How smiling could improve your athletic performance


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If you consider yourself an athlete, there are bound to be a lot of techniques you have in order to improve your performance. All athletes, even the hobbyists, look for ways of improving their performance and making themselves better, faster, stronger. Pushing yourself that bit more is great for your health, but it’s also great for the mental aspect of your fitness.
There are a lot of things we already know can improve performance, such as changing diets, getting rest, and having the right equipment. However, there are some things that can have a hugely positive impact on your athletic performance that you never would have considered before. One of the major one is smiling, and we’re going to look a little closer at how this can be so effective.
Grinning mid-race
You may occasionally be watching a really grueling race on the TV, and see some lunatic athlete grinning midway through. What’s wrong with them?! Well, actually, nothing (probably), but, it is proven that grinning in the middle of a race can actually be hugely beneficial for athletes. It can actually result in relaxing muscles and helping to boost performance significantly. Extensive tests and studies were carried out and found that runners who smiled were 3% more efficient than they normally would have been.
Genuine
Scientists have determined from studies that one of the ways in which smiling can help improve performance is because it relaxes muscles, reducing muscular tension, and thus can give that extra boost to runners. However, they also determined that the smiles had to be genuine, fake smiles would not yield the same outcome. This is perhaps to do with the fact that the body and mind interlink and the brain knows when a smile is genuine, so it helps the body to react differently.

Relaxation is the key
Another factor involved in this is that fake smiles do not work nearly as many facial muscles in the body as real smiles do. As a result, the impact and effect is much smaller and will not have anywhere near the same kind of benefit. Your body cannot be tricked with things like this so you will need to make sure you are genuine about it. Relaxing is actually the key to boosting performance, and helping your body perform better when you’re exercising.
Using it during a race
Of course, it’s not possible to maintain an authentic smile for an entire race – nobody would be able to manage that. This is why, for the best effect, most scientists suggest that smiling near to the end of a race, preferably in 30-second intervals, is the best way of doing things. This will help you maintain authentic smiles, as well as helping to give your body the boost it needs at just exactly the right time.
Smiling might be the last thing you want to do while working out or exercising, but you might be surprised by how effective it can be. Science has shown us that smiling can really improve and boost your athletic performance, and, by the same turn, can benefit your body during everyday exercise as well. Make sure you conjure a memory that makes you smile during your next race, you might be shocked by how effective it can be.

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Why walking makes us feel good


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It’s that time of year again – the post-Christmas and New Year cheer is over, and we’re starting to realize just how much booze we consumed over the festive season. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be in the throes of a full-blown detox right about now, and you’ll be looking at ways you can get a bit healthier. One of the best ways of doing this is to go walking because it’s not quite as intensive as a run or a session in the gym.
In fact, the great thing about walking is that it’s natural, and can be supplemented alongside the gym or running in order to get more exercise. There are many reasons why walking is one of the best choices, and a big one is the fact that walking makes us feel good. How we hear you ask? Well, that’s what we’re going to look at in this post below.
It’s easy on the joints
One of the main reasons why walking makes us feel good is the fact that it’s easy on the joints. Intensive exercise, such as running, or going to the gym, can often put a strain on your joints and may cause long-term damage. Walking is much less intensive, and your body will thank you for it in the long run. It’s also easy to get a great workout with a brisk stroll, and you don’t need to put your joints under any unnecessary pressure.

Slow and steady
When you spend the day sat down or being inactive, you probably shouldn’t be jumping into activity right away afterward. This is the best way to overdo it and wind up with some sort of injury. The best thing to do is to ease yourself in and get your body warmed up, and a walk is the best way of doing this. It helps your body acclimate to exercise, and prepares you for the more strenuous and intense workouts to come.
It’s a mood booster
Another reason why you’re likely to feel good after a walk is because walking is a mood booster. When you are active, you release endorphins, and these make you feel good, acting as pain-killing and mood-boosting components in your body. A brisk walk will not just help you to look after the body, and make you feel good physically, it will also boost your mental health and clarity as well.
Fat burner
Building that perfect beach bod in time for the summer is going to be a long process, but every little helps. Walking is an easy way of notching up some calorie burning, and you don’t have to take a trip to the gym for your troubles. In fact, just half an hour of pretty brisk speed walking can actually burn around 300 calories. So this is basically free calorie burning, and you don’t even need to work out properly!

As you might imagine, there are plenty of great reasons to go walking, and countless benefits to be enjoyed. You have to make sure you get out and go walking as often as you can, as it’s good for the mind as well as the body. As you can see above, there are a lot of benefits, and you will positively impact your body as a result.

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The benefits of the burpee


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You’d be forgiven for thinking we should excuse ourselves for being rude (it wasn’t us, it was our food), but in fact, a burpee is a fantastic exercise that can do wonders for your body. It is made up of jumping, squatting and a small semi-push up all rolled into one. While this sounds like incredibly hard work, you would be amazed how quickly you can lose yourself when going through the motions on repeat; which is excellent when you discover all the wondrous benefits this can have on your body.
Total body workout
When looking for a new exercise routine, it is ideal to find one that will save time and work your whole body at once. Well, here you go! A burpee is a brilliant way to pump up your cardio, as well as incorporating strength training into your workout. The way you do a burpee means that you need to include nearly every part of your body. This can save you a heap of time as you no longer need to go around the circuit working each individual muscle. Performing a set of burpees burns a phenomenal amount of calories (which is always great news) as well as boosting your metabolism for the rest of the day. Once you’ve burpee-d the benefits don’t stop.

Get stronger
If you’ve been trying to achieve that Arnie body but don’t know where to begin, then this may be a good place to start. When doing your burpee reps, you are using all the major muscles in your body which helps to build them up, which in turn makes them stronger. In fact, burpees are such a beneficial workout that they use them in the military when putting the soldiers through their paces. Have no fear though; there hopefully won’t be anyone shouting down at you while you’re doing them at home. Well, unless you’re into that kind of thing. You may feel as though your legs are about to drop off, or your arms are shaking like never before but this means one thing: you’re getting stronger.
Do them anywhere
There won’t be any excuses for not doing your exercises now because not only do burpees not require any specialist equipment, but you can also do them anywhere. This is the beauty of the burpee – a person with any level of fitness can give them a go as you can adapt them to suit your level of intensity. But the fact that you don’t have to fork out on expensive items to even give them a go means there’s no excuse not to try them now. You may want to ensure you aren’t somewhere with a low roof though otherwise, the jumping could be interesting.
Endurance boost
Total body workout? Check. Improve strength? Check. Versatile? Check. Would you believe that in top of all of these great benefits you can also up your endurance? Well you’re in luck as that is exactly what you’ll do. After performing several repetitions of burpees on different days you should notice that they’re getting easier in addition to being able to do more before falling to the floor. This means that your body is adapting better to endure the exercise. This benefit means your body will start to use oxygen more efficiently to supply all the muscles you are using with an adequate amount.

We admit, doing burpees isn’t a walk in the park – but they definitely burn more calories. With so many great benefits of the exercise, it can be hard to find an excuse as to why you shouldn’t include them in your next workout routine. You don’t have to go and do 100 instantly (but hats off if you can), but starting with 5 or 10 is a brilliant first goal to work your way up to becoming the ultimate fit machine.

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What is better – training outdoors or indoors


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When you workout and exercise, you have the option of doing it inside or outside. Nowadays, there are so many different types of exercises and workouts, each with their own pros and cons. Being more health conscious is essential these days, and you’ve got to know what is involved in the process of fitness and weight loss. That’s why you should look at the different ways of keeping fit, and see what works best for you.
You might choose to train and exercise indoors or outdoors, but how do you know which is the right one to go for? Well, generally, it will be to do with what sort of exercising and training you’re doing. But, we think it’s important to have balance, so let’s look at some of the advantages of both. Here are some positives for training both indoors and outdoors.

Indoors – it’s not weather dependent
Perhaps the biggest advantage of exercising indoors is that it’s not weather dependent. There is nothing worse than having to get outside and exercise when it’s cold and wet. If you choose to train indoors, you are not a slave to the elements, and you are less susceptible to injury. This is one of the main reasons why so many people love to be in the gym working out – it’s something that can be done even in the bleak midwinter!
Indoors – extra motivation
Believe it or not, you can gain a lot of extra motivation from going to exercise indoors. The principal reason behind this is because there are more people in the gym, so motivation is higher. Studies actually show that people have more motivation to exercise when they have someone to do it with, and this is one of the key benefits of the social side of indoor exercise.
Outdoors – fresh air
As many advantages as there are to exercising indoors, there are also plenty with outdoor exercise as well. For example, fresh air is a big one. It’s so important to get out and about and exercise outside in the elements. You get to breathe in the fresh, natural air, not to mention boosting your Vitamin D by getting out in the sun as well. It’s amazing how much good the fresh air can do for you, and exercising outside is really great for boosting your health.

Outdoors – revitalization
Another major benefit of outdoor exercise is the revitalization aspect. This is something that reinvigorates you and helps to give you more energy, strangely. Your vitality and sense of enthusiasm will greatly increase when you exercise externally. It can become depressing to spend all your time inside during the day, only to then be exercising inside as well. Get outside into the fresh air, and you will benefit from a new lease of life.
As you can see, there are benefits to exercising outside as well as inside, and it really depends on the sort of exercise you want to do. There are so many opportunities to do so many different things in both cases, so it’s matter of what works for you, and what you find more preferable as a person. Choosing whatever works for you, and stick with that.

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