Working Out Before Breakfast: Good or Bad?

Exercising in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your day. It can help provide energy and well being to propel you through the rest of the day. However, is it a good idea to exercise before you eat breakfast? If you think about it, it makes sense that your body would burn more fat for energy since you don’t have any carbohydrates available for energy. While this line of thinking may sound accurate in theory, it’s not at all true.


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Smoked Salmon for Health

Smoked salmon is a nutritious source of protein and other nutrients. According to Pamela D. Tom and Paul G. Olin of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) salmon is the second most consumed fish in the U.S., and it’s one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid offers several cardiovascular benefits, including lowering your risk of heart disease and improving your cholesterol levels. The most widely-available types of salmon in the U.S. include Atlantic and wild Pacific salmon varieties. Salmon can be prepared by hot or cold smoking the fish. Read More…

Healthy Tips for Weight Loss

(Guest post from Julia Wayne)

In order to optimize the effectiveness of your weight loss, consider eating healthy foods. Some healthy recipes for weight loss include eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Eat lean cuts of meat, such as chicken, fillet cuts of beef, or fish, cooked with olive oil in a pan, or baked. Avoid cooking foods that have lots of fat, or eating foods that are fried. A great way to lose weight is to take advantage of meal planning before getting an idea of having abdominal or vaser lipo in order to get rid of those extra pounds. Read More…

19 Easy Ways to Burn 500+ Calories per Day without Exercise

“I don’t have time to exercise”…Yeah, we’ve all said it. The fact is that there are opportunities to burn extra calories throughout the day without having to spend 60 minutes or more at the gym. I’ve compiled some tips that can help you burn 500 or more calories per day by making minor adjustments to your daily routine. Think about it; burning an extra 500 calories-a-day is equivalent to burning 1 lb. of body fat per week! That’s over 50 lbs. per year without adding any intense exercise! Hopefully you’ll find some of these tips useful, and if you have any of your own to add, simply post it in the “comments” section below – we love great tips from our readers! Read More…

Muscle Confusion Explained

A hot topic in the health community lately has been the topic of “muscle confusion”. This is by no means a new strategy for maximizing your results in the gym, but for one reason or another, it has become an increasingly popular way to workout as we enter 2011. I’d like to quickly explain the idea behind muscle confusion, so you get a better understanding of how it works and whether it’s an approach that you should be taking at the gym. I have also posted a couple of sample workouts you can use to promote muscle confusion into your workout regimen. If your muscles are already confused due to lack of working out, you may want to work on that first 😉 Read More…

Football Workouts That Are Easy to Do at Home

As a football player, your goal is to build strength, speed and quickness. You can do all of these things using training methods that can be done from home. It’s best to use these workouts in the offseason to avoid over-training. All you need to get started is a football, comfortable running shoes and preferably a cardio machine and weight bench with weights. Be sure to stretch before each workout, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Ultimate Weight Loss Workout

People are always searching for the next “great” thing when it comes to weight loss. The fact is there are many diet and weight loss gimmicks out there that may help you lose some weight initially but provide little in the way of long term weight loss. A training regimen that has been around for quite some time is called high intensity interval training, or simply HIIT. This type of training offers many benefits and advantages over other types of exercise programs, and best of all, people of all fitness levels can give it a try. HIIT can help you slim down fast, and it takes very little time out of your busy day. Read More…

Facial Skin Damage and Aging

Skin damage occurs over time and is caused by various factors, such as sun exposure, environmental factors (called free radicals), poor nutrition and natural aging. Some skin damage is more severe than others. For instance, melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer caused by sun exposure that is potentially deadly. Other types of skin damage, such as wrinkles and age spots, are strictly cosmetic and pose no serious health risks. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods for treating skin damage. Before treating any sort of skin care problem you think you may have, first speak to your dermatologist to determine the best treatment option for you. Read More…

Lift Weights to Lose Weight

Do you lift weights on a regular basis? Most people do not, and that’s a mistake, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations. The CDC suggests that you should be lifting weights, or performing any type of resistance training, at least two times per week. There are several health benefits that weight lifting offers, and one of these is weight loss. It’s actually one of the most effective weight loss strategies out there. Read More…

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!


Hope everyone’s having a great turkey day, and spending some quality time with their family.

If there were ever a day to cheat on your diet, this is it. Feel free to stuff your face with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans and other goodies. Just try not to over do it on the butter, gravy and salt — this will at least keep it easy on your heart.

Go Lions!

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