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The Important Role of Metabolism in Weight Loss

Metabolism (or the metabolic rate) is the amount of calories your body uses to fuel all vital functions (breathing, blood pressure, and brain activity). These calories are obtained from macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein) housed…

Establishing a Weekly Workout Plan

People often ask me for advice and tips on starting a workout routine for weight loss, physical fitness or general good health. I always emphasize that such goals are best achieved through a program that combines cardiovascular (cardio) exercise…

How to Stay Fit with a Lung Condition

A while back one of my Google+ friends asked me an intriguing question: "I have lung problems and want to do exercise but I really can't. What can I do to stay fit?" Interestingly enough, this is not the first time I've got this question,…

What It Means to Have a Pear-Shaped Body

With so many women seeking to tame their apple shapes these days it's easy to forget about those struggling with the reverse body issue: The pear shape. Have you ever been told you have a pear-shaped body? Do you know what that actually means? What…

Why You Shouldn't Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods

These days, many gyms are doing away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While…

How to Cardio Sculpt a Great Butt

I've been an avid exercise enthusiast for nearly 20 years yet I remain challenged when it comes to finding the most effective ways to control the size of one particular body part: My butt. As a lover of distance running it's quite difficult,…

African-American Women Have A Harder Time Losing Weight? Give Me a Break!

Years back, I reviewed a press release of sorts on the Huffington Post suggesting "African-American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories". The information…

Does Strength Training Turn Fat Into Muscle?

In this new era of exercise and fitness, there are countless old myths floating around that just won't go away. One of the most widespread is the notion that strength training turns fat into muscle and that if you stop this type of training…

What It Means to Have an Apple-Shaped Body

After many years of providing educational seminars, lectures and workshops on a wide range of health, fitness and nutrition-related topics, one of my personal favorite points of discussion is the "apple-shaped" figure. At some time or another…

Three Totally Nontraditional Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

As you probably already know, your metabolic rate (metabolism) is the amount of calories you need to sustain vital bodily functions. The higher your metabolism, the more calories you'll burn at rest and during everyday physical activities. You…

Spontaneous Physical Activity: What Is It and Why You Need It Every Day

Time and time again, I find myself implementing a tough love approach to empower people to be more physically active. Still, I'm always given the dreaded "I want to get fit but I'm just too busy" excuse. Truth is, the state of being "fit"…

The Best Exercise Equipment for Toning Your Hips

When it comes to toning your hips you'll need to choose resistance equipment that allows you to work all the major muscle groups in this area. These muscle groups include the glutes (buttocks), quadriceps, and hamstrings in addition to the…

Breast Cancer in Women: Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention and Survival

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. At the current rate, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in her lifetime. Although the development of breast cancer is quite a complex process that's closely…

How to Incorporate Cardio Exercise Into Your Workouts

Cardiovascular exercise (or simply cardio) is one of the most effective ways to increase your day-to-day calorie expenditures, which is critical for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. When coupled with regular…

How to Incorporate Resistance Training Into Your Workouts

Having a solid resistance (weight) training routine is critical for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. This type of training inherently builds lean muscle mass in the body, which is an integral component of…

5 Cheap and Convenient Ways to Burn Fat Fast

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the best ways to burn calories and melt away excess fat. But, in spite of popular belief, this type of exercise doesn't require expensive, monotonous equipment or even a substantial amount…

Dieting's Done, Now Leave That Fat Behind For Good

Have you achieved a significant weight loss goal through dieting? If so, congratulations! So, now that you've lost the weight, how do you intend on keeping it off? Have you developed a long-term weight maintenance strategy? Thinking of keeping…

The Best Types of Cardio Equipment for Women

As a woman you can experience significant health benefits from exercise training regardless of the type of exercise equipment you select. It all comes down to your access to equipment, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Cardio exercise equipment…

How to Build Strong, Lean Legs and a Shapely Butt

Most women want a toned, well-sculpted lower half with a shapely butt and strong legs that are lean but not bulky. To sculpt your body this way, you'll have to perform targeted resistance exercises for all the lower-body muscles. Since,…

5 Reasons Why Resistance Training Is Necessary for Weight Loss

Many weight loss seekers tend to avoid resistance training (weight lifting) for a fear of "bulking up" or "getting bigger". But, in spite of what many believe, this type of training is absolutely critical for long-term weight management and…