Is “No Pain, No Gain” a Good Motto?

Does working out have to be painful to get results? Is it true there’s no gain without pain? The truth is pain shouldn’t be your guide. If you’re working out and in pain while you’re doing it something’s wrong. There’s a difference between hard work and the strain of exercise versus actual pain. You don’t need to ever experience pain …

Change Your Lifestyle and Change Your Body

We all have habits, routines and patterns. It’s called a lifestyle. Think about yours.  Do you live an active lifestyle or just a busy lifestyle? They are two very different things. An active lifestyle includes fitness and exercise.  You work out at the gym or engage in different sports and activities that make you consistently active. It’s also a lot …

How Is Your Cardio Strength?

Have you ever had to carry a child in your arms while you’re walking around? Your arm muscles get tired and your breath heavier from the walking. Have you gone for a hike with a heavy backpack? The added weight of the backpack makes the hike more challenging. Have you ever had to shovel a lot of dirt? A typical …

What If I Only Have 15 Minutes to Workout?

With a very busy life it’s sometimes difficult to make your workout.  You don’t have time to get to the studio and take your class.  It can be frustrating, but it’s going to happen.  On those days you may be able to take 15 minutes though. What do you do with 15 minutes to exercise if that’s all you have?  …

Push-Up Variations for All Strengths

Push-ups are one of the most well known exercises on the planet. Push-ups are right up there with sit-ups as one of those exercises everyone is familiar with.  Push-ups can be challenging, but knowing a few different variations can help to build up strength. Push-ups require no equipment to do. You basically need a solid floor surface and a bit …

Sticking with Your Workout Resolution

With the New Year upon us, many Americans will make resolutions to get more healthy and fit. Working out more is the most popular fitness resolution. It can be hard to stick with New Year resolutions. January starts with good intentions and plenty of enthusiasm only to find it waning as the months progress. Here are some tips to try …

Healthy Snack Alternatives

It’s time to get serious about your diet. Snacking is an issue with most people. Snacking is a good thing if you eat the right things and don’t over consume. It keeps you from being hungry and ruining your meals. Here are some healthy snack alternatives to get you through the day. Air-popped Popcorn Air-popped popcorn is a great alternative …

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 …