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Top 10 Ways to Stay Accountable to an Exercise Program

For a large majority of us, we often find ourselves unable to maintain a fitness regimen. There are numerous excuses as to why we struggle to hold onto this simple, yet complex idea. I have compiled below, my 10 favorite strategies to maintain and execute a fitness program.   Exercise buddy- I have seen hundreds of active minded people use this as their sole reason to keep to their health. Some people I know simply cannot exercise alone and RELY on this everyday! Whether it is meeting at the gym, a running buddy, fitness classes,etc. Find a partner in crime to hold you accountable and you will notice more consistency I guarantee! Morning- I myself like to exercise first thing in the morning. For starters, it can rev...

10 Ways to Burn More Fat

Whether you are a professional athlete trying to become leaner for your sport, or someone who has been trying to lose weight for health reasons, teaching your body how to tap into your stored body fat as fuel is the key to achieving your weight loss goal. In the list below I have compiled my top 10 ways to maximize your metabolism to pull from stored fat instead of ingested carbs. 1. Intermittent Fasting- This is key to long-term sustainability in your body becoming a fat burning machine. The idea is to eat all of your calories in a short window of 6 to 8 hours. Not only will this help your body burn stored body fat, but it will also make your day much easier...

Top Foods for Exercise Recovery

There are countless methods to enhance exercise recovery, good nutrition and hydration standing out as two of the most beneficial. These are my top 10 favorite foods for post workout recovery. 1. Plain greek yogurt with fruit- Greek yogurt provides anywhere from 15-25 grams of protein in 1 cup, and most fruit  has enough simple sugars to create the perfect post workout snack 2.  Omelette- Anyone in my family knows this is my all-time favorite post workout dish. I usually start with 2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup of cheese and my roster of veggies I choose from are - broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, and onions. This meal will give me about 400 calories total that includes 30 grams of fat, 30-40...

Top 10 Exercises That Don’t Require A Gym Membership

As the new year approaches, and people start creating new year resolutions, most will add getting fit and healthy to their list.  For those of you that think you need to be a member of a gym to get fit, this couldn't be further from the truth!  Some of the best exercises don't require a gym membership at all and can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Here are a list of my top 10 exercises to get you fit for FREE...

Open Water Swimming vs. Pool Swimming

When it comes to the sport of triathlon it doesn’t take a long time to realize that swimming in a pool with a black line to stare at vs. swimming in an open body water are 2 completely different things! In this article we are going to compare the 2 ways to gain an advantage in your swim training. First lets look at the pros and cons of swimming in the pool. At the pool you have temperature control in the water and outside of the water, calm water, perfect visibility, pace clock, masters swim coaching (most of the time), convenience, lack of sun exposure (if indoors) and lifeguards. All of this can create the best and safest venue for someone to gain swim fitness....

How to Tackle your Triathlon Off Season

We are already into the month of November, and by now most triathletes are well into their off-season. I find it typically comes at the perfect time when your mind and body need a break from the grueling training schedule of the season, as well as is a great time to focus on 3 different things, typically in the following order: complete rest, plan the following year, and focus on 1 sport. Complete rest means just that and I find it is much more of a needed mental break than a physical one. If you have been training hard since spring, it is best to take 1-2 weeks completely off starting immediately after your last big race of the season. This will allow your mind and...

The Top Reason you should have a Coach

Why do I need a coach?   This is a question you may be asking yourself when it comes to your fitness goals and is brought up quite often in running and triathlon communities.  There are many reasons to have a coach, but for now I am going to focus on the number 1 reason which is "peaking." Peaking is defined as reaching a highest point, either of a specified value or at a specified time.  With regards to running, having a coach keeps your training (which includes recovery) on track so you reach your highest fitness level/fullest potential ON race day, not before.  All too often, athletes with amazing potential come up short on race day due to impatience and improper planning. For example purposes, lets say you...

Top 10 Ways to Stay Accountable to your Fitness!

All too often we set a fitness goal, and 2 weeks in "fall off the wagon."  Don't worry, it happens to the best of us as life seems to get in the way and other "things" take priority.  However, YOU should be your first priority!  Your health and happiness determines the success of all parts of your life...

Why do you run?

Why do you run? This was a question one of my closest friend’s asked me this past week. Without hesitation, I came up with three quality answers for myself.  FIRST and foremost is for exploring nature outside. This aspect takes me back to what got me into long distance running in the first place, and that is being on a mountain trail taking in the sights and the endless options you might find in your particular area. SECOND, would be for my health. Nothing can feel better than the high a great run can give you as well as the incredible health benefits any form of exercise can give you. THIRD would be it is a stress reliever. Some might say this also could be under reason number two, but for me a...