Catalyst 4 Fitness

General Health

Relaxation and Fat Loss

Want to get healthy and lose weight?  Then relax.  It’s true.  Relaxation and fat loss are connected. The Role of Cortisol One of the most important reasons that relaxation is good for you is because it prevents the release of excess cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases[…]

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Power Nap

It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open.  Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a nap. But cutting-edge, productive people wouldn’t take a power nap, would they? Actually, they do.[…]

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Mindless Eating

Chances are you’ve been pulling out some of your spring clothing—those favorite pieces from last year.  But if you are like many people, they don’t feel quite as comfortable as they did at the end of summer.  The zipper is a little harder to zip, and the fit is a[…]

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Best Protein Powder

Protein powders can be part of a healthy diet, but how do you know which is the best protein powder? You don’t want to waste your money, and you want to buy the protein that is going to help you reach your goals. If you aren’t working with a trainer[…]

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Liver Detoxification

Liver detoxification isn’t simply staying away from alcohol for a period of time. If you are like most people, you don’t often think about your liver but if you are interested in living as healthy as possible, attending to your liver can have big payoffs. Named after the Old English[…]

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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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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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