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Fitness

Warming Up Before Exercise

You might be tempted to skip the warm up when you work out.  After all, you only have so much time to exercise – “Let’s just get on with it already!  I’m in a hurry!” But warming up before exercise is a critical component of your fitness routine, and skipping[…]

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Rev Up Your High Intensity Interval Training

Achieving and maintaining the body you want is hard. It takes commitment, dedication, and focus to keep your end goal in mind. Being the best you can be means that you should use all of the tools available to you – a smartly designed program, a custom nutrition plan, and[…]

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Out Exercise a Bad Diet

Ever heard someone give themselves permission to indulge their sweet tooth just because they just had a great workout?  It’s a common excuse. Many people believe that because they exercise, they’re in the black when looking at their calorie input vs. calorie output.  However you can not out exercise a[…]

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Effects of Stress

We all hear how bad stress is for us, and that we have to control it. But what does this really mean? What are the effects of stress on us? How Does Your Body React to Stress? When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol.  In small[…]

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HIIT – Fad or Real?

High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT – fad or real? HIIT is a workout that includes various intervals structured in a way to ensure you get maximum benefits from your workout in a short amount of time. Not for the inexperienced, HIIT: Builds endurance Boosts metabolism Builds muscle while losing[…]

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Winter Weight Gain

Did you know that research shows the average winter weight gain to be five to seven pounds? Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression.  But most of us can’t blame winter depression for our tendency to pick up extra weight during[…]

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Alcohol and Fitness

How bad is alcohol for me? How many beers can I have if I only drink on the weekends? What if it’s light-colored beer? Wine is better than beer, right? But vodka is clear – isn’t that better for you? If I had a dollar for each time I’m asked[…]

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Rest and Recovery For Optimum Health

Vacation season is about to go into full swing.  Whether you are traveling to the mountains or the beach, it’s the time of year when many of us start planning for a much needed break from the daily grind. When you think of getting fit, resting is probably not the[…]

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Alzheimer’s – Feared Worse Than Death

Surveys have shown that there is something that Americans fear more than death.  It is Alzheimer’s disease.  For most of us, losing our personhood–those characteristics which make us who we are–is a fate worse than death. What is Alzheimer’s? Named after Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the condition in 1906, Alzheimer’s[…]

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Do It Anyway

Look at the calendar. It’s the end of September. Stores are already tempting you with Halloween candy, and very soon it will be the season filled with company parties, happy hours, and family gatherings – all of which you are expected to or at least feel compelled to attend. How[…]

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