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.
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.
It’s widely known that exercise can improve cardiovascular health and increase fitness. Research has proven that daily physical activity can help lower risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
However, exercise not only provides physical benefits, but it also helps improve your mental health.
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.
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.
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.
Typically when people mention getting more healthy, they are only talking about making changes to their diet and exercising more. We tend to think that eating healthy and losing weight are the keys to a healthy life. And, while these are great changes to make, if we don’t first change the way we think, we may have a hard time making those changes.
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.
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:
Contrary to my mother’s opinion, bbq does not only consist of ribs, ribs and more ribs. Though ribs are delicious, they are not the only food group when it comes to barbecue. Summertime is a great time to try some leaner and healthier meats on the grill. And, while you’re trying something new at your cookout, why not throw a few veggies on the grill, and dare I say it, a fruit or two.
Here are a few ways to make your cookout more healthy.
Summer is finally here. This means vacations, sunshine, pool parties, BBQ, lazy days and long nights. In the South, it also signals the coming of the dreaded heat and humidity. The it’s-too-hot-to-touch-the-steering-wheel days and the it’s-way-too-hot-to-go-outside days. And, let’s not forget the it’s-definitely-too-hot-to-workout days.
So, how can we beat the heat and stay active? Here are a few summertime tips to help keep you motivated to stay active, even on those too-hot-to-move days.
Rain is one of the most popular excuses for skipping a workout. At least it is for me. But having a good back-up plan for those days when the weather is bad can help you stay on track and keep your commitment to stay active.
Here are some tips to staying active, even when it’s pouring outside.
You’ve broken the barrier on physical activity. You started slowly and gradually added more activities to your daily routine. Then, you combined moderate-intense and vigorous activities and learned how to exercise in your target heart rate zone for maximum benefits. So, what’s next?
In the famous words of SNL alums Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans and Franz, “It’s time to pump (clap) you up.”
Now that you’re comfortable with moderate physical activities, you can begin to increase your intensity. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity at least 5 days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous-intense aerobic activity at least 3 days a week - or a combination of both.
Smartphones, iPads, tablet computers, and smartwatches keep us connected both personally and professionally. We can now attend meetings anywhere - at home, at work, or even in our cars. Our calendars are so overloaded that we have to schedule in time with family. So, how can we possibly squeeze in some type of physical activity into our hectic day.
If you’re like most of us, trying to squeeze in any type of physical activity during the day can be challenging and intimidating. It’s especially difficult when you’re over 40 and find that you lack energy as the day goes on.
A 5K is about 3.1 miles. If you’ve ever wanted to run one, then set your mind to it and do it! There are 5K’s all the time. Some benefit charity, some are a race for a prize, and some are just for fun. They even have themed ones, like the color run you’ve probably seen people doing. Whatever your motivation is for doing one, here is a schedule to help prepare for the race.
Everyone knows that fitness starts in the kitchen. What if I told you there are some EASY swaps you can make to start cutting calories and losing weight faster. Well there are, and these are so easy you won’t feel like you’re giving anything up. The key is to find foods that are similar in taste but can save you calories at the same time.
Hormone is a word that’s often thrown around when talking about a pregnant woman or a moody teenager. You’re probably wondering what hormones have to do with fitness. Without going back to biology class, a hormone is simply a chemical messenger in the body. If a hormone is off balance (when you have too much or too little of one) it can affect reproduction, your mood, and everything in between. According to Dr. Sara Gottfried MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure, “Being overweight often has nothing to do with calories or exercise. For a huge number of us, the problem is instead about misfiring hormones.”
In today's world, we are constantly submerged in technology. There is literally an app for everything. Which means there are hundreds and hundreds of fitness apps. We've searched high and low and narrowed down the apps to the top 5 everyone should try.
If you’ve taken a recent walk down any nutrition aisle, then you've seen the various kinds of protein powders. Or you might have seen some ripped guy chugging a protein shake after a workout. Before you headed out to go grab some for yourself, you probably asked yourself several of these questions.
You’ve been working out hard every day. You are crushing all your goals and haven’t missed a workout yet. You have FINALLY got in the workout routine that you’ve been trying to get to! Exercising every day is great for you. However, everyone needs a rest day. No matter who you are. At least one day a week to relax.
Yoga is an ancient discipline. It means union or connection. It includes breath control, meditation, and learning specific postures. There is no certain definition for yoga however; Shelia Levenhagen, a HomeFit yoga instructor, simply describes it as freeing.
Remember in elementary and middle school when you had required gym time everyday? Remember that you actually enjoyed it? It’s because the gym teachers made it fun! You didn’t even realize you were exercising. This is before you realized that frog jumps were actually just jump squats. If you REALLY had a cool gym teacher then you got to make frog sounds while exploding next to your best friend in these frog jumps. Regardless, it was fun. Why not get a workout in and ask your kids to join!? They’ll love it and it’ll be a change for you. No, I don’t suggest making frog noises if your kids aren’t working out with you. Unless, that makes you happy. Then to each their own, and ribbit away!
A study done by the Scottish Healthy Survey observed 2,000 active participants. They found those who took their workout outdoors had a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. 50 percent!!
Another study by Glasgow University found that doing some type of cardio outdoors dramatically reduces stress.
A third study, reported by BBC, found that by spending just 5 minutes of exercise outdoors can improve your mood and self esteem.
Do you get the point!?! Let’s get outside!! Even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll notice a difference!