What Does Your Sweat Say About Your Workout?

Many people feel that they need to be dripping in sweat after their workout in order for it to be effective. The truth is, how much you sweat is not an accurate predictor of how many calories you’ve burned during your workout. What’s the deal with sweat anyways? Why do we sweat in the first…

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Optimize Your Hormones For Better Weight Loss

Hormones play undeniably important roles in the daily functions of our body. However, poor diet and lack of exercise can alter the effects of these hormones, stealing the precious, beneficial effects we get from them. The good news is this: even though a bad diet and no exercise can negatively affect the function of hormones…

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[Podcast] Increase Motivation and Adherence With Morning Workouts

I was stuck in the car on the way to Toronto this past weekend, and with no service on my phone I thought what better way to spend my time then record some new content! Let me start by saying that any time you can complete your workouts is going to be beneficial. If you…

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6 Ways You Are Unknowingly Sabotaging Your Workouts

If you’ve been struggling to see results from your fitness program, it could be a consequence of a series of common mistakes that many beginners make when participating in an exercise program. Here are six ways you might be unknowingly sabotaging your workouts:   Not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep is one of…

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Fitness Secrets Revealed: Why Is Fitness Easier For Some Than Others?

People often assume that fitness is easy for me: that I’m some kind of unbreakable Superman who can do everything. In fact, a lot of people assume fitness is easy for anyone who is fit. The workouts look effortless, we always seem to be on point with our eating, and temptations don’t seem to faze…

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Is Fitness Making You Selfish?

Have you ever struggled to stick with your fitness/healthy eating routine because of pressure from friends or family members? Perhaps family was visiting and you spent all of your time with them. Maybe you were at a friend’s house and felt rude if you would’ve chosen to eat something other than what was being prepared…

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Benefits of Strength Training for Women

It is quite often that I meet with new female clients who express hesitation to begin a strength training routine, especially one that includes lifting heavy weights. Partially, this is a result of the commonly spread myth that lifting weights will make women “bulky” or “manly-looking.” Other times it is more out of a fear of…

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Does Caffeine Boost Exercise Performance?

Caffeine is the most widely used drug, with 90% of U.S. adults consuming at least one caffeinated meal or beverage everyday. Many people use caffeine to help stay awake in the early hours of the morning, or to help stay focused when their attention starts drifting at work. Caffeine is a stimulant, which means when…

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How To Properly Set Fitness Goals For Maximum Success

Having goals is of utmost importance in fitness. It’s hard work to maintain a good fitness level, and even harder to improve once you’ve lost it. Having a clear finish line can help to keep things in perspective when the going gets tough. Additionally, intention naturally precedes behavior, meaning that before we can hope to…

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Chess, Not Checkers: Long-Term Thinkers Make Healthier Choices

We’re faced with a tough choice: To eat the cookie or not to eat the cookie. Part of us is aware that we shouldn’t because it is not conducive to our fitness goals, but another part just wants to taste the deliciousness and experience the enjoyment it brings us in the moment. Alas, you give…

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“I Think I Can, I Think I Can”: The Ongoing Conversation In Your Head

We all participate in an ongoing conversation in our heads. The content of this “self-talk” can make a difference in the behavior and effort level we put forward. Anytime you’ve talked yourself out of, or justified your decision to indulge in, eating a tempting food that went against your fitness goals, you were participating in…

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Brain Gains: The Effects of Exercise on Brain Health

We often think about the benefits of exercise as it relates to our heart, lungs, muscles and bones, and our weight management, but less often do we address how exercise can benefit our brain. Exercise has been shown to benefit our overall cognitive function, particularly as we age.1 In what ways can exercise improve our…

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How NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Got It Wrong: Why Successful Weight Loss Is Within Your Control

The New York Times released an article about a study done following former contestants of the popular TV show “The Biggest Loser.” What the study found may come as a surprise: most, if not all, of the contestants regained all the weight they had started the show with. (Read the full article here). These individuals…

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2 Tricks to Immediately & Mindlessly Reduce Calorie Consumption

Your kitchen is a powerful place. It houses all of the food that you will eat, or that may tempt you. In your kitchen you will develop good eating habits conducive to good health, or just the opposite (like mindlessly eating handfuls of cereal out of the box in front of the cupboard). A new…

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Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

There is an often unrecognized force that has a profound effect on your fitness and health progress: your social network. Studies have shown that our social network consisting of friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and family members influence the adoption of certain health behaviors, or lack thereof, by affecting what behaviors we view as normal.1,2 This is…

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