October is one of my all-time favorite months, because the weather is getting crisper (but not snow-boot crisp) and the leaves are beginning to change. Do you know what else is going to change this month? Your fitness mindset. Read more →
It’s a common question for dieters: do I really have to count calories? As a personal trainer who counsels clients on nutrition, I feel that obsessing over numbers isn’t healthy. Knowing how your body feels, on the other hand, is. We’ve been programmed to think that fewer calories equals weight loss. In reality, it’s not just about calories—it’s about portion size, the types of foods you’re eating and many other factors. Eating a balanced diet that includes lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats will not only support healthy weight loss, it will help you with a realistic, long-term healthy eating plan.
Q: I’ve been working out for approximately 11 weeks now. (I dance to fast and moderately fast-paced music, as well as lift weights.) It takes a lot for me to sweat, and because of this I retain a lot of water. I don’t even sweat in the 90+ heat in South Florida. Is there anything I can do to be able to sweat more? I have tried diuretic pills. No success. Read more →
There are no real shortcuts to getting “buff,” but these tips will help you use your time more effectively. If you are among the majority of people who feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, it’s time to work smart in addition to working hard. This list focuses on the most impactful, time-efficient tactics to keep your body in check while still allowing you to maintain a social life.
I love fall weather. Just stepping outside and feeling the cool, crisp air instead of the humid stickiness of summer instantly energizes me. Now is a great time to switch up your workout routine and take advantage of the nice weather before the chill of winter sets in. There are plenty of exercises you can take outdoors, and some creative activities you can do for a good workout and some fall fun. Here are a few of my favorites:
Even if you’ve built huge biceps and a rock-hard chest, if your shoulders are lagging in size, you’re not going to look as big as you could. In fact, if you’re serious about body sculpting, you’ll want to put in the effort to create the broadest, thickest shoulders your body can carry. Strength aside, it will make your waist look smaller and your physique look more impressive overall. So how do you go about getting the shoulders of a true champ? We’ve got the perfect training routine to help you make it happen.
Q: Do I really need to carbo load before a race?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: There are so many different approaches to race nutrition. Some athletes go gluten-free, some prefer a meatless meal while others shy away from saturated fat and sugar. But perhaps the most popular choice is still the pre-race pasta dinner. If done properly and for the right event, increasing your carbohydrate intake can be just what your body needs. Read more →
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