Get Off The Prozac. Get On The Treadmill

So you already know that exercise is good for memory, mood, and energy – but did you know it can also help reduce anxiety? The theory behind this is that when you’re exercising, your body increases its heart rate and breathing pattern in a way that is similar to that of anxiety – therefore, through […]

5 Weight Loss Tips

1) Exercise doesn’t really help with weight loss. There I said it, but it’s not really the exercise that causes the weight loss, rather the habit you adopt. Working out gets you out of that seated position, away from the junk food, and moving. These are all the contributing factors for healthy and sustainable weight […]

Eating Clean – What Does It Mean?

We’ve all heard it – “You want to clean up your body?… Clean up your food!” But what exactly does that mean? As Psychology Today author Susan McQuillan (M.S.,RDN) very justly asks – is anyone actually eating dirty? As in dirty food? Well, not necessarily. These days ‘eating clean’ simply means, eating healthy. Which thank […]

Sometimes It’s The Little Things

Dream Big! You’ve heard this before I’m sure. We should no doubt shoot for the stars in our goals, whatever it may be, but don’t forget it is the little things that add up and make for the greatest accomplishments. Unfortunately though, we thrive on instant gratification and tend to expect immediate results whenever we […]

Sugar Low, Summer High

My dad asks me at the counter of our favorite lunch spot, “So, what about a Coke?” I say, “Twenty.” Dad, “Minute Maid Lemonade?” Myself, “Fourteen.” Drinking one of those options along with your meal would be the equivalent of pouring twenty and fourteen sugar packets, respectively, on to your plate. Needless to say, if […]

Physical Education In Schools

Check out this video! It’s a wonderful demonstration of how there was once a time in American culture when health and fitness was gaining strong and positive momentum in our school systems. Unfortunately, the fad dwindled away. Here at Pledge To Fitness, we would love to change the status quo, and embrace every venture and […]

Bike Your Way To A Faster Sprint

It may already be part of your routine, but if not, know that whether you’re on a stationary or road bicycle, interval cycling can make you a faster runner! Some of us hate running. Even those who are natural runners acknowledge the fact that what they do is tough– except Usain Bolt, he says it’s […]

A Personal Note

On a personal note… I suffered an ACL injury about 6 years ago that, even after surgery, never actually healed until it was finally confirmed as ruptured at the end of last year (2015). The protocols my doctors and physical therapists prescribed me left me limited until May of this year, and to this day […]

Healthy Holidays

Tis the season, I suppose. But it doesn’t have to end with adding a bunch of those extra holiday pounds. These next few months are littered with distraction. School activities, long lines in every store, holiday parties, and family coming to town, all jam packed in these next few weeks can really mess with your […]