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Three Ways to Find a Gym and Make It Work For You

As one who's worn a lot of different hats (overweight member, highly fit member, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and manager) in many different commercial gym settings my overall perspective on gym culture is quite unique. I recall…

Five Lifestyle Habits That Can Help Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Over 450 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that's projected to double within the next three decades. Remarkably, 90-95% of people with diabetes have the form known as type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes, a largely preventable…

Ten Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Healthy During the Holidays

The start of November generally marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, I'm sure you already know, the holidays are synonymous with social eating. Problem is, with all the rich foods and sweet indulgences that surround families during…

Are You Cheating Your Health for 10,000 Steps?

For years, the pedometer has enjoyed widespread popularity amid health, fitness and wellness entities and enthusiasts due to its low cost, relative ease of use, straightforward feedback, and clear-cut message to users: "10,000 steps a day"…

Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays, so many foods have been dismissed and put on the hypothetical 'Do Not Eat List' list—Almost to the point that many people feel as though there's nothing left to eat. And, I'm not talking about the laundry list of stereotypically…

Don't Let Opinions of Others Interfere with Your Weight Loss Efforts

The start of your weight loss journey is a very delicate time at which you'll generally decide to either give up or keep going. It's also a time when other people's opinions can easily make or break your success—and those opinions might come…

Spring Into Action With Three Healthy Tips

Well, it's officially spring! How are those health-related New Year's resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Have you reduced the amount of sugar in your diet? Have you cut back on fast food? Hopefully, your goals weren't so lofty that…

A New Resolution: Breaking the Sedentary Cycle

Each and every year people resolve to initiate an exercise training program for health and/or weight loss purposes. Unfortunately, they assume that after a year (or even years) of physical inactivity, they can pick up where they left off at…

How to Perform Cardio Exercise the Right Way

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage your body weight, better your health, and improve your overall fitness levels. In fact, as little as 30-45 minutes of daily cardio can help stave off…

What the Health: When Advocacy Goes Wrong

I've received dozens of emails asking me to review What the Health, a follow-up food documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, which is currently available on Netflix. I honestly didn't want to watch it. From the teaser trailers and social…

Breaking Free: What I've Learned After 10 Years of Fitness Tracking

Those of you who regularly follow my blog or social media channels, know that I often post images of my daily activity progress as depicted on the display screen of my coveted Apple Watch. Well, just recently, that display screen randomly popped…

Before and After: Achieving Lasting Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

As an option of last resort for individuals who are extremely overweight or obese, bariatric surgeries have become increasingly popular these days. While this is due in part to the relatively safe and minimally invasive nature of today's procedures,…

Is It Possible to Be Fit and Fat?

During my latter years as a private personal trainer, I developed a keen interest in sculpting the bodies of full-figured women who weren't necessarily seeking to lose weight. One of my most memorable clients was a curvy plus-size model who…
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Three Simple Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer

With the summertime here and in full effect I hope you're sticking with your New Year's resolutions to stay healthy and physically fit. Given that the summer is a season of vacations, picnics, cookouts, happy hour, pizza by the slice, ice cream,…

Is It Best to Perform Cardio Exercise in the Morning?

In a continued effort to encourage people to eat better and move more, I normally make it a practice to fully address any and every controversial question that comes my way, especially when it comes to working out. One that's extremely debatable…

Physical Fitness: It Doesn't Have To Be All or Nothing

How many times have you promised to start exercising again on a Monday? Have you ever woken up late for your morning workout, concluded the rest of your week was ruined, and pledged to resume your workout program the following week? I'll bet…

The Freshmen 15: Six Simple Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight

With every passing year, a new pool of incoming college freshmen are faced with the sudden risk of double digit weight gain commonly known as the "freshmen 15". While some folks call it fiction, the fact of the matter is that many students do…

Losing Weight and Getting Fit? It’s Time to Reward Yourself

Can you believe 2016 is here and in full effect? How are those health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Are you maintaining a regular exercise routine? Have you reduced the amount of red meat in your…

Macronutrients: Three Key Essentials of Healthy Eating

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the term "macros" tossed around. But, what does it actually mean? The answer is pretty simple. Macros is basically…

Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Nutrition

Every once in a while I visit some of the main chain health food stores in order to stay in the loop with the latest dietary supplements available on the market. One thing’s for certain, supplements are a multi-billion dollar global industry…