For those who want to take a step towards eating healthier without completely changing their diet, the following tips will help you find ways to make the foods you love healthier without compromising the taste you love:
The purpose of fitness clothing is to keep you comfortable, allow for correct freedom of movement and in some cases, help your performance. Wearing the correct clothing can help you get the most out of your workout.
Unless you swim, the basics of any fitness wardrobe are shorts, pants, tops and jackets. For runner and cyclists, Tighter fitting, but nonrestrictive pants are helpful. Fitness walkers or hikers may prefer looser fitting bottoms. If you lift weights, be mindful of how loose the shorts fit to avoid catching the edge of a dumbbell.
The fabric of your clothing should contain a small percentage of spandex to help them retain their shape between washings and during your workout. While you may enjoy wearing your favorite t-shirt, cotton workout apparel absorbs your body’s moisture directly onto your skin, while specially designed workout fabrics wick sweat away from your body, helping you feel cooler. Wool, fleece, and nylon are good for winter workouts.
Try and avoid 100% cotton socks when exercising. Choose a specialized fitness sock made from a blend of material that keeps blisters at bay while helping your feet stay dry. Also look for socks with an extra layer of padding in the ball of the foot and a supportive band around the arch of your foot.
If you are a woman, a sports bra is an essential piece of fitness clothing. Choose a sports bra that offers you support and minimizes breast bouncing and movement while running or working out to stay comfortable and help avoid breast injury.
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment – Oklahoma City, OK (Coming Soon)
Store Manager: Eric Waklee
2300 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
The 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment store in Oklahoma City is located in the Quail Springs Shopping Center right next to Five Guys
We carry New, Used, Re-manufactured and Refurbished equipment from all the major brands. To help you get your 2nd Wind, we offer professional delivery and setup on these high quality name brands:
- • Treadmills: Life Fitness, Vision Fitness, Pacemaster, LifeSpan, Cybex
- • Ellipticals: Octane Fitness, Life Fitness, Vision Fitness, Pacemaster
- • Seated Ellipticals: Octane Fitness
- • Suspension Trainers: Cybex, Vision Fitness
- • Exercise Bikes: LeMond, Vision Fitness, Life Fitness, LifeSpan
- • Steppers: Stairmaster, Bowflex, and Nautilus
- • Home Gyms: Hoist Fitness, Torque Fitness, Life Fitness, Bowflex, York
- • Vibration: Power Plate
- • Fitness Accessories: Spri, Hampton, Schiek, Polar, Ecore, Power Block
If your existing fitness equipment is in need of repairs, your service and repair solution is right around the corner! Our 2nd Wind Exercise store in Oklahoma City, OK offers:
- • Treadmill Repairs
- • Elliptical Repairs
- • Excercise Bike (Spinner, Recumbent, Upright) Repairs
- • Home Gym and Commercial Repairs
Over the last two decades, 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment has grown to become the nation’s largest specialty fitness retailer. From residential to commercial, our Certified Fitness Consultants are committed to one thing: helping you get your 2nd Wind.
Get yours today by scheduling a free fitness consultation!
There are several benefits to running on a machine as opposed to the outdoors.
- No need to worry about the weather:
Running on a treadmill means running inside a temperature controlled environment. You don’t need to check the weather forecast or worry if those clouds up ahead looks like rain. No need to force yourself to run through extremely hot and humid weather or through bone chilling wing in the winter. You don’t need to stress about what to wear on your run or if you put enough sunscreen on too.
- Easier on your body
Most running outdoors takes places on pavement. While the smooth surface is great since you don’t have to worry about tripping in a hole, pavement is incredibly cruel to your knees because it places a large amount of strain on them. Treadmills offer shock absorption, creating less stress for the knees. The extra cushioning and smooth surface also allows for easier runs.
- Simulate a race course
If you are training for a race course, you can create a similar version to it using a treadmill. Most of the Midwest is pretty flat, and running on an endless flat road can get rather repetitive. Try mixing up your workout by adding in some hills to your run on a treadmill program.
- Running inside is safer
Falling, cars, cyclists, dogs, getting lost, these are all hazards of running outside that can be avoided by running on a treadmill. You can also safely listen to music without having to worry about having to pay attention to your environment.
When hunger strikes and we open the fridge, there is a much greater chance that we will chow down on whatever we happen to see first rather than take the time to dig around in the back for something else. If you, like most people, have a lot of unhealthy food sitting front and center in your icebox, maybe it’s time to rotate some of the foods in there around to help make it easier for you and your family to live a healthy lifestyle.
Try pushing these healthy snacks to the front of your fridge so that the next time your tummy grumbles you reach for the good stuff:
Not only are apples good for us, but they are considered a great substitute for unhealthy sweets such as cakes, candies, and other calorie-rich snacks and desserts. Besides carrying cancer risk-reducing nutrients, apples can offer an energy boost that some say is stronger than coffee!
Veggies and Hummus
When you are craving something crunchy with zest, crispy vegetables like carrots and celery paired with tasty hummus can satisfy your craving. Try pre-cutting a bunch of veggies at the beginning of each week so you can easily grab and munch away without being deterred by the thought of having to prepare anything!
Part-skim cheese sticks are a great snack – especially for those on the go! Eat one by itself or pair with some whole wheat crackers for a tasty and filling snack that will keep you satisfied and feed your need for a salty snack.
This low fat snack has two times the protein of regular yogurt and much less sugar. This thick, creamy yogurt contains healthy probiotic cultures that are great for eliminating toxins from your system. Drizzle a half cup of this stuff with honey to make a treat that will make you think you are eating a decadent dessert!
Exercising truly benefits a person from the inside out – from a healthy heart to toned muscles to a healthy, glowing complexion. When it comes to your daily skincare regimen, exercise should not be overlooked, because working out can help improve your skin health in a number of ways:
- Exercise makes you sweat, which helps your body flush your pores of the toxins and impurities they accumulate throughout the day. If not flushed from the body properly, these toxins can clog pores and result in breakouts! When you sweat out these toxins, it is important to wash them off so you don’t leave them sitting on top of your skin.
- Exercise gets the heart pumping, which increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin. This boost in blood and oxygen flow to skin cells also carries nutrients that improve your skin health which can help keep your skin having a smooth texture and healthy, radiant glow.
- When you exercise, your skin begins to produce oils that help naturally moisturize the skin and give it a healthy glow. These natural oils the skin produces helps keep your skin looking supple and radiant!
- Exercising is a major stress-reliever. Since some studies have shown that stress can worsen acne and even trigger the onset of it, the stress-relieving power of exercise can help keep skin breakout-free.
The meals you eat before and after you exercise have direct influence on both the effectiveness of your workout and the results you get from it. What you eat after your workout (known as a post-workout meal) is crucial for optimizing the recovery process and ensuring that your body has what it needs to adapt and improve the way you want it to.
Since the meal you eat after a workout helps assist your body in the building up and strengthening of muscles, it is not surprising that the phase of getting post-workout nutrition is commonly referred to as the “anabolic phase”, since anabolism refers to the building or rebuilding of something. The meal you eat after your workout plays the largest part in supplying your body with what it needs to repair, replenish, and adapt to the training stimulus you underwent during your workout.
- Replenish glycogen in muscles
- Reduce muscle protein breakdown and increase muscle protein synthesis
- Reduce muscle fatigue
- Enhance overall recovery.
- Reduce levels of cortisol
The specific goals of post-workout meals are to accomplish the following:
In order to reach all of these goals, your body needs to be replenished with two things: carbohydrates and protein. The post-workout meal can be any size – if you only feel like a snack that is fine, and if you want to eat dinner after a workout that is alright too! The important things are that you eat relatively close to the time that you ended your workout (within an hour or so), that you don’t exceed your recommended daily calorie intake allowance, and that your meal consists mainly of carbs and protein. If you follow these recommendations you will surely reap the benefits of an effective post-workout meal!