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Are you sabotaging your workout?

Sabotage workout

Are you spending hours in the gym every week and not seeing any results? It just might be that you’ve developed some habits that may be sabotaging your success, without even realizing it. Here are six of the most common workout habits to change now – and see improved weight loss and body composition while becoming more efficient in the process. Continue reading “Are you sabotaging your workout?”

Weight Loss

Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?

Fat Burning Myth_Kickboxing

As a fitness professional, I’m often asked about exercise routines and their effectiveness. What’s so disheartening for me is that so many people are operating under false assumptions – most of them promoted by years of popular media. Case in point: a friend recently sent me her latest exercise routine, which involves lots of burpees, kettlebell swings, box jumps, thrusters, and high speed intervals on the treadmill. She said to me, “This is one of my fat-burning sessions. I want to lose weight, so I’m doing this instead of strength training.” While these kinds of workouts do burn lots of calories, and can improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance – they won’t necessarily make you lose fat. Continue reading “Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?”

Running

Training for a Marathon

Trail running race

Whether you want to run a marathon for the challenge of it, to cross it off your bucket list, or even to qualify for a major race like the Boston Marathon, it all starts with a single step. When you put together enough steps to cover 26.2 miles, you become a marathoner!  So how do you run a marathon? Read on for some proven strategies of successful marathoners. Continue reading “Training for a Marathon”

Goal setting

Rethinking Willpower

Willpower_Luke Skywalker vs chocolate

Many people cite a lack of willpower as their most significant barrier to making positive changes in their lives. Oftentimes this becomes an all-or-nothing belief, where willpower is something external to us, that we either have or don’t have. In fact, the opposite is true. Rather, it’s all about balance, and reworking our approach to our goals and expectations. Continue reading “Rethinking Willpower”

Weight Loss

Calories in vs. out? Or hormones? The debate is finally over.

Calories InOut Fruit Tape Msr

When it comes to body change, there’s no topic more polarizing than “calories in vs. calories out.” Some argue it’s the be-all and end-all of weight loss. Others say it’s oversimplified and misguided. In this article from author Dr. John Berardi Ph.D., founder Precision Nutrition, he explores every angle of the debate from “eat less, move more,” to hormonal issues, to diets that offer a “metabolic advantage.” In doing so, he answers—once and for all—how important calories in vs. calories out really is, and what it means for you. Continue reading “Calories in vs. out? Or hormones? The debate is finally over.”

Wellness

Perfectionism

perfectionism vs wisdom

Perfectionism is a type of what behavioral scientists call a “schema.” A schema is a mental structure we use to organize and simplify our knowledge of the world around us. We have schemas about ourselves, other people, food, and in fact almost everything. Everyone tends to have favorite schema, which they use often and becomes their go-to means of interpreting the world. Perfectionism is mine, and it can often have detrimental impacts on my life. What about you? Continue reading “Perfectionism”

Goal setting

New Year – Same Old Resolutions? How To Finally Make Them Stick

New Years Resolutions

Well, it’s that time of year again…What are your New Year’s resolutions? No more yo-yo dieting? No more binge TV? Finally losing that last 10 or 20 pounds? Are these the same goals you set last year, or even the past several years? You’re not alone. According to Forbes Magazine, 92% of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and 80% of people fail by the end of February. The good news is, there are ways to beat these statistics. The following strategies are proven to work for any goal, no matter when you set it. Continue reading “New Year – Same Old Resolutions? How To Finally Make Them Stick”

Cardio/Endurance

What is VO2 Max?

woman-on-treadmill

VO2 Max…it sounds like some kind of potentially illegal performance-enhancement supplement you can only get in Canada! Actually, the letters mean V for volume, O2 for oxygen, and “max” for maximum. In simple terms, it’s a measure of the maximum amount (volume) of oxygen the body can effectively put to use during exercise. Why do we care? VO2 Max matters for different reasons, based on your fitness goals: reducing overall body fat, improving performance, and enhancing overall health. Continue reading “What is VO2 Max?”

Goal setting

New Year, New Habits? Here’s How to Make Them Stick

Habit Change

We’ve all done it, especially every year in January. We set a goal to make a change, start a new habit, change our ways for good. But a week or so later, that noble goal has gone by the wayside. Why is it so hard to form, and better yet, stick to good habits? How can we have the best intentions to improve our health, our wellbeing, our lives…and yet never seem to make any progress? And most of all, what can we do about it? Continue reading “New Year, New Habits? Here’s How to Make Them Stick”

Running

How to Run Faster: Mental and Physical Techniques

HVMN Article Run Faster Image

What is speed? If we’re opening the dictionary, it’s a measurement of the rate at which someone or something is able to move; it also means to move quickly. Speed is both relative and concrete. It’s both an exact measure and a feeling with wholly different meanings depending on the context.

Speed is inexorably linked to time: seconds, minutes, mile splits, PRs. It can be easy to forget the idea of being fast, the heavy breathing, wind-through-your-hair, quad-burning sensation in which runners know they are hitting the ground but feel as if they’re floating.   Continue reading “How to Run Faster: Mental and Physical Techniques”