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Weight Loss

How to get your eating back on track – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, I introduced some of the simplest ways to fix a “broken diet” and start eating better, including identifying and removing nutritional deficiencies, adjusting food amount and food type, and the pitfalls of calorie counting. In this Part 2, we dive deeper into some more sophisticated strategies around food and macronutrient composition and eating for your body type; meal frequency, and calorie/carb cycling. Continue reading “How to get your eating back on track – Part 2”

Weight Loss

It’s Not About the Scale

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Many people believe that to improve their health and stick to their fitness goals, they should weight themselves every single day. While that may work for some as a motivator, scale weight can often be misleading and demoralizing as a measure of progress toward better health. Why? Because body weight alone doesn’t provide a complete picture of health, and can fluctuate dramatically based on what you ate the day before, how hard you exercised, monthly cycle status, and so much more. Instead of obsessing over the scale, try focusing on these factors instead. Continue reading “It’s Not About the Scale”

Injury Prevention, Running, Strength Training

Prevent Knee Pain With These Simple Exercises

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Knee pain is often what sidelines many runners and keeps would-be runners from taking up the sport. But if you don’t have a serious degenerative disorder in the joint itself, you can help stave off a knee injury, improve running function, and make running easier and pain-free by strengthening the muscles that support the knee itself. Continue reading “Prevent Knee Pain With These Simple Exercises”

Weight Loss

The Secret Weight Loss Weapon Everyone Has Access To, But Doesn’t Know About

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Health challenges are usually all about what you can’t eat. But what if you could see real results from a self-experiment that doesn’t make any foods off-limits? Instead of focusing on what you eat, this 30-day experiment emphasizes how you eat. You may just find the results to be transformational, changing both your body and mind. Continue reading “The Secret Weight Loss Weapon Everyone Has Access To, But Doesn’t Know About”

Strength Training

The Myth of Weight Machines

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At any big box commercial gym, you’ll see rows and rows of shiny, sometimes scary-looking weight machines. Whether cable-based or plate loaded, gyms invest thousands of dollars on this equipment. The newer ones will even count your reps and display your rest time between sets (I must admit, that’s pretty handy.) The truth is, many weight machines simply aren’t very effective for most people, and can even result in injury. In this article, I’ll explain why, and provide more effective alternatives to make the best use of your precious time. Continue reading “The Myth of Weight Machines”

Wellness

Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock

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Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 103-year-old record setting runner

Age is just a number, they say. I thought about this especially when I saw the inspirational video of record-setting runner Julia Hawkins, age 103. She took up running at the age of 100! Let that be me in another 46 years!

Aging is something that most of us would like to deny. But really, it’s not growing old that kills us. Instead, it’s usually one of many “lifestyle” diseases such as certain types of cancers, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the research dollars go to finding ways to fix these diseases (with pharmaceuticals and increasingly, unregulated nutraceuticals) instead of preventing them from occurring in the first place. So what happens to our bodies as we age, and what can we do to turn back the clock? Continue reading “Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock”

Health and Fitness

Are you sabotaging your workout?

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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?

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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?”