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Reaching Your Health and Fitness Goals with Online Personal Training

Written on August 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm , by

Isn’t it crazy how by mid-July, we’re already getting bombarded with “back to school” everywhere we go? I mean, didn’t school just get out? Oh wait, no…time flies and it’s already August. Craaaazy!

Anyways…it seems to me like people often take the “back to school” vibe as a brand new initiative to get started on a goal. Dare I say it’s almost as popular as the “New Year’s Resolution?” But the truth is, you don’t need a special day, week, or month to get started on a goal…you can get started RIGHT NOW!

And if your health and fitness is a personal goal that you’re working towards, then I’d love to help you get that head start with my online personal training. (Click to keep reading…) Read more

Cures for Chafing

Written on July 30, 2012 at 11:36 am , by

In my mind, I look like a gazelle when I run… grace, strong, and steady.  In reality, I’m sweating buckets, snot is pouring down my nose, and my thighs are chafing.  Running is one of my favorite forms of exercise, but it isn’t always pretty.

The top 5 running gross-outs include:

  • Chafing
  • Snot
  • Blisters
  • A nearly (and sometimes actually) uncontrollable urge to poop
  • A nearly (and sometimes actually) uncontrollable urge to pee

Told ya running could be gross.

Let’s tackle the first gross-out: chafing. Chafing occurs when your body rubs against itself (like between your thighs or your breasts) or when your body rubs up against your clothes. Chafing hurts a lot and can actually sideline you for a few days if it gets really bad.   The odds you’ll chafe are greater if you’re a salty sweater or are dehydrated, have sensitive skin, are running for a long time, or your clothing is worn or has exposed seams.

I chafe like no one’s business during the summer because I am a very salty sweater when it’s hot outside.

There are several remedies for chafing:

  • Rub Vaseline or  Body Glide into your skin to make it slippery and therefore less likely to burn as it rubs against your other body parts or clothing.  Chap stick also works well in a pinch (and is easy to carry on long runs).
  • Line your chafe areas with athletic tape.  This creates a permanent barrier against your skin (I tend to sweat through Vaseline).
  • If you chafe in between your legs, wear spandex shorts underneath your running shorts.

To read my solutions for running-induced snot, blisters, and – of course – urges to go number 1 and number 2, head over to Healthy Tipping Point:  How to Handle 5 Common Running Gross-Outs.

Caitlin blogs at Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  You can follow her on Twitter at CaitlinHTP. Her second book, a guide to healthy living, was just released this past May.

Can I Get a Great Workout Without Any Equipment?

Written on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 am , by

Hello! My name is Courtney and I’m the author behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life, which was recently given a Fitterati award for Best Personal Trainer Blog. I’m a 28-year old personal trainer and former elementary school teacher (you can read a bit more about that here if you’d like). I live up in Upstate, NY with my husband and high school sweetheart, Jay, and have lived here all of my life. When I’m not training, I’m most likely blogging, in the kitchen, or spending time with some of my favorite friends and family.

I often get emails from readers asking whether or not you really can get in a great workout without any equipment, and the answer is YES! Bodyweight exercises are some of my absolute favorite types of exercise for a number of reasons. They not only tend to be a bit easier on the joints, but they also allow for a more natural range of motion, thus effectively improving your overall fitness.

So what exercises should you do?

Here’s a few basics to try out, even if you’re stuck at your desk at work:

  • Chair Squats (don’t sit back down completely – use the chair as a guide)
  • Push ups (if you’re at your desk, use it! The farther away your legs are from the desk, the tougher the move)
  • Chair Crunch (keep contracting those abs and draw in that belly button)
  • Alternating Lunges (switch it up by doing some lunges side to side and other front to back)
  • Chair Dips (the farther you walk the feet out, the tougher the move)
  • Calf Raises (place a sturdy book right under those feet and lift up and down)
  • Wall Sit (hold your back against a wall with knees bent at 90 degrees and keep those abs tight – hold your arms out for some shoulder toning too)

If you’re not afraid to get a little sweaty, try kicking it up a notch with some more intense, bodyweight-only exercises:

  • Tuck Jumps
  • Squat Jumps
  • Ice Skaters
  • Butt Kicks
  • Burpees
  • Planks
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Supermans
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Mountain Climbers

Who says you need all those bulky dumbbells and weight machines, right?