Get Up and Get Moving

In the world of fitness and health, there is a lot of talk about the need to remain physically active.  So you might think that as long as you’re getting in half an hour of exercise everyday, physical activity levels are being met. Not so fast.  There may be more to it than this.  In fact, a new study looks at women in particular and finds that despite exercising; too much sitting doesn’t reduce the risk of certain health conditions.  In other words, you are no better off in lowering the chance of diabetes, premature death, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. … Continue reading

Exercise For Free!

In this economy it might be hard to afford a gym or have sessions with a personal trainer. Sometimes lack of a gym might be used as an excuse not to exercise. However, regardless of your financial situation, there is always a way to exercise. I currently don’t belong to a gym. I attend a twice a week workout class at the local community college which averages to about $5 a class. Although I enjoy my class, two days a week is not enough for me to get in all the cardio I need. I have come up with two … Continue reading

Dear Heather … Fat Burning Workout

Hello, well I’m 16 and going to start running and eating healthy. I weigh 240 and I want to lose 70 pounds or more in 6 months what should I do? And if I walk and run at the same time around a football field for a hour or more how many calories could I lose every week cause I’m want to do this every day until I reach my goal and drink lots of water only water and how many pounds u think I could lose every months? Could you help me Heather? Could you give me tips and … Continue reading

Dear Heather, Do You Trust the Calorie Counter?

Good morning, welcome to our third edition of Dear Heather and this week, we’ve got three good questions to discuss. I’m not sure if we’ll be featuring Dear Heather next week, though we’ll let next week take care of itself when it gets here. In the meanwhile, it’s December 21st and we have just 4 shopping days left till Christmas – including today – so I’ll try not to keep you here too long if you’ve got places to be. Do Calorie Counters Work? Dear Heather, I’ve been trying to get my workout in regularly and I have a gym … Continue reading

What’s the Best Way to Boost Your Mood?

Easy answer: exercise. That’s almost too easy, right? But here’s the thing, exercise is a great mood booster and it helps you to relieve stress, tension and excess energy – but at the same time, it boosts your energy levels. This is one of those cases where you do get more out of it than what you put in. Short Walk A short walk can get your heart rate up and can actually give you a mood and energy boost. Feeling tired and depressed? Hop on the treadmill for ten minutes. Can’t shake the yawns and actually feel yourself fading … Continue reading

10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Fitness

Good morning and Happy Monday! We’ve got a little over two weeks left till thanksgiving and today I want to talk to you about the 10 reasons I am thankful for fitness. As I have often said here in the fitness blog, our fitness is contingent on more than just our physical well being, but also our spiritual, emotional and mental well-being. I am thankful for: Daily cardiovascular exercise because it helps me cope with stress and anger, I always had an anger management problem as a child, but daily exercise seems to release a lot of that tension and … Continue reading

My Top Five Exercises for November

I like to change up my exercise routines – in general, the treadmill is the one piece of cardio equipment that I use day in and day out. As for the toning and flexibility exercises and weight training, I try to shake that workout up every 4 to 6 weeks. This helps me keep from getting bored with my workout and I like the challenge that it brings to my muscles. So here are my top five exercises for this month in no particular order: Bicycle crunches – we’ve talked about these before, you lie on your back on the … Continue reading

Fitness Funnies: Cardio Fun

Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to give you a healthy heart, but it’s about more than just your heart – it involves your entire vascular system and your lungs. It’s also good for your overall endurance and helps you walk up a flight of stairs without panting and lug the midget all over the mall, the store or the theme park – wherever you happen to be. But cardio is funny, in its own way. Because if it doesn’t get your heart pounding , it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. So here are some fun things to … Continue reading

The Week in Review: September 9 –15

Welcome to our week in review. This week saw the fifth anniversary of September 11th and all the memorials, sadness and tales of heroism that entails. While it’s important to remember, it’s also equally important that we continue forward, making our world a better place so that hopefully none that come after us have to experience a similar tragedy. Here is your Week in Review for Fitness: September 9 We talked about Walking – is it better to do it incrementally or all in one go. There are multiple schools of thought on this, but as with all forms of … Continue reading

10 Reasons You Should Strength Train

I gave my 10 reasons you should do cardio every day last week and today I am going to give my 10 reasons you should strength train. Strength training is important to your overall fitness and while many people resist strength training when they are working on losing weight using cardio and a low-fat diet. Learn why in these 10 reasons you should strength train. Strength training helps to build muscle, muscle can turn your body into a fat burning machine, burning calories more efficiently and steadily 24 hours a day and help you achieve your weight loss goals more … Continue reading