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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?

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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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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Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes

Walk into nearly any grocery store and you’ll see shelves filled with candy that many people now see and think of sugar and type 2 diabetes. Why? Because it touches all of us. In 1990, less than 5% of the population had diabetes. Now, it is more than 10%, with[…]

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Train Smarter Not Harder

There are few things as exciting as new clients eager to make serious lifestyle changes and make up for lost time in their quest to get fit and healthy.  Their motivation and passion are contagious, and watching transformations is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a trainer. But in[…]

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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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Effects of Sugar

The warm breezes of spring mean that Easter is around the corner!  After the heavy colors of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, the bright, cheerful colors of spring are a welcome sight.  But the cheerful colors are not limited to flowers and eggs.  There is no escaping the onslaught of[…]

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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 athletes, performance is directly tied to diet.  Food is fuel if you want to train at the peak of your ability and recover quickly. Be intentional about what you eat, taking care to feed your body what it needs, not what will only temporarily satisfy[…]

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