Taking Time to Relax

Relaxing is an amazing thing to do and there are so many great benefits.  And it’s so easy to do . . . . maybe. We should all be able to relax. We at least know we are capable of relaxing. We know we can sit on the couch, turn on the TV and do nothing for a while. Easy. …

How to Fight Sugar Cravings

You worked hard all day, ate well and hit the gym after work. You settle in for a little television after dinner and BAM! The sugar craving hits. You scour the kitchen looking for sweets. What’s up with that? No one’s immune to sugar cravings. We may be hardwired to eat sugar. Serotonin is a brain chemical released when we …

Keep Your Metabolism Up to Keep Your Weight Down

Your metabolism is the process of getting energy to every cell in your body. Think of it like the engine the moves your car. Your metabolism is always working to keep the body fueled. Your body has an internal speedometer that regulates your base metabolic rate (BMR). It’s the pace your body uses energy when you’re at rest. Your BMR …

Cutting Back Your Calories Too Much Can Be Harmful

We all know you need to eat less to lose fat. If you take in fewer calories than you burn you’re going to lose weight. In the quest for weight loss, it’s easy to take things too far. If eating less caused you to lose 3 pounds, then eating a lot less can cause you to lose 10 pounds. It …

What’s Your Fitness Level?

It helps to assess your fitness level, so you know your progress is moving in the right direction. You don’t need to go to a fancy lab to get testing done. You can keep track of some basic things to have an objective measurement of your fitness level. Here’s four easy ways to keep track of yourself. Use Your Target …

Processed Snacks and Desserts – Go for It! (Sometimes)

Are you one of those people who loves eating healthy, whole foods and wouldn’t dare think of eating sugar or processed foods?  Congratulations! You have extraordinary discipline and deserve your recognition.  We hope you enjoy your next batch of cottage cheese with flaxseeds and cinnamon. Most of us don’t have enough self-control to avoid processed and packaged foods.  We tend …

Exercise in the Summer Heat

Summer is here and it’s hot! It’s a great time for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and enjoying the beach. Exercise and activity in the summer heat has an added risk – dehydration. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in and your body doesn’t have enough fluid for normal body functions. It can lead to extreme …

Keys to Recuperating from Your Workouts

Everyone knows its important to exercise consistently and stay active. It’s just as important to recuperate from your workouts and let the body heal. When you work out, your muscles are strained and need to repair. Through your nutrition and rest, the muscles repair and become stronger and more fit. Muscles generally need 24 to 48 hours to recover. Your …

Don’t Let Exercise Guilt Get to You

Don’t Let Exercise Guilt Get to You Exercise guilt is feeling guilty about skipping a workout or taking extra time off from your workout routine. Sometimes you’re just tired and need to take a day off. Maybe you have a nagging injury that’s keeping you out of the gym. Do you feel guilty about it? If you suffer from exercise …

Workout-Life Balance

It can be difficult to find a healthy balance between your hectic daily life schedule and trying to get fit. Maybe you work 9-5 and have kids at home or maybe you’re just a full-time college student trying to squeeze in workouts on top of your heavy school load. It’s true, balancing the two can be hard, but only if …