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Eliminating Cardio Exercise for Weight Loss?

A while back, one of my Facebook followers asked an interesting question pertaining to the role of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise in weight loss: "Dr. Nina, I would like your take on the idea of eliminating intense cardio exercises…

Working Out for More Than 50 Minutes a Day May Lead to Early Death? Really?

A while back, Medical Daily published an article suggesting that more than 50 minutes of endurance exercise "may lead to early death" due to overexertion of the heart. While I understand that writers are pressured by the need for a good headliner,…

Fitting Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Into a Child's Lifestyle

A while back one of my Facebook followers asked a question regarding practical ways parents could implement healthy eating and physical activity habits into their children's "busy school lifestyle." I decided to bypass the quick answer and…

How To Determine Loads, Repetitions and Sets During Weight Training

Weight training fundamentals tend to be a real mystery for many people. This holds especially true when it comes to determining 'how much resistance' and 'how many times' for a given exercise. Whether you're looking to increase the effectiveness…

Causes of Low Back Pain: Can Exercise Help?

If you regularly experience pain in your lower back, you're certainly not alone. A large percentage of people experience low back pain and its onset tends to increase with age. There are two types of low back pain: Acute and chronic. Acute…

Guidelines for Taking Circumference Measurements

Measuring your training progress is a great way to continously monitor achievement of your general health and weight loss goals. Taking circumference measurements is one of the simplest methods by which you can do this. Using a tape measurer…

Tone Up in 10 Minutes at Home

If you're trying to lose weight or simply maintain your current body weight, resistance training is an absolute must! In addition to enhancing muscle tone, definition and strength, this type of training can substantially boost the metabolic…
Sample Weight Training Log

Sample Weight Training Log

Measuring your progress during weight training is a great way to reinforce achievement of your goals. A training log is one of many common methods by which you can do this. Above is a sample log with all weight training fundamentals includ…
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How To Establish Your Weight Training Goals and Schedule

Defining and setting your personal weight training goals is an essential first step in the process of establishing a solid workout routine. When establishing your initial goals, I recommend first focusing on the reason(s) you're engaging in…

How To Choose Your Weight Training Equipment and Exercises

Establishing a solid weight training plan requires strategic selection of your exercises and equipment. I highly recommend that you first establish your weight training goals before even attempting to do this. Time and time again I…

An Unintentional 20-Pound Weight Loss

I've been actively controlling my weight for over 20 years. It isn't always the easiest task, as I'm naturally big-boned with an extreme pear-shaped figure. I've also suffered with food addiction, a condition that led to my being extremely overweight…

A Simple, Effective Abdominal Workout

Most exercisers are completely obsessed with abdominal training. But, over the years, I've found that many don't know anything about their 'ab' muscles, let alone how best to work them. So, before I delve into a full explanation of the latter,…

The Seven Principles of Exercise

Exercise training is crucial for successful weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. In order to develop an effective exercise training program you must adhere to certain basic guidelines. To get you started, here are…

3 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Jiggly, Wiggly Arms

Oftentimes, women ask me, "how do I get rid of this," pointing to the back of their arms. Some women even wiggle their arms for me to emphasize the point. I was most amused when a young lady in one of my weightlifting classes asked me how she…

Three Exercise Machines That May Not Be Worth Your Time

Exercise machines are great if you're new to working out, trying to isolate certain muscle groups or even if you're just looking to change up your workouts. But, all exercise machines aren't necessarily useful. Given that lack of time,…