When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, exercise is an essential component. The benefits of regular physical activity are numerous, ranging from improving physical health to enhancing mental well-being. Establish a walking routine for overall health and well-being According to the American Heart Association, walking is an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages … [Read more...]
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BUST Your Myths! 3 Myths That Prevent Losing Weight
Myth #1 –Losing weight is hard to do Weight loss has a stigma of being hard to do.Traditional diet programs are food restricting and require a drawerful of measuring tools. Not PTF. Personal Trainer Food plans are lightweight to carry with you and easy to stick to. Order your favorite foods, do daily light exercise, heat your meal and eat to lose weight. Myth #2 – … [Read more...]
Don’t Forget the Water! Why Hydration is a Vital Part of Your Diet
It seems fairly obvious that people need to drink enough water, right? Well, it may be, but at the same time it’s no secret that many of us in America tend to fall short on some of the basics when it comes to healthy living – even if we don't always realize it. Only a few years ago in fact, NPR posted a survey on diet that revealed that 75% of Americans label their own habits … [Read more...]
The Secret to Unlocking Fat From Your Body
No doubt you've heard this fat loss calorie myth: "calories in, calories out." It's wrong. But you can’t fool the laws of thermodynamics, right? Well… actually, your body can. Your body fat plays by a different set of rules than what the calorie myth suggests. Once you learn how to work with these rules, you literally hold the key to trigger fat loss from your body. Just … [Read more...]
Winter workout: how many calories can you burn?
There's no reason to hide indoors when the temperature drops. Outdoor winter workouts are a refreshing break from the summer heat and stuffy indoor gyms. In addition to halting winter weight gain, working out in the cold will also improve your mood,1 and ward off colds2. But do you burn more calories in cold weather? By itself, shivering is a pretty good workout; it'll burn 400 … [Read more...]
10 Time-Saving Tricks to Get Your Workout In
What's the No. 1 excuse for not working out? Lack of time. Sure, we're all busy handling multiple priorities and rushing around from here and there every day. But no matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you are is working out right now. If you look closer, you'll discover that you do have the time to work out—and you deserve to use that time for … [Read more...]
Work at a Desk? You Need to Do These…
Working at a desk is hard on your body. Stress and tension build up in your neck and shoulders, you lose core power in your abs, and muscles become weak and tight from a lack of use. These 7 easy exercises will correct those problems — and will make you feel good! Neck Stretches To stretch your neck, slowly flex your head forward and backward like you are nodding in … [Read more...]
What’s the LEAST Amount of Exercise You Can to do Lose Weight?
How hard do I have to workout? How often do I have to workout? What kinds of workouts do I have to do? What you are REALLY asking is "what's the bare minimum I can get away with and still get the results I want?" Fair enough. No one wants to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary doing something they really don't want to be doing in the first place. We hate … [Read more...]
Walking Challenge: 28 Days to See a New You!
A 28-day walking challenge will increase your fitness and sculpt your body-- without all the wear and tear you get from other high-impact sports. The first key to lose pounds with walking is consistency-- you must walk every day. Next, you'll want to make sure that you are working at a level that gets your heart rate up where it should be. The walking challenge below will do … [Read more...]
Coffee: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly
Can coffee be a part of a healthy lifestyle? Whether you drink one or two (or twenty) cups of coffee a day, there are some things you definitely want to know... First of all, let's examine what coffee. Coffee as we know it today is a beverage prepared from the roasting, grinding, and brewing of the seeds of the Coffea arabica plant. The original domesticated coffee plant is … [Read more...]
Improve Your Balance with this Simple Exercise!
It is no secret that there are many things that happen to our bodies as we age—some more noticeable than others. On the list of not so noticeable is that as we get older we lose our sense of balance. Not a big deal, right? Actually, balance is a pretty big deal to your health. In fact, most ACL injuries occur simply from someone missing a step or stepping off a curb … [Read more...]
Walking is Exercise for Your Brain
Is walking part of your regular routine? If it is, then not only are you benefiting your waistline, you are doing your brain and memory a favor. There is mounting evidence that regular walking benefits the brain health of adults. Now that it's finally starting to warm up and you've got your freezer loaded with Personal Trainer Food, you may be thinking about dragging … [Read more...]
Success! When getting to your goal matters, We support you all the way!
Losing weight can feel like a very lonely and solitary journey. Often it is. If you are like me, the option to lose weight with a friend or family member may not FEEL ideal. So, we go it alone and struggle through the difficult times alone. BUT it does not have to be that way, and you do not have to include your friends and neighbors on your journey if you don’t want … [Read more...]
Excited about Spring? Keep your Healthy Habits with You on the Go!
When you’re active, a healthy diet can be taxing to attain. The good news is these three steps will help you easily add Personal Trainer Food snacks to your on-the-go lifestyle. With the approach of spring, we’re thawing out and getting ready to enjoy the fun of warmer weather and outdoor activities, which means you are on the go more. Your You Choose Personal Trainer Food … [Read more...]
Workout Buddies: Are They Worth the Trouble?
Getting a workout routine down and sticking to it day in and out is challenging for most of us. Despite our good intentions, we end up abandoning our routines within a few weeks. Is it worth the trouble to find workout buddies? ...or will they just drag you down? Some stats on workout buddies Training just two times a week with a partner had a 78% increase on exercise … [Read more...]
8 Simple Stretches to Improve Flexibility and Relieve Stress [Infographic]
Yes, you can feel amazing in just a few minutes by doing a simple stretching routine like the one below. Try it and see! How to Do This Stretching Routine Our team of Certified Personal Trainers and Weight Loss Coaches recommend at least 20 minutes of walking each day for health and weight loss without dieting. That's a perfect opportunity to get your stretching in after … [Read more...]
Here’s an Easy Stretching Routine You Can Do Anywhere!
Who doesn't need to stretch more? That's why we've put together this easy routine of some of the best stretching exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere, and even at home-- there's no gym required! The team of Certified Personal Trainers and Weight Loss Coaches here at Personal Trainer Food recommend at least 20 minutes of walking each day for health and weight loss. … [Read more...]
Exercise Myth or Fact? Get Proven Strategies for Success
Hi there! We really need to talk about an exercise myth (or two) that could be keeping your from your goals. If we haven't already met, I'm Mike Starks the CEO and Founder of Personal Trainer Food. And after losing 50 pounds myself, and helping thousands of people also lose weight too, I'm no stranger to exercise myths. Is An Exercise Myth Keeping You From Seeing Your … [Read more...]
Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work (And What Does)
The key to your weight loss success with Personal Trainer Food lies in one powerful concept about calories…not all calories are created equal. If two people were given 1,600 calories per day and one chose to eat vegetables, nuts, eggs and lean proteins while the other person ate foods full of refined sugar, fried meat, pastas and potatoes and processed snacks, would you … [Read more...]
Can You Have a Cheat Day and Still Lose Weight?
"Can I have a cheat day?" That's a great question! But what are you really asking? You are asking if you can still have beer, pizza, and ice cream. Or you might be asking if you still party like a rock star on the weekends. Yeah, I get it, you want your slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine with it too. ...and want to still lose weight. Well, unfortunately, … [Read more...]
6 Steps to Supercharge Your Weight Loss & Drop a Pant Size (or two)!
By Jan Hauser Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food “In order to lose weight, you must count calories and do more exercise.” Wrong! If you have tried doing this, you know it takes forever just to lose a little weight, and the minute you stop starving or exercising yourself to death, the fat comes back with a vengeance. It isn’t in your head! The advice you were … [Read more...]
How to Do a Clear Liquid Fast to Jump Start Weight Loss
You've probably heard about doing a liquid fast for weight loss. It can really help if need to drop a few pounds for a weekend getaway or to get unstuck from a frustrating weight loss plateau. Let's go over exactly how to do a clear liquid fast safely and effectively. We'll also show you how to maintain your weight loss so you don't gain it all back again. First: How do … [Read more...]
Libby’s Personal Trainer Food Success Story
Hi! My name is Libby. I'm 27, and I have a very stressful job. On top of that, I have a few medical conditions that have prevented me from losing weight, no matter how hard I work out at the gym. Needless to say, I was very skeptical that just eating Personal Trainer Food could help. Boy, was I wrong! My Routine Before Personal Trainer Food My diet was pretty clean … [Read more...]
Fasting for a Healthier, Leaner Body!
Everyone talks about fasting like it's a big deal. But you can't really boost your metabolism, lose weight, and build lean muscle all at the same time... right? Think again. Here is the scientific secret to build muscle while burning fat— plus the easiest way to boost your metabolism up to 14%! Fasting and Muscle Loss If you have read our Guidelines, you probably … [Read more...]
Rapid Weight Loss Plan – drop a size in 7 days!
How would you like to tighten up your waistline, and even shed a few extra pounds – in about 7 days? We’ll show you exactly how to do it with this rapid weight loss plan! And the cool part? This strategy designed so you can have a few little indulgences, too! Yup. You can totally rock this. Check it out... First: Is a Rapid Weight Loss Plan Right for You? If you have … [Read more...]
Smart Weight Loss Exercise Ideas to Burn More Fat
When it comes to weight loss exercise, I've found that there is a lot of confusion out there. That's why I recommend a dead-simple plan that is focused on the most critical fat loss principle... consistency. In order to lose fat, you must exercise consistently-- every day. The best way to do that is with a simple walking routine. Here are the rules: Set the … [Read more...]
Be in the Super Bowl Fat-Burning Zone
Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl championship game, will be held on Sunday, February 7th, 2021 and will decide the league champion. We know this year may look a bit different than normal, but how are you getting ready for the game? Planning a fun day at home with your family? Maybe going to visit a couple of close friends or family members? No matter how you’re choosing to … [Read more...]
20-Minute Hotel Room Workout: Stay Fit While Traveling! [Video]
Here is a travel-friendly hotel room workout-- so you can stick to your routine whether you are on vacation or business trips. When you're away from home, it's easy to get derailed from your workout routine. While your hotel may have a gym, it's probably not much bigger than a broom closet. Worse, the gym might be closed when you finally do get a chance to break from … [Read more...]
At Home Workout: Total Body– No Equipment Required! [Video]
No gym? No problem! You can get a total body home workout right in your living room. In fact, you can keep watching that Netflix series you’ve been bingeing on all week --and go from flab to fab like this guy: Actually, he kind of reminds us of a movie star famed for his chiseled abs... Any guesses? (We'll reveal who at the bottom of this post!) In the … [Read more...]
5 Leg-Toning Exercises to Do While Walking Your Dog
If you don’t have a gym membership (or if you have a gym membership but never use it), these reasons for not getting a lean legs workout in probably sound pretty familiar. “I'm too busy.” “Gyms are expensive.” “I'm intimidated by those exercise machines.” “It's inconvenient to have to dress for and drive to the gym for a workout.” Well, we have some great news for you! … [Read more...]
Burn More Fat In 10 Minutes a Day With This Body-Weight Routine [Video]
With your fast-paced life, you probably don’t have time for an exercise routine. But there's a way to make a 10 minute body-weight routine just as effective as a 30-minute workout--so you can burn fat in no time. That’s where circuit-training is the answer. By doing exercises back-to-back with minimal down-time, your heart rate stays in a range where your body will burn … [Read more...]
Full-Body Workout for Busy Parents: Turn Any Park Into a Gym
Have you sacrificed your exercise routine after having kids? For most moms and dads the answer is YES. We know that with all of life’s responsibilities, sometimes your own health and well-being takes the backseat. That's why we put together this full-body park workout for you. You can watch this full body park workout video, and we've also included helpful exercise tips … [Read more...]
New Year, New You! Resolutions that Work!
It's time for a New Year! Out with the old! In with the new! Let's make that list. Maybe your are the person who likes to take their time to sit down and truly reflect on life with a hand written the list. Or maybe you prefer to make a mental check-off list. Either way, we all want to start the New Year with that clean slate. Making a list can help us to make changes … [Read more...]
One thing you do every day that leads to weight gain
What’s one thing you do every single day that has a big effect on your body, leading to weight gain? It’s something most of us have struggled with at some point in our lives. And for many of us, it’s getting worse. The answer is sleep. Or more accurately, not getting enough sleep. And that’s the problem. Why lack of sleep causes you to gain weight Sleep deprivation … [Read more...]
Dressing Room Work Out
Exercise clothes cost a fortune these days. So before you buy, it pays to know if your trendy new outfit is 'workout friendly.' ...because nothing can steal your confidence and focus faster than having pants that ride down, or shirts that expose everything at the wrong time. Here are 4 essential moves you can do in the dressing room to prevent wardrobe malfunctions at … [Read more...]
Want Sexy Flat Abs? Here’s How!
Do you FINALLY want to see the flat abs and firm mid-section you desire? We have the low-down on how you can get tight, sexy abs and lean, toned legs without killing yourself in the gym. And the best part: you can do all of these in just a few minutes a day! These are the easiest and scientifically proven ways to activate your core and burn more fat-- as you do … [Read more...]
Get Rid of Belly Fat At Any Age– Without Sit Ups!
You've been told that the only way to lose belly fat is to count every calorie and do a million crunches. But you tried all that, and the fat won't budge. It's a frustrating situation. Think belly fat is something that just happens as you get older, and that you're stuck with it? Think again. Check this out-- At age 46, Chrumaine was not happy with her … [Read more...]
The Top 8 Stories of 2015, According to a Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist
By Shane Allen Personal Trainer Food Certified Weight Loss Specialist, Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer As the year comes to a close I want to reflect back on my favorite health and fitness-related stories of 2015. We're constantly bombarded in the headlines with studies that conflict one another. These only add noise and confusion to understanding what truly is and … [Read more...]
Back to the Future: How Dieting Has Changed From 1985 to 2015
By Shane Allen CPT, WMS, CSN Today is October 21, 2015—that magical day we’ve all been waiting for when Christopher Lloyd takes Michael J. Fox“Back to the Future” (part 2.) There’s just one problem. Look around. There are no flying cars, no auto-lacing sneakers and no hover boards that actually hover. It seems we’ve been slacking on the creation of cool things for our … [Read more...]
Trending Online Today: Extreme Muscle Cramp Video
by Shane Allen Certified Weight Loss Specialist, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionist A guy on Reddit today posted a Snapchat that his friend sent him of a severe muscle cramp in his calf. You first thought may be, “Wait… I thought Snapchats disappeared after you watch them!” I have the same question; but I don’t have the answer. I do, however, have the answer to what … [Read more...]
Strengthen your posterior chain with a Glute-Hamstring Bridge. Instructions: Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, feet flat and hip-width apart, knees bent, abs engaged and back straight. Exhale as you squeeze your glutes and press your hips toward the ceiling while keeping your back straight. Make sure you squeeze your glutes and hamstrings- keep your … [Read more...]
Single Leg Deadlift
Strengthen your hamstrings and core with a single leg deadlift. Instructions: Start standing with your feet together. Shift your weight to your left leg and lift your right leg slightly. Be sure to keep core tight and back flat throughout the entire motion. Keep your left knee slightly bent and raise your right leg behind you as you lower your torso. Reach your arms … [Read more...]
Which Fat Burner Supplement is Right for You?
Are you thinking about going to your local health food store to see if there is something you can take to help burn fat faster? Find out which supplements will work for you with this quiz: Do you keep your wads of useless cash by your garbage can, just in case you feel the need to throw them away? Does the thought of having the jitters, anxiety, and constant itching … [Read more...]
In addition to healthy eating and exercise, stretching is an important part in maintaining a healthy body! The knee-to-chest stretch focuses on the muscles of your lower back and hamstrings. Instructions: On a firm surface, lie on your back with the backs of your heels flat on the floor Gently pull one knee up to your chest until you feel a stretch in your lower … [Read more...]
Raise your heart rate and build your quads with split jump plyometric exercise. Instructions: Step into a deep lunge with the front knee bent and pointing straight over your toes. The back knee should be nearly touching the ground. Pressing through both legs, jump as high as possible. Swing your arms to gain lift and bring your feet together. Land in a lunge … [Read more...]
7 Tips to Lose Weight After Pregnancy!
First of all, if you are a new mom, congratulations! If you are like most new moms, you may be a little anxious to lose the baby weight. For some women, the extra weight seems to fall off magically the instant they start breast-feeding their sweet little bundle of joy. For the rest of us, we have to put in a little more effort to shed those pregnancy pounds. Here are … [Read more...]
Diets are for Quitters!
New Year’s resolutions have come and gone for most. And now with summer right around the corner, we are saying those all-too-familiar phrases we were proclaiming just a couple of months ago....'I am going on a diet and will lose weight!' Well, guess what? Diets are for quitters! That's why Personal Trainer Food is focused on helping you change your habits to set you … [Read more...]
Walking Every Day: What’s Your Excuse?
It's too hot! It's too cold! I have no place to walk. I need a new pair of shoes! So. Many. Excuses. Enough. One of the top reasons people don't get the results they want on their program is because they are not doing their 20-minute walk. Are you? No, honestly, are you getting them in EVERY DAY? 100-year-old Sarah Stenberg is doing her walking routine, and if … [Read more...]
Planking for a Flat Belly
Maybe you've seen your friends post hilarious versions of "planking it" at work or some other tomfoolery, but the truth is that the plank is serious business for your core! It engages all your major core muscles-- your abs, glutes, and back. When toned, the core acts as a girdle for your midsection, flattening your belly! You can easily incorporate planks into your … [Read more...]
Build Your Core: RECON Push-Up Routine
Push-ups are an integral part of the RECON exercise routine. It makes sense, because it engages so many muscles at once, targeting the chest, back, shoulders, and BONUS --the core! The RECON Push-Up Routine: If you're not up for a full push-up yet, you can make it easier by either using a wider stance with your feet, or starting on your knees instead. Week 1: do 5 … [Read more...]