Sherri Moore Weiler

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Fitness is for Life!

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Staying fit and eating right are life-long commitments; both elements require education, enterprise, and enthusiasm...and a little help from your friends doesn't hurt either!

My favorite way to burn about 500 k/cals per 1 hour workout is with Zumba, the Latin-dance inspired cardio exercise program that's currently sweeping the world. Clicking on the logo will take you to the Zumba website, where you can find a local class. Ditch the workout, join the party!

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I am a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise, one of our nation's very best certifying agencies for fitness. Clicking on their link will take you to their website, where you can find more information about the topics that interest you the most. There is an excellent "Exercise Library" to explore at the bottom of the homepage in the "Free Health + Fitness Info" section.

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Diet is an extremely personal thing: what works for one body may not be ideal for another body. There's only one rule to remember, but you cannot violate it: to avoid gaining weight, you must BURN more calories than you CONSUME. Every diet in the world is based on this principle. Whether you eat fewer carbs and more protein, or more whole-grain carbs and no meat; whether you're vegan or an ovo-lacto-vegetarian; no matter which diet works well for you, the above rule ALWAYS applies over time. For most of us, a daily balance of burning more calories than we consume is ideal. But the occasional splurge will not hurt us if we remember to balance that day of heavier eating (think Thanksgiving) over the days ahead of or after the splurge day. Balance can be obtained by exercising more (burning more calories) with eating less (consuming fewer calories).

Don't neglect strength training in your quest to burn more calories. The simple truth is that stronger muscles are able to do more activities of daily living (ADL) and will burn more calories in the long run, especially fat calories. Strong muscles seriously boost your metabolism, and you will continue to burn more calories throughout the day after 15-30 minutes of muscle-strengthening, weight-bearing exercise.

To read an article about me published in the Rome (GA) News-Tribune, follow this link!

Dr. Sherri Weiler
Associate Professor, Performing Arts Program
American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates