The Best Exercise for Beginners

It is January and the gyms are full of people whose New Year Resolution is to get healthy, fit and strong. I am talking about beginners here, people who are new to exercise. Who last time they participated in sports where in high school. Or university. People whose lifestyle does not include regular exercise or…

No Excuses – The Workout You Can Do Anywhere During the Holidays

So the Christmas holidays are coming up. And I will be traveling! I'm super excited as we're going on safari and then to Zanzibar to chill for one week. This means I will be without a gym for two weeks. Maybe you are traveling too? Maybe you are visiting family and friends and will not…

The Problem With Using the Heart Rate to Measure Exercise Intensity

If you have read my blog on my latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit Charge 2, you know that it is measuring your heart rate. The heart rate is an important indicator of how intensively you exercise. And for a Personal Trainer, exercise intensity is one of the most important elements of an exercise program. Using…

25 Tips on How to Start Losing Weight

1. Assess Your Goal Why do you want to start losing weight? The why is the single most important motivational factor. If you don't know why you are doing it, it is highly unlikely you will get there! Maybe you have several reasons, or maybe you just have a vague idea. Maybe your doctor told…

Why Exercising Does Not Help You to Lose Weight

How is this for a controversial heading?! 90% of you are probably shaking their heads and thinking, is this woman out of her mind? Hasn't she read anything about weight loss strategies? After all, there are thousands of magazine articles, online health advice pages, blog posts, tv shows and government (!) agencies that say that…

Why Women Should Lift Weights Too

I wrote last week about how women are often scared of lifting weights because they are afraid they end up looking like a bodybuilder. They think of bulky men pumping iron to achieve beefy biceps and heavy pecs. So instead, many spend hours each week doing cardio exercises such as running. They feel more comfortable…

Does Lifting Heavy Make Me Look Like a Bodybuilder?

Many women ask me for advice about how they can become stronger and more toned. And almost always, this question is immediately followed by "but I don't want to get bulky". And images of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone float in their heads. My answer is always the same too: "If it was that easy…