Why You Should Lift Weights During Pregnancy

Pregnancy was by far the absolute best time of my life but also among the scariest times, as I often found myself bombarded with a boatload of conflicting information and advice on what I should and should not do, particularly when it came to lifting weights. In fact, during my second trimester some women at the gym advised me to stop doing the overhead (shoulder) press because holding my arms above my head during pregnancy could cause the umbilical cord to wrap around my baby’s neck.

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My Unintentional 20-Pound Weight Loss

I’ve been actively controlling my body weight for nearly 20 years and it isn’t easy as I’m a big-boned, pear-shaped woman who fights the disease of obesity every day. However, I’ve found great solace in managing my body weight and ultimately my health with sensible dietary strategies and a large volume of exercise. Over the years, I’ve learned some things about myself when it comes to eating:

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How to Perform a High Number of Repetitions with Low Weights

Resistance training with low weights and a high number of repetitions is a great way to build muscle definition while improving your overall muscular endurance. Training this way is also great for boosting your metabolism, which promotes weight loss over time. Check out this video clip to learn what to use when performing resistance training using low weights and a high number of repetitions.

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Exercise Training While Juice Fasting: The Best Blends for Fueling Your Workouts

A while back I wrote an attention-grabbing article entitled "Intense Exercise Training During a Juice Fast? Is This Even Possible?" Since this article was originally published dozens and dozens of people have written me with specific questions regarding the best ways to approach prolonged juicing fasting (3-10 days or more) in the presence of exercise training.

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Spring Into Action With 3 Healthy Tips

How are those health-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Have you reduced the amount of sugar in your diet? Have you cut back on fast food?

Hopefully, your goals weren’t so lofty that reality has set in and forced you to abandon them. If this is the case, now it’s time to regroup and reevaluate your goals, develop a new and improved plan of action and jump back on the bandwagon. Don’t wait until next year.

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How to Perform the Military Press on a Swiss Ball

The military press is a great exercise for strengthening your shoulder muscles and it also works the triceps located in the back of your arm. By performing the military press on a Swiss ball you can really activate your core muscles, which improves balance and stability. Check out this video clip to learn how to perform the military press on a Swiss ball. 

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How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

More and more research suggests that healthy fats should be incorporated into the diet in order to improve cholesterol. Cholesterol is primarily comprised of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. High cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood. Buildup of LDLs in the blood leads to plaque formations in your arteries that cause heart attacks and strokes. However, having high HDL levels is ideal as this good cholesterol is responsible for removing LDL from arterial walls. 

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3 Useless Gym Exercise Machines

No matter what gym you belong to, you’ve seen the following 3 exercise machines and maybe even used them from time to time.  In fact, many folks spend hours and hours each week unknowingly wasting valuable workout time on them in an effort to “spot tone” and “spot reduce” troubled areas, namely the lower body and abs. Unfortunately, these exercise machines are truly useless and ineffective.

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