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The Truth Behind 5 Rampant Fitness Myths:

We're lucky to live in the Information Age, but some of the information we hear about fitness is outdated, or just plain wrong. Here is a closer look at five common fitness myths, and what you should be doing instead.

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Exercise Bikes:

Exercise bikes are a piece of equipment that we see in many homes and gyms, but may not have had lots of experience or training with.

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Exercise and Better Sleep:

It is well known that exercise is critical for good health, but did you know that the effects of exercise reach as far as the quality of your sleep? Yes, exercise tires out both your body and your mind to help you feel more inclined to sleep.

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Benefits Of Yoga:

Although yoga was developed thousands of years ago in India, it has just recently began to become more popular in the West during the 21st century. One of the major contributors to the recent rise in popularity of yoga are the widely reported health benefits of regularly participating in yoga exercise.

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Benefits Of Anaerobic Exercise:

We all probably wish we put in a little more effort in our workouts. However, working smart beats working hard any day. When you know exactly what you get out of a workout, you can tailor it accordingly. Here, we’ll go over some of the benefits you get with anaerobic exercise.

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Why You Should Switch Up Your Workouts

Working out regularly takes a lot of physical effort. However, doing it properly requires some mental planning as well; you want to know what to work out for. You can get a lot more from your workouts by switching them up every so often. We talk more about why here.

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Exercise & Your Brain

We all know exercise has positive effects on our bodies, but did you know that it can improve brain function as well? Your brain needs more than just mental exercise. Here, we’ll go over just a few of the benefits your brain can reap from regular exercise.

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Vibration Machine: The Benefits

You might have heard about a new trend hitting the exercise world: vibration machines. Their purpose involves enhancing your workout, and they do a great job of it. If you feel skepticism when they get mentioned, others do too. Still, they have become associated with a host of benefits.

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Aerobic And Anaerobic Exercise

If you've got friends in the fitness circuit, you may have heard the terms aerobic and anaerobic exercise. What do they mean? They simply refer to the chemical processes by which your muscle cells get energy (in the form of ATP). We've created a brief overview:

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How Exercise Affects Your Body

We all know that exercise makes us healthier. But what exactly does it do to our bodies? The real answer to that question proves long and complicated. However, an overview doesn’t take too long to understand.

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Stay on Track!

Put down the cookie and pick up the weights! Fitness HQ is here to remind you that the holiday season is fast approaching and with the celebration comes tons of delicious food. Aunt Sally will bring her famous pecan pie, mom will make her chocolate praline crunch cake and you will be sampling everything that is in sight. We understand that this is the time of year to splurge, have a cookie or three, but we also want you to maintain that awesome figure you worked so hard for!

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Workout Routine

Here is a weekly workout routine that will hit every major group of muscles and have you doing a wide arrange of cardio and lifting exercises. Switch the lineup of the exercise up each week to change your body's workout routine and see quicker results.

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Nintendo Wii Fit U

The video game company that made you sweat in the 1980's with the Nintendo Entertainment System's "Power Pad" accessory is back with a more sophisticated exercise and fitness game/toy hybrid, "Wii Fit U". This clean ecosystem consisting of the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Balance Board, and optional Nintendo Step Counter (and the "Wii Fit U" software, naturally) delivers a dizzying amount of cardio, yoga, balance, and endurance exercises that rival the commodities found at most gyms - but the virtual male or female workout instructors are no replacement for the real thing.

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5 Most Ridiculous Fitness Gadgets

Shake Weight

The Shake Weight is probably the most iconic fitness gadget of this decade. Is it because it works? Well, no. However, the makers claim that repetitively shaking a pulsating dumbbell will stimulate muscle "toning". For me, the only thing it stimulates is laughter-which I admit, gives me quite the ab workout so maybe it's not so useless.

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So you want to start weight training?

If you are already considering picking up a weight training program, you are probably already aware of the magnitude of health and fitness benefits that comes with weight training. But just like cardiovascular training, weight training comes in variety of ways you can train and you may not know where to start out at.

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The benefits of owning a treadmill

Treadmills are one of the most popular types of home fitness equipment. When you live in a climate bipolar state like Texas, it's easy to see why. Cold winters and searing hot summers leave you with a limited amount of outdoor running opportunities.

Why let less-than-ideal weather dictate your running or walking routine? Aside from being able to aerobically work out in the comfort of your own home, there are many benefits of owning a treadmill in Dallas.

Treadmills can be very minimalistic or very high-tech, depending on the features you want and the amount you want to spend. Most of our treadmills have some pretty cool features that will make your running experience a lot more enjoyable.

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No Space? No Problem!

Okay, so here's your dilemma. You want to work out with free weights at home but you're limited on space. Whether you live in a small apartment or condo, or your wife won't let you convert the garage into a home gym, it's difficult to have a full set of dumbbells if you don't have the square footage to accommodate them. And unfortunately, there's only so much progress you can make with those 15 pound dumbbells hanging out under your bed that your mom gave you after she quit her step aerobics class.

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The Benefits of Indoor Cycling

Spinning, or indoor cycling, has become a huge fitness trend, and for good reason. Indoor cycling offers a great workout and allows you to reap the benefits of outdoor biking without having to battle inclement weather or compete with drivers for road space. Plus, you get to work out in the comfort of your own home. Owning a spin bike in Dallas can offer you many benefits.

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