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Monday
Apr142014

How-To Fitness: Training Tips Every Beginner Should Know

Beginning a fitness journey can be an exciting but vulnerable time. Maybe it's been years (or decades) since you were active. Since then, your body has changed as have your present abilities. Medical difficulties or hard truths of other kinds may have gotten you back in the gym. The road ahead might appear daunting, but the journey is made one walk or workout at a time. While commitment is essential, it's important to understand that clear strategies exist to make your fitness endeavor more successful and efficient. Here are 8 training tips every beginner should know for maximizing the results of his/her exercise investment.

 

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Saturday
Apr122014

6 Tips for Partnering with Your Doctor

It’s no question that the North American medical systems are among the most advanced in the world for identifying and treating major disease. Fortunately, however, most of us aren’t battling an immediate, acute condition. We’re just trying to get in a healthier place, lose weight, build muscle, clean up our diets, and fine-tune our biomarkers to give us the most vitality and longevity possible. We want to prevent disease and improve our body’s overall condition. As impressive as Western medicine is at addressing life-threatening conditions, it’s not as conveniently designed to actively promote and guide the road to optimal health and peak performance. That said, there's plenty you can do to maximize your health care experience. You can find amazing support for your health and transformation journey with a few intentional strategies that will help you work more effectively with your health care providers.


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Wednesday
Apr092014

Spring Primer: 8 Ways to Refresh Your Health Routine

Most of us are welcoming the beginning of spring these days, shaking off the winter doldrums and anticipating the promises of summer. In the midst of these warmer days, maybe you're priding yourself on the hard work you've done over the winter months. On the other hand, maybe you find yourself wishing you were a little further along in your progress as summer (and swimsuit season) approach. Sometimes all you need is a refresh in your health and fitness routine to renew your motivation and kickstart the next chapter of your health and transformation journey! Check out these 8 tips below to recharge your healthy lifestyle this season. 

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Monday
Apr072014

20 Ideas to Turn Healthy Living into Family Fun

When we know how good a healthy life feels, we undoubtedly want to share the benefits with those we love. Getting the whole family on board with better practices means we not only have an easier time meeting our individual goals but enjoy knowing we’re passing on the love of a healthy lifestyle to our children. With the return of warm weather, it's the perfect time to re-envision your family routines and imagine new opportunities for sharing healthy eating and active living together. Want a few ideas to get you started? Below you’ll find 20 ways to make healthy living fun for the whole crew!

 

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Saturday
Apr052014

The 5 Most Unproductive Health Messages We Inherit

The health and fitness field certainly has no shortage of conflicting opinions. Thousands of published studies with various (and sometimes questionable) funding sources, research and development in the food and pharmaceutical industries, not to mention the endless number of bloggers, commercials, and gimmicks all play a role in the whirlwind of wellness confusion. While it might feel more comfortable to ignore it all and resort back to long-held viewpoints, the longevity of a health message doesn’t necessarily determine its accuracy. The power of repetition is mighty - whether it's in the media culture or around our kitchen tables. We all have familiar, standard messages that we either grew up with or we've heard so often that we've accepted them as truth. Here are five common concepts that are surprisingly unproductive for your health. 

 

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Thursday
Apr032014

Does “Food Combining” Make Sense?

When we envision a healthy diet, we carefully consider our food choices. What do we buy? How do we prepare it? Do we have an appropriate balance of macronutrients and ample micronutrients to fuel our body and optimize our physiological functioning? Are we avoiding unnecessary toxins and additives and eating a clean diet? In addition to these essential questions, some sources suggest that how we combine our food selections can make a difference in our health and metabolism. They claim that some combinations offer the best chance for good digestion and optimum nutrient absorption, while others put us at distinct disadvantage. Are they right? In a Healthy Way of Eating routine, does the how, when and “with what” matter? Let’s take apart the philosophy of food combining.

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Monday
Mar312014

8 Great Recovery Practices

Many fitness enthusiasts pride themselves on how often they get to the gym each week. To boot, many of them work as hard as possible when training. Whether it's running with the Running Club, training hard while listening to energetic music in a Group Fitness Class or getting sore while lifting weights, they find a great deal of post-workout satisfaction knowing they pushed themselves and challenged their limits. As great as it is to work hard, sweat freely and tire your muscles with each training session, however, there's another key but often overlooked workout component: applying good recovery techniques. Recovery is probably so undervalued because many of the techniques don't require hard work or even sound challenging. However, if you take the time to incorporate recovery techniques into your workout, they can actually accelerate your progress. Here are eight proven recovery techniques that can enhance your fitness program. 

 

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