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Thursday
Nov202014

Which Comes First - Diet or Exercise?

It’s a chicken-egg kind of question for many people. Diet or exercise: which is the bigger priority to initially tackle? Will one be a logical gateway to the other?

Some people imagine their unhealthy eating habits stand in the way of having enough energy to exercise. Maybe if they could “diet” to lose weight first, workouts would be easier.

On the other hand, some people believe the mental and physical “boost” offered by exercise is the easier “sell” and will encourage them over time to invest in healthier eating.

In the midst of the inner debate, what does real world experience suggest? To boot, what does research actually have to say about the question?

 

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Thursday
Oct302014

8 Workouts for an "Unmotivated" Week

Truth be told, our motivation to work out tends to fluctuate. Some days it might be sky high, while other days (or even weeks), it can feel totally flatlined. 

Motivation dips can be a matter of busy schedules, but it can even ebb and flow with the weather! In my own experience and in my work with clients, this time of year can be especially problematic. With the slew of holiday commitments and the colder temps, there are days when working out can feel next to impossible.

When my clients start experiencing a motivation slump, I have them pull out the list below to help give them direction. Sometimes it's just a matter of perspective and a few key strategies to get re-inspired and moving again!

 

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Monday
Aug112014

7 Surprising Ways Exercise Changes You

More than a key component of weight loss success, exercise has the power to change everything from our metabolic functioning to our daily mood. Our bodies were made to move, and the advantages of daily activity extend far beyond the eventual image in an "after" photo. In fact, you'll begin reaping the benefits today! If you're looking for further inspiration to maintain your workout routine (or get started in one), check out these 7 ways exercise can enhance your wellbeing.

 

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Saturday
Jun282014

How Fitness Affects Metabolism

Which comes first: the chicken or the egg? Good fitness or good metabolism? How does one affect the other? Does being fit automatically confer metabolic blessings? Before proposing answers to these questions, I need to clarify that metabolism doesn’t just refer to your rate of caloric burning - as in “fast” or “slow.” It’s much more complicated than that. “Fast” or “slow” metabolisms are the result of literally thousands of normal or abnormal biologic processes in the body, the outcome of countless, intricate signals that operate in a seemingly endless series of if-then statements. That said, there are genuine metabolic benefits to be had. Being fit is associated with better (and often faster) metabolism. But how?

 

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Saturday
Nov302013

8 Ways Exercise Fights Aging 

We all exercise for different reasons: better health, more energy, better appearance. Did you know one of the best reasons to engage in regular exercise is the ability to dial back the physiological clock? Stiffness in the morning, decreased strength and stamina, chronic aches and pains, and all of the other perceived “symptoms” of aging can be minimized or avoided with the help of good fitness throughout our lifetimes. Ironically enough, as we get older many of us become more inactive during a time where we need it the most. If you find yourself looking for creative ways to fend off the effects of aging, be sure to include exercise in your daily routine, and check out the following eight ways exercise can fight aging!

 

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Wednesday
Jun262013

6 Exercises I Used to Think Were Essential

Crazy picture aside, when it comes to exercise, there’s a spectrum of what I’ll call exercise sense to non-sense. On the positive side are the many exercises that, when done with proper form, are invaluable for training the whole body or a particular muscle group. On the opposite side, you find moves fitness professionals wish didn’t exist (that’s fodder for another post). Yet, you also find exercises that many of us thought were essential at one time but later learned were ineffective at best, dangerous at worst. Even trainers like me have found themselves in this boat at some point. The latest and greatest recommendations too often fall by the wayside as updated science later suggests otherwise. Some of the debunked practices, however still persist in gyms everywhere. Old advice tends to die hard, and too many people operate their fitness from outdated instructions. Below are six examples to illustrate my own fitness revision. Do you recognize your routine in the following?

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Monday
Apr082013

All Workout and No Play? 

Think back to the games you used to play as a child: maybe tag, ghost in the graveyard, hop scotch, relay races, etc. Remember that heady mix of thrill and exertion: heart pumping, cheeks flushed, breathing rapid, senses alert? The thing is, I barely recall the exertion part. I was too excited. It was too fun. What a far cry from how so many of us view our workouts as adults. Exercise, we’re too often told, is serious stuff. It’s about measurements and regimentation. It’s Jillian Michaels yelling in your face. How did we get to this point? When it comes to a workout, when did so many of us accept the idea of all work and no play?

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