One-Sided Exercise:  Is It a Good Idea?
Exercise Basics

One-Sided Exercise: Is It a Good Idea?

Perhaps some of you have heard that, if you strength train with one arm, the other arm gets a bit stronger just by association. That is actually true! A huge analysis of studies on this has shown an 11.9% to 17.7% increase in strength of the non-trained limb, depending on the type of training. There…

Diet and Exercise:  Two Peas in a Pod?
Health and Nutrition

Diet and Exercise: Two Peas in a Pod?

Let me put a few stats in front of you. 80% of Americans do not meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic and strength training exercise. 80% of Americans are either overweight or obese.  Hmmm…do you see any resemblance there? 19 out of 20 people are unsuccessful dieters. And, yet, apparently at any given time, something…

You and Your Default Mode
Exercise Basics

You and Your Default Mode

You are probably aware that when you sit or stand, you tend to hang out in postures that feel comfortable to you. Standing with one hip higher than the other, abs not engaged, shoulders not quite pulled back. Your sitting default mode is probably easier to figure out. If at work or on the computer,…

Want More Benefits from Your Strength Training?  Take a (Soft) HIIT
Exercise Basics

Want More Benefits from Your Strength Training? Take a (Soft) HIIT

Many of you have probably heard the buzz about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. First of all, what is HIIT? It is a type of training or getting your exercise that has you going all out for several seconds, followed by a much lower effort, again for several seconds. Then you repeat that cycle…

Strength Training and Diabetes:  Messages for All of Us
Exercise Basics

Strength Training and Diabetes: Messages for All of Us

Possibly because there are more and more people turning up with diabetes, but also because science keeps advancing, there has been more research in the exercise field about how your body deals with blood sugar, and how we can use exercise to keep us healthy. The statistics on how many of us have type 2…

Do You Have to Stretch to Get More Flexible?
Stretching & Flexibility

Do You Have to Stretch to Get More Flexible?

In my experience, stretching is often something that is neglected or, at the very least, given a cursory place in our workouts. It’s almost as if people don’t think it is very important. And yet, it is! Ever notice that pro football players are out there before a game getting limber by warming up and…