Author: Mary Lambkin

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Navigating the Gym for Strength Training

When you’re starting a strength training routine for the first time, stepping into the weight room can be a daunting task. The number (and variety) of machines may feel overwhelming, and being surrounded by weight-lifting pros might be just a little intimidating. However, stepping outside your fitness comfort zone is critical to achieving your wellness goals – and there’s no better place to get started than in the weight room. Here are some tips to help you stay stress-free about strength training. Start With Free Weights and Body Weight Although machines can make strength training seem easy, they’re often more complicated than they appear, particularly for first-time users. Instead of spending 10 minutes trying to master one complex machine (and another five waiting for someone to finish using it), spend five minutes performing a basic free weight or body weight exercise like tricep dips or weighted squats. Not only are these movements easy for beginners, but they’re also considered building blocks of a solid strength training routine. Once you’re comfortable with a handful of basic …

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How to Overcome and Treat Foot Blisters

There’s nothing better than getting faster and stronger as a runner – and nothing worse than facing a setback due to something as bothersome as blisters on feet. As a runner, it’s incredibly important to take care of yourself from head to toe (literally!) by preventing and treating blisters with the right tools and techniques. Try these tips for avoiding painful blisters. Wear the Right Shoes Running is a simple sport that only requires one key piece of equipment: the right shoes. Before you set out on a long run, visit a local running store to make sure you find a shoe that fits your unique stride and the shape of your foot. Most running store employees can assess your cadence and form to make sure you have the right fit. You’ll want a pair of shoes that fit snugly along the sides with ample room near your toes. Because feet swell during a run, it can be a good idea to buy running shoes a half-size larger than usual. Don’t buy your shoes too …