Without some forethought, it can be tricky to buy a “fitness” gift for someone. Are you inadvertently dropping a hint they need to workout more? That's like giving a vacuum cleaner or food processor to a woman (read: are you saying I should spend more time in the kitchen?). Not a bright idea these days. And no matter how many times your loved one says, they gotta drop 20...
DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. You know it as that soreness you feel the day after, and even more the 2nd day after a hard workout. DOMS is caused by microscopic tears that happen in the muscle tissue during exercise. Those tears are necessary so when the muscle heals itself, it will come back a little bigger and stronger. Soreness can happen from a particularly intense workout or...
What will the hottest workouts be in 2018? And, more importantly, will you be doing them? Every year the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) releases a survey of thousands of fitness professionals and I report on them. The survey authored by Walter Thompson, PhD., FACSM asks a sample of fitness professionals to choose their top picks for the biggest fitness trends for the following year. This year’s survey...
A New Study Sets Out to See if Sauna Suits Actually Live Up to the Claims Is a sauna suit on your wish list this Christmas? Never considered one before, you say? Well you might want to ask Santa for one this year. Why? Well, it turns out they there’s real science behind these sweat suits. I never would have believed it myself if it wasn’t for a...
I've written about my affinity for Intermittent Fasting before. I'm in the 16:8 camp, meaning most days of the week, (about 4, sometimes 5), I don't eat for 16 hours. I leave myself a "feeding window," as it's called, " of 8 hours. For me it looks something like this: My Typical IF Schedule: Go to bed between 10 - 11 (or attempt to!). Wake up between 5:20 and...
Can you say Comfort Food!? I've been a vegan before. I have been Lacto Ovo Vegetarian before. I have nothing but TOP respect for people who are. I myself am Pescatarian. There are only a few foods I can't live without (or so I believe). That's fish, potatoes (or some kind of complex, starchy carb) and pizza. If the world was fair, I would live on pizza, sushi and...
Anxiety eats away at the soul I often wake up in the morning with my mind racing. The mornings where I have an extra 20 minutes to do a guided mediation are heaven! But, the truth is I’m usually fighting the feeling anxiousness. Especially right now. First, there's a lot of crap going on the in the world - the "new normal" adds a whole extra nuance of anxiety...
I Love STEM-Talks One of my new favorite podcasts is STEM-Talks. It's all interviews with leading scientists in every field. Some of these talks were so interesting and enlightening, I have to share them with you on my blog. When my doctor said to me my boyfriend may need to go on a statin after looking at his cholesterol, my spidey senses tingled. I remembered seeing this podcast in...
How to Use Two Kettlebells instead of one for Double the FUN! No one will tell you how important it is to keep up your strength training more than me. But I know many people, especially when they get a little older or have had injuries, are hesitant to up their weights. So try this. Instead of using one heavy kettlebell, try two medium weights (or even light to...
Research is saying a big "Hell Yeah" to eating steak, coconut oil, bacon and avocados. Those are mainstays for many people who follow a ketogenic (high fat, low-to-moderate protein and almost no carb) diet. A body of evidence is showing that this diet may be the holy grail for reversing pre, and type 2 diabetes. The ketogenic diet, incidentally, was originally developed to treat epilepsy. The Science...
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