Tag Archives : Fitness

Why Muscle Mass Is Important


Many people focus only on cardiovascular exercise at the gym.  While “cardio”, as it is often referred to, is great for your heart, cholesterol, blood pressure and helps burn calories, strength training is also an essential component of a balanced fitness program. It can slow the muscle loss that comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective…

Why smoking is bad for your health


Cigarettes are made from tobacco. The tobacco plant is the only plant ever discovered to contain the drug called nicotine. Nicotine is a very strong poison that can kill a human in less than an hour if even a small amount is injected into the blood-stream. Tobacco smoke contains very tiny amounts of nicotine that are not deadly, but are…

Why alcohol is detrimental to weight loss


Simply put, alcohol can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. In any fat loss plan, there are three main components that should be priority: Diet, Exercise, and Sleep.   1. Alcohol Supplies Almost Twice As Many Calories As Protein And Carbs At seven calories per gram, alcohol supplies almost twice as many as protein and carbohydrates. In fact, alcohol has only two…

Why sleep is important


Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you are awake depends in part on what happens while you are sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to…

Common Strength Training Misconceptions


The term strength training refers to any exercise which involves the use of resistance (example weights, body-weight) to increase muscular strength and the size of skeletal muscle or any exercise which increases strength, shapes and tones body shape. Here are some of the myths and misconceptions I have heard about weight training:   Weightlifting causes high blood pressure For years,…

Why you should not use Vegetable Oils


What Are Vegetable Oils? Vegetable oils are usually manufactured from genetically modified crops that have in all likelihood been heavily treated with pesticides. The manufacturing process involves many steps such as chemical extraction, bleaching and deodorizing. These oils are therefore highly processed.  Take a look at this video.   If the vegetable oil is to be further processed into shortening or margarine,…

Yes you can!


The sad statistic is that most people that embark on a fitness program either give up or fail. Setting unrealistic goals (not having a clear vision of what your weight loss goals are), eating “emotionally” (when the love of food is used as a coping mechanism during times of stress or sadness), hating yourself or the way you look, failing…

Food cravings that wreck your diet


The drive-thru is convenient after a hectic day but once you are there, can you resist that milkshake or other treat? And if you allow yourself the ease of fast food once, it could become a habit. According to one long-term study, people who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than those who had…

Bodybuilding supplements to consider


Good bodybuilding supplements can help you support your body’s health while optimizing workout results. Muscle building supplements can potentially help you build muscle when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and a solid training program. Some of the benefits of bodybuilding supplements are: More muscle growth Improved athletic performance Improved muscle pump Better endurance Increased energy Reduced recovery time…

Want to lose fat?


In response to emails and messages I have received over the last couple of weeks, here is what you need to know to put together a successful weight (fat!) loss plan. Your body is adapted to hold onto fat as a survival mechanism. We needed the capacity to store energy to survive periods of famine, and fat is a very…

So, what is your excuse?


I have heard a lot of excuses from people for not making it to the gym. We all have the same 24 hours to work with everyday. Set priorities and spend your time wisely rather than make excuses and kid yourself about why you are not reaching your fitness goals. Until you take responsibility or ownership of your actions or…

Cardio for Fat loss


It is important to consult your doctor before you start a cardio vascular exercise program. At the gym, I have seen people running for extended periods of time at very high speeds, completely short of breath and sweating profusely. I have also seen people cycling away at a relaxed pace and checking their Facebook page on their smart phones. If…