With all that food, no time to go to the gym, days of travelling, all mean that it’s pretty easy to find yourself in early January feeling like you’re starting over from scratch. Luckily, there are strategies for getting through the holidays in good shape. In this article, I give you five great exercises to keep up your six-pack abs anytime, anywhere, and some tips for getting through holiday gatherings unscathed (physically, that is – dealing with your family is up to…
Shin splints are a common injury associated with excessive trauma to the lower legs, as with running and jumping, and with overuse of the muscles surrounding the tibia - the main bone in the lower leg. This injury is one of the worst for an athlete who uses their legs often, because it takes between 2-3…
Thanks to Nasty Fitness Myths That Won't Die, Here are The Top 5 Mistakes Women Make at the Gym
Whether driven to workout by a friend's transformation, because you want some stud to fall instantly in love with you on-sight, or because you just want to be healthy, all of you ladies should be hitting the gym or doing something to keep your bodies healthy and young.…
There are many compelling reasons to exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It improves mental health, fosters strong muscles and strong bones. It also makes most participants happier and improves our looks.
Physical activity also burns calories. In the past few decades exercise has therefore become one arm of the two pronged approach to combat overweight and obesity. Exercise is the calories expended in… Continue
Is there such a thing as an unhealthy neighborhood?
Personal choice has a big impact on many aspects of our health, but do we really have the wherewithal to choose our lifestyle, or do most of us fall into a pattern determined by what’s easy to do and what everyone else is doing? Sure, there are a few motivated individuals who swim against the stream and set their own trend. Most of us don’t. Whether we realize it or not, we follow… Continue
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob Harper. If you live in a box and don’t know who Bob Harper is, he’s one of the lead trainers on The Biggest Loser TV show. When Bob first began his career in personal training, he had no idea it would take off in such a huge way. Although Bob is a big TV star now, he really… Continue
Added by GetFitJenn on October 20, 2009 at 3:07pm —
It is so nice outside; I was so excited to be out there on my balcony doing my exercise routine this morning. I love the crisp morning air in the fall. It smells so clean and fresh, it is absolutely invigorating. I made sure to fill out my strength training log as I completed each exercise. As many of you know I am rebuilding my strength on my… Continue
I can’t believe the summer vacation is over and kids will be going back to school this week. This summer went by way too fast!
I was happy to get a letter from my daughter’s elementary school announcing new snack policies—the school will not be giving out any more snacks, will not give food as incentives, prizes or rewards, and birthday celebrations at school will become "food free." Parents are being encouraged to send healthy snacks from home, including fresh fruit, cut-up… Continue
As the cool morning breeze blows gently, I enjoy my morning exercise routine. I notice a couple of leaves have started to change colors and realize Labor Day is just around the corner. These are the first signs that summer is coming to a close. It will not be long before autumn is upon us however there is still time for summertime fun in the sun. For me,… Continue
The Tabata Protocol is a targeted, specific interval training workout strategy that very effectively improves cardiovascular conditioning, oxygen utilization or lung capacity, and you bodies fat burning ability. Originally developed for Olympic and professional athletic competitors, the Tabata protocol can be incorporated by any individual engaging in an exercise program to improve his or her physical capacities while also turning your body into a… Continue
Added by TC on August 2, 2009 at 3:52pm —
Vegetarian or 'plant-based' diets can be a very healthy eating style. By not eating meat, you automatically consume less cholesterol and saturated fat. All the other rules still apply, however, of practicing variety, balance and moderation.
Start your day with breakfast.
Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include… Continue
Added by Sara Micale on July 20, 2009 at 11:08pm —
A Swedish study followed 2,205 men for over 20 years looking at age and exercise. The study found death rates to be highest among men who were sedentary at the start of the study and lowest for the most active men. Interestingly, men who began an exercise program at age 50 had decreased the risk of death after 10 years of being active to the level of those who had always been active.
Let’s see if I can say that another way. . .if you have been sedentary all your life and begin a… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on July 2, 2009 at 10:00am —
To achieve health benefits, it is recommended that we include 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days each week. Well, what exactly is considered moderate intensity?
San Diego State University recently studied the effect of different exercise intensity levels to determine how fast someone needs to walk to be exercising at a moderate intensity level. Researchers monitored cardiac exertion of walking at different rates in 97 healthy adults on a treadmill. It was determined… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on May 28, 2009 at 10:00am —
I’m one of those people who find it easier to exercise first thing in the morning before eating breakfast. There is some evidence to suggest that this type of exercise can be particularly effective at burning fat.
When doing this type of exercise you need to keep your heart rate between 65% and 75% of your maximum heart rate, there’s no need to push yourself too hard and not for too long – 20 to 45 minutes is enough.
The type of exercise is not important, my personal… Continue