General Health

Blood Sugar Level

With summer comes an abundance of fresh fruity cocktails and lots of ice cream. Unfortunately, these are the foods that can spell danger for your blood sugar level.  The few minutes of pleasure that you derive from those cold, sugary treats can pave the way for decades of chronic illness.[…]

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blood sugar level chart

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like springtime does.  When the warm breezes start blowing, we want to open the windows and revitalize our homes and our spirits. This is the time to make healthy[…]

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if you don't make time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness

7 Reasons to Use Creatine

Creatine is a powerhouse supplement that should be in nearly everyone’s kitchen cabinet. These 7 reasons to use creatine make it almost magical as it helps: to boost performance improve body composition increase strength levels in both trained athletes and bodybuilding novices help build muscle and strength increase bone mineral[…]

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Catalyst 4 Fitness Creatine Monohydrate

Warming Up Before Exercise

You might be tempted to skip warming up before you exercise. 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 it could[…]

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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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a sign saying you can't out exercise a bad diet

Foods to Avoid

When I began writing this, I intended to title it the “Worst 5 Foods” but there were so many foods and meals from restaurants, desserts, drinks, and side dishes that my list was nearly endless. Instead, I decided to group some general foods together, although I do use a few[…]

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fast foods to avoid

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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stress meter

HIIT – Fad or Real?

Is High Intensity Interval Training also known as HIIT – fad or real? First, let’s explain it. 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. It is challenging. It is not[…]

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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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two snowmen talking about winter weight gain

Exercise and Brain Power

Is there a correlation between exercise and brain power? Whether you are a student, the parent of a student, or a teacher, you likely have one thing on your mind:  academic performance. From kindergartners to graduate level college students, concentration and learning are critical and directly related to how successful[…]

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