Summer Salad Roundup I've always been a salad lover. No matter what diet I'm experimenting with, I can always create salads that make my tummy happy. I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegan, Paleo and a little keto here and there. My main M.O. is that I support local farms as much as possible, sustainable methods of agriculture and farmers that treat their animals humanely and with care. One thing I...
Prepared to be inspired! The moral of this story is, it's never too late to get back to fitness and do whatever feeds your soul. I'm not suggesting you wait 20 years. Whatever your age, re-connecting to something you used to enjoy can relight your fire. When life throws you curve balls, illnesses or even death, your body can do incredible things, even after 40.... heck, even after 50!...
The ACSM's Annual American Fitness Index has just been released and now we know what the top 100 fittest cities are in the U.S. And.... the winner is.... Arlington, VA. Congratulations! Sorry Los Angelenos, we barely make it to the top 50 (head scratch). When I moved to L.A. from NY (a long time ago), I thought was moving to the fitness capitol of the world. I guess it...
Don't let the term FASTING scare you. It's completely natural Whenever I merely mention the word "fasting" to someone who's interested in weight loss or improving their health, I can feel a palpable discomfort. I may detect a slight grimace or widening of the eyes or maybe a low groan. It's not like I just walk around randomly talking about fasting. But when people ask me which about diets...
Small Frequent Meals or One to Two Larger Meals? Which Is Really Better? Let's Finally Put This Old Myth to Bed. I’m always amazed by what fitness and nutrition myths get perpetuated even long after the science has proven them wrong. It would be nice if science journals had bigger PR budgets. It would be great if celebrities stopped talking about what they really don't know about. And, it would be awesome...
Forget crunches and sit ups. I've been barking about the dangers of too many sit ups and crunches for years. As someone who has congenital spinal stenosis, I am hyper aware of what movements cause potential back pain and make your discs bulge. If you've never had back pain, either an acute onset (a sudden accident) or chronic pain that comes and goes, it's hard to give up all...
I love kettlebells. My love affair started around 7 or 8 years ago. I'd watch power lifters doing swings and I thought to myself, "wow, that looks like fun to do, but because of my spinal stenosis, it's probably off limits." Wow, I can't believe I ever even thought that. When the gym I teach at got some racks of kbells, I couldn't resist wanting to use them. So...
Did you know one of the most common injuries almost everybody gets is a tear in the external rotator cuff? Whether you play a lot of ball sports, surf, lift weights or just live life doing things, it's pretty easy to strain or tear this area of the shoulder. There are 4 muscles in the rotator cuff. The one that externally rotates the arm bone gets injured the most. ...
Tighter Butt and Flatter Gut Sometimes it's just more fun to do your workout with a friend (or a client in my case - or both). Add some wagging tails to get in the way, and you may even forget you're working out at all! Here's one of my long time client's (and bestie's) favorite butt and gut exercises. We almost always do this one on Tuesday nights when...
I don't follow any one diet religiously. Keto is painful to me. Paleo is tolerable but I need some grains. But I love fruit more than veggies and I rarely eat meat except seafood. I'm predominantly pescatarian and a fan of the Mediterranean diet if I had to pin myself to a diet camp. The most important thing to me is eating what is healthy, meaning minimal processing, bare...
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