Strength Training for Beginners: A Brief Guide

Strength training is an important part of any well-rounded exercise program. Strength training allows you to build muscle, which increases the number of calories you burn at rest. It also improves bone strength, boosts weight loss, reduces your risk of heart disease, and improves balance and coordination. Planning Your Splits Strength training, like any other … Read more

5 Ways to Increase the Intensity of Any Workout Routine

Most exercises are extremely versatile, allowing you to take it easy one day and then up the intensity another, using the same exact movements. The question is: Are you bringing more intensity to your workouts or are you just going through the motions in each session? If you answered “going through the motions” to that … Read more

My Digestive Health and the Endless Road to an Answer

My first misdiagnosis was in 2007, at age 18, when I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after dealing with digestive health struggles, including searing gas pains and constipation, for more than a year. The GI appointment took a few quick minutes: The doctor briefly described IBS and sent me out the door with … Read more

Is Lack of Sleep De-Railing Your Fitness Goals?

We’ve been told since we were young that it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Now, as healthy adults, it’s more important than ever. Sleep plays a significant role in your healthy lifestyle, giving you energy for workouts, reducing cravings for unhealthy food, and helping your muscles recover properly—and lack of sleep can de-rail … Read more

HIIT Training: How to Build Your Workout

It seems like everyone is doing HIIT, whether they’re in a workout class or working with a personal trainer, and there’s a good reason for it. HIIT, high-intensity interval training, pushes you to your max for a set period of time, with similarly timed breaks between exercises. HIIT workouts keep your heart rate up, forcing … Read more

10 Steps for Successful Fitness Goal Setting

If you’ve ever set any goal, you’ve probably heard the term S.M.A.R.T, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely. While all of these factors are important, there’s a lot more that goes into goal setting. Pull out a pen and paper and go through each step with me. You’ll set a specific goal, ask … Read more