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Exercise and Weight Loss- 5 Simple Steps to Success

Sometimes in life things really are simpler than they seem. Exercise and weight loss might be one of those things. You don’t need the hottest diet on the market or even a degree in exercise science to figure it all out. If you want to establish a new exercise routine and lose those last 10 pounds, consider these simple steps… 1. Realize there’s one formula for weight loss… calories in vs. calories out! The quality of foods you eat and where your calories come from is important when it comes to body composition, energy level, and overall health and wellness, but ultimately when it comes to weight loss it boils down to one thing. You need to burn more calories than you consume. 2. Accept that

What Is Resiliency and Why is it Important?

Recently I watched the final episode of an old TV series, "Six Feet Under," and like most final episodes I felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends. I found myself emotionally spent, but also amazed and touched by the strength and resolve of the human spirit, something that series captured very well. Loss, hardship, personal setbacks, and even tragedy are a part of life, but those experiences don’t define us nearly as much as our ability to move forward. I teach a course in Stress Management, and the word I use is resiliency. It’s the latest buzzword in the world of stress management because it’s essential that we have, or learn this trait in order to navigate life successfully. Individ

Is There a BEST Time of Day to Workout?

I get asked this question a lot, and the good news is: There is no best time of day to workout. The best time of day to workout is the time of day that’s best for you. Ideally, it’s a time that fits into your schedule and allows you to establish a routine and be consistent. After all, that’s half the battle. But there are some interesting facts and research when it comes to exercise, time of day, and how our body responds. Below I tackle some common questions and give you some straight up answers. Do you burn more fat by working out in the morning on an empty stomach? It’s true that when you wake up in the morning your body hasn’t had fuel for a number of hours. This puts it in fasting mode

Why Women Need Weights - Part 2

For those who are wary of weights and addicted to cardio, I posted a blog last week about women and weight training. For me personally, I started exercising at a time when weight training wasn’t on most women’s radar. But after I discovered what it could do for my metabolism and how powerfully it could change the shape and definition of my body, I am passionate about educating women about the reality of resistance training. Here are two final questions to help shed some light. Will strength training improve my bone health and why is that important? One of the benefits of strength training is that it reduces our risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes our bones to become weak or britt

Why Women Need Weights

Are you cardio crazed, but refuse to go anywhere near a set of dumbbells? When you feel like you need to “drop those last few pounds,” do you automatically grab one of your exercise DVD’s that’s pure “fat burning” cardio? If you’re gun shy of getting big guns, from bicep curls of course, you’re not alone. For women, there’s still a lot of misconceptions about weight training and a general fear of getting bulky. To help shed some light, I've answered some common questions and misconceptions women have about weight training. Isn’t cardio better than weight lifting when it comes to burning fat? Many women feel that cardio workouts are the only answer to their fat burning dreams, but cardio isn'

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