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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.


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Why You're Not Sleeping

Although we likely know the impacts shortchanging sleep imposes on our health and weight, the majority of us still don't get enough rest.

Most of us even know we're short on shut-eye. Maybe we want to change our ways and make earnest attempts at earlier bedtimes, but somehow our good intentions never quite result in a full night's rest. 

For better or worse, there isn’t one solution that works for everyone (although certain biology based strategies tend to hold). Finding the best fix for your sleep situation has everything to do with understanding and addressing what got you to those sleepless nights from the start.

Read on to learn the top reasons our clients struggle with sleep - and the solutions that have worked for them! 


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5 “Must-Know” Facts for Bone Health

The mighty skeletal system: it’s the protector of organs, manufacturer of blood cells, reservoir for mineral stores, provider of structure, and even functioning component of the endocrine system.

Yet, it appears our bone health is getting short shrift.

With osteoporosis affecting 1 out of 10 women over the age of 50, and 20% of hip fracture patients dying within a year of injury, it’s safe to say we need to prioritize our skeletal strength.

Additionally, we need to reassess the assumptions we may have about what supports good bone maintenance. Read on for 5 must-know strategies to support lifelong bone health today.


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20 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being This Summer

Have you started a summer bucket list of healthy options yet?

Imagine for a moment that this could be your healthiest, most vital summer season ever!

 Now can be the perfect time of year to make a list of new ideas you’ve been wanting to try (or old habits you’d like to retry) as you optimize your healthy way of life.  

See below for my top twenty ways to boost your well-being - all with a summer spin. Try one or try them all! 


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Can Body Therapies Boost Your Weight Loss Journey? 

When was the last time you had a massage - or other form of bodywork?

An increasing number of people are embracing hands-on therapies as part of their health and wellness routines.

Long gone are the days when massage was simply seen as a form of pampering. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 91% of surveyed consumers view massage as beneficial to health and wellness. Seventy-four percent, in fact, believe it should be a form of healthcare.

Although therapeutic massage might be one of the most commonly sought after body therapies, other popular forms include chiropractic care, reflexology and acupuncture.  


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The Insidious Story of Inflammation: What It Is and Why It Matters

Inflammation - it’s a technical process but not a complicated story.

In short, a long time ago our bodies evolved the incredible ability to respond to injury and infection through a rather ingenious process of self-repair.

What a lucky development, huh? But wait! Now we see inflammation all over health news with the media equivalent of emergency sirens blaring and public health officials’ urgent calls to action.

What gives? How did something so necessary to human survival become public enemy #1?

Are we really talking about the same bodily process? Is the media just inflaming the inflammation headlines?

In short, yes and no, respectively. Let’s back up a bit, however, and look at how A becomes B - how healthy inflammation becomes unhealthy inflammation - and what it all has to do with you

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7 Ways Stress Causes Fat Gain 

Stress is part of life - good stress, bad stress, and various versions of in-between stress.

Without stress, there is no life. There's nothing for our bodies to adapt to. The real problem most of us have, however, is too much stress in relation to our ability to bounce back from it. In short, we don't have enough chance to build resilience.

Don’t get me wrong. Some stress and some cortisol are necessary – even good (at the right times, under the right circumstances, for limited durations).

It's excess stress, which I’ll call distress, that takes a toll on us - our health and even our weight. In my experience, there are several ways stress negatively impacts body composition. When we understand the body's reaction and our potential choices, however, we can develop better resilience and ideally spend more time in a state of eustress.

Let's break down how stress acts on the body's metabolism and related systems. 

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