitness Changes Everything: Harold’s New Life

man working with personal trainerLast summer, XSport Fitness member Harold N. took a hard look at himself. The stressors of life had taken their toll on his weight, energy and mood. He decided he needed a change.

So Harold entered our Get Fit competition — but a major loss made his experience unlike any of the other finalists. Six months later, he’s a trainer at our Crestwood, IL, club where he trained last year to reclaim the body and lifestyle he once knew. And in the process, he also reframed his life on his journey to a new job, new outlook and new future.

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Why You Get Muscle Cramps & How to Avoid Them

woman stretchingMaybe it’s the end of a long, tiring day, or in the middle of a hard work out, or worst of all, when you’re out on the field or competing in a race… muscle cramps can really shut you down.

While they’re not uncommon, you want to avoid them. Aside from the obvious pain, these spasms can cost you your performance, or even your sleep, depending on when they occur. Because cramps seem to come on suddenly without warning, whether it be a stitch in your side while you’re running, or a “charley horse” in the middle of the night, prevention is ideal.

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