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Wednesday
Jul302014

7 Foods That Sabotage Fat Loss

The physical principles behind fat loss are relatively simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy journey! For one, many people think they’re making healthy food choices when actually their selections often sabotage their hard-work the rest of the day. When it comes to diet, going against the grain (literally) is often the most successful route. Our culture’s most popular foods and drinks are many times our worst weight management enemies. How does your everyday diet shake out? Read on to see if any of your daily choices (past or current) make the list!

 

 

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Monday
Jul282014

Why Core Strength Matters (and How to Get It)

Some of the most common questions I get from Life Time Fitness members or personal trainers involve core training. Questions range among topics like best training frequency, optimal workout length and best exercises. Our core strength is a key component of our overall strength and fitness development. In today’s article, let’s look at the three anatomical layers of the core as well as different core workout options you can use to train for optimal core strength results.

 

 

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Saturday
Jul262014

Body Fat Primer: Everything You Wanted to Know – But Were Afraid to Ask

The human body has an amazing capacity to store energy. Throughout childhood and adolescence, we accumulate a certain number of fat cells (adipose tissue) that will remain relatively constant for the rest of our lives. How many of these cells, you ask? Estimates are anywhere from 20 to 400 BILLION! The size of the fat cells and energy content housed within them can be manipulated, but the number is somewhat set unfortunately. Although we often use “weight loss” and “fat loss” interchangeably when we talk about body transformation goals, the actual processes end up looking quite different in execution - and outcome. Just what is the physiological story of fat, and what should it mean for our transformation journeys? Read on for a full body fat primer with everything you need to know for your fat loss goals.

 

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Wednesday
Jul232014

The Hardest (and Happiest) Conversations of Weight Loss Coaching

“I know what to do, but I just don’t do it.” I would estimate that 9 out of 10 clients start their weight loss coaching journeys with this self-blaming perspective. The common over-simplification too often responds to the mistaken “eat less, move more” approach to weight management, which we know isn’t correct. Once we get past the initial discussions about "what" to do (e.g. embracing the Healthy Way of Eating), the more salient and tricky question becomes, “Why don’t I do it?” I have had the honor of having hundreds of people allow me to be a part of their transformation journeys. As we start addressing the “why” together, perspectives change, and the conversations take on a different tone. In the midst of talking about societal trends, family patterns, personal habits, lifestyle influences, and hormonal issues, we inevitably encounter emotional highs and lows. Below are some of the most common positive and difficult discussions I encounter with my clients in their journeys.

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Monday
Jul212014

How Flexibility Affects Fitness

We understand the benefits of cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training, but how exactly does flexibility fit into the greater fitness picture? Whether you're becoming active again after many years of sedentary living or are working toward performance related goals, enhancing flexibility can support your fitness vision. Many of us have memories of gym class stretching, but rest assured exercise science has come a long way since then! Read on for more information about the benefits of flexibility and the variety of safe stretching techniques you can use in your workout routine.

 

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Saturday
Jul192014

Must-Have Motivation: 7 Coaches Share Their Top Insights

As key as nutrition and fitness are to weight loss, the process itself is continually fueled by our mental commitment. Motivation is a critical resource for every step of the journey. How do we initiate our process or jumpstart our beginning efforts? How do we maintain a positive mindset in the face of plateaus or other difficulties? How do we build our motivation and momentum over time? Check out 7 perspectives below care of our Flourish experts and their professional weight loss coaching and training experience! See which mantras speak to your process, and add the concepts that have motivated you along the way of your weight loss or transformation progress!

 

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Wednesday
Jul162014

8 Uncommon Tips for Women’s Wellness

When it comes to women’s health, it’s a complicated matter. A woman’s function and health are impacted by an intricate balance of hormone systems such as adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones. As women progress through the decades of life, hormones ebb and flow and can knock each other off track. This oftentimes creates more challenge in attaining optimal health and weight loss goals as women age. The good news is that we have control over our hormones and genes by what we choose to do or not do in our lives. Many factors impact hormone balance such as nutrition, supplementation, exercise, stress management, sleep, and the environment. Below you will find 8 tips for women’s wellness and optimizing hormone balance.

 

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