The Secret to a Healthy Weight: There is No Secret

*This is an article I posted a few years ago on another blog, but, looking back, feel it is still just as relevant so I’m re-posting it here. Enjoy!*

When people ask, “What’s the secret to losing (or gaining or maintaining) weight?” I say:

There is no secret, just 3 simple steps.

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Research update: No such thing as “healthy obese”

Along with the uptick in the “beauty at any size” mentality has arisen the concept of “healthy obesity.” I’m a huge proponent of self-love and building confidence through health and fitness. But I’m not going to sugar coat a major health epidemic or tell any one that it’s ok to be obese, and now the science supports that.

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8 fun ways to vary your workouts

We all know that to prevent a plateau and get results we have to vary our workouts every so often. A lot of us do this naturally by increasing reps or weight (or distance for cardio) when the exercise starts feeling less challenging. But this definitely isn’t the only way to vary your workouts. And if you’re anything like me, just increasing reps or weight can get kind of boring after a while. Also, at some point, this too becomes somewhat predictable for your body. In this article I’ll talk about some of my favorite ways to vary my workouts that get results AND keep you engaged!

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The anywhere resistance band 6-8 week program

Resistance bands are an excellent way to strength train anytime, any place. Not only are they light-weight and portable, but they can add significant resistance and come in various shapes and sizes. They are also all you will need for this fast-paced circuit workout program, which can be done at the gym, at home, or even outdoors (as long as you have a place to attach the bands since some exercises require an attachment). So grab a few bands and let’s get sweaty!

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Top fitness trends in 2017

The American College of Sports Medicine recently released it’s annual report on the top 20 fitness trends for 2017. Below, I’ve noted my favorite 10. (If you’re curious about the rest, you can read the full list for free here).

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Train for Strength, 4-6 Week Program

In fitness, muscular strength is defined as the muscle’s ability to produce maximal contractile force against a resistance in a single contraction. You might have also heard this concept summarized as a person’s “one-repetition maximum” (1RM). Probably the most well-known muscular strength competition is powerlifting. But building muscular strength can benefit just about anyone wanting to increase strength, enhance power, and get results by adding variation to their workout programs. It can also be a great segue into high-intensity power exercises like plyometrics.

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