How to Incorporate Cardio Exercise Into Your Workouts

Cardiovascular (cardio) exercise training is one of the most effective methods for increasing your daily calorie expenditure, which is an integral component of weight management. When coupled with resistance training, cardio exercise can also improve your body composition by reducing your body fat percentage (click here for more information on body composition and body fat percentage guidelines).  

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The Secret to Achieving Permanent Weight Loss in the New Year

For many people, January is the most important month of each year. It's the month when most of us feel renewed, refreshed and full of hope and promise. It is also the month during which people start working towards their goals to lose weight, get healthy and become physically fit. Unfortunately, without proper planning and foresight about 90 percent of these goals result in failure and this usually occurs by January 31st.

If you have resolved to lose weight in the new year, here are three tips for making your weight loss a success, permanently. 

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Tangy Tagine of Chicken with Apricots

Chicken is undoubtedly one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. Whether baked, roasted, grilled, pan-fried or skewered, it’s indeed a standard go-to food among virtually all meat eaters. While I regularly eat a healthy balance of foods from all the major food groups, chicken is definitely one of my personal staples. But, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s very easy to run out of recipe ideas. Fortunately, I own dozens of cookbooks that evoke continuous inspiration.

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A Simple, Effective Abdominal Workout

The abdominal muscles (or 'abs') are basically comprised of three parts: the rectus abdominus (commonly called 'the six pack'), obliques (internal and external), and transverse abdominus. Strong abs (in conjunction with the muscles of the lower back) are essential for performing many physical activities that require turning, twisting, and bending. The abdominal muscles also play a crucial role in stabilizing the spine, preventing the occurrence of lower back pain.

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The Skinny on Being Fat

So you think you’ll never get fat because you’ve always been skinny? Do you consider your body weight to be 'healthy' because your bathroom scale says so? Well, if you’re slacking off on healthy habits like exercise and other forms of physical activity, you’re sadly mistaken as you are indeed living a sedentary lifestyle. One of the most dangerous effects of a sedentary lifestyle is being fat, even when you’re skinny.

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