1. Don’t Stop Resistance Training IF You Want to Lose Weight!

    (Photo by: Alora Griffiths) Why resistance train? Resistance training is critical for true fitness.  Without it, your muscles will atrophy.  If you aren’t building muscle, you are likely losing it. And if you are 20 or older, you are definitely losing muscle, unless you are working hard to build it.  Beginning at age 20, we begin naturally losing muscle mass every decade. The old cliché hol…Read More

  2. Balancing Cortisol for Weight Loss and Health

    (Photo by: Christopher Campbell)   Some have called Cortisol the “master” of all hormones.  Others curse it for its ability to wreak havoc on our body’s fragile endocrine balance.  In spite of the mixed opinions one thing is certain: cortisol is a powerful hormone necessary for life.  But if its level is not optimal in your body, your health could suffer. What is Cortisol? The hormone c…Read More

  3. Upgrade Your Warm-up

    (Photo by: Bruce Mars)   You might be tempted to skip the warm up when you work out.  After all, you only have so much time to exercise—“Let’s just get on with it already!  I’m in a hurry!” But warming up is a critical component of your fitness routine, and skipping it could have unpleasant and even dangerous results—such as muscle strain, muscle injury and pain. Oh yeah, and a pro…Read More

  4. Liver Detoxification 101

    (Photo by: Jose Soriano) When was the last time you thought about your liver?  If you are like most people, this amazing organ does not command much of your attention.  But if you are interested in living as healthily as possible, attending to your liver can have big payoffs. Named after the Old English word for “life,” the liver is a critically important part of your body.  The array of f…Read More

  5. You are What You Eat: You Can’t Out Exercise a Bad Diet

    Ever heard someone give themselves permission to indulge their sweet tooth just because they just had a great workout?  It’s a common excuse. Many people believe that because they exercise, they’re in the black as far as their calorie input/output.  But in reality, this sort of thinking is a sure road to failure. Most people with a lean body and a 6 pack didn’t get that way by rationalizin…Read More

  6. Is This Energy-Drainer Keeping You Stuck?

      It’s all around you, but you probably don’t even notice.  It is a stealth energy-drainer, and it may be sabotaging your fitness goals. It’s called clutter and each of us has it in our lives.  This can be physical clutter or mental clutter. The insidious nature of clutter is this:  it establishes itself so gradually and entrenches itself so deeply, that we don’t even consciously know …Read More

  7. Want to get Healthy? Take a Nap!

      How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”?  Probably not very often.  Feeling sluggish seems to be the new normal.  In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it is the new normal:  most Americans are sleep-deprived.  But not getting enough sleep may be causing more trouble for you than just that pe…Read More

  8. 2 Steps to Weight Loss and Fitness Success

    Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” And each of us knows from our own experience that he is right.  The general flow of human life tends to be toward ease and comfort.  One day flows into the next, and many of us never quite get around to turning our good intentions into reality. Those ‘good intentions,’ while no doubt admirable, tend to remain unrealiz…Read More

  9. Seasonal Affective Disorder: What it is and What to do About it?

    It’s that time of year again—a time of cool breezes, colored leaves and holiday preparation.  Fall and winter are exciting times…  Unless you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).    If you struggle with winter depression, this time of year is not filled with joy and anticipation.  Instead, you probably feel like hiding under the covers until spring arrives in several months…Read More

  10. How to Overcome Winter Weight Gain

    Today, we’re taking a hard look at winter weight gain. It’s a common problem—people tend to pack on a few pounds during the winter months. But we want to fight back, and we hope you will join us. Let’s get after this now, while winter is still in full force. We’ll have less to deal with when the warm breezes start blowing! The good, the bad…and the solution Although winter weight gain …Read More