• Diet & Nutrition

    Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

    Back in March, I started doing intermittent fasting(IF). Since then I have gotten many questions from friends and co-workers about it. Most of the questions are about the health benefits and why I started fasting. When I started I didn’t put much thought into it, it was just something I wanted to try out. I only did a little research before jumping in. Since then I have read a lot about the health benefits and I now feel great. In this article, I am going to give you a short introduction to intermittent fasting and its health benefits. At the bottom of the article, you can find some more resources…

  • Personal Improvement

    2018 Christmas Book Wishlist

    Every year for Christmas our family makes a big deal about giving and receiving books. We are all big readers so to make it easier for everyone to know what to get each other we put together book lists. Sometimes these are books we have been wanting to read, sometimes they are beloved old books we want to reconnect with. This year I thought it would be fun to share my book list with you. I do need to warn you that this is my complete actual list so not everything is related to health and fitness. Still, I am excited to get into each one of these books and…

  • Personal Improvement

    Stress And Cognition – You Can Change Your Day

    A recent study from Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging has shown that when people think about their day being stressful in the morning, before it even starts, they have negative impacts on their working memories. With a reduction in working memory people may be more prone to make mistakes as they do their work or studying, they may have a more difficult time focusing on tasks or conversations, and these can be amplified as we age and our cognitive performance levels naturally decline. About the Study Researchers gathered 240 adults from diverse ethnic, social, and financial backgrounds. The study was 2 weeks in length and each day the participants…

  • Personal Improvement

    5 Ways To Love The Body You Have

    There is a very strong connection between the body and the mind. We hear about it all of the time, there are books, articles, documentaries, entire disciplines devoted to teaching us about this connection and how to strengthen it. And yet, although this is seemingly common knowledge, many of us still struggle with a basic building block of a strong body/mind connection, loving the body we have. It may not seem to be important to have some self-love for your thighs or stomach, especially when you are working to change the way they look and feel. But, I promise that finding love for your body with all of its imperfections,…

  • Fitness

    15 Strength Training Tips For Women Over 40

    As my son loves to remind me, I am now in my “late-30s”. I am also a woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, and some other health issues. Through working with my doctors and tons of research, I found that strength training (in conjunction with a healthful diet) provided me with the greatest success in weight loss, increased energy, pain relief, and decreases in health symptoms. Strength Training I didn’t find this out easily or quickly, I literally spent years trying so many different kinds of exercise, haven’t we all? Things flipped for me in 2014. I had a small stroke the year before and after I was pretty…

  • Health

    PCOS and Aging

    I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) when I was around 19 old. I had gained about 80 pounds over a 2-year period, without substantial changes in my diet and despite regular exercise. I wasn’t menstruating, and I was struggling with fertility. The Dr. who diagnosed me advised that it would make getting pregnant more difficult but didn’t really give me any other information. After a few years of trying, and 5 miscarriages, I decided that having a biological child wasn’t in the cards for me and I stopped fertility treatments. That effectively stopped any treatment I was getting for my PCOS because I thought of it purely as…

  • Diet & Nutrition

    Accountability – 4 Ways To Stay On Track With Your Diet

    How often have you started a weight loss journey? If you are like me, you may have lost count. So, what makes weight loss stick? How do you start a program and then keep at it so you can actually achieve the goals that you set? I’ve been on my current weight loss journey going on 7 months and I’ve had the most success I’ve ever experienced. What made the difference? For me, personally reaching a point in my life that I honestly and consciously said “Enough is enough!” was the beginning. I had to be ready to commit to a big change, not a diet but an entire lifestyle…

  • Diet & Nutrition

    Introduction To Keto – A Quick Start Guide

    There are so many diets and trust me, I’ve tried most of them. For the first time since I started this weight loss struggle in 2000, I have found something that is working for me and I feel amazing! That something is a ketogenic diet. I know, I know, Keto is a buzzword at the moment and while it definitely has its supporters, it also has a lot of bad press. What I know is from my own research and my own journey. This information is not intended to be a medical recommendation, and, like with any diet or exercise program, you should seek a Dr.’s approval before starting. What…

  • Health

    8 Natural Tips For A Perfect Nights Sleep

    Americans are increasingly having problems getting a good nights sleep. There are 60 million people in the United States have at least occasional difficulty sleeping each year and more and more of us are turning to pharmaceuticals for help. Americans spend around $52 Billion dollars on sleep aids and remedies but there are natural sleep tips that can help most of us. You probably already know how much it sucks to be tired all the time because of poor sleep. For years I was always fatigued to the point that people around me were getting worried. When I talked to a medical professional at the local clinic I got some good advice but…

  • Personal Improvement

    9 Simple Steps To Successfully Reach Any Goal

    It’s appropriate right now, as we are launching OthFit.com, to write about how to start anything out the right way. Since this is a fitness blog we will focus on fitness goals but this advice will work for anything. We have all done it, we set out to achieve a goal with the best of intentions of following through. For a little while we do great but then it all falls apart. Not long after starting we go back to our old ways and we lose all the progress we made. It’s the oldest story in the book and it happens all the time. It’s the reason that gyms are…