Exercise and Depression

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Despite the numerous benefits of regular exercise and physical activity, it is underutilized.

Exercise has long been recognized for effectively helping people shed pounds, get stronger, get more physically fit, and prevent chronic diseases (i.e., cardiovascular disease, diabetes).  In short … it’s a “wonder drug”. Exercise has also been proven to be an effective treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression.  Unfortunately, previous studies had not provided a clear indication of exactly how much exercise a patient needs to produce an antidepressant effect.

Recently, Chad Rethorst, PhD, and Madhukar Trivedi, MD, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, developed detailed recommendations for clinicians on how to prescribe exercise for their patients with major depressive disorder. Read more.

New Year’s Resolution – Weight Loss Workout Challenge

TFT PushUp500x500 300x300 New Years Resolution   Weight Loss Workout ChallengeNow that the holidays are over, I made a video to help you jump start your fitness New Year’s resolution. Even a daily 4-minute workout will help you with your weight loss goals or improve your overall health.Some people create unrealistic goals and when they don’t see results they give up. In this short video workout I want to demonstrate that even a small step will accomplish more in the long run. Set realistic goals and do not stop once you achieve them, make fitness part of your lifestyle, your body will appreciate it. Read more.

“New Year. New YOU!” Exercise Program

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At some point you’re going to have to admit it … you haven’t started the exercise program that’s been on your “New Year’s Resolution” list for the past few years (and you still haven’t crossed it off).  The “New Year. New YOU!” Exercise Program is the perfect solution for you (and others just like you)!  TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has designed a 12 week exercise program for anyone starting a new exercise program (looking to improve cardiovascular endurance, build muscular strength, and improve balance, stability, total body coordination, and flexibility). Read more.

7 Steps to Keeping Your Fitness Resolutions

TFT Resolutions500x400 240x300 7 Steps to Keeping Your Fitness ResolutionsAs one year is coming to a close and another is anxiously waiting to get started, we all face the same dilemma … New Year’s Resolutions!  Only a small percentage of people can face the new year knowing they accomplished what they outlined just twelve months earlier.  The rest of us make the “walk of shame” as we reflect on the same journey we seem to take each and every year (like a vicious cycle):

  • We start off in January with good intentions.  We figure out our goals.  We put together a plan.  We are ready and on a mission!
  • We stay on track for the first few months and see gradual progress towards our overall goals.  We are doing good!
  • Summer time hits and distractions get in the way.  We stay active but we let many things slide (i.e. poor food choices, socializing and drinks and missed workouts and/or physical activities).  We’ve fallen off the wagon.
  • Thanksgiving rolls around and we begin to stress about parties, family travel and staying fit for the holidays.  We can’t turn back now. Read more.

 

Ask the Expert – Blake Worrall-Thompson

With a new year just around the corner, resolutions and new starts are top of mind.  TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has searched the globe for the “right” person to be a role model for a “new you” in the new year!  Blake Worrall-Thompson, one of Australia’s leading health and fitness professionals, knows all about living a healthy, well-rounded and balanced life.  As a celebrity trainer on “Eat Yourself Sexy” (on FOXTEL’s LifeStyle You channel) and contributing author to leading publications, including: Cosmopolitan, InStyle, CLEO, and Fitness First Magazine, he joins the TodaysFitnessTrainer.com team in sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience in helping people get fit and healthy for life!

Blake Worrall-Thompson – 12 Things I Do to Stay Fit and Healthy

As a personal trainer I think it’s important to lead by example if you want to have a positive influence on your clients.  Below is a list of 12 things I do to stay fit and healthy:

1.  Eat 5 to 6 times a day.

With most days turning out to be 16-hour days on my feet, I like to feed regularly but eat smaller portions. Read more.

Holiday HIIT “Fat Burning” Workout

TFT HolidayEggnog500x500 300x300 Holiday HIIT Fat Burning WorkoutNow that we’re in the middle of the holiday season, sharing time with family and friends (and more turkey and stuffing than we can possibly handle) it can get even harder to fit in a regular workout to combat the expanding waistline!  No need to worry because TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has enlisted the help of Marcelo Vazquez, ACSM certified personal trainer and developer of Spin-Fit™ programs for youth.  The Holiday HIIT “Fat Burning” Workout is a quick ten minutes of high-intensity of exercise that can be done several times a day (3 to 5 times is recommended), which is ideal to burn calories in between chocolate chip cookies and glasses of holiday punch! Read more.

Ask the Expert – ViPR Basics

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ViPR bridges the gap between movement and strength training by combining full-body movement with external load

“Ask the Expert” is a series is designed to identify well-respected professionals in various fields related to health, fitness and wellness and get their expert opinion on questions relating to their field of expertise. The topic of this edition of “Ask the Expert” is ViPR and Loaded Movement Training. ViPR bridges the gap between movement and strength training and combines full body movement with load. Loaded Movement Training with ViPR effectively challenges and conditions muscle, soft tissue, the central nervous system, and other systems of the body. Science has shown many times over that moving with load improves balance, agility and dynamic strength, resulting in weight management, improved functionality in daily life and enhanced performance in sport. Read more.