11:07 AM EDT 11/20/2013
Originally posted 09/04/2013 03:00PM
I like to swim. It's a great form of exercise, it's easy on the joints, and a way to get some fresh air. I try to swim for 20 to 30 minutes when I get the opportunity. Afterwards, I'm physically exhausted!
Diana Nyad also likes to swim. On Monday, she swam from Cuba to Miami. It took her 53 hours (or 3,180 minutes) to swim 110 miles in open ocean water that was loaded with sharks, jellyfish and giant waves.
Oh, and did I mention, Diana is in her mid-60s?
Originally posted 08/29/2013 11:00AM
The word core has truly become the most overused – and misused – buzz word in the fitness world.
People think crunches give you a strong core (wrong), electric abdominal toning belts give you a better core (wrong), core training can burn belly fat (wrong), or the best cure for bad posture is a better core (wrong).
In fact, most people don't really know what "the core" actually is.
Originally posted 08/21/2013 03:00PM
To fish, or not to fish, that is the question.
Poached salmon, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, raw oysters, tuna sashimi … yum!
I've always emphasized the health benefits of including seafood in your diet. Seafood is a great source of protein and healthy fat and it's rich in iron.
But when it comes to buying seafood, there is a great deal of confusion about what we should and shouldn't eat. And what we see written on the package – "wild-caught," "line-caught," "farm-raised," "organic" – isn't much help. How do we know what fish is the best?
Originally posted 08/14/2013 06:15PM
Whenever I meet with new client, I explain to them that there are three main areas we focus on.
The first two – diet and aerobic exercise – I've written about in great detail in previous blog posts. The third, resistance exercise, is essential to achieving a leaner, fitter, healthier body.
From dumbbells and barbells, to resistance machines and body weight movements, to yoga and Pilates, there are many different types of resistance training.
Not only does it make us stronger, improve our posture, and help shape and sculpt our muscles, it has several other less-mentioned benefits. A few recent studies shed light on even more reasons you should resistance train. Here are three:
Originally posted 08/07/2013 03:05PM
I'm often asked by my clients if there are certain foods they should completely stay away from. Of course, you can eat anything you want within reason.
However, some foods that we've been scared off of are actually not bad for you. Some are actually healthy, and should be included in your diet.
Here are seven foods that have been wrongfully vilified.
Originally posted 07/31/2013 03:45PM
Need a full-body toning routine but running short on time? Exercises that combine upper body and lower body moves in to one compound movement allow you to burn a ton of calories and rev your metabolism while saving a bunch of time.
I developed this circuit for my super-busy clients so that they can maximize results and hit all the major muscle groups in just a few minutes.
The bonus is that you can do this routine almost anywhere – in a hotel room, office, living room, etc. If you don't have a set of dumbbells, sub with some water bottles, detergent jugs or soup cans.
Originally posted 07/24/2013 08:00PM
I start most of my days with a walk to my favorite local cafe (2400 steps for the round trip), order a coffee, grab a seat … and people watch. Even more entertaining than watching the many "interesting" Los Angelenos is listening to them.
I would estimate (based on my very unscientific cafe observations) that at least two-thirds of every conversation in LA revolves around diet. What makes this figure even more alarming is the rampant misinformation people possess and proliferate when it comes to healthy eating. These conversations inspired me to come up with a list of the top five most widespread myths about nutrition.
Originally posted 07/17/2013 02:55PM
Does weightlifting make you look like a body builder? Will crunches give you a flat belly? I'm going to separate the fitness facts from fiction.
Originally posted 07/10/2013 03:00PM
We've all filled out forms at the doctor's office or insurance questionnaires where they ask you to check a box next to "Sedentary," "Moderately Active" or "Active."
I'm going to throw what may seem like a curve ball at many of you. If you dutifully go to the gym five times a week for your favorite high-intensity cardio classes, but are sitting at a desk or in front of the TV for the rest of the day, you are not "Active."
We all know that people who sit for extended periods of time are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. But what may be news to you is that extended periods of sitting affects even those people who meet exercise requirements and is undermining all your hard work – and could even be harming your overall health.
Originally posted 07/03/2013 03:00PM
What makes a perfect body?
I live and work in Hollywood – ground zero of thin, lean, toned. Home of Pilates, juicing, colonics, Botox, cleanses, Bikram yoga, and Spanx … everything and anything to pursue the perfect body!
With last weekend's heat wave, I decided to catch up with my favorite TV show, HBO's Vice. I watched an incredible episode that focused on the women of Mauritania, a desert country in West Africa, where obesity has long been the ideal of beauty.
In this culture, parents force-feed their daughters as young as toddlers through a feeding known as "gavage." Parents encourage their daughters not to exercise so that they can grow to be fat by the time they are of the marrying age, because in this particular culture, being fat is associated with wealth and therefore aspirational.
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