Friday December 6, 2013
I don't know about you, but for me, the difference between a good workout and a great workout is my playlist. I can burn mega calories, sweat buckets and burn more fat if the songs on my Nano get me motivated. And it's especially important this time of year. Staying on the couch is so much easier when it's cold outside!
So this is my playlist. These aren't necessarily the songs that I listen to when I'm cooking a healthy meal or hanging out with friends, but they are the tunes that get my heart pumping enough to do high intensity intervals at a level that helps me benefit from EPOC and burn more fat all day long.
Just a word of warning, however. I'm a bit of a techno junkie, so if you don't like electronic music, these songs may not work for you. If you're not sure, however, give them a try. A steady electronic beat is often good for aerobic workouts.
No Diggity, Chet Faker (warmup)
Clubbed to Death, Rob Dougan
Nothing But You, Paul van Dyk
Punta Del Este (Beach Mix) , Blake Jarrell
Strict Machine (We Are Glitter Goldfrapp Mix), Goldfrapp
Don't You Worry Child (Radio Edit), Swedish House Mafia
U Should Know Better, Robyn Feat. Snoop Dogg (explicit)
Save the World (Knife Party Remix), Swedish House Mafia
Scheiße, Lady Gaga
Sexy and I Know It , LMFAO
My My My (Cagedbaby Pace Mix), Armand Van Helden
I Said (Michael Woods Remix), Deadmau5 Feat. Chris Lake
Out Of The Sky (Kyau & Albert Remix), Lange Feat. Sarah Howells
To Get Down, Timo Maas
Omen, The Prodigy
Throwing Shapes, Dirty Vegas
Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve (cool down)
So what's on your playlist? I want to know what you listen to at the gym. Give me your suggestions in a comment below or go to my Facebook page and tell me what you're playing when you work out.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Gift Alert! If someone on your list is interested in fitness, trying to lose weight, or trying to eat a healthier diet, I have the perfect gift idea. I recently read Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and I would recommend it to (almost) all of my readers - with a caveat.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is a good book for serious dieters and people who are ready to invest some time and effort into losing weight and getting in shape. Of course, that should be everyone who wants to lose weight. But some dieters are more interested in short-term goals or quick weight loss programs. This is not a good book for them.
When author and fat loss expert Tom Venuto explains his program, he says the plan is simple, but it is not easy. He's absolutely right. But I would add that his plan is also well designed, smart and backed by solid research. Is it worth to invest some time into reading the book and putting the plan into motion? It is.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle will be released on December 10, 2013, but you can pre-order a copy now. You can also check out a preview of the book online.
Monday December 2, 2013
It's the holidays and many people are trying to lose weight fast. Some are trying to diet themselves into a dress that they haven't worn in years, some are trying to slim down for a reunion with family or friends and some are just trying to undo the damage from Thanksgiving dinner. But does quick weight loss really work?
Quick Weight Loss Diets
Some diets actively promote the fact that they are designed only for quick weight loss. The 3-day Military Diet is one of them. This strange eating program promises to help you lose "up to" 10 pounds per week or 30 pounds in a month. Sounds attractive, huh?
Well, before you stock up on hot dogs and ice cream (yes, these are on the diet) be forewarned. There are some serious loopholes in the diet's logic. You might lose a few pounds to start, but chances are good that the weight will come back. This is often the case with many popular diets that promise extreme weight loss.
Quick Weight Loss Pitfalls
Weight regain is a common side effect of quick weight loss programs. Eating programs that are extremely restrictive are usually not eating plans that you can stick to. So you might fit into your special dress for your big event, but then spend the next few months doing damage control when the weight comes back.
So is quick weight loss worth the trouble? You decide. Tell me if you would lose weight fast for a special event if you knew that the weight would eventually come back - along with a few extra pounds. Post your opinion on Facebook or in a comment below.
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Friday November 29, 2013
Got family members in town this weekend? Skip the mall and do a family workout to burn off those pesky Thanksgiving calories. You'll feel better about your body and it's much cheaper than a shopping excursion.
Fun Family Workouts to Burn Calories
Getting the kids involved in your healthy workout program will make your workout more fun and sets a great example for them. In fact, pediatrician Dr. Abigail Allen, says it's one of the best way to help an overweight child lose weight.
Do you have a fun family workout idea? Post it on my Facebook page or tweet it to me. I love to hear from my readers!
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