A Resource for Fitness Tracker Reviews

Hello, faithful blog followers! I hope you’re enjoying this summer day! I wanted to take a minute to provide you with a resource if you are looking for information on the quality of different fitness trackers.

There are a ton of quality as well as questionable fitness products on the market today. And, it gets tricky and time-consuming to research all the
various pros and cons of each individual product. A reader recently sent me this resource: Reviews.com.
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Top 10 Sneaky Ways to Fit in Fitness During the Day

Days get crazy – even if we start them with the best of intentions and a “plan” to attack the to-do list. Trust me, I get it. I have roughly 10-12 articles due a month for various organizations and sometimes I even need to remind myself to get up every 90 minutes and move. Given that 2/3 of the country struggles suffers from poor health, we can safely assume that same 2/3 struggle with daily movement. Below are the tactics I employ throughout my day (following my morning workout) to keep the blood flowing freely and the calories burning. (more…)

Spring Clean the Workout Routine

Happy March, All! Thanks for your continued readership and loyalty to this blog. I took the last two weeks as a sabbatical from Be Live Stay Well to do some self-healing. Last month marked the three-year anniversary of my father’s unexpected and untimely passing. I needed that time to process and continue to honor the grief that I still feel. But, as he would want, I am moving forward and am dedicating this blog post to some fun and fast workout ideas that I find challenging and a change from the mainstream.

Beating Workout Boredom

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To Warm Up before Exercise or Not? What’s the Point?

What is a pre-exercise warm-up?

Think about a warm-up in the context of starting your car in the middle of winter. It is unrealistic to expect that we can demand peak performance from an engine that has been sitting – cold and quiet for a period of hours. The engine of the human body is no different. Warming up is a crucial part of achieving peak performance in physical activity, exercise and training. Unfortunately, the warm-up segment of a workout, much like flexibility, is often not given the attention it truly deserves. A warm-up does not need to be long to be effective – it simply needs to be done right.  (more…)

Goal: Lose Weight; Solution: Keep the Heart Rate Low

If the title of this post sounds preposterous, trust your instincts! But now that I have your attention, let’s explore the real science behind this myth. The truth: at rest and during low-intensity activity when oxygen supply matches oxygen demand the body primarily utilizes fats for fuel. So while you drive a car, listen to music, read a book, type an email, or take a leisurely stroll – your body metabolizes fats to keep you going. This allows the body to preserve the carbohydrate stores (found in the muscle and liver as glycogen) for those more demanding bouts of activity. The problem: this bit of science has been continually misinterpreted and misrepresented to provide unassuming individuals with the recommendation to exercise at a lower heart rate in order to lose weight and burn body fat. This, at best, is exercise quackery. (more…)

Flex Your Muscle

Get. Your. Lift. On! Strength training is a common practice among many recreational athletes.  But for some individuals, the concept of strength training remains a mystery and the very idea of engaging in such an activity sends them swiftly running in the other direction.  The truth: including strength training as part Read more…

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