Best exercise for strength and fitness


Men’s Fitness Magazine had an excellent article recently regarding a particular exercise that shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to fitness. What is this must-do exercise? Squats! Why are squats so beneficial?  They help you build more muscle, help you become a better athlete, and they may well be one of the “best moves in fitness.” Here are some of the […]

Fitness goals for a non-runner


So I decided that I want to put my fitness goals in writing so as to have something to work toward.  Let me start by saying that these goals are primarily running-related goals, and I’m not a runner.  It’s true; I don’t like to run, and I’m really slow.  That being said, I understand the many health benefits of running (and […]

A dieter’s dream food


Kale is part of the cabbage family (along with collards, and Brussels sprouts); it has high nutritional value, a distinct flavor, and great health benefits.   Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial. What it contains Great source of fiber.  Fills you up, is low on calories, and it is slow to digest. Nutrients and Vitamins.  […]

Exercise: is higher intensity better?


High intensity exercise is all the rage.  But, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s the most beneficial for you… Adapted from an article at Livestrong.com, here are some reasons why moderate to low intensity workouts are beneficial: 1)      You’ll live longer.  Recent studies showed that joggers who moved at a moderate intensity (10-11 minute […]

Why eat beans?


Why should beans be an important part of your diet? Here are the top 10 reasons why beans should be incorporated into our diet: 10) Beans are an inexpensive source of vegetable protein.  They’re cheap.  Good source of protein.  And they’re not meat-based. 9) They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is […]

Learning to enjoy exercise


Enjoying exercise.  All of us know people that love to exercise.  You might be one.  But, we also know people that don’t enjoy exercise.  You wouldn’t catch them going to the gym or taking a daily jog before or after work.  Not intentionally, that is. But, why is it that some people enjoy exercise, while others don’t?  Is […]

Health risks associated with being overweight


  We hear it all the time.  Americans are overweight.  And, it’s true.  As a population, we’re eating more.  Combine that with eating more unhealthy foods, and being less physically active…  It’s no wonder many of us are overweight. So, what can we do about that?  Do we want to be part of the 1 in 3 adults […]

More veggies for me, please…


Over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and 50,000 people will die from the disease.  Those are staggering statistics.  Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures […]

Obesity research and weight loss motivation


 Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for many, including me.  I can lose it, and I can gain it back.  Seemingly effortlessly.      But it is increasingly evident how important maintaining a healthy weight is.  Current statistics for 2012 show that two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  The overweight classification refers to […]