Change Your Perspective – Let’s face it, even the most dedicated exercise aficionados sometimes lose steam or feel a bit unmotivated to take on the next workout. And while that feeling is pretty normal, we can’t let it overcome our commitment to regular exercise. » Read Full Story
Elliptical machines are ideal choices for exercise as part of a weight loss program because they are low impact; accessible to virtually any level exerciser, from beginner to advanced; offer weight-bearing movement; and are relatively easy to use. Even more, they engage both the upper- and lower-body muscles simultaneously, which offers two great results: you can burn more calories than a lower-body only exercise such as cycling; and you don’t actually feel like you are working as hard as you are because the workload is dispersed over the entire body. » Read Full Story
Simple – But Not Easy – Strength Exercises – Got any favorite exercises? Because I work at a health club as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, I’m often asked what total body strength training exercises are the most effective. And when I design routines, I also include my top five go-to moves – which can be performed using body weight only, or adding additional resistance in the form of dumbbells, barbells or rubber resistance bands or tubes. » Read Full Story
Flex Those Muscles – As a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer, I am asked if people should focus more on cardio or strength training. And the answer really depends on their goals; however, for optimal fitness, both forms of exercise are necessary. The best results come from a consistent blend of cardio and strength. » Read Full Story
Chocoholics Rejoice! In the “too good to be true” category, you may have heard already that chocolate isn’t all bad for you. In fact, research has shown the chocolate is good for you and has multiple health benefits (hooray!), including: » Read Full Story
What’s Up with Heart Rate? People used to use the talk test to gauge their workout intensity – if they could talk to someone else relatively easily, that meant that their intensity wasn’t too high. If they were gasping for air, they needed to slow down. Fortunately, in today’s tech-savvy world, heart rate monitors take the guesswork out of intensity feedback during workouts. Here are a few benefits of using a heart rate monitor. » Read Full Story
A Minnesota teen was recently featured on local news for losing 165 pounds. He lost the weight by reducing calories and exercising up to three hours a day, including time on an Octane Fitness elliptical machine.