Muscle Man

Hey there!

I know that a lot of us guys like to stay in shape and show off our muscles. I found a great article from Men’s Health with the 100 Best Fitness Tips. I wanted to share some that I found to be very helpful.

Protect Your Neck

-When doing your crunches, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth. “It will help align your head properly, which helps reduce neck strain,” says Michael Mejia, C.S.C.S., Men’s Health exercise advisor.

Grow Muscle, Save Time

-Keep your weight workouts under 60 minutes.  After an hour, your body starts to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can have a testosterone-blocking, muscle-wasting effect.

Buy Shoes That Fit

-Shop for shoes late in the day, as that’s when your feet are the largest. “Make sure there’s a half inch of space in front of your longest toe, and that you can easily wiggle your toes. Then slip off the shoes and compare them with your bare feet. If each shoe isn’t obviously wider and longer than your foot, go half a size bigger.”

Help Your Forehand

-For all you tennis players out there who are trying to build up your forearm strength, crumble newspaper; “Lay a newspaper sheet on a flat surface. Start at one corner and crumple it into a ball with your dominant hand for 30 seconds. Repeat with your other hand.”

Stretch For Strength

-In between sets, take 20 or 30 seconds to stretch out the muscle you just worked.  Boston researchers found that men who did this increased their strength by 20 percent.

Improve Balance

-Use a couch cushion to improve your balance. “Stand one-legged on the cushion and move a medicine ball (or a 1-gallon milk jug or heavy phone book) from hand to hand, side to side, and behind your head. Once you’ve mastered the move, try it with your eyes closed. “You’ll improve your balance, coordination, and body control, all important athletic attributes,” says Greg Brittenham, assistant coach of player development for the New York Knicks.”

Get Stronger Legs

-Do your lunges backwards.  This forces your front leg to work throughout the entire exercise.  Use the same movements that you use in a regular lunge, but step backward instead of forward.

To read all of the great tips, click here.

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