Fitness Archive

Macros, You Say?

Back in 2012, acting on a suggestion from my husband, I tried a Crossfit class. It took me less than a week to get hooked. The combination of endurance, gymnastics, and lifting–along with the camaraderie between the athletes and coaches–was everything a regular gym wasn’t. In four years, I made a lot ...Read More

The Benefits Of A Post-Meal Walk

Exercise is important. Let’s just make that clear now in case it wasn’t already. But science is forever finding new reasons to repeat this old adage. Not only that: we’re also learning more details about the best way to use this valuable health tool. For example, many people – including diabetics – ...Read More

Does Brain Training Work?

Brain training programs, usually in the form of mobile apps backed by subscription services, are all over the place these days. By challenging you with innocuous games, these programs claim to be able to improve specific cognitive abilities, increase intelligence, and even ward off serious afflictions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Brain training ...Read More

Could an Early Dinner Help You Lose Weight?

Meal timing has been a common topic in the health and fitness world for a very long time. And, among the myriad recommendations out there about when you should and shouldn’t be eating, one of the most common pieces of advice that you’re likely to hear is this: Don’t eat too late. ...Read More

Change Your Rest Times To Match Your Goals

There are lots of different factors that need to be considered when it comes time to design your workout routine. Of course, everybody’s thoughts immediately go towards exercise selection. Then there’s the set and rep scheme. Often, though, people don’t give a lot of consideration toward the amount of time that they ...Read More

Could Your Workouts Protect You From Holiday Overindulgence?

The holiday season is a stressful time for lots of reasons. For the fitness enthusiasts out there, however, the overindulgence in sweet baked foods can be a major source of concern. After all, you’ve worked hard throughout the year and the social pressure to load up on…less-than-healthy foods can be pretty strong. ...Read More

Could Your Shoes Be Slowing You Down?

The idea that your choice of footwear can have a major impact on your running performance isn’t a new one. It’s also not a very surprising concept. Not only is it completely logical to assume that heavier shoes can make your runs more challenging, this fact has been well established in laboratory ...Read More

Metabolism Myths and Facts

Whether you’re looking to lose fat, gain muscle, or improve your athletic performance, your metabolism is a pretty important factor when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. Although people normally think about the metabolism in terms of how many calories you can burn, it’s actually about a lot more than that. ...Read More

Why Diets Don’t Work

Diets, like so many aspects of health and fitness, come and go in waves. But, here’s the thing about all these diets: If one of them worked, then why would there be any need for the next one? The very fact this constant flow of “miracle” diets persists is fairly strong evidence ...Read More

Sleep and Weight Loss

Back when I was in college, being a morning person was a problem. No matter how late I stayed up, I’d always wake around the same time: 6am. That was fine, as long as I went to bed nice and early. But when socializing went late into the night, waking up that ...Read More