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Neck Pain and Exercise Benefits: 3 Reasons to Add Neck Exercises to Your Workout

When most people consider a workout routine, they think of three major areas: lower body, back/arms, and abs. While this is a good place to start, it does not include all of the major muscles in your body. One of the easily forgotten areas that people tend to look over is the neck. Many people experience neck pain, which they attribute to poor sleeping habits or overworking other muscles. In reality, the neck has muscles just like every other part of your body, and they can be weak too.

Benefits to Exercising Your Neck

There are many reasons to include a few neck exercises into your weekly routine.  These benefits include:

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The Benefits of Foam Rolling

Self-mayofascial release, also known as “foam rolling”, is a fancy way of saying self massage to release lactic acid from the muscles, relieving muscle tightness and soreness. Foam rolling can be useful in alleviating “trigger points” or “knots” in the muscles, or help reducing soreness from prior workouts and can get the muscles back to normal function more quickly.

Foam Rolling is primarily done with a lightweight, affordable personal roll you can purchase from any sports store. The roll is used by allowing the person to apply direct pressure to sore spots in the body, promoting deep tissue massage and healing. Use the roll by laying across it and use the precise pressure to break up muscle knots and reestablish proper movement.

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This Is What A Perfect Day Of Eating Looks Like

This article is just a few years old, but it rings as true today, as it did then. This is such a great example from Prevention.com. Obviously, change the times according to your own schedule, but everything looks great. You may not have career where continuous breaks for short bursts of exercise is feasible, but you can definitely take a 5 minute walk during your regular breaks throughout the day.

The closer you can get to an active, movement-filled day WITH multiple small meals throughout, the better you will be.

Take a look at this great article describing the PERFECT day of food. Fill in and substitute as you see fit, but THIS IS THE BLUEPRINT!

Five Post-Baby Exercise Tips

Congratulations! You’ve welcomed your beautiful, bouncing bundle of joy. After the new motherhood fog begins to wear off you’re probably yearning for a little “me time” and may want to get back into your workout routine. We’re here to help you settle back in, but before you do, check out our post-baby exercise tips.

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THIS Is Why We Lift Weights!

Skinny or Toned?

The difference between dieting and cardio and WEIGHTLIFTING, dieting, and cardio is the difference between skinny mush and a lean, toned body. Weightlifting with a certain intensity will add definition to your body and increase your metabolism. To simply lose weight, one must eat less and move more. So, after you’ve plateaued, do you move even more OR eat even less? There’s only so much time in your day and only so little you can eat. That’s a tough decision.

What if you could eat MORE, do MORE, and look BETTER? Here’s where weightlifting comes in…

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Top 5 Post-Yoga Meal Ideas From A Nutritionist

Yoga is a hard class to prepare for, nutritionally. In theory, it is a strength training class, but you’re heart rate stays elevated the ENTIRE TIME! You don’t want a full stomach before you take class, and you probably won’t be dying to eat something directly after class. How do you stay consistent with your diet when this great addition to any fitness regimen is so physically demanding and limits nutrition?

Here’s a great snippet from an article we stumbled upon detailing a great post-workout meal for a morning yoga class! Check out the other options for afternoon and evening classes!

If you are doing your asana between 4-8am, you most likely took to your mat on a relatively empty stomach, or a totally empty stomach. After class, I recommend re-hydrating first with at least ½ a liter of water. Then tuck into something with a little protein, a little fat and a little carbohydrate. This can look like:

  • Some scrambled tempeh with coconut oil and sprouted toast and veggies,
  • A smoothie with fruit, greens and chia or hemp seeds,
  • A few bananas with a handful of almonds and stir-fried greens,
  • A bowl of oatmeal or quinoa cooked in almond milk with berries and walnuts

Here you are going to want something complete and balanced to fill you back up from your practice, and give you what you need to make it to lunch (or mid-morning snack).

Read this article in its original source from our friends at DoYouYoga.com

Benefits of Yoga

You’ve heard about yoga, you’ve even been to a class, but is it really going to help you? What are the benefits of yoga? If you’ve been asking these questions, this post is for you. Today we’ll be sharing some of the benefits, both mental and physical that you’ll receive from the intense stretching and meditation that comes from doing yoga.

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The Benefits of Exercising with Shoulder Pain

You can’t help but make excuses not to go the gym. Your shoulders hurt and you don’t want to strain them. But what if I told you there are some exercises that can help relieve shoulder pain?

When you experience shoulder pain, your first thought is “there’s something wrong with my shoulder joint”. But that usually isn’t the case. Pain in your shoulders is often caused by problems with your neck, and it is felt in the shoulder blade. Here are five exercises that can help strengthen your neck and shoulders, thus relieving shoulder pain.

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