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Back to School: How to make it a Great Year

Whether you are a student or the parent of a student going back to school, you likely have one thing on your mind as the new school year begins:  academic performance.  From kindergarteners to graduate level college students, concentration and learning are critical and directly related to how successful the year is and how bright the future looks career wise. You may be wondering what academic performance has to do with a fitness blog. The answer?  Everything.  The research is conclusive:  physical exercise directly impacts how well a student does academically. Consistent, daily exercise results in significantly improved concentration, learning […]

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS.   And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss. The reality More than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit early—even before their new routine becomes a habit, and 61% will give up within the very first week! Why?  Because changing your lifestyle is hard.  In spite of all the infomercials and ads claiming that you can lose weight and transform […]

Prepare for Success: Back to School Tips

All this can only mean one thing:  it’s back to school time! Have you noticed?  The days are getting a little shorter, store aisles are almost out of school supplies and you for sure have seen a school bus or two making runs in your neighborhood. If you are like most people, you are not quite ready to say goodbye to the relaxing days of summer.  Late nights and lightly-scheduled days are a welcome break after a year of early mornings and homework deadlines.  Those slow days of summer are such a welcome break! But with the approach of the […]

What do Insulin Resistance and Summer Have in Common?

So What do Insulin Resistance and Summer Have in Common? Plenty, it turns out, and it has everything to do with what you’re eating this summer.  Even though summer brings with it an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, making it easier to eat healthily, it also brings added risks. What could taste better during the lazy, hazy days of summer than fruity cocktails and rich ice cream?  Unfortunately, these are the foods that can spell danger for your blood sugar level.  The few minutes of pleasure that you derive from those cold, sugary treats can pave the way for […]

Rest and Revitalize for Optimum Health

Vacation season is in full swing.  Whether you are traveling to the mountains or the beach, it’s the time of year when many of us start planning for a much needed break from the daily grind. When you think of getting fit, resting is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  It is true that becoming healthy and fit involves work.  It involves lots of effort and sweat and determination.  But it also involves taking time to rest and relax.  To reach your goals, you need balance:  both hard work and R & R. Dangers of over training […]

It’s Summer! Beat the Heat with these Summer Workout Tips

Baby, it’s hot out there! Here are some great Summer Workout Tips…   If you have been working out over the past winter and spring months, you may be surprised at the new challenges that summertime fitness throws at you.  We are deep into the summer, and you are probably discovering that your body reacts to the heat and humidity differently than it does to cooler, drier conditions. But don’t let the heat cause you to lose your momentum.  You can keep working hard in the summer, you just have to adjust your approach a little.  Keep the following summertime fitness […]

Power Naps: Why You Need Them

Did I say Power Naps???? Yes!! It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open.  Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a nap. But cutting-edge, productive people don’t take naps, do they? Actually, they do. It turns out that a nap is exactly what you need in the afternoons when drowsiness takes over your body and mind. From N.B.A. players1 to Google employees2, high-achieving people are turning to naps to recharge. Sleep experts have discovered that naps can improve stamina and […]

Staying Fit While Still Being Social

Are you staying fit during your social activities?  When you think about getting together with friends for an evening, what activities come to mind? Catching a movie? Meeting up at a favorite restaurant? What about an office party or a summer get-together? More than likely, these functions center on food and leisure rather than physical activity or working out. It also doesn’t help that we tend to indulge a little more when we are with friends and in a celebratory atmosphere. If we’re with a group of people enjoying a night on the town or a weekend getaway, we’re likely […]

Supercharge your Health with Green Drinks

How do you feel about green drinks?  No matter how committed we are to getting in the recommended five to nine servings of vegetables and fruits every day, sometimes we come up short.  It may be that we are busy and barely have time to eat at all, or perhaps we find ourselves in eating situations that don’t include many fresh vegetable choices.  Or maybe we just don’t like them. On days that you find it hard to eat enough vegetables and fruits, a green drink is the perfect answer.  It is a great way to boost your health and […]

Ten Ways to Torch 100 Calories FAST

You need to torch 100 calories, but you don’t have time to exercise…what do you do? Some days you simply do not have time for your usual workout.  Perhaps you are traveling or you have meetings from dawn ‘til dusk.  Or maybe something totally unexpected comes up and your workout time disappears. When life steals your exercise time, however, you do not have to forgo your workout.  If you have just a few minutes, you can burn off 100 calories, get your heart pumping fast and redeem at least a little of your workout. Here are 10 ways to torch […]