What is a SuperBand and Why Should I be Using It?
There are all kinds of tools and devices which promise to help you get in shape but not many of them come close in comparison to what are known in the fitness community as a SuperBand. These stretchy exercise bands have become extremely popular because they are large enough to be considered an all-in-one fitness tool. Most superbands measure 40” or so and are made out of a thick natural latex rubber material which has the ability to stretch up to twice its original length. Now that’s a whole lot of stretching power!
The next best thing about superbands is that everyone can use them. They are recommended by fitness professionals, trainers and physical therapists. Individuals who are going through rehabilitation or those who participate in a wide range of activities such as yoga, pilates, powerlifting, cross training, P90x, Insanity, endurance training and strength training. Now that you know what a superband is, it’s time to get one for yourself. Here are a few ways that superbands can enhance your workout. Whether you are outdoors, at the gym or perhaps exercising in the comfort of your own home.
Superbands are a great tool to have around because they offer resistance. You can use them for resistance band exercises such as shuffles, lunges or monster walks. Believe it or not, gradually increasing resistance while stretching or toning has been known to speed up recovery, condition the muscles, improve flexibility and enhance physical performance. You will find that most popular brands of exercise superbands offer multiple different bands with varying levels of resistance. It’s best to choose the one that works best for you. You can even collect all of them so you can change it up as you advance.
Another reason why you should own a resistance band is because they can provide assistance during your workouts. For example, many people use them for assisted chin-ups, pull-ups, dips and deep squats. Since superbands are made out of a heavy duty latex, you can rest assured when using them to for a little fitness assistance.
Are you are a weightlifter or a powerlifter? You definitely could benefit from incorporating a superband into your lifting. This is because they can be used to overload the bar and add resistance to lifting activities. For example bench presses, squats and dead lifts.
Stretching with a SuperBand
The Superband is also an excellent stretching tool! You can use them to stretch just about any of the muscles in your body. Those in your legs, arms, back, neck, hips, shoulders or feet. They are especially useful for those who are recovering from torn MCLs, torn ACLs, patella injuries or knee replacements.
If you enjoy staying active or if you are recovering from a painful sports injury, you will definitely want to keep a couple of superbands on hand. You may be thinking that something so awesome will likely come with a hefty price tag. This isn’t true at all. Most resistance bands are rather inexpensive and designed to last, so they really are worth the small investment.
Festive Snacking That’s Healthy but Tasty
The holidays are officially upon us and that means people everywhere are breaking their diets in order to enjoy all of their favorite seasonal dishes, snacks and drinks. While it’s easy to pack on the pounds during the holidays, you can make some small healthy choices that will help you avoid that post holiday bulge. Instead of stuffing your face with cookies and pies this holiday season, try munching on these 5 festive snacking idea that are not only tasty, but healthy for you as well.
When you’re hit with a craving for something sweet, try snacking on some fresh seasonal fruits and berries such as cranberries, pomegranates, pears, currants or persimmons.
You may also want to keep a jar of nuts handy during the holidays to curb your hunger in between meals. A few holiday favorites include pecans, chestnuts, almonds and cashews. If you want to add a festive twist to your nuts, roast them or toss them in an herbal spice blend consisting of rosemary, thyme and olive oil.
Believe it or not, pure chocolate is actually quite healthy for you as it provides the body with lots of antioxidants. Try to opt for the dark variations of chocolate and stay away from chocolate bars that contain added sugar.
When you cuddle up with your loved ones to watch those classic Christmas movies, try munching on a bowl of popcorn. Keep in mind that it’s best to stay away from popcorn loaded with butter and salt and instead choose one that is seasoned with sea salt and low in fat.
Certain types of cheese can be good for you when eaten in moderation and Parmesan, ricotta and aged cheddar are all excellent options. Just be sure to look for a label that identifies the product as “pasteurized process cheese”, which ensures the cheese is free of additives.
There’s no need to break your diet during the holidays! Simply choose to munch on these healthy snacks during the holiday parties, family gatherings and other festivities you will be attending.
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Walking tours are an absolutely wonderful way to see a new city, whether you’re visiting a domestic destination like New York City or Chicago, or a more exotic locale such as Rome or Paris. A walking tour lets you truly drink in the ambiance of the city, and get an up-close look at tourist destinations.
But walking tours involve a lot of… walking! You could easily walk over 10 miles during a standard guided walking tour, so you’ll need to be ready for some serious mileage. With these 5 simple tips from Devel Fitness, you can stay comfortable on your next walking tour.
- Wear The Right Shoes
First of all, you should make sure you wear proper footwear for a walking tour. You’ll want to opt for a cushioned, broken-in running/walking shoe, and you will want to avoid heeled shoes, open-toed shoes/sandals, sneakers, and most leather shoes/boots.
You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so you want a lightweight, supportive shoe that will help you avoid blisters, and will keep you feeling great throughout the entire tour.
- Layer Up!
This is especially key if the weather is going to change during your tour. In October, for example, a tour in NYC could start at 8AM when it’s around 40 degrees, but temperatures could surge to the high 70s.
So make sure to check the weather forecast, and dress appropriately. Wear warm, thin layers so that you can add (and remove) layers as the weather heats up or cools down.
- Bring Water (And Snacks!)
If you’re on a guided walking tour, you’ll probably stop for lunch. But you should still make sure that you bring water and a few snacks, just in case. You don’t want to hold up your tour group or miss out on anything just because you have to pop into a convenience store for some food and drinks!
- Protect Your Eyes
It’s a good idea to bring a pair of sunglasses on your walking tour. You’ll be exposed to quite a bit of sun, and you’re going to get tired of squinting everywhere you go! Choose a comfortable, polarized pair that offers a high level of UV protection.
- Don’t Forget Sun Protection!
Bring lip balm, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. You’re going to be outside most of the time you’re walking, so you could get sunburned, even if you’re not visiting a city in the spring or summer.
Follow These Tips, And Enjoy Your Next Walking Tour!
Grab your trusty daypack, gather these items together, and get ready to have a wonderful time during your next walking tour. With these tips, you’ll stay comfortable and safe throughout your entire journey!
Interested in more tips? Check out the Devel Fitness Hiking & Travel section for more blog posts, and helpful travel advice! And don’t forget to take a look at our SuperBands – the most affordable, comprehensive, “go-anywhere” home gym solution on the market!
Summer is in the rearview mirror – but that means that peak training season is just beginning, for many athletes! Working out in the cold weather is easy if you know what you’re doing – so in this article, we’ll take a look at some simple steps you can take to prepare for cold-weather workouts.
Whether it’s 40 degrees and raining, or even below freezing, these tips will keep you safe and comfortable!
- Get Warmed Up (Inside!)
The initial shock of going outside to work out when it’s freezing can be mitigated by a solid indoor warm-up session. When you get your muscles warmed up and work up a bit of a sweat, your core body temperature will start to rise – you’ll be your own space heater!
You can choose to jump rope indoors, or even do a basic stretching workout using our Devel Fitness SuperBands! The choice is yours.
- Don’t Overdress
Overdressing is common for newer athletes who have not had experience working out in cooler weather. If you’re planning a serious outdoor workout, you should dress as if it’s 10-20°F (5-10°C) warmer than it is outside.
You’re going to build up a sweat, and if you overdress for the weather, you’re going to be hot and uncomfortable during your workout. Here are a few recommendations:
- 15°C – A t-shirt/long-sleeved shirt and shorts
- 10°C – A long-sleeved base layer, t-shirt, shorts, gloves
- 5°C – A long-sleeved base layer, a long-sleeved shirt, tights and shorts, gloves
- 0°C – A long-sleeved base layer, running jacket, tights/track pants, gloves, a hat
These are just “rule-of-thumb” tips. Your own gear needs will depend on your weight, gender, workout plans, and your tolerance for the cold.
- Have A Plan To Deal With Sweat – Dress In Layers
You’re going to sweat – even when it’s nearly freezing outside. This can actually be a bad thing. Sweat is extremely effective at cooling our bodies. When it builds up on our skin and evaporates in the cold, it chills us very quickly.
Because of this, you should always wear at least 2 layers if temperatures are approaching (or below) freezing. This helps prevent sweat from evaporating directly off of your skin, and keeps you warmer.
- Recognize Cold-Weather Danger Signs
Frostbite and hypothermia are real dangers when exercising in extremely cold, below-freezing temperatures. With the proper gear, they’re easy to avoid – but you should still recognize the danger signs.
Hypothermia usually makes you feel sluggish and clumsy, and may affect your speech, and make you feel confused. Your breathing may also slow down, and your skin may feel “tingly”.
Frostnip and frostbite usually begin with a reddening and numbness or pain in the skin, usually in the extremities such as the fingers, toes, and nose/ears. If you have poor blood circulation, you may be at an increased risk of frostnip/bite.
- Know When It’s Just Not Safe To Exercise Outdoors
Even the most seasoned athletes recognize when it’s not safe to exercise in brutal weather conditions. If the wind chill puts temperatures below 0°F (-17°C), exposed skin could be at risk of frostbite developing in as little as 30 minutes to an hour.
And if it’s extremely windy and rainy, you may also want to consider skipping your outdoor workout. Rain will chill you about 25x faster than air – so even in milder conditions, try to avoid working out in the rain.
Stay Warm (And Safe) Out There!
Cold weather doesn’t have to stop you from training. So follow these helpful tips to prepare yourself for working out in chilly conditions – and get ready to take on the ice, snow, and rain!