Tag Archives: exercise regime

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Intense Workout Could Be Causing Weight Gain

With the rise of Crossfit workouts, box-style and circuit training gyms – HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has been rising exponentially in popularity. And rightly so.   HIIT workouts involve working at a high level of intensity for a short period of time, followed by a period of rest. Lather, rinse, repeat.   These interval-style workouts can not only boost your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, and improve your brain function, but they also do it in half the time of a typical full-body gym workout.    But with all the hype around HIIT, we wondered if these type of workouts were truly effective as a weight-loss…

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The Pros & Cons of Fasted Exercise

It’s no secret that if you’re looking to see better results at the gym, it helps to pay attention to your nutrition. Eating your veggies, as well as consuming healthy carbs, protein and healthy fats can really amp up your fitness gains.   But, what if the secret to increased fat loss had more to do with what you didn’t eat as opposed to what you did?   For years, fitness pros have been encouraging gym-goers to perform morning workouts on an empty stomach in an effort to increase fat burning. It’s called “fasted exercise”, and it’s been around since the early days of bodybuilding. (hello, Arnold who is…

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Overtraining: What Are The Physical Impacts?

You don’t have to go far to hear about the amazing life-changing benefits of a workout. You can boost your mood, strengthen your heart and your biceps in only 30 minutes a day!   But, what if your regular fitness routine started to actually hurt you instead of help you?   What if your workout no longer leaves you feeling energized and strong? What if, instead, you felt exhausted, burnt-out and even injured?   Overtraining is a thing.   And it’s not just among elite athletes either. The average Joe/Jane who just wants to get in shape is not immune to the effects of overtraining.   Overtraining…

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7 Diet and Lifestyle Tips to Adopt for Better Hormone Balance

Your hormones are involved in every minute aspect of your physical and even mental & emotional health, and you need them in very specific amounts for your body to function properly. But what happens when these important chemical messengers aren’t working optimally? Well, your body starts to show some telltale signs. What are these signs and how can you go about re-balancing your hormones? Read our latest blog post to find out — and get an easy recipe for hormone-support too!  People lead stressful and busy lives – that’s an unfortunate but undeniable fact these days. Then, when you factor in…

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Exercising with Chronic Pain

 In the past, medical professionals recommended rest and inactivity as part of the treatment for chronic pain. But, newer research suggests that MORE movement may be just what the doctor ordered. Today we’re sharing the do’s (and don’ts!) of exercising with chronic pain AND a delicious anti-inflammatory recipe you can make for dinner tonight!  Getting to the gym for a workout can sometimes be a battle in itself. Let’s face it… a daily workout can be a challenge, for so many reasons, but sometimes it can even be a little painful – or a lot painful!   So, what do you do…

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Is The 80/20 Rule For Nutrition & Exercise A Myth?

You may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen…  Or you may have eaten an extra piece of dessert because you exercised that day, so you feel like you “earned” it dammit!  In order to see results at the gym, lose weight or even maintain overall health, we’re told that it’s an 80/20 balance. Meaning 80% of your results comes from the food you eat and only 20% of your results come from your workouts.  But is this actually true? …that food is THAT much more important than exercise when it comes to our health and our results…

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Spot Training: Possible Or Myth? 

You’ve probably heard the claims that you can change your body overnight with this brand new gadget or exercise program. “Lose the belly”   “Banish your trouble zones”  “Drop stubborn fat off your thighs by drinking this special shake”   There are so many gadgets, supplements, nutritional products, and exercise programs on the market these days telling us we can lose the fat off our thighs, arms, and belly. It’s no wonder we’re more confused than ever!  But, can you really lose fat from specific places – and not others?  A recent study looked compared the results of women who focused on diet changes…

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Cardio vs. Resistance Training: Do You REALLY Need To Do Both?

When it comes to exercise, there has long been a debate about which type is best. Is CARDIO the gold standard? Or do the benefits of RESISTANCE TRAINING far outweigh those of cardio?   While both forms of exercise provide huge benefits for your health, the choice depends entirely on your goals.   So, we’re going to examine a few common goals and evaluate the pros and cons. And what are the “rules” of cardio for different goals anyway?   Let’s put a little elbow grease into this one and crank the lid off – shall we?  What if your specific health goal is weight loss?  For years we’ve…

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Exercise, Sleep and Your Waistline

When it comes to managing your health and your weight, it’s no secret that exercise and sleep are huge factors.  You know that exercise will help you burn off some extra calories and boost your metabolism. But you also know that sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.   Better to skimp on sleep and get up early to workout?   Or better to sleep in and skip the gym for another day?   Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. We need exercise to sleep better, but we also need sleep to exercise. And when it comes to weight management,…

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HIIT: what is it – and is it really the best fat burning workout?

If you follow the fitness industry, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training). The short, yet powerful workouts are touted as the best way to improve your overall conditioning, burn fat, and even balance hormones! (but that’s another article!) So, what is HIIT anyway? HIIT workouts involve working at an intense effort level for a short period of time followed by short recovery periods. Tabata workouts are one great example of a HIIT style workout. A Tabata session involves 20 seconds of intense all-out effort, followed by 10 seconds of recovery. This is repeated…

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