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Ab Exercises With Surprising Results

Abs! Abs! Abs! That's the lead line in a recent report in the May 2014 IDEA Fitness Journal under research/ACEinsight highlighting a new study commissioned by ACE to evaluate the effectiveness of 16 popular ab exercises (or, moves, as they stated it) by comparing them with the traditional crunch. Read along to learn about ab exercises with surprising results.

The Study: They recruited eight healthy men and eight healthy women between the ages of 18-24. Researchers chose 15 exercises and a va…

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Age Appropriate Exercise For Wellness

Don't get me wrong, I love that my 50+-year-old body is strong, capable and reliable, but I also realize that some of my chronic aches and pains are from overuse and my years of rigorous training (and teaching). The older we get the more important it is to identify age appropriate exercise for wellness. Today's wisdom is a result of my own training in addition to that of my clients, my friends, my parents and the elderly rock-stars in the gym.

Late teens and 20's: Basically, you are moving t…

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7 Fitness Myths Debunked

I remember trying to explain the so-called "fat burning zone" back in my aerobics days, when the cardio machines debuted with new labeling and turned thousands of exercisers into long, lower-intensity-cardio-session freaks. Throughout my years of teaching and training, this myth along with many others are some of the BFL's (big fat lies) that are still perpetuated. The truth will set you free and so will these 7 fitness myths debunked.
  • Myth #1: Exercising in the fat-burning zone burns m…

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Your Thoughts Are Hurting You

Yes, your thoughts are hurting you more than you realize, unless you are aware of negativity bias and how to prevent it. I certainly wasn't.

Research has indicated that we have upwards to 60,000 thoughts a day and 95-percent of them are negative. Apparently, we are programmed to hold on to negative thoughts, experiences and moments. Wow. Sobering information. From The Neuroscience of Happiness, Rick Hanson explains it this way.
For most of us, as we go through the day, most of the moments in…

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I Am So Busy (Rant)

Nice thing about a blog and radio shows, you get to vent once in a while and it's time, my friends - it's my official I Am So Busy rant. O-M-G. $#%@!

Let's be honest, most everyone we know is super busy.

Full-time jobs. Running a household. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, yard work. Coaching your kids' sports teams. Paying bills. Running countless, endless errands. Picking up and droping off kids all over town, all the time. Buying gifts. Preparing for parties and gatherings. Washing our…

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Making Fitness Fun

Here are some key points to consider in order to get over a slump, jump-start a program or to turn from an exercise-hater to an exercise-enthusiast.
  • Key Points:
  • Move naturally or get active without even thinking about it.
  • Add more movement in your daily activity instead of starting an official workout program.
  • Take four round trips on your office steps instead of the elevator.
  • Walk faster when you put a shopping cart away and offer to take back five others for customers parked f…

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Lack of Sleep is Serious Business

Zorro Zorro, like all dogs has no problem getting enough sleep!

Gaining weight, fuzzy thinking and premature aging are all possible results from inadequate sleep. Why and how much do we need, anyway? We all know this for sure, lack of sleep is serious business.

Lots of big-time health issues are related to lack of sleep. Studies show a strong correlation between gaining weight and lack of sleep. This is probably because insufficient sleep whacks out our hunger hormones. Leptin, (which suppress hun…

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