Why So Many Women Avoid the Gym

Why So Many Women Avoid the Gym

It’s August, and in the South that means triple-digit temperatures. And, no matter the time of day, the humidity is high and the heat is unbearable. For many, that means it’s time to forgo the outdoor workouts and hit the gym.

But for a shocking number of women, the thought of going to the gym is intimidating and overwhelming. A recent survey of 1,000 people by Fitrated, a platform for gym equipment reviews, about 65 percent of women avoid going to the gym because they fear being judged.

Gain Muscle to Lose Weight

Gain Muscle to Lose Weight

Have you ever wondered how weight training and building muscle can actually help you lose weight? It seems like an oxymoron, right? 

Are you afraid that if you gain muscle that you’ll just look bulkier when all you really want is a leaner body? Do you believe the theory that you must do lots of cardio training to lose weight?

DO NOT believe everything you read! The truth is, weight training is a key component to weight loss. You look better, build confidence, become stronger and your body becomes a calorie burning machine as you create more muscle. Let’s break it down just a bit into bite sized pieces we can more easily digest.

Tips on How to Create Healthy Back-to-School Habits

Tips on How to Create Healthy Back-to-School Habits

As July comes to an end, August ushers in the beginning of another school year. Many of us are preparing our children to go back to school.

School can put a lot of pressure on both parents and students. But it’s also the perfect time to start new healthy habits for the year. From starting your kids’ day with a healthy breakfast to developing consistent sleep routines, here are a few tips to help you create healthy habits for your family this school year.

Put on Your Favorite Tunes to Increase Your Workout

Put on Your Favorite Tunes to Increase Your Workout

Aerobic dance got its start in the 1970s when Jackie Sorenson, inspired by Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s research on the benefits of aerobics, decided to put Dr. Cooper’s theory to the test by setting aerobic routines to music. Sorenson proved that combining aerobic and dance was a fun and effective way to burn calories. Soon, this craze swept the nation, opening the doors to countless aerobic dance classes being created in gyms everywhere.

Keeping the Weight Off - Mission Possible or Impossible?

Keeping the Weight Off - Mission Possible or Impossible?

Everyone says that losing the weight is the hard part. For me, keeping the weight off has been the biggest challenge.

I’m not alone either. According to one study, only 20% of people who lose weight are able to keep the weight off for at least one year. Some experts have found that most people who lose a large amount of weight generally gain all that weight back within two to three years.

So, why is it so hard to keep the weight off?

Grilling Tips: How to Grill Fruit

Grilling Tips: How to Grill Fruit

As a true Southern girl, it’s almost sacrilege to even think of grilling anything other than meat. Grills are only for meat, meat and more meat. I might let a vegetable or two slide, as long as those vegetables are on a skewer mixed in with meat. And, I will only allow that skewer on the grill if there’s more meat on it than veggies.

If you’re like me, grilling fruit is as foreign to you as trying to learn another language. Here are five tips to get us started on how to grill fruit.

Grilling Tips: How to Stay Safe At Your Summertime Barbecue

Grilling Tips: How to Stay Safe At Your Summertime Barbecue

As we start to think about what to put on the grill, it’s also important to consider how to stay safe while we’re grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 7,900 home fires per year involve gas grills and about 1,300 home fires involve charcoal or other solid-fueled grills. Most fires involving grills happen in July (17%) followed by May (14%) and June (14%).

Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this grilling season: