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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6 Tips For Surviving The Holiday Party Season

It’s that time of year when everyone begins to gather to celebrate the holiday season. This means a lot of fun and laughs with friends and coworkers, but also parties and potlucks full of unhealthy junk foods. Follow these six tips to help you enjoy your holiday parties, without overindulging. Eat beforehand. Eat a good meal…

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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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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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5 Steps to Successful Weight Loss

There are literally thousands of articles with thousands of different pieces of advice for the best ways to approach fitness and nutrition. Such a large magnitude of contradictory information can lead to mass confusion among readers as to what is the best approach. While there is no single best way to go about starting a…

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The Truth About Fad Diets

As I’ve discussed in earlier posts, weight loss is a very large and profitable market. With obesity rates at a historic high combined with a recent increase in health awareness, more people than ever are trying to shed those extra pounds and get healthy. Out of all of the available health advice out there on…

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6 Tips For Better Sleep

We live in a fast-paced world. This generally means from time-to-time we will be forced to cut our sleep by various amounts of time. In other words, some days we just won’t get enough sleep. Sleep is vital for our bodies to charge during the night so that we can be ready to take on…

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the New Year, you’ve resolved to make improvements in your life. Perhaps you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to exercise more, or eat healthier foods. If so, you are in good company. Weight loss remains in the top five most popular New Year’s resolutions, and often tops the list. However, only 8%…

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