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Protein Pro Tips

Protein is an important component of muscle and bone strength and weight loss and it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough. But what are the specific benefits, how much should we be eating and what are some of the best food sources of protein? Benefit #1 As we age, we lose muscle mass. Protein is necessary to build muscle. Eating enough protein helps maintain muscle mass and helps muscle growth when you strength train. (Which everyone should be doing, especially as we age). Making sure you’re getting enough protein (and strength training) will make sure that you lose fat during weight loss, not muscle. Benefit #2 Adequate protein intake helps maintain bone mass reduces the risk of o

Cardio for Weight Loss

Are you trying to lose weight? Most of us know the trick is to consume less calories than we burn. This can be accomplished by either eating less, exercising more (burning more calories) or a combination of both. (And let’s not forget the power of weight training to increase our metabolism. But that’s for another day.) Today we’re talking about cardio. Cardio is the component of exercise that works the heart and lungs and burns the most calories. When you’re doing cardio – whether it’s walking (if you’re fast enough), riding a bike, running, swimming, on an elliptical machine (you get the picture, the options are vast) – your heart should be pumping and you should be sweating and breathing

Looking for Motivation?

Motivation Frustration This is a huge problem for so many people. I see it and hear about it aaaallll the time from my clients! Even as a personal trainer and health coach, I’ve experienced it. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t! I understand your frustration. We’ve all been there So what’s the answer? Well, there’s no one answer. Everyone is motivated for different reasons and in a different way. I have clients who have never liked exercise but know it’s something they have to do for their health. That’s what keeps bringing them back to they gym. (That and the fact that I’m there waiting for them!) Others are motivated for different reasons. I encourage you to think about what really motivates

Karen Marcouiller

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

National Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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