Exercise Spotlight


Kettlebell Swing

This exercise is so simple, so basic, and so easy. It’s my favorite exercise and it should be yours, too. I try to incorporate at least one set into every exercise I do.

So what’s so great about it? Well for starters, it works just about everything.

Upper body? Yep. Lower body? Yep. Core? Yep. Is it a weight training exercise or cardio? Yep – it’s both.

No kettlebell? No problem – you can use a dumbbell or any other weight that you can safely handle with two hands.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • Stand with your feet should width apart and knees slightly bent
  • Let the weight hang in front of you between your legs
  • Lift the weight up to about face-level. You should be driving up through your heels with your elbows slightly bent. Your knees should straighten out as you explode upward
  • Lower the weight back…

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Staying on Track While on Vacation


I have been on vacation in Boston, Ma for three days now, and I find it difficult to stay on track with my eating and exercising. So, I want to provide some helpful tips on how to stay on track while on vacation, it is actually a lot easier than it appears.

Walking verse Transit: When on vacation, it is really easy for us to justify the use of public transit (taxi, train, etc.) over walking. “It is a new city.” “I do not know how far it is.” “It is easier to get there this way.” These are all very true statements, but are not always the best. We all have smart phones nowadays and if not, we have computers in the hotel room. We can look up where we are going and how far it is. Yes, it might be easier to get to the place on a…

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Making Us Fat?

Out Run Your Fork

Do Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat? More Harm Than Good?

Diet, Lite, Low-Cal … these all typically indicate some substitution for fat and/or sugar. It’s not 100% of the time, but more often than not, it’s true. Today we’re going to focus on sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners and why they make you crave MORE sugar.

When we eat sugar two things happen: First, our brains receive a spike in sugar levels and this sets off a chain reaction in our other organs. Soon after cravings for the sweet stuff dissipate. We feel satisfied or, taken to the extreme, we actually are repelled by the thought of eating more. Just like those times when, as a kid, I went on a cannoli eating binge at my grandmother’s house in Brooklyn!

Additionally, when we are very hungry, our bodies crave quick fuel and sugar fits the bill very nicely. Artificial sweeteners don’t fill this need. Our tastebuds might be…

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