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When I was younger, my roommate Tammy and I would try to work out together every morning in our apartment. We were each other’s accountability partners, and we really tried to motivate each other to stick to our workout plans and achieve our fitness goals.

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It was winter, so it was super cold outside, and it rained almost every single day where I lived. As you can imagine, finding motivation to get out of bed in the morning and workout in our living room was often a struggle.

But Tammy had a secret weapon that motivated her to get off the couch and start doing pushups or sit-ups or lift weights there in our living room. What was her secret weapon, you ask? I’m not just going to tell you… I’m going to give it to you!

Her secret motivational weapon was a Mohammad Ali YouTube video that you can check out right here. Every morning, she would watch the video, and it would motivate her to start working out. She watched the video so much that she had almost every word memorized, and every morning she would almost yell the line, “Imma show you how great I am!” (1) Continue reading

How To Keep Up with Your Fitness Goals While on Vacation

As travel restrictions are slowing going away, more and more people are packing their bags and traveling to new and exciting destinations. And while your vacation days are certainly meant for relaxing and re-charging, just because you’re away from home doesnexercise while traveling’t mean you have to put a hold on your fitness goals.

I’m not saying you should stick to an intense fitness regimen and make yourself miserable on vacation. However, planning to exercise, even if it is just for 15 minutes a day, will help keep your body healthy and make it easier to get back into your normal fitness routine when you get back home.

There’s a lot of great options for working out on vacation – whether you’re staying at a hotel, a vacation rental or even your friend’s house – you can easily incorporate exercise into your vacation plans. Here’s some exercise tips you can use if you’re planning on traveling soon. Continue reading

Lose Weight in Just 4 Minutes A Day

junk foodCould a super simple app really help you eat less junk food? Well, according to researchers at the universities of Exeter and Helsinki – it can! Their research found that playing the online choice-based game they developed actually helped participants make better eating choices. In fact, participants who played every day for a month ate less junk food and even lost weight.The results of this simple experiment were impressive. Professor Natalia Lawrence from the University of Exeter, said that “someone who ate each junk food two to four times a week reduced this to once a week after using the app regularly for a month.” (1) And those that used the app even more had even bigger changes in their eating patterns. 

It might seem outrageous that a simple game could really influence what you eat, but it’s worked for many people. One participant said, “my cravings have reduced dramatically and I no longer eat in the evening mindlessly.” (1)

If you’ve struggled to control your eating patterns or are really attached to those favorite comfort foods, this app could help you not only eat less junk food, but even help minimize your cravings for those foods, making it easier to lose weight and eat healthy. Continue reading

Stairclimbing Can Repair and Build Heart Muscle

heart diseaseEvery 36 seconds, someone dies from cardiovascular disease in the United States. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in our country (1). Heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems become more common every year. And as more and more people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes and obesity, the number of people at risk of heart disease continues to grow.

Now, more than ever, your heart health should be your top priority. Many people know that eating right – especially staying away from sugary drinks and fatty foods that clog your arteries – and exercising regularly are key in keeping your heart healthy. But it turns out, certain exercises are better for your heart than others.

Stairclimbing is one of the best exercises for your heart – even if you’ve suffered from heart disease in the past! It’s a fast way to improve heart and muscle fitness and give you a great workout as well.  Continue reading

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Tips for Staying Motivated

Do you struggle to find motivation to workout every day? Do you have trouble sticking to your workout plans and programs for more than a month? Do you wonder why it’s so hard to get up in the morning and exercise?

workout motivationIf you’ve found yourself lacking long-term motivation to achieve your fitness goals, you’re not alone. Staying motivated is a human struggle that we all face. Our natural state is a resting, lazy state – that’s where our body is most comfortable. Getting out of that natural state, exercising, eating healthy – that’s exactly what we need to do to be healthy – but not at all what our lazy natural self wants to do.

To help you stay motivated to work out, here’s some tips from arguably one of the most motivated figures in sports – Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bodybuilding champion, successful businessman, Hollywood actor and politician, Schwarzenegger, in his own words, is a “disciplined super-achiever” who sets and achieves goals, over and over again. (1) Continue reading

3 Natural Solutions for Better Zzzs

When’s the last time you slept like a baby? If you’re like most people, getting a good night’s sleep can be a struggle. In fact, according to statistics, between 10% and 30% of adults struggle with chronic insomnia. And, almost half of all Americans reported feeling sleepy during the day three to seven days a week. (1)

And while we all know that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, making that happen is easier said than done. Not getting enough sleep is a dangerous problem – both for your physical and mental health.

Drowsiness can lead to everyday blunders like forgetfulness and falling asleep at work, and also accidents as fatal as car crashes and work-related accidents. Disrupted sleep is even linked to a higher risk of death! Continue reading

Proper Use of Fitness Equipment Prevents Tragedies

“The parents of a 2-year-old boy from Staten Island, N.Y., learned the hard way just how dangerous exercise equipment can be. In September, the boy’s skin was pulled off his hand when he touched the belt on a treadmill.

Another 2-year-old boy, from Johnson City, Tenn., severed three fingers when his hand became caught in the front wheel of an exercise bike in May 1995.exercise bike

And the hair of a 3-year-old girl from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was pulled from her scalp when it was caught in part of a manual exercise bike in December 1996.” (1)

That’s the opener of a 1998 Los Angeles Times article entitled, “Fitness Equipment That Helps Grown-Ups Can Hurt Kids,” by Tomoko Hosaka. Although that article was published 23 years ago, tragic accidents like the ones mentioned above are still taking place all over the country. Just months ago, a small child was killed in a tragic accident involving a Peloton treadmill. (2)

According to one study, about 12,000 children each year are taken to the emergency room because of a fitness-equipment-related accident. (3) And now more than ever because of the continuing pandemic and gym closures, people are buying fitness equipment to use in their homes. Continue reading

An Easy and Effective Way to Burn More Fat

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? If you’re like most Americans, you probably do. In fact, according to last year’s statistics, 64% of American adults drink coffee every day. (1) Many people even say that they aren’t ready for the day until they’ve had their trusty cup of joe.

coffeeWhether you’re a Starbucks coffee fanatic, a regular at your local hole in the wall coffee joint, or a fan of making your own cup at home, one thing’s for sure – coffee is an essential part of your day. Without it, things just wouldn’t be the same.

Coffee gives you a morning caffeine boost that can help you start your day right – even if you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed. But besides giving you the energy you need to get through the morning – turns out, coffee also has a ton of other health benefits. Continue reading

5 Foods to Eat to Protect Your Joints

joint painOsteoarthritis is the main cause of joint pain in older people. (1) To age well, taking care of your joints is super important. Having healthy joints can help you avoid lots of pain and discomfort that is so common among older people.

Diet is one of the easiest ways you can take steps today to prevent osteoarthritis and other joint problems in your future. There are a ton of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that work to prevent the breakdown of cartilage and protect your joints.

Adding these five foods to your diet can help keep your joints happy and prevent the progression of osteoarthritis. And, these five foods are delicious additions that are easy to incorporate into your snacks and meals. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Using Candy as Fuel

Let’s flashback to the 2008 Beijing Olympics – Usain Bolt, the fastest man of all time, took the world by storm as he crossed the finish line first again and again. In 2008, the charismatic Jamaican sprinter won three gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter. That year Bolt also broke the world record for the 100-meter race, clocking in at and incredible 9.69 seconds.

You might remember his spectacular finishes as he left competitors in the dust and crossed the finish line first again and again. He left spectators in awe with his speed and grace. You might think that such an incredible athlete must have a spotless diet as well. But, not exactly. Do you know what Usain Bolt ate during the 2008 Olympics?

chicken nuggets Chicken nuggets. McDonalds chicken nuggets.

And not just a couple, not just every once in a while, and not just on cheat day. Usain Bolt “reportedly ate 100 chicken nuggets a day while out competing in China as well as French fries and apple pies.” (1)

Obviously, eating 100 chicken nuggets a day isn’t the healthiest diet. But, if you are using the amount of energy an Olympic sprinter uses, well, it might work. And since he won 3 gold medals, we can’t really criticize his diet, right? Continue reading