Catalyst 4 Fitness

General Health

Cortisol and Fat Loss

Some have called it the “master” of all hormones.  Others curse it for wreaking havoc on our body’s fragile endocrine balance.  In spite of mixed opinions, this is certain: cortisol and fat loss are intricately connected. As a powerful hormone it is necessary for life, but if its level is[…]

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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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Sleep Deprivation

How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”?  Probably not very often.  Sleep deprivation seems to be the new normal.  In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it is the new normal:  most Americans are sleep-deprived. […]

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Find Your Motivation

Motivation is different for everyone – for some it is internal, for others it is external. Once you find your motivation, you are on the path to success. Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students: Last year, one of my young cross-country runners[…]

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Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors – Fitness starts in your mind.  Ask any athlete or fit person what the number one secret is to his success at fitness, and he will tell you it is commitment. Commitment to fitness means that you are in it for the long haul.  Fitness commitment rises above bad[…]

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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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Hormone Imbalance

Do you know what your pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands and pancreas have in common?  They are all endocrine glands, and their jobs are to make hormones, and all can contribute to hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemicals that deliver messages throughout your entire body via the bloodstream.  These messages[…]

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Holiday Survival Guide

During the holiday season it seems everywhere we turn there are tempting foods and drinks—from treats at office parties to our own traditional family favorites.  When you add in a busy schedule filled with shopping and get-togethers, you could have a recipe for disaster as far as your scale is[…]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s that time of year again—a time of cool breezes, colored leaves and holiday preparation.  Fall and winter are exciting times…  Unless you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you struggle with winter depression, this time of year is not filled with joy and anticipation.  Instead, you probably feel like[…]

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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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