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Fast Fitness: Choosing the Right Gym

Choosing the right gym can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. With Congress considering making gym memberships and fitness classes tax-deductible, it might even save you money, too. Here are some considerations from Shape: Determine your needs. Some gyms are more focused on circuit machines, while some have more free weights, classes or cardio…

Fast Fitness: Safely Working Out in the Heat

It's summer (woot woot), which means everything is great: the food, the weather, the pool, the drinks, the friend time outside. Your workout should be too then, right? Yes - but this is also the time of year where we hear about high school football players being rushed to the hospital from practice for heat-induced…

Fast Fitness: Three Portion Control Strategies

Weight management is only partially what you eat - it is also how much. Here are three strategies to help with the portion control aspect, courtesy of Cooking Light: Pre-portion your treats. Studies have shown those who eat straight out of the main container eat a lot more. Portioning out what you should have on your plate will…

Fast Fitness: The Art of the Cheat Meal

If you've shared with friends and colleagues that you're dieting, chances are someone has mentioned having "cheat" meals. Well, it turns out this is more than just preventing driving yourself insane eating grilled chicken and steamed broccoli 24/7/365 - it actually stimulates your metabolism just when it is slowing down from all of the lean…

Fast Fitness: Making Bland Food Bold

One of the common complaints about clean eating, or just eating healthy in general, is bland taste. Plain steamed broccoli, anyone? Here are four ingredients to try with your healthy foods next time to spice them up, courtesy of Shape: Pickle juice. If you already like pickles, you'll totally get this. Pomegranate molasses. Now to something you…

Fast Fitness: Half-Marathon Training Tips

If you're planning to do a half-marathon this summer, that's a great goal! I recently finished the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Half Marathon (time was 1:41), and I can tell you there were runners with all skill levels out there. Here are some training tips, courtesy of Health.com: Build a base. Easy runs of 2-5…

Fast Fitness: Diet, Exercise or Both?

A family member and I recently got into a conversation about whether diet is more important than exercise in a weight loss program, and that the Mayo Clinic found diet to be more important. After doing my own digging on this topic, here are some of their key points: Net effect of consuming less calories…

Fast Fitness: Kickboxing for the Summer Bod

Memorial Day is creeping closer, which means the summer body rush is on. The good news is there is a workout that is a fun way to melt fat and reduce stress: kickboxing. Here are three of the top benefits, courtesy of Fitness Republic: Oh, the calories. On average, you burn 750 calories an hour. Tone…

Fast Fitness: Carbs 101

Carbs: enemy or friend? The answer isn't that simple. It really depends on your activity level, timing and the types of carbs you're taking in. Here are some tips, courtesy of Shape: Two grams per pound of body weight. This is how much you should take in, with an additional gram per pound for every 30…