The Brain: Your Body’s Most Important Muscle

When you think about being healthy and fit, you probably think of a strong core, lack of aches and pains, having lots of energy, and being able to perform the physical activities you enjoy – everything from playing with your kids or grandkids, to running a marathon. But do you ever think about the health of your brain?

How to eat junk food: A guide for conflicted humans

Foods can offer near-zero nutritional value and still improve some aspects of overall health. Plus, referring to food as “junk” creates a “good food” vs. “bad food” dichotomy that does more harm than good. This article isn’t for the carrot-eaters. This article is for the majority, who love these foods but also often experience an internal conflict around them. If you love junk food, you CAN include it in your diet, without feeling guilty or worrying that it’ll ruin your health. There are three reasons why.

What’s the Best Way to “Watch What You Eat”?

Some say you should count calories and meticulously measure every bite that goes into your mouth. Others encourage you to just estimate portions, or monitor macro nutrients. And then there are the various “listen to your body” approaches. All of these are forms of what’s known as “food monitoring.” With so much conflicting information out there, how do you know what really works?

How Often Should You Exercise?

When we exercise, we tear down muscle tissues. The benefit of exercise comes during the recovery afterwards, when muscle cells can rebuild stronger and in greater quantities than before.How often you work out depends on a number of factors, all very personal and individualized to you. Ultimately, it’s a function of how long your body needs to recover from your last exercise session before going into the next one.

Strength Training 101

Each time you strength train a muscle, you’re causing micro-tears in the muscle fibers. But that’s a good thing, because when these tissues repair themselves, they rebuild stronger than before. Do this steadily and progressively, increasing the overall intensity from week to week, and your body will respond with new increases in strength and lean muscle mass. Do too much too soon, and you’ll wind up with an injury in the form of a muscle or tendon tear or strain. But if you never deviate from what you always do, you’ll never see any improvement (and you’ll be wasting your precious time as well.)

Working [out] remotely: the benefits of exercising at home

A full exercise routine at home really is possible – and more than that, it’s also convenient, flexible and fun. Instead of being limited by your local gym or rec center’s offerings, you can choose just about any type of exercise imaginable – and all on your schedule. Consider some of these key benefits that make working out at home a better all-around choice.

Real Life Health and Wellness

First and foremost, “healthy” is not about outward appearance in my opinion. To me, a healthy person has energy, vitality, mobility, and balance. Whether a person’s scale weight or body type plays a part in that can vary widely based on the individual. I believe that your best weight is whatever weight you are when you’re practicing the healthiest lifestyle that you actually enjoy living. That means if you like to exercise five days a week, but you also want to have pizza with your kids on Friday nights, your ideal weight is that where you can do both of those things and feel good about it. Because while being at a healthy weight is important, so is living your life.

What is virtual fitness training – and is it right for you?

Virtual fitness training has been around for a long time. But when the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms for several months in 2020, people sought alternatives that allowed them to work out at home. And even though most facilities have reopened, a large percentage of people have decided they really like the convenience, privacy and cleanliness that home-based fitness offers. That’s probably why various forms of virtual fitness training were ranked at the top of the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021, a poll conducted annually by the American College of Sports Medicine.

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