How to Find a Workout Buddy

Accountabilabuddy. Fitfriends. Swollmates. There are many different terms for a workout partner, but they all mean the same thing: a friend (or group of friends) that help hold you accountable to your exercise routine. Finding a workout buddy has many positive benefits. Your workout buddy can spot you while lifting weights or may  motivate you to show up for that 6 a.m. class instead of hitting snooze. They are also someone to grab juice or coffee with after an amazing workout.  According to the CDC, working out with a buddy makes you more likely to be motivated, adventurous and consistent. They recommend finding someone with a similar schedule and goals, and the same level of commitment. If you’re trying to find the workout version of Monica to your Rachel, follow our tips below to find a workout buddy: Talk to friends, or friends-of-friends Introduce yourself to people at the gym Sign up for a group fitness class Volunteer for a race or walk-a-thon Join a local sports team Download an app Start a fitness challenge …

How to Get Back Into the Gym

The majority of us spent 2020 working out from home, exploring alternative methods of movement or taking an outdoor fitness class for the first time. If you’re vaccinated,, you may feel comfortable enough to head back into the gym. But how do you start? After so much time away, it can be intimidating to think about walking back into the gym that you used to frequent daily.  Here a few steps to consider as you head back to class Plan your workout and recovery routine in advance Prioritize rest and self care Sign up for a fitness challenge or app  Get a workout buddy Make sure you have the right clothes for your workout Look into getting a day pass or booking just an hour at the gym before signing up for a membership Pack your gym bag the night before Pack your gym bag You may have had a gym bag pre-pandemic, but it’s a good chance to refresh your items with a few 2021 needs. We recommend adding hand sanitizer, gym-specific masks and …

The Benefits of Being Physically Active, Beyond Looks

My heart scan results came five days before my wedding. At 34, I had heart disease in the artery known as the widow-maker. It was hard to stomach the words on the report even though I knew why. Two months prior, a body composition test revealed my first shock. I had fat piling up around my organs, putting me at risk for type 2 diabetes. The entire experience was humbling. Despite being a doctor that jogs on the boardwalk, I was heading towards being on medications. I was not invincible, and many aspects of what I was doing were wrong. My name is Dr. Kevin Pacheco and I’m the founder of Beyond Practice, a doctor-designed challenge that empowers you to avoid medical conditions and lifelong prescriptions. The five key lessons from this article: Insulin resistance is the root of the common medical conditions of today’s society. Elevated insulin prevents burning fat and causes weight gain Prescribing different medications for each pathological result of insulin resistance is not the best strategy. Strategies that create positive hormonal …

Quality > Quantity When it Comes to Exercise

I am a former jogging addict and recovering calorie counter. If you charted my weight over the years, it would look like a yo-yo. It was not until I lost a bet with my best friend that I moved away from the hamster wheel of dieting. My name is Susanne and I am a practicing Physician Assistant and the Chief of Activity and Adventure at Beyond Practice. I am a host in the Transform10 Challenge, a program with the goal of empowering 10 million people to avoid medical conditions via physical activity. I now believe that quality is better than quantity when it comes to building an exercise program. The bet that changed my life The bet that changed my life was simple: whoever had the most decrease in body fat percentage within one month would win. We used a DEXA body composition scan to decide the results. My strategy was to restrict my calories and run 100 miles in the month. I called the challenge “May Miles” and recruited friends. I ran over 100 …

The Best Workout Equipment for Home

2020 shifted our workouts routines. Many of us pivoted to taking workout classes from home and to do the best with the equipment that we had. Whether you’re working out with us from home or in-studio, we wanted to make sure you were set up to crush your favorite classes in 2021. We think it’s time to ditch those frozen water bottles and soup cans. It’s time upgrade to new equipment. We did the research for you and asked our partners to share their favorite products. These pieces of home workout equipment will help you crush your workout and look good while doing it. For Yogis It’s no secret that a great mat and great yoga go hand in hand, but which yoga mat is the best? Yoga mats need to be comfortable, supportive, non-slip, easy to clean and ideally stylish as well. Ra Yoga has the perfect mat for the job. You can’t go wrong with the eKO by Manduka. “As far as yoga mats are concerned, our studio favorite is the eKO by …

How to Get Active, Again

I struggled to get off of the couch and out of my house during 2020. Like many people, I was bogged down by the misery of the world. Although I live in an outdoorsy city, with plenty of options to escape, I was mentally and emotionally exhausted by the state of the world and paralyzed by fear during the high peaks of the pandemic. Doom scrolling Instagram didn’t help. While at-home fitness options became all the rage, I just couldn’t commit to regular virtual workouts. I craved the camaraderie of a studio cycle class, the feeling of togetherness and euphoria that just can’t be replicated via an app. I was eager for fitness studios to reopen, thankfully they recently did in my area.  But then I faced a new obstacle: how to actually get active again. It had been months since I stepped foot into a gym, into a yoga studio or cycle class. I felt like a brand new class attendee, and all those feelings of nervousness, fear and procrastination were there – just …