Try These Body Hack Techniques to Improve Performance

The majority of people who engage in exercise or team sports often look for ways to improve their performance. With that, brings us to how we can better “hack” our body to improve performance, some also call this DIY science….or biohacking. Dave Asprey, a biohacker who created the company Bulletproof, defines biohacking as “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology.” 

Why Try to Hack Your Body Anyway?

There are many people out there who try to hack their body to improve performance, on some level. They typically do this basically because they have a strong desire to feel better and to see just how far they can push their body. A lot of people are hacking their body essentially to try and live as long as possible. Dave Asprey as an example, has been quoted as saying he wants to live to 180 years old.

Another well-known body or bio hacker is Tim Ferris, author of the best-selling book, The 4-Hour Body. Ferris has a well-known reputation for trying to hack just about everything related to his body. He does a great job chronicling his experiences on his website and through his books.

Now that you have a better understanding of what trying to hack your body is all about, check this out.

Mindful breath work can have a positive impact on everything from stress reduction to improved sports performance.

Breath Work: An Easy Way to Improve Performance

We all know how to breath intuitively and how important breathing is since it gives us life. Best-selling author, James Nestor, author a new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art looks into the science behind your breath. He offers up some great easy-to-follow tips that you can use in your practice right now. I actually tried his 6-second breath technique on my morning walk today. You can try this when seated (or like me, walking). Take in a long, slow breath through your nose only, for 5-6 seconds. Then exhale slowly for the same amount of time and try this for about 6 repetitions. The goal of this type of breathing, is to help more nitric oxide enter your body and tissues. It’s been reported that when you breathe through your nose, nasal resistance increases by 200 percent and this in turn helps release more oxygen. If you were wondering, mouth breathing does not let your body take advantage of the sinuses production of nitric oxide.

Nasal Versus Mouth Breathing

Take a moment and try this now. Close your mouth and breathe slowly in/out through your nose for about minute. According to a lot of the science out there, “breathing through your nose is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the overall health of your body and for your longevity.” You may already know the value of breath work, if you practice yoga on a regular basis. Think about this for a minute. How great would it be if we could get a legitimate boost in performance by simply breathing slowly through our nose only? For additional reading, check this great article out on the science of breathing by Sarah Novotny and Len Kravitz, Ph.D. and this research paper on effects of nasal breathing in runners.

There are many experts and researchers who think breath work should become a component in health & fitness model. Meaning, you work on strength, flexibility, cardio, nutrition, etc. – why not also incorporate breath work as part of your daily routine? Try adding it in when you warm-up or as part of your relaxation/meditation time during the day.

Mobility: Unlock Tight Hips to Improve Performance

We typically spend a great deal of our time in the gym pushing weights or doing cardio. One key area that often gets overlooked is mobility. Mobility can be defined as freedom of movement without pain through a full range of motion. Mobility exercises can be done as part of a warm-up if you’re always rushed for time. They are great for reducing joint pain, improving a fuller range of motion and can even reduce the chance of injury. We all know tight muscles and connective tissue are an accident waiting to happen.

When you want to squat, lunge, or lift weights better, mobility work is key, especially when it comes to the hips. You may have limited hip mobility because of an old injury, you don’t work on mobility or you may sit or drive all day for work. In any event, tight hips can cause, over time, a chain reaction resulting in dysfunctional movement. Over time your hip joints will become tight if not addressed appropriately, you’ll begin to notice issues when performing exercises like Squats and Deadlifts.

Some of the Better Hip Exercises You Should Do?

There are a lot of different directions you could go here. This is an opportunity to use the Jefit app and perform this series of exercises. Complete each exercise below slowly, working through a full range of motion. Perform each exercise as a hip and glute warm-up prior to working out, especially on leg day, and you’ll eventually see an improvement in hip mobility. Some may not be pure hip mobility drills but doing these will in turn improve glute/hip function. Perform each movement for 30-seconds then move to the next and repeat the circuit twice. Over time you can increase your time spent on each one.

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Use the Jefit App

Jefit is an award-winning gym workout app that helps all gym goers and athletes keep track of their fitness goals. Not only does it give you the ability to update and share your workout log with the supportive community, it has the largest exercise library that covers weight training, cardio and flexibility.

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How to Use a Pool to Recover Faster From Workouts

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There is a reason why you hear about athletes hitting the pool after a workout. Using a pool post workout can be a crucial component of training, in turn, helping the body recover faster. There are many known benefits associated with active recovery sessions in the pool. This can come following a hard workout in the gym or after an athletic event. I remember back as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!), we typically put the football team in the pool as an active recovery following a weekend game. A recovery workout in the pool will help reduce muscle soreness, flush out lactic acid, and prevent a drop-off in athletic performance.

Research from a 2010 study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine concluded “swimming-based recovery sessions enhanced following day exercise performance.” A second study, in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, demonstrated an active pool recovery was the most efficient method at clearing blood lactate in the body, followed by massage, and finally passive recovery.

Swim to Recover Faster

Here is an easy to follow active recovery routine to try. Perform each movement for a lap or two depending on the length of the pool you’re in. Focus on working your muscles through their full range of motion with each movement. The water is great to do this in because there is almost no gravity placed on the body and only about 10 percent of your bodyweight is used in the pool due to the buoyancy.

  • Forward walking lunge with arm movement.
  • Swim underwater.
  • Backward walking lunge with arm movement.
  • Swim underwater.
  • Walk forwards.
  • Jump and dive repeats.
  • Walk backwards.
  • Carioca.
  • Squat and jump repeats.

One final note on swimming in general. Researchers at University of South Carolina followed 40,547 adults ages 20 to 90 for more than three decades. They discovered that swimmers, regardless of their age, were about 50 percent less likely to die during the study than were couch potato’s, walkers, or runners.

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Water Therapy Post Injury

Another great reason to get in the pool, in addition to helping the body recover faster from a workout, relates to injury recovery. The properties of water – buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, density – are highly effective for rehabilitation. These properties make water therapy an ideal modality to regain function, muscle strength, balance, and range of motion.

The simple act of deep water running can help reduce your recovery time drastically. Position a “noodle” around your back or chest and under both arms to help you float. Begin, going side-to-side in the pool for laps or designated time. As your endurance improves, start using the full length of the pool. Always use a full range of motion, maintain a tall posture, keep core engaged, and use proper arm action during each lap. Progress to wearing a floating vest or waist unit in order to execute better arms action. It can be a great workout especially after a few weeks of inactivity, it feels great to move pain-free in the water.

Research has shown that swimming laps for an hour burns 690 calories. Treading water – vigorously – expends about 11 calories a minute (same as running a 6-minute mile pace), to give you some context of energy expenditure via the pool.

Stay Active with Jefit

The award-winning Jefit app, was named best app for 2021 by PC Magazine and Men’s Health. It comes equipped with a customizable workout planner, training log, the ability to track data and share workouts with friends. Take advantage of Jefit’s huge exercise database for your strength workouts. Visit our members-only Facebook group. Connect with like-minded people, share tips, and advice to help get closer to reaching your fitness goals. Try one of the new interval-based workouts and add it to your weekly training schedule. Stay strong and recover well using Jefit.

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JEFIT Android Update Released – Version 5.0909

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve updated our app for the Android, both JEFIT Free and Pro.

This update contains a significant amount of feature additions, bug fixes, UI tweaks, performance enhancements and much much more.

Changes in Newest Release

1.) Workout Time Tracker Button

– In this new update we have added the new workout time tracker that will calculate the amount of time that it took to perform your current workout routine along with your session use of JEFIT.

You are able to initiate the workout time tracking functionality either through clicking on the button at the top of the exercise list page or clicking on an exercise.

At the end of your workout the application will provide for you a workout summary page that will list detail information about the workout you have just completed.

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2.) Workout Summary Page

– You are now able to view your workout summary at the end of your routine, just before synchronization.

On this workout summary page you will be able to view :

  • Session Length
  • Actual Workout Time
  • Total Rest Time
  • Total Time Wasted
  • Exercises Performed
  • New Records
  • Total Weight Lifted

JEFIT Workout Summary

3.) Added View Online Progress Button to Sync Page and Stats Page

– We have added a blue “View Online Progress” button on both the synchronization page as well as the Stats Page so that you can view your workout and body progress online as well as check your news feed to see the progress of your friends on the fly.

4.) Social Media Page / Website Connectivity

– Social Media has become a major staple within fitness and working out, for both keeping track of your progress and to receive feedback/motivation from your friends.

We have added the new social button on the main page that will connect you to the JEFIT Website and your My-JEFIT News Feed Hub.

On this page you will be able to update your status, comment on your friend’s status’s/updates, add users as friends and respond to messages sent by other JEFIT Members.

We wanted our users to easily connect to their pages and post up an update so that they can get the feedback from their friends and followers on the JEFIT Website. This provides encouragement to help you push forward and strive to achieve your fitness goals.

At the moment this is a basic functionality but will be leading into much deeper functionality and features for social media connectivity, posting and usage through JEFIT.

The Buttons are listed on the top of the page as followed.

  • News Feed
  • Friends List
  • Messages

JEFIT Social Media

5.) New Getting Started Page for New Users

– For new users and those who open JEFIT for the first time, there will be a brand new Get Started page that will introduce you to JEFIT and the features that are in the application and website.

6.) Add Descriptions into Custom Exercises

– We have now allowed for users to add their own descriptions into custom exercises. Previously you were only able to put in some detail exercise information such as body part worked or the name of the exercise but with this update you can list how to perform the exercise as well with the description.

7.) Cardio Exercises – Interval Timer Updates Duration

– When you are performing/recording a cardio exercise, by using the interval timer, the application will automatically update the duration field to easily track and recording your cardio exercises.

8.) Auto Synchronization When Opening Application

– When opening up JEFIT with each usage, the application will automatically synchronize your data to the database.

This is beneficial for those who forgot to synchronize their data the day before or have an excess amount of logs that they need to synchronize over.

No data will be lost and all information will be saved and stored upon opening the application.

9.) JEFIT Free – Moved Ads from top of the page to the bottom

– We have moved the advertisements on JEFIT Free from the top of the screen to the bottom to allow for easier viewing of each page in the application and flow of the buttons/content.

10.) Exercise Database Changes

– To continue to improve our ever expanding exercise database, we have made some recording changes to improve recording your logs and description changes to easily understand how to perform said exercises.

11.) User Interface Changes and Tweaks

– We’ve worked hard to ensure that JEFIT provides an experience that meets and exceeds your expectations, so we have made a few UI changes and tweaks to various pages highlighting exercise detail, 1RM progress achievements and more.

12.) Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements

We have also made various bug changes and performance enhancements to make the overall usage of JEFIT Free a much easier, enjoyable and fluid experience.

Download the Latest Update Now

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What is Next and Ongoing

1.) iPhone/iOS Major Update

Now that we have completed this update our next focus is on the iPhone/iOS Update which we are planning a major update to include the features/functionalities from the previous 2 Android Updates.

2.) Ongoing Website Updates and Changes to My-JEFIT Pages

– We are continuing to update and improve the functionality and usage of the My-JEFIT Profile Pages. This has been an ongoing process and we will be adding new features to help you track and view your progress easier on the website.

* Reminder * : Please send all of your emails, questions, feedback, reviews and suggestions requests to support@jefit.com or post on the App/Website Questions on the Forums

Don’t forget to like our Facebook Page, Follow us on Twitter, Add us to your Inner Circle on Google + and review us on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play Stores!

JEFIT Facebook

JEFIT Twitter

JEFIT Google Plus

We thank you all for your support and patience as we worked on this latest Android Update.

We hope you all enjoy and please give provide us with your feedback and reviews from this update so that we can continue to improve our product/services!

– JEFIT Development Team

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JEFIT iPhone/iOS Update Released!

Hello All,

We are pleased to announce that we have released the latest update to the JEFIT iPhone/iOS Free and Pro Applications, version 7.2. This update contains a major overhaul to the app with a redesigned UI, improved user experience, changes to exercise images, brand new built-in routines in the NEW routine download section and much more!

Whats Available in the Latest Update

Redesigned and Cleaner UI – We have made major UI changes. With these UI changes, you will notice that Jefit looks much cleaner and organized with the content of the application, fluidity between the pages and overall runs smoother.

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Improved User Experience – With the changes to the UI comes an overall improved user experience, with the use of more icons and symbols for a universal understanding of what certain buttons do and perform for the application. The pages become less clumped with text, thus making it much easier to navigate through pages and use the application.

One place you will notice this improved user experience is when you are setting goals for your body stats. For example if your current weight is 200lbs and you set a goal weight of 185lbs, the goal bar will change to red as this is a sign that you are over your goal weight and that you will want to push to achieve your goal. This is one of our steps forward to motivate users further into committing to their goals and their workout routines.

Added Routine Download Functionality with 50+ Built-In JefitTeam Created Routines – Now users are able to download JefitTeam created workouts off of the routine database with the new routine download functionality. This feature is available off of the main routine page, you will notice a button that states “Manage/Download Routines”, you will then click this button and notice two tabs on the top that state “Routine Manager” and “Download More…”, by clicking Download More you will be able to see all of the routines created by the Jefit Development Team.

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Fixed, Improved and added Additional Exercise Images – It is necessary for all Jefit users to update their exercise images from the “Preferences” page as we have made changes to many of the exercise images; cleaning them up, adding in new steps for certain exercises and taking new images. We appreciate your support and patience as we make these exercise images as clean and clear as possible for your usage with our application.

Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements – We have also made various bug changes and performance enhancements to make the overall usage of JEFIT Free a much easier, enjoyable and fluid experience.

What is Next?

Jefit Website and the My-Jefit Page Overhauls (BRAND NEW FEATURES!) – We will be following up the release of this update with the release of changes to the JEFIT Website that have been in development and work for quite some time.

New Features for Applications – After the updates and changes have been made we will turn our focus to the Applications once again for NEW features and functionalities to continue to improve our product for you all!

Thank you all again for your support and your continued usage of the JEFIT Workout Application and Website.

Stay tuned for more details and features that we roll out for your usage!

Thank You All!

– Jefit Development Team

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