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Fitness
Queen Of The Court

AdrianneHo_TennisTraining_IG-3 AdrianneHo_TennisTraining_IG-7AdrianneHo_TennisTraining_IG-8With the U.S. Open starting next week in NYC, more and more people are hitting the courts to play tennis. Whether you’re a novice or have been playing for years the benefits of the sport are endless. As someone who has started playing only in the past few years I can personally say that the sport has improved my level of fitness. The quick aerobic movements I do while playing  burns calories and keeps my heart rate up. In addition to cardiovascular health, the game also provides strength training for your legs, arms and upper body while swinging the racket tones the core… talk about a full body workout!

I like to start a session by warming up with a stretch and light jog. Once my body is warmed up I get a feel for the ball by playing half court and then move back to the baseline to work my forehand and backhand. It’s a good idea to have a focused strategy to your workout. Repetition of good form is key to the sport. No matter your level, keep at it and most of all have fun!

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Break a Sweat with Beach Volleyball

AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-3AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-2 AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_SweatWith the 2016 Olympic games approaching we can all be sure to be amazed by the toned and sculpted bodies of the women players in the Beach Volleyball competition! Playing sports on the beach is always an amazing workout and playing volleyball on the beach is truly one of the best workouts you can get.

AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-4According to Harvard Medical School, beach volleyball burns calories quickly! A 155-pound person will burn 298 calories during a half-hour game of beach volleyball. This sport is also a great way to build and strengthen many muscle groups throughout your body. Beach volleyball uses every part of your body. You use your arms, shoulders and chest to spike and serve the volleyball, your legs running through the sand, and your core to stay balanced as you do each move, truly making it a full body workout! Lastly let’s not forget the best reason to get involved in a game of beach volleyball game, it’s fun!

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The Importance Of The Warm Down

SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-27 SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-29Sometimes the first thing we want to do post-workout is hit the nearest market or juice spot and grab a smoothie, yet it’s important to take a few minutes to stretch your muscles and warm down…
SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-28 During a workout, muscles contract and small tears occur in muscle fibers. It’s important to stretch in order to repair these tears.SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-24 During a workout, muscles contract and small tears occur in muscle fibers. It’s important to stretch in order to repair these tears. Some of the obvious reasons for stretching would be to prevent soreness, yet there are other reasons that are significant for your fitness goals and overall health. SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-23 Post-workout your muscles are better prepared for stretching due to your tissue being more flexible, making the muscles less prone to injury. Stretching can also help relax your muscles while your heart rate returns to normal.SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-22SweatTheStyle_BrittanyBergmeister-21If your goal is increased flexibility; post-workout stretching is very important. Loosening the tight muscles will not only improve your flexibility; but also your strength, endurance and aid overall recovery. Remember to also keep your body hydrated and take the time to center yourself. Appreciate what you’ve just accomplished and your body will thank you for it.

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It’s Time to Take the Scenic Route

AdrianneHo_Running_ExerciseSome of the obvious reasons to exercise outside are of course the fresh air and the scenery which can make your run more interesting, beautiful, and much better than staring at the treadmill clock.

Running outside can be one of the easiest, yet beneficial ways to stay in shape. One tidbit is the exposure to plants like trees are said to improve your immune system, which is a huge plus! Studies have also shown that outdoor exercise is associated with greater decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression when compared to indoor activity. While selecting your running methods remember that hill sprints are a great way to burn fat. These quick acts of movement at an incline will help push you to the limit while also building and toning muscle.

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The Stairway to Fitness

AdrianneHo_IvyPark-6Sometimes the tools we need to workout are right in front of our face…
AdrianneHo_IvyPark-7 AdrianneHo_IvyPark-8In this case that would be stairs. Most people have access to stairs, which can be used as an excellent source for exercise! Incorporating stair climbing into your exercise routine is not only beneficial for fat-burning but can also give you amazing strength-building results. One of the main benefits of stair climbing is it’s natural ability to increase the muscle mass of your quadriceps and calves. The motion also gives you a slight upper body workout by pumping your arms, but if you add weights, you can increase the upper body benefits.

Studies have shown that a short, high-intensity exercise is just as effective at improving your fitness goals as doing cardio at a long, low-intensity. So whether you have stairs in your home, job, or at your local park, it’s time to grab some dumbbells and hit the nearest steps to challenge yourself to an awesome full body workout!

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Tee Time

AdrianneHo_SweatTheStyle_Golf_Fitness-1The most important thing is to just go out there and give it a try…
AdrianneHo_SweatTheStyle_Golf_Fitness-2 AdrianneHo_SweatTheStyle_Golf_Fitness-1Sports take a lot of skill, discipline, and focus. But as intimidating as they can seem, the reward can be tenfold. Even if the thrill of competition isn’t your thing, recreational activity in nature is priceless. Sweat some style and don’t find excuses not to give a beautiful life sport like golf a try. Trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone can be a lot of fun. The key is to not get caught up in what people think of you and just do it.

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Explore and More

AdrianneHo_Mykonos_Nike-8AdrianneHo_Mykonos_Nike-10There’s no better way to break a sweat than exploring a new place. Get caught up in the scenery and let the time fly by… Just don’t get lost!
Start with a stretch, set a timer for 20 minutes, and run. After 20 minutes turn around and run back. When you get back do 30 reps of the following exercises.
Mountain Climbers
Jump Squats
Lunges on each side
Squats
Bench Crunches

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Stairway To Heaven

AdrianneHo_JoeFresh_b-6 AdrianneHo_JoeFresh_b-8Running stairs is a medium to high-intensity cardio workout that burns calories for energy. Your heart rate increases, your muscles work harder, and you’ll need more oxygen as you ascend and descend. For best results, run stairs in high-intensity, short-duration intervals. This will push your metabolism, meaning you’ll burn more calories, reducing excess weight… Running stairs benefits your cardiovascular health, develops muscle and is free.

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Big Sur

AdrianneHo_BigSur_SweatCrew-3AdrianneHo_BigSur_SweatCrewAdrianneHo_BigSur_SweatCrew-2The unspoiled land of Big Sur make it a magical destination for hiking, trail walking, and camping. Inhabited by artists, writers, and descendants of the original ranching families, the environment feels like nature in its purest form. Mostly untouched by the development of modern urban sprawl, its visitors respect its vast surroundings. A Sweat The Style favorite for its Zen-like sensibility, a perfect getaway for the active urbanite looking for some adventure in nature.

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