Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?

photo credit: jacreative  ~ This 9 minute clip explains how to adjust your blood ph with a properly balanced diet - why antacids are increasing in sales, why we have high calcium consumption but poor bone health, and why diet soda with ZERO calories can make you gain weight. About Wellness … Read More

Exercise Overkill

photo credit: IntangibleArts  ~ This is the time of year that people try to erase the sins of the past and many try to do so on the first day! One of my friends, who'd taken time off from working out and resolved to get back in shape, announced that she did 3 full workouts... on … Read More

Weight Training For Women

photo credit: therichardlife ~Again and again, research has shown that women who maintain a regular, moderate strength training program benefit from a long list of health advantages. Some still fear that weight training might bulk them up in unfeminine ways; however, as women of all ages realize … Read More

10 Exercise Myths

photo credit: o5com ~ Although some old fitness fictions, such as “no pain, no gain” and “spot reducing” are fading fast, plenty of popular exercise misconceptions still exist. Here are some of the most common exercise myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise … Read More

Beware the Heat!

Heat and Humidity One should consider taking their workouts indoors as the outdoor temperatures rise, especially if combined with high humidity. Even with temperatures at 82 degrees with 100% humidity, there is a possibility of developing heat cramps or heat exhaustion. And when temperatures soar … Read More

How to Measure Exercise Intensity

photo credit: joebeone There are several ways to measure your exercise intensity: target heart-rate checks, perceived exertion and talk test, and heart rate monitors which have increased in popularity due to ease of use and relative accuracy. For many years, measuring exercise intensity using … Read More

Calculate Target Heart Rate

The most prominent and accurate means of determining target heart-rate is the Karvonen formula. This formula calculates a percentage of the heart-rate reserve, which is the difference between the resting heart-rate and the maximal heart-rate. Heart-rate reserve = maximal heart-rate - resting … Read More

How to Check Your Pulse

To take a pulse check, there are 2 ways to count. The first is a 6 second count, the other a 10 second count. To figure the beats per minute, the 6 second count is multiplied by 10 and the 10 second count is multiplied the 6. (Actually there's a third way - 15 seconds multiplied by 4!) While … Read More

Target Heart Rate Inaccuracies

When calculating target heart rate, there are several points at which there could be room for error. The first is the + 10 on the age predicted formula (Astrand and Rodahl 1977). Second is using the more generalized method (maximum heart-rate - MHR) of calculating THR without figuring out a … Read More

What is RPE?

The Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) has long been encouraged for use in the group exercise setting in addition to heart rate checks. But in recent years, it has increasingly become the primary means for determining how hard you are working. Considering the margin of errors and the time required … Read More