Building Your Triceps Muscles

The triceps muscles are located on the back of the arm and are essential for performing physical activities that require pushing (opening doors, pushing a shopping cart or a lawn mower). In addition, the triceps play a major role during many sports including basketball, baseball, boxing, swimming, golf, and tennis. During most pushing motions, the triceps work in conjunction with the muscles of the chest and/or shoulders.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with the Nike+ Fuelband

As a health/fitness researcher and professional, exercise enthusiast, and die-hard Nike fan, I’ve been a devoted user of the Nike+ Fuelband since its original launch in 2012. The primary reason for my initial investment was by far its accelerometer capabilities. There was a time that a good accelerometer would cost you in excess of $400-500 dollars so paying the reasonable price of $150 was indeed a no-brainer.

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Cellulite: My Battle With The Bulge

A while back a young lady posed a question to me on Facebook regarding cellulite. Although I provided her with the answer she sought, I decided to dive a little deeper into this topic by providing some insight from my own personal experiences. I’ve battled cellulite all my life, especially during obesity in my teens and pregnancy as an adult. When coupled with my expertise, these experiences have given me a unique perspective on how to treat cellulite with simple lifestyle changes.

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How to Build Your Cycling Speed

Whether performed outdoors or indoors on a stationary machine, cycling is an excellent exercise for increasing your cardiovascular fitness and overall health. For maximum benefits, it is a good practice to continually work towards building your cycling speed. Check out this video clip to learn how you can easily do this.

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Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays so many foods have been dismissed and put on a hypothetical 'NO' list that people feel as though there's nothing left to eat. While there are certain foods that should be consumed in moderation, or totally eliminated (overly processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and artificial fats), you'll never find me dismissing any foods that promote good health.

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10 Types of Dieting Resources to Reject

Oftentimes, people who are trying to lose weight fall victim to one or more of the hundreds of dieting programs and books on the mainstream market. I'm sure you've done it at least once. Now, some of these do actually contain useful advice and tips but, unfortunately, most make empty promises. With that said, in order to achieve a goal of PERMANENT weight loss, you should REJECT dieting programs or books with any of the following 10 characteristics:

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East-West Curried Seafood Stew

Are you a fan of bouillabaisse? Well, prior to meeting my husband, I’d actually never had bouillabaisse, which is surprising since I’ve always been quite the foodie. Now, I’m somewhat of a connoisseur. Bouillabaisse is essentially a type of seafood stew that’s packed full of veggies, beans, herbs and spices. Using a pressure cooker to prepare such stew can substantially reduce your cooking time while also preserving all the savory flavors. Here’s a fun and delicious pressure cooker bouillabaisse recipe that’s perfect if you’re in the mood for something exotic: "East-West Curried Seafood Stew".

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Why You Shouldn’t Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods

These days, many gyms are going away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While such exercise methods can substantially improve muscular endurance, boost metabolism, and enhance fat burning for weight loss, progressive strength (resistance) training with machines and free weights remains at the core of a well-rounded fitness program that’s both safe and sustainable.

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