Catalyst 4 Fitness

General Health

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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Exercise and Heat

Baby, it’s hot out there!  If you have been working out over the past winter and spring months, you may be surprised at the new challenges that summertime fitness throws at you. You are probably discovering that your body reacts to the combination of exercise and heat and humidity differently[…]

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Mother’s Day

This is for you, Moms.  In fact, whether you are a mom or not, this is for all the women out there who feel trapped in a cycle of, “One day, I am going to eat healthy, lose weight, and really take care of myself.” Make this is your Mother’s[…]

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Food for Fuel

From weekend warriors to Ironman finishers, performance is directly tied to diet.  If you want to train at the peak of your ability and recover quickly, you must look to food for fuel. Be intentional about what you eat, taking care to feed your body what it needs.  Trying to[…]

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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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Food Allergies

More and more we are hearing about food allergies and food sensitivities.  It is important to understand the difference between the two and their associated health issues. The Differences On the surface, food sensitivities and food allergies may seem to be the same, and while they can even cause some[…]

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