HealthFit Blog

Client Question: Is morning exercise or evening exercise better for weight loss?

Great question from one of our personal training clients in Taringa this last week: Should I do my workouts in the morning or the evening for better weight loss?  When it comes to working out, most of us want to maximize the results we get, so it would make sense to work out when your … Continue reading Client Question: Is morning exercise or evening exercise better for weight loss?

What gym equipment will give me the best cardio workout?

To improve cardiovascular fitness, you need to challenge your cardiovascular system. Simply put, that means moving your body in a way that increases your heart rate and makes you breath harder. Of course, you can get fit without a gym membership, but the variety of cardio machines under one roof can make your cardio workout … Continue reading What gym equipment will give me the best cardio workout?

The Secret Life Of A Health Coach

Want to know the biggest secret about my life as a health coach/exercise physiologist/personal trainer? I'm just a normal person. I like all types of fried potatoes, working out is sometimes more effort than it seems like it's worth, and I definitely do not have a six-pack. I've been through periods of being super active … Continue reading The Secret Life Of A Health Coach

Do you really need a doctor’s clearance to start exercising?

You might. And you might not. Getting a doctor’s clearance prior to starting an exercise program has one purpose, which is to answer this: How much will your health status place you at risk for a medical emergency during exercise? To some degree, common sense applies here. How healthy are you right now? Do you … Continue reading Do you really need a doctor’s clearance to start exercising?

Recommended Reading: What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight

This excellent, quick read from the New York Times and Dr.  Aaron E. Carroll provides a great starting point if you're thinking about jumping on the low-carb or low-fat diet bandwagon.  In brief, this article covers the results of a very rigorous study - rigorous meaning that the results are more likely to hold true across … Continue reading Recommended Reading: What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight

Client Question: Can Walking Uphill Take The Place of Lower Body Resistance Training?

Walking along coronation drive in Brisbane

Thanks to one of our exercise physiology clients in Indooroopilly for a great question! Hill climbing can be a challenge to the muscles of the lower body, whether you walk outdoors or on a treadmill. As a result, uphill walking can help improve the strength and endurance of the lower body muscles. But it will … Continue reading Client Question: Can Walking Uphill Take The Place of Lower Body Resistance Training?

Red Lentil and Spinach Soup with Lemon Paprika Chicken

Whether you need something for to take the edge off a cold spell, or are looking for a quick, easy, healthy dinner, this soup will do the trick! You might be surprised at how healthy and delicious this is, given the simple ingredient list and easy instructions (they might look long but they're straightforward). And don't … Continue reading Red Lentil and Spinach Soup with Lemon Paprika Chicken

Eat More, Lose Weight, Get Healthy

Ever thought you'd hear someone tell you that you could lose weight and get healthy by eating a huge plate of food at every meal? We are hard wired for survival, and to our brains, that means food. Though it's a small percentage of your body weight, your brain uses approximately 20% of your daily … Continue reading Eat More, Lose Weight, Get Healthy

What’s More Important, Body Weight or Body Composition?

Both body weight and body composition are important in developing and maintaining good health. Does one deserve more attention than the other? When you step onto the scale, the number you see accounts for the weight of all the tissue in your body. Body composition breaks down your weight into percentages of fat mass and … Continue reading What’s More Important, Body Weight or Body Composition?

What is Functional Training?

The short answer: Functional training is exercise that mimics and prepares you for the movements you make in everyday life. The longer answer: Will depend on who you talk to! Functional training can have as many definitions as there are trainers. In exercise science, functional training refers to an exercise or training program that will keep … Continue reading What is Functional Training?