Muscle Strengthening Leaving You Feeling Weaker, Sore, or Injured?  Read This.

Strength training is a vital part of health and strength now and as you age.  But what if everytime you try it, you feel weaker, sore, or injured? You are not alone. There is a lack of proper instruction on how to lift weights safely and effectively. This leads many people to do exercise that is too little to bring about health changes. There are very simple steps to improve your likelihood that you gain Read more…

E266 – A More Effective Way To Boost Your Metabolism

There are a ton of health benenfits to having a well-functioning metabolism. From better weight management to increased energy to more efficient body temperature regualtion, there is definitely a list of pros to having your metabolism firing on all cylinders. Exercising regularly has been shown to be an effective strategy to increase metabolism. However, while many workout programs tout themselves as “metabolism-boosting”, most ways of exercising that are focused on boosting metabolism leave you at Read more…

4 Movements For A Strong Core

One question we get all the time is, “Am I doing the right core exercises?” It’s a great question with a straightforward answer. Consider working to strengthen all four motions of the core when exercising specifically for health goals. Exercise For Life is about using exercise to live the life you want.  Keep these tips in mind when building your core strength. Julie

E265 – 3 Reasons Why Your Metabolism Has Its Foot On The Break – Interview with Dr. Jessie Hehmeyer

Are you struggling to keep weight off? Does your energy feel low throughout the day? Do you find yourself craving quick sources of energy like sugar or caffeine? These are all signs and symptoms that your metabolism may be slowing down… so what can you do about it?? On this week’s episode of the Exercise Is Health® podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Dr. Jessie Hehmeyer to discuss some underlying reasons why your metabolism Read more…

Do This To Keep & Build Your Flexibility

Everyone talks about relaxation techniques to improve flexibility.  But really, lacking flexibility is a sign from your body that it needs to be stronger, not more relaxed. I know, I know.  In your head, building strength and building flexibility mean entirely different things.  But they aren’t.   Building strength and building flexibility are both about building ownership over your body and muscles.   When you build strength, your muscles are able to lift more (*strength*), and if Read more…

E264 – Why Prioritizing Results Is Getting You Worse Results

Are you focused on getting results with your workouts? Whether it is losing weight, increasing your strength, improving your mobility, or boosting your health overall, the results are often the thing that gets us started with exercise. However, prioritizing your results may actually be getting you worse results, especially if you are thinking about results in the ways the mainstream fitness industry promotes. So if prioritizing your results is actually sabotaging your efforts, what should Read more…

E263 – Why Your Crunches Aren’t Cutting It

Are your core workouts leaving your body feeling worse? Maybe your back feels tight after doing core exercises. Or maybe there is a zinging that you feel down your leg after working your abs. Or maybe your core doesn’t seem to be getting any stronger despite doing all of the exercises you know how to do. There are some very simple reasons why this could be happening, and on this week’s episode of the Exercise Read more…

E262 – How To Hack Your Fitness New Year’s Resolutions If You Are 50+

Do you find yourself caught in the same cycle year after year where you set health and fitness goals for yourself on January 1, but by mid-February they are only a distant memory? If so, there are three things you need to understand: 1. You are not alone; 2. It is not your fault; 3. You CAN change this cycle for yourself! This is one of the biggest pitfalls that so many fall into every Read more…

E261 – The Science of Fasting & Longevity – Interview with Dr. Joseph Antoun

Fasting for health and longevity purposes is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. The science backing up fasting as a healthy practice appears to be very sound. But, what considerations do you need to take if you are going to try fasting? Is it as simple as just not eating for a while? Or are there some nuances you need to be aware of for your own safety and wellbeing? On this Read more…

A Secret Cue To Strengthen Your Glutes

This month on Trainer Tip Tuesday we will be discussing tips and tricks for when you are doing hip extensions from an angled bench. This is one of the most popular exercises done to build, strengthen, and tone the butt muscles; however, there are some intricacies that need to be kept in mind when doing this exercise to make sure it is effectively targeting your glutes and not stressing your low back. One aspect of Read more…