Looking to improve your fitness level? Here you will find simple diet and nutrition hacks, workout ideas and weight loss tips that’ll help you achieve optimal fitness.

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…

Veggie-Packed Turkey Chili

For many, fall is the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything. For me, the fall season is all about the chili! In addition to being the perfect cool-to-cold-weather comfort food, when prepared with the right ingredients, chili can also…

A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting: What to Eat for Maximum Results

Previously, I wrote an article introducing the concept of intermittent fasting, explaining exactly why it works, and how it can be especially beneficial for weight loss, long-term weight management and overall good health. In this article, I'll…

Five Surprisingly Nutritious Post-Workout Drinks

If you regularly engage in intense exercise training, it's important to pay close attention to what you consume after your workouts. This holds especially true for workouts lasting longer than an hour, as there arises a need to replenish the…

3 Highly Effective Ways to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

I've always emphasized that the most effective way to lose weight is to moderately reduce your daily calorie intake while engaging in exercise training and other forms of physical activity, as doing so creates the calorie deficits needed for…

Target Heart Rate: Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

As if getting motivated to work out isn't difficult enough, there's also the question of whether or not you're working out hard enough. The level at which you work out is generally described in terms of your workout "intensity". Now don't get…

How to Work Out Without Losing Weight

Many years ago I exercised for the sole purpose of losing weight and ultimately maintaining a killer physique. Sure, doing so also made me feel strong, energized and completely unstoppable, but in the end, it was all about the build. You see,…

Is It Possible to Trigger Starvation Mode If You’re Obese?

I was recently asked if: "There's such a thing as going into 'starvation mode' if you're morbidly obese?"—That's being more than 100 pounds overweight. My short answer is: Yes. My long answer is: Yes, but it's complicated. If you've ever…

Don’t Let the 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…

Six Quick and Convenient Foods to Fuel Your Outdoor Runs

Second only to walking, running is indeed the most popular form of exercise worldwide. But, it's also among the most intense. This holds especially true for outdoor running. Due to its intense nature, if you regularly run outdoors it's important…

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…

The Skinny on Being Fat

Think having a "normal" body weight equates to being healthy? If your answer is yes, you're sadly mistaken. Unfortunately, when it comes to measuring health, many rely solely on the scale. While the scale reading generally provides a quick…

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…

Five Cheap Ways to Create a Home Gym

These days many commercialized gyms are social clubs, having a large presence of highly fit, athletic, and able-bodied men and women, which, in and of itself, can intimate others who are less fit. So much in fact that novice exercisers oftentimes…

Eating Unhealthy Foods and Losing Weight: Is This Even Possible?

A while back someone asked me "Is it at all possible to lose weight without eating vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods?" Believe it or not, my answer was a firm "YES!" In fact, many people believe that losing weight requires continuous…

Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Which one should I do first? Cardio or strength training? This is a very common question I get from women and men alike, particularly those who generally perform cardio and strength training workouts on the same day. The quick answer is simple:…

Five Highly Effective Ways to Prevent Running-Related Injuries

Whether for weight management, sport, recreation, comradery or charity, running has become a favorite pastime of many people around the world. In fact, due to its utter convenience and outright affordability, running is second only to walking…

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…

Weight Training 101: What You Need To Know Before You Lift

Weight (resistance) training fundamentals tend to be a real mystery for many people. Both novice and some experienced lifters alike struggle with the basics, like proper exercise selection and execution, and manipulating repetitions and sets—Even…