Metabolic Effects of HIIT

One of the great researchers in the fitness industry, Len Kravitz, PhD, discusses how high intensity interval training (HIIT) affects your cardiovascular fitness, insulin resistance, cholesterol level, blood pressure, fat loss and weight management. Read the details here.

 

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Do You Have Portion Distortion?

If you are accustomed to mega-sized platefuls of pasta and Flintstone style steaks, you may have portion distortion. Discover what a healthy portion looks like here.

The Ultimate Plank Series

We are familiar with the research that suggests the plank exercise is effective in activating abdominal and lumbar muscles. The plank has been a favorite of mine for years, but, I realize it can become boring. Need to change it up? The ultimate plank series by The Movement Fix’s Dr. Ryan Debell (read more about Ryan on his blog) might be what you need!

Trader Joe’s Five-Day Meal Plan and Grocery List

Feeling fortunate to have a Trader Joes nearby, I’m sharing a five-day meal plan and grocery list from GetHealthyU.com. Use the grocery list to prepare your healthy and easy-to-put together meals for this week.

Do you have a meal you’ve put together from Trader Joes? Share the recipe and grocery items here!

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30-minute H.I.I.T. Workout

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You’ll find the free app here:

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Why the “pause-button mentality” is ruining your health and fitness

Do any of the words below resonate with you?

“I’ll resume healthy eating after my vacation… once the baby is born… after Dad gets out of the hospital… January 1… Monday.”

While this kind of “pause-button mentality” seems reasonable, it could be ruining your health and fitness. Co-founder of Precision Nutrition, John Berardi, Ph.D. tell us why, and what to do about it.

He explores:

  • Why the pause-button mentality only builds the skill of pausing.
  • Why it’s not about willpower, but about skills.
  • Fitness in the context of real human life

This must-read article can be found here.

How To Properly Perform A Push-Up

The primary muscles involved in a push-up are in the chest and shoulder region. As you view the video, watching incorrect versus correct form, compare the movement of the shoulder blades. Incorrect movement, lack of shoulder stabilization, places more emphasis on the latissimus dorsi (and other muscles) whereas correct movement emphasizes shoulder stabilization and chest muscle action. Bottom line: During the movement, focus to keep  your shoulder blades stable by tightening your armpits.