fitness

Compete With Others In Virtual Races, Even If You Work Out Alone

Can’t wait for that weekend race or that date with your slightly-faster cycling buddy? You can fire up your competitive spirit right now with apps and virtual races. Here are some fun ones.


What To Eat Before An Endurance Race

So you’ve decided to tackle an endurance race — maybe a marathon or half marathon, maybe a triathlon, century ride, all-day hike, or some other multi-hour effort. Of the many tough decisions you’ll make that day, one of the first is: What should you eat for breakfast?


Alternatives To Gatorade That Elite Athletes Actually Use

For short workouts, you’ll probably be chugging water. But on long runs (more than an hour), you’ll probably want something more substantial. If you want something with different taste or a slightly different nutrition profile than old standards such as Gatorade, try these hydration options that elite runners use.


Use Visualisation To Power Through Tough Workouts

Mentally rehearsing tough spots in workouts or competitions can be a useful tool to beat those obstacles when you meet them in real life. Here’s a formula to help you build an effective script for visualising success.


Four Lessons Role Playing Games Can Teach You About Fitness

In most people’s minds, gamers are the furthest thing from the muscular, toned athletes they aspire to be…possibly because video games are often blamed for breeding a generation of couch potatoes. But In fact, there are many fit gamers out there, and many of them will cite parallels with the RPGs they know and love when talking about how they got fit.


Atari Fit Takes Gamification To The Retro Level

iOS/Android: There’s nothing new in taking gamification to fitness. So how about some retro gamification instead?


Are Smartphones Better Than Fitness Trackers?

If you want to measure your walking pace, there’s no shortage of fitness bands that you can buy to help you along the way. Equally, a number of smartphones offer step tracking too. Which approach is best?


It Takes Four Weeks To Get 'Out Of Shape' For Weights, Less For Cardio

How much of a break can you take before you start falling “out of shape”? The answer can vary, depending on how fit you were to start with and whether we’re talking strength or endurance.


Lift Heavy When You're Angry: Match Your Workout To Your Mood

Being in a bad mood can make you want to skip your workout, but sometimes a change of plans is all that’s needed. Here’s how to take advantage of the mood you’re in to make the most of your workout.


How To Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Fat loss relies on one thing: eating fewer calories than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and count calories all day. Most people can learn to track them successfully, but some might need a different strategy altogether. If tracking has given you a headache in the past, consider giving this a try.