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Workout

Why Warm-Up?

A basic warm-up is an essential component to an exercise program and to each workout you perform. Here are some of the main reasons a warm-up will benefit your body and enhance your workout: – Warm-ups provide essential neurological and physiological preparation needed for vigorous exercise – A proper warm-up increases blood flow to working […]


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Top 3 Tips for Female Exercisers

I’m still amazed at how many women avoid the gym or dare not venture into the free weight area because “that stuff is for guys.” The benefits of exercise and particularly strength training are universal – they apply to both men and women. Approaching the dumbbells and machines may involve an “intimidation factor” but with […]


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Tips for Cold Weather Activity and Exercise

The weather has begun to turn cooler and winter is right around the corner. Although this time of the year is usually accompanied by a drop in physical activity, it’s still important to stay active and healthy through the season. One option is to bring your exercise indoors and opt for the gym and other […]


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Exercises to Avoid

There are a variety of exercises that you can choose to incorporate into your fitness program – some better than others. While there are definite considerations you should take when creating your routine (exercise experience, goals, current muscle imbalances, etc.), there are a number of exercises that are generally viewed as poor in nature due […]


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Exercise and The Obesity-Depression Link

The association between obesity and depression has been well-established, with several studies examining the correlation. Some research suggests that there is a direct relationship—obesity can lead to depression and vice versa. A study by researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands found a strong link with obese individuals having a 55% increased […]


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Carrot and Cilantro Treat

This simple side dish is a quick and easy way to add some vegetables to any meal or to be eaten as a snack. Ingredients 4 medium carrots, washed and peeled Small handful of fresh cilantro, leaves picked 1 table spoon of toasted sesame seeds Dressing Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 lemon Extra […]


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3-Point Nutrition Plan

There are plenty of fads, diets, and pre-packaged meal plan options available out there, yet obesity is on the rise. Why? Simple. Diets don’t work. Fads fade. Meal plan options are only temporary and become expensive over time. Sometimes we make nutrition more complicated than it really is. Here is a simple 3-point plan for […]


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I Have a Cold…Should I Workout?

The question of whether or not you should work out when sick is one that I often get from clients and one that is somewhat disputed amongst doctors and exercise physiologists. The question is often whether exercising when ill will make you worse, or as some people claim, help “kick the cold out” of you. […]


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Kettlebell or Dumbbell Swing

Kettlebells are terrific tools for exercise but may be challenging for a beginner so you can easily substitute with a dumbbell. Either way, technique is paramount here, so start slowly with light weight focusing on form and then gradually progress. Start with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Maintain a flat spine with chest out and […]


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