• Fuel your early morning workout

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    Contrary to what you may have heard, working out without fuel is not a good strategy for weight loss. Exercise after fasting (essentially the several hour period after sleep) only serves to encourage muscle breakdown and reduce performance. Both work against your goal. You need muscle to look lean and boost metabolism. You want to […]

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  • Free weights vs. machine weights

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    Free weights vs. machine weights, is a wonderful question to consider as it assumes weight lifting activity. Great! Weight lifting isn’t only for body builders, it’s for everybody. When you build more muscle, you improve metabolism as well as functional fitness. So back to our question – which is best? Here’s what you need to […]

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  • How do muscles grow?

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    Our bodies have more than 600 muscles. What does it take to make them grow? Obviously, exercise plays a role but other things we may not think about, like diet and sleep patterns, are also a factor. Wondering what you can do to build tone or bulk? Here’s what you need to know. Exercise According […]

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  • Best pre-workout snacks

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    If it has been more than a couple of hours since your last meal, a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Choose one with easily digestible carbs for quick energy and consume about 30 minutes before your workout. Here are some good choices to try. If you work out in the morning… Greek yogurt with […]

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  • How to Get Through Long Runs During Allergy Season

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    Do you struggle with seasonal allergies? Do you love to run, but lose your momentum because the sneezes, itchy eyes and cough has you down and out for the count? If your allergies seem worse than ever, there may be a good reason for that: every seven years your allergies can actually become worse, due […]

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  • How to break up with Starbucks and drink less calories with your morning coffee

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    Who doesn’t love the treat of a lovely latte or icy Frappuccino? The trouble is these treats, while delicious, add up to too many extra calories and, eventually, unwanted pounds. It’s okay to head to Starbucks on occasion, but every day is probably more than your sensible calorie budget can manage. You don’t have to […]

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  • Beginner’s guide to deadlifting

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    The deadlift is a total body exercise that helps you improve functional fitness and build overall strength. Don’t let the name scare you. Deadlifts are for everyone, not just body builders. Ready to give this exercise a try? Here’s the 411 on the new star of your workout regimen. What muscles does the deadlift work? […]

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  • 4 ways to swap out veggies for carbs

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    Looking for easy, tasty ways to get in more veggies while you cut carbs? Spiralizers let your favorites like zucchini stand in for an extra dose of filling fiber. That’s not the only trick in the sub-veggie book. Try these four recipes to tempt your taste buds and get a fun, new take on healthy […]

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  • How frequently should you really weigh yourself

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    Getting on the scale probably isn’t in the top ten of most people’s favorite things to do. Researchers say there is good reason to do it anyway and, in fact, often. How often is often? For best results, weigh every day. Why you should weigh every day Sure, stepping on the scale can be stressful […]

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  • Top Push-Up Mistakes (and How to Fix Them, Pronto!)

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    If you want to feel stronger than ever (even if you haven’t worked out in years!) push-ups are the way to go! Not only are they convenient (do them anywhere), but all you need is the motivation to push through (no expensive equipment needed.) Keep reading so you’ll bypass the typical mistakes, and what to […]

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