Living a Healthy Lifestyle in a Healthy City

Living a Healthy Lifestyle in a Healthy City

I wasn’t surprised when I saw recently that Miami was rated as one of the top ten healthiest cities in the country. That was one of the primary reasons that I relocated here five years ago. More than just fitness centers and boot camp, Miami offers so many “natural” excuses to be healthy – miles of beaches to walk on, fresh produce to eat and a nightlife to look good for – that it seems almost impossible to not live a healthy lifestyle here. What did surprise me was when I learned just how far you could take living a healthy lifestyle. I’m not talking about training for ultramarathons or power lifting Buicks or anything like that, but the advances that have been made in personal training and sports performance.…
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The Reason Your Home Has A Kitchen

The Reason Your Home Has A Kitchen

As a lifelong bachelor, I can tell you from experience that the only thing worse than cooking for one person is cooking for one person when you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. It’s pretty impossible to make any dish in a portion size of one, and the other option of preparing food ahead of time means eating the same thing for a week, and that gets dull quick. I was doing a lot that was productive. I enrolled in the number one boot camp Miami has and hired a personal trainer to help lead me through workout regimens that were more focused (and more effective) than simply hitting the gym on my own. I told myself that even though I wasn’t making most of my meals at home,…
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No Fooling With Fueling My Body

No Fooling With Fueling My Body

One of the disadvantages to living alone is cooking for one. It just doesn’t seem to make sense to me. Not only is it a challenge to find recipes for one person, it feels almost counterproductive to spend all that time cooking and cleaning up afterward, sometimes as much as an hour and a half total, all for something I eat in just ten minutes. This means most of what I eat is either a frozen meal in the microwave or take out from one of the restaurants down the street. To be honest, I didn’t think it was much of an issue. I had joined a gym a few months back and was meeting regularly with a personal trainer. I started losing weight pretty quickly, but after a while…
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The Fun Of Living NoDaysOFF

The Fun Of Living NoDaysOFF

I moved to Miami not too long ago and I started shopping around for a fitness center or gym in Miami. I was used to going three times a week, was pretty faithful with it, and really I thought that was all I would need, even if I decided to sign on for some personal training. Miami’s got a lot of places to choose from, but when I started thinking they were all pretty much the same and I should just pick one based on cost and convenience, a friend of mine told me about his gym. Specifically about what they call their “No Days OFF” philosophy. I’m not going to lie. I didn’t believe him at first because he certainly did not look like someone who went to the…
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Not Settling For Second Best

Not Settling For Second Best

One of my bigger faults is that, when it comes to goals and deadlines I set for myself, I have very little self-discipline. Requirements for work, favors for other people, no problem, but when it comes to myself, I’m forever finding ways to not get it done. Nowhere has this been more prevalent in my life than trying to improve my health and fitness. I would even be smart enough (or so I thought) to look up personal training in Miami so I could work with someone who would help keep me motivated. What I discovered, sadly, was that many of the fitness centers and gyms in Miami didn’t have the type of trainer I needed. I’m not saying I need my own personal cheerleader, but every time I felt…
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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Too Much Of A Good Thing

My New Year’s Resolution, like so many other peoples, was to lose weight and get in better shape. I can proudly say that I joined a gym in Miami, made changes in my diet and stuck with it pretty regularly for the first few months. The problem came when I felt like I wasn’t making any more progress. I had been warned that this would happen, and the best remedy for this would be to switch up how I was working out. I cut down on my weight days and added a couple of fitness classes and bootcamp classes, but I felt like I was still starting to slide backwards. I was frustrated but I didn’t want to give up, so I made an appointment with a personal trainer. I…
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Train Through The Pain?

Train Through The Pain?

If you’re ever watching a professional sport and the announcers are talking about a player who is in pain or injured, you may hear them make a very specific distinction between the two. Many players are expected to play through the pain by wrapping it up, getting a shot or just mind over matter. Especially in football, players can be derided if they refuse to play through the pain, but if they are injured, nobody expects them to stay on the field. A similar mindset exists in fitness centers and gyms in Miami and across the country: no pain, no gain; pain is weakness leaving the body, etc. That’s obviously not quite true. Pain is your body saying, “Hey, there’s something wrong here.” If we didn’t feel pain, we wouldn’t…
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Carbs: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Carbs: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Some people will tell you that the best thing you can do for your health is eliminate all carbs, while other people will tell you that a healthy lifestyle means having plenty of carbs. The truth lies somewhere in between, but it isn’t just a matter of having a certain amount of carbs. It also means having the right ones. Carbs – short for carbohydrates – are broken down into complex and simple. Complex carbs are just that: more complex in their structure. It takes our body longer to break them down, which means the energy is released over time. High in fibers and nutrients, they help us feel fuller longer, which prevents overeating. Simple carbs get digested quickly, and if the energy isn’t used right away, it gets converted…
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Taking Your Workout With You

Taking Your Workout With You

I remember when I first started exercising again. The personal trainer I was working with at Legacy Fit was telling me about the philosophy of NoDaysOFF. I was halfway serious when I told him that would be impossible. I assumed that my first few workouts would leave me so sore, as my muscles got used to working out again. He said I was right, but that wouldn’t be an excuse and he explained to me what it exactly meant. The NoDaysOFF doesn’t mean being back in the gym every day pushing myself harder. What it means is that even if your day doesn’t have any fitness classes or bootcamp activities planned, it means you don’t sit around on the sofa all day. It includes paying attention to what I eat,…
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The Green Way To Start A Great Day

The Green Way To Start A Great Day

Like most people, my day typically started with a cup or two of coffee. Unfortunately, that got to be part of the problem. It seemed like after a while, the second cup of coffee was not enough and I would find myself having a third or a fourth during the course of the day. I knew there had to be a better way to start the day, but I didn’t know how. I brought it up to my personal trainer one day after a bootcamp class and he told me that was a problem most people faced. Caffeine is a drug that people naturally build up a tolerance to, he pointed out, so after a while, it takes more and more coffee just to have the same effect. Plus, there…
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