Goal setting

Rethinking Willpower

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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”

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”

Cardio/Endurance, Strength Training

The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights

Weights vs cardio

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”

Weight Loss

What You Really Need to Know About Weight Loss

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Weight loss is one of my clients’ most common fitness goals. Unfortunately, not everyone who strives to lose weight ends up reaching their goal. Why? It could be a combination of not having the right mindset, coupled with misinformation about what’s really effective for losing fat and building muscle, versus what number shows up on the scale. Continue reading “What You Really Need to Know About Weight Loss”