Catalyst 4 Fitness

General Health

MyFitnessPal Fail

A friend of mine recently called me and asked for help. She had been using MyFitnessPal for months and months, and was frustrated with not reaching any of her goals. I let her vent and tell me everything she wanted to achieve, and how upset she felt. She also shared[…]

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Resistance Training or Aerobic Exercise

Now that the weather is getting nice, you may be tempted to forgo your resistance training and head outdoors for some aerobic exercise in the fresh air.  But beware:  if you give up your resistance training, you will be giving up more than you bargained for. Why Resistance Train? Resistance[…]

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Weight Loss Goal

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  If you haven’t been working consistently on your fitness and health this winter, your body may be struggling. It’s hard to make a new start when you feel sluggish and discouraged. My role is to guide you from today’s reality to you reaching[…]

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Effects of Sugar

The warm breezes of spring mean that Easter is around the corner!  After the heavy colors of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, the bright, cheerful colors of spring are a welcome sight.  But the cheerful colors are not limited to flowers and eggs.  There is no escaping the onslaught of[…]

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Train Smarter Not Harder

There are few things as exciting as new clients eager to make serious lifestyle changes and make up for lost time in their quest to get fit and healthy.  Their motivation and passion are contagious, and watching transformations is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a trainer. But[…]

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Maximum Heart Rate: Women are Not the Same as Men

This article was originally written for and published in the American Academy of Health and Fitness’ Gamut of Life. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus, as interpreted by Plato, held that the only thing constant is change.  A current example of this in the health and fitness industry is how to accurately[…]

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My Knees Are Popping

You bend down and hear it. You stand up and hear it. You think to yourself “Oh, my knees are popping again.” Is it dangerous? Is it indicating a problem you should have a doctor look at? If you experience pain while climbing steps, it could be an early sign[…]

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Runny Nose When Exercising

Do you often get a runny nose when exercising even if you don’t have a cold? It could be rhinitis. Rhinitis is when the nasal mucous membranes are inflamed. Exercise, as well as the metabolic boost that it creates, makes your mucous membranes produce more mucous.  This additional mucous picks[…]

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Foods to Avoid

When I began writing this, I intended to title it the “Worst 5 Foods” but there were so many foods and meals from restaurants, desserts, drinks, and side dishes that my list was nearly endless. Instead, I decided to group some general foods together, although I do use a few[…]

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