Weekly Fitness Blog Roll - #5
Each week, CityFit will post our favorite fitness stories from around the net. We admit that staying local with these tales would be nice, but amazing fitness stories are being told around the world each day. Did we miss your favorite story from the week? Log-in or sign up and tell us about it in the comments section or post it on our facebook page.
August 24, 2012
Should I Foam Roll Before or After I Workout – Erin Beresini, Outside Magazine
If you’ve never tried foam rolling, you should. By foam rolling (the act of foam rolling is known as self-myofascial release) your muscles, blood flow increases and muscles relax. Outside talked to a doctor who gave his two cents on when and how to foam roll.
August 26, 2012
A hero falls, and many wobble – Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune
If you haven’t been paying attention for the last week or two, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from competitive cycling for life. Schmich give an interesting take about the whole story from the perspective of people who have used Armstrong as a symbol of hope for so many years.
August 27, 2012
Midlife fitness may pay off in later years – Jennifer LaRue, Washington Post
This just in – living a healthy lifestyle and making exercise a priority in your 30s, 40s and 50s will help you later in life. A study was conducted and determined the risk of contracting conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and others are lessened with increased exercise. Interestingly, the study was only done with work on a treadmill.
RunKeeper and GymPact want you to get paid for tracking your fitness – Steven Sande, Tuaw.com
A new app called GymPact has come up with an interesting idea to keep you active. The gist of it is if you stay active and meet weekly goals, you get paid. If you don’t, you owe money. Is there a better incentive to dangle in front of people than cash? The new technology might take off now that they’ve partnered with RunKeeper, another popular online service.
August 28, 2012
Lakeview's Power Sculpt Fitness, Simplicity in Stability Balls, Ravenswood's City Provisions Cafe and Deerfield's Be Real Cereal – Traci D Mitchell, GetFitChicago, ChicagoNow.com
Mitchell is in the midst of her ‘Year of Me’ where she makes an consistent effort to be healthy and fit in Chicago. Last week she blogged about a new healthy organic cereal she found at Whole Foods. The great part is there are ten ingredients – all of them names that you can pronounce. There are a few other interesting tidbits in the post about Mitchell's quest through Chicago's health and fitness community.
August 29, 2012
Finding Your Ideal Running Form– Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times
Talk to any runner and chances are they are always worried about their form. The question is – and always has been – should you learn how to run on your own or from a coach? Running seems so simple and natural, but there are plenty of mechanical nuances that must be taken into account when hitting the pavement. A new study sheds some light on whether or not you should learn to find your form on your own or from a coach. Pretty interesting.
August 30, 2012
Marathon Raked in $219 Million for Chicago: Study – Staff Report, NBCChicago.com
What happens when 45,000 race participants, thousands spectators and countless others hit the streets Marathon weekend? A lot of money is being spent. Everything from hotels to restaurants in countless Chicago neighborhoods see upticks in business during the weekend of the race.