When my clients ask me the best way to shed pounds and get a full body workout, there are many types of exercises and fitness programs that I can tailor for their individual needs. Frequently, one of the programs I recommend is non-combative boxing, particularly with a heavy bag. So many people initially don't realize just how complete of a workout it is until they start doing it. More than that, they are amazed at how much they enjoy it.

Mackie Shilstone, the trainer and fitness guru whose 3,000 clients have included Ozzie Smith, Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones and the actor John Goodman, is now working with tennis superstar Serena Williams.

On the shelf of almost a year, Williams, 29, is working out five days a week in hopes of returning this month to defend her Wimbledon title. The problems started when Williams stepped on broken glass and had surgery twice to repair the damage.

We all know that one of the healthiest exercises the average person can do to improve their overall health is to begin a walking program. It's low impact, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tones muscles and burns calories. Throughout the day, the recommended number of steps you should take is at least 10,000 steps. This is easily attainable by combining your dedicated walking plan of a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes and the steps you take through normal tasks you do at home or work. Always remember that you can safely increase your step totals as your fitness level increases.

The June issue of Muscle & Body Magazine tackles a subject that many parents with teenage athletes are facing or may be facing soon. It is whether supplements should be used as part of their child's fitness plans and if so, which ones may be safe. The author, as do I, cautions all parents to get educated on supplements and the repercussions they may have on their teenager. That research should start with their physicians and team trainers prior to starting a supplement.

It is estimated that over 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches while approximately 45 million suffer from other chronic headaches. For migraine sufferers, these headaches can last a few hours to a few days, and they commonly report intense pain with combinations of nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for Nola.com detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 

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