HIIT or miss?

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HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It’s the latest buzzword in fitness, and comes in a variety of flavors – boot camp, interval training, cardio HIIT, metabolic burn, strength HIIT, CrossFit® and Tabata, to name a few. What all of these have in common is a structure of bursts of intense exercise followed by short rest breaks or less vigorous activity, for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. HIIT promises to deliver the same results in half the time as traditional training – but is it right for you? Continue reading “HIIT or miss?”

Cardio/Endurance, Strength Training

The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights

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Spend time in any gym, and you’ll observe that exercisers seem to fall into two distinct “camps” – the strength trainers and the cardio lovers. It’s also interesting that these are segregated by different physical areas of the gym as well. The strength trainers are pushing the free weights, resistance machines and barbells, whereas the cardio lovers are on the ellipticals, stair machines, and treadmills, and having fun in Zumba classes. So which is really better? Continue reading “The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights”

Health and Fitness, Wellness

More about cortisol, the “stress hormone”

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In a previous post, I wrote about two important hormones that affect weight loss – insulin and cortisol. In this article, I discuss cortisol in more depth: its relationship to the body’s stress response, and how it influences fat and protein metabolism and blood sugar levels. Continue reading “More about cortisol, the “stress hormone””