10 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy This Thanksgiving

Here’s something to chew on: People probably consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. Yikes. While eating often takes center stage during the holidays, that doesn’t we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or

Flexibility Training

Flexibility training is very important and the many benefits include decreased risk of injury, decreased chronic muscle tension, decreased low-back pain, and increased functional ability. Stretching is a very effective way to increase flexibility even as age increases. When performing stretching, the focus should be on muscle groups (joints) that

All-In-One Toning Exercise

A side-step squat with wood chop works your arms, torso, abs, back, legs, inner thighs and butt. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a three- to four-pound medicine ball or dumbbell as resistance equipment in your hands. Bend your arms up so that the resistance is at eye level

Roll With It

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a therapy that focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. Foam rolling is an easy and effective method of MFR that benefits your entire body. Check out these easy ways to start working a foam roller into your routine; watch this video of me using the

Motivation

Motivation is critical in terms of reaching fitness goals. Most effective when performing reps, or the number of times you lift and lower a weight, is counting down and looking at your dominant hand while you’re pushing up. By utilizing this technique, a positive reinforcement is automatically included because the

Stay True To Form

Form is a specific way of performing a movement, often a strength training exercise, to avoid injury, prevent “cheating” and increase strength. It doesn’t matter how many pushups or any other exercise you can do in a minute if you’re not doing a single one correctly, with correct form. A

Bring Up Your Rear

Two effective exercises for the butt and rear upper leg muscles, or glutes and hamstrings, are dead lifts and hip-thrusters. In order to perform a dead lift, stand with feet hip-width apart, with knees slightly bent. Contract (shorten) the upper back muscles and hinge forward from the hips, bending only

Bodyweight Training: Bear Crawl

Bodyweight exercises are exercises that do not require free weights; your own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Regardless of age, strength, or experience level, everyone can do it-and everyone can benefit from this type of fitness programming. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are