Toning vs. Bulking Up: The 5 Most Common Myths

The health and fitness realm is loaded with all sorts of myths – some are just confusing and counterproductive while others can be legitimately dangerous. To help clear things up, let’s focus on two of the most common fitness goals – toning and bulking – and the myths surrounding them. Spot training – Sometimes called […]

Fitness Face-off: Crossfit vs. Traditional Weightlifting

Although it may look simplistic at first, you have plenty of options when it comes to strength training. The whole process involves a lot more than just ‘picking things up and putting them down’ – providing a huge variety of options when it comes to program design. One of those varied approaches that has popped […]

Top 5 Cardio Workouts To Burn Fat the Fastest

For years, cardiovascular training has been the go-to method for reducing body fat. And, although recent research has shown that strength training is a more effective way of improving body composition and keeping body fat low in the long-run, a solid cardiovascular routine still has it’s place. But “cardio” is a pretty troublesome umbrella term […]

7 Tips to Keeping the Weight Off

While you may not what to hear this, it’s an important truth: Dieting is risky business. In fact, many sources as much as 80 percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it (plus more) back after just two years. How can you lose weight and keep it off it avoid adding to […]

The Truth About Antioxidants and How They Work

The health and fitness world is fueled by buzzwords; Words or phrases that immediately make us believe that a food is infinitely better for us, or even required for us to live healthy lives. Beginning with research in the 1990s, antioxidants entered the public consciousness and were instantly hailed as nutritional and biological heroes. But, […]

5 Training Techniques For Beginning Swimmers

Swimming is an incredibly effective way to increase both strength and cardiovascular fitness. But, while many people know how to swim recreationally, getting in the water as a form of exercise is a much more demanding and difficult process. Some endurance events, like triathlons and obstacle races also include a swimming portion. So, how can […]

4 Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer

Here’s a few things that you’re probably extremely aware of already: First, the summer is hot. Second, heat makes you sweat. Finally, that sweat means that your body is literally losing water, headed toward dehydration. This whole equation gets even worse if you plan on exercising in those elevated temperatures. So, then, how can you […]

Gnarly’s Summer Bucket List – 2015

These days, everybody’s got at least one bucket list – even Gnarly. And summer is the time to get junk done. So, what does Gnarly want to do this summer? Get some ideas with our Summer Bucket List for 2015. Start the Seven Summits. The highest peak on each of the seven continents are collectively […]

5 Ways To Stay In Shape On Vacation

A few weeks ago, we gave you a few tips on maintaining a healthy diet while on vacation. In keeping with Gnarly’s efforts to help you stay active, healthy and awesome regardless of where you are,  we’re going to look at another aspect of vacationing: Activity. Depending on your vacationing style and destination, it can […]

3 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

People naturally just want to get outside during the summer. It’s warm (or hot), the sun is out and we tend to have more time off. It’s perfect. But that glorious temperature could also make it difficult – or even dangerous – to stay active outside. So, to keep you safely moving in the wonderous […]

3 Ways to Avoid Overeating on the 4th of July

Here, in the U.S., July 4th – Independence Day – is rapidly approaching. Along with the time off and fireworks displays, this particular national holiday is typically characterized by another of the nation’s favorite pastimes: eating mass quantities of grilled meats. Beer is generally also involved. And, let’s be clear: this one day of indulgence […]

Five Benefits of Yoga You May Not Know About

Yoga is good for you; You’ve heard that before. The 5,000 year old form of exercise has persisted for so long because it works – for both mind and body. But there are several things that yoga has been proven – scientifically – to do that many people are unaware of. Let’s take a look […]

10 Ways to Eat Healthy on Vacation

There’s a pretty strange relationship between fitness and vacationing. People tend to workout with the goal of transforming themselves for their vacation. But, there’s a problem with this: Most of the time, that healthy diet you’ve been sticking to for months falls apart as soon as you enter vacation mode. So, let’s get to the […]

5 Foods to Better Your Mood

There are all sorts of reason why you might need some help improving your mood. Maybe you’re dealing with an unusual amount of stress at home or at work. Or perhaps your just feeling down. The weather could also be dampening your spirits. It’s also very possible – if you’re like most people – that […]

Top 4 Fitness Apps of 2015

What with smart phone, smart watches and fitness trackers technology is likely digging it’s roots deeper and deeper into your daily routine. These devices can monitor your heart rate, your nutrition, your sleep habits and all sorts of aspects of your fitness-life. But all that hardware needs some quality software to get the most out […]

Top 10 Exercises for Burning the Most Calories

It’s always interesting to see what happens when you ask a group of people what calories are. You’ll hear all sorts of stuff, though the most common response usually sounds something like “the things that make you fat.” And, while this can be true, it’s not the whole truth. Calories are, strictly speaking, a measure […]

3 Ways to Run With Better Form

Although – when you’re panting through those last few miles on aching feet – it might not feel like it, your body is quite literally designed to run. In fact, some experts have gone so far as to say that humans are the best distance runners on the planet. This is the result of hundreds […]

4 Healthy Ways to Boost Your Energy

Regardless of how motivated you are, or how much you love to exercise, sometimes you need a little help. Everyone does. Particularly in the middle of day, most people tend to experience a significant – and frustrating – dip in energy. So what can you to do? Here are four healthy ways to boost your […]

The 5 Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes

Everybody has a different theory on the best way to lose weight. And you would think that, with all these proposed solutions out there, weight loss would be an easier process. The truth is, though, that obesity continues to be a problem globally and many people struggle to lose weight despite their best efforts. To […]