Exercise Basics | Movement

Exercise: Go Big or Go Home?

Disclaimer:  I am not talking about running marathons, lifting weights to exhaustion, or even making sure you glisten with sweat as seen on TV.  I am not even talking about making sure you eat a supersize ANYTHING after a workout. No no!  This time it’s about range of motion – big MOVEMENTS when you exercise,…

Exercise Basics | Movement

Can You Tell If Your Back Curves Are Normal?

I think that most of us go through our days without paying much attention to how much curve we have in our low backs. For sure, this is not something that is a real attention-grabber.   Even if we suffer from some stiffness or dull pain in that area, we don’t tend to focus on what…

Health and Nutrition

Feeling Sleepy? Good!

You see health magazines and professional organizations constantly extolling the virtues of a good night’s rest.  In fact, in the fields of health coaching, weight loss, and improving lifestyles, sleep is ALWAYS listed as one of the KEY factors.  In spite of that, sleep often seems to play second fiddle to the other areas of…

Exercise Basics

Strength Training: When It’s One Thing AND Another

What are you trying to do when you strength train?  Get stronger, of course!  Many of us imagine our muscles growing, our bodies becoming more defined, and becoming able to leap over tall buildings.  All these things can happen (except for the tall buildings part).  But how does it work?  Can understanding how you get…

Exercise Basics

Eating Your Fitness Vegetables

I am sure most of us have been told to eat our vegetables first.  Then you can have dessert.  Dessert becomes the reward for slogging through what may not be as tasty to us, even though we know we should eat those nutrient-dense items.  In the long run, this is a good strategy.  It also…

Exercise Basics

The Yin and Yang of Short Workouts

These days, we are in a different situation.  Many of us are trying to work out a different schedule, and are probably pretty stressed out.  Perhaps taking care of our health has slipped a bit.    Has the desire to exercise and eat healthy foods gone on the back burner?  Is getting to the gym…