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  • Salads can be packed with nutrients, flavor, and color.

    Add the right ingredients to make your salad a healthy mealJun 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Salad. The word itself can conjure up thoughts of dieting and boring lunches, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Salads can be packed with nutrients, flavor, and color while giving you convenient options for any meal or snack. The key is in the ingredients. Technically, a salad is a mixture of greens that is usually topped with a dressing. But, salads go way beyond iceberg lettuce, croutons, and ranch dressing. The possibilities are virtually endless as long as you understand how to build your salads to include all three macronutrients ­— carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

     
  • Proper mobility will minimize your chance for injury and help you maximize exercise output.

    Prevent injuries with these tipsMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Injuries sustained during exercise are far too common and can discourage even the most focused athletes. Injury prevention is definitely time well-pent and much more enjoyable than injury rehabilitation. Keep your body healthy by practicing the following tips and working to avoid injuries altogether.

     
  • Steps to support brain health, improve overall wellnessApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brain health is an often overlooked aspect of fitness but has a major impact on the overall well-being of the body. Many times brain health is only addressed once there are known issues. Fortunately, many of the healthy steps we recommend for the well-being of the body will also support healthy brain function.

     
  • With the bar overhead, this exercise becomes a total-body exercise and requires much more balance, stability and flexibility than a typical squat.

    Change up your workout to get better resultsMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Changing up your workout routine is great for progressing the body as well as keeping your head in the game. Boring workouts get boring results. We’ve taken three common exercises and modified them to make them more challenging and more interesting — the squat, the lunge, and the pushup.

     
  • Pre- and post-workout nutrition is extremely important, not only to avoid feeling sick during workouts, but to allow you to perform at your best while maximizing recovery.

    Eating before and after workout is importantMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Should I eat before or after my workout? And what do you recommend I have?

     
  • Kale has plenty of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients while only yielding around 35 calories per cup.

    Strengthen your diet with ‘superfoods’Feb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Superfoods are wholesome, real foods that happen to pack a big punch. Strengthen your diet by including these superfoods on a consistent basis.

     
  •  There arenít many exercises that elicit as much muscle recruitment as the dead lift.

    Exercise selection is key to getting results Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    How do you choose the exercises that make up your workouts? When it comes to weight loss and improving body composition, exercise selection is key to getting results.

     
  • Avoid common mistakes when launching your exercise program for the new year.

    Five common exercise mistakes to avoid Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Thinking of hitting the gym in search of a healthier body in January? If your workouts include strength training, and they should, don't make these common mistakes that many times cause unnecessary injury and hinder results.

     
  • Make 2014 the year you finally lose weight and stay healthy for good.

    Now is the time to set fitness goals for next yearDec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Now is the perfect time to look back over the past year and evaluate what you’ve accomplished and what you may have missed out on. Then, set your fitness goals for 2014.

     
  • Sleep quality is a major factor in overall health.

    Improve your sleep to enhance your healthNov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Besides being fatigued and irritable, lack of sleep can have negative health consequences including a weakened immune system, an increased chance for heart disease, and even diminished brain health.

     
  • Walking overhead lunge

    Strengthening your core means doing more than sit-upsOct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    The term “core” is often used in the fitness industry, and much attention seems to go toward strengthening it. Many people think of the core as their abs, but the core is actually comprised of several muscles throughout the midsection of the body.

     
  • Herbs can help with a variety of ailments.

    Don't forget about herbs for your health Oct 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Often overlooked, yet an important component of nutrition, herbs pack a big punch from a small package. Most people use culinary herbs or spices to flavor their food, but herbs have many benefits in addition to being taste enhancers. Herbs have been used for centuries as medicine to treat or alleviate symptoms of disease, so don't underestimate their potency.

     
  • When you move your body in a squat position, make sure your posture is perfect to get the most out of the exercise.

    Improve your workouts by fixing common mistakes Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Exercise is essential for optimal health, but too often many movements are performed incorrectly due to an improper load or just simply being unaware of poor body mechanics. Improve your workouts by avoiding these common mistakes in the gym.

     
  • Making sure you go to the grocery store every few days to restock fruits, veggies and meats is one way stay healthy.

    Master diet to make sure you are eating healthySep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    What is the secret to healthy eating? It seems everyone has their own idea of the perfect diet. But, regardless of what style of eating you consider healthy — food guide pyramid, low-carb, paleo — those who have mastered their dietary health share the following common practices.

     
  • Walking lunge with twist

    Functional training can add impact, challenge to your workout Aug 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Is your current exercise routine specific to your needs? Are the exercises helping or hindering you? Are you getting results? These are all questions worth asking yourself when assessing or re-evaluating your workouts. Functional training can be described as working your body as a unit ó as itís meant to move, rather than isolating specific muscles.

     
  • You don’t have to eat traditional breakfast foods in the morning. Try a protein like chicken with some veggies.

    Start your day with a healthy meal Aug 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It seems like such a logical concept — wake up, feed your body and get on with your day. But many people “don’t have time” or “just aren’t hungry” and either skip breakfast altogether or grab less than desirable options. The following are five great reasons to eat breakfast every day.

     
  • It’s important to make sure the jump rope you use is the right fit to ensure a safe workout.

    Use a jump rope to change up, enhance your workouts Jul 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    A jump rope workout is something you can add to your weekly workouts or add slowly to enhance the exercise you are doing every day.

     
  • Berries are packed with antioxidants and add some color to a diet.

    Let’s count the benefits of natural carbs Jul 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    It’s true that many people eat too many carbs. Many processed foods, which make up a majority of American’s diets, are high in carbs and low in nutrients. But this doesn’t mean that all carbs are bad. Many of them, in fact, are not only healthy, but necessary for optimal health. Ntural carbohydrates, such as berries or avocados, will give you energy as well as a wide range of nutrients.

     
  • Bursts of energy in your workouts will help your fitness routine and metabolism.

    High-intensity exercise helps get the heart pumping Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Cardio comes in many different forms and intensities depending on your fitness level. No matter what your cardio routine consists of, never get complacent with the same monotonous routine. A great way to energize your cardio routine is to practice HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Adding high-intensity workouts to your exercise routine can speed up your metabolism and help your overall fitness routine from becoming mundane.

     
  • Teaching kids about healthy foods at a young age will stick with them into adulthood.

    Variety in diet, avoiding processed foods can benefit kids Jun 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    As a general rule, try to give your kids as much food variety as possible. This ensures a wide array of nutrients and minimizes their chances of getting burned out on a particular food. Think of getting variety within each of the three macronutrient groups — protein, fats and carbohydrates. Along with variety, pick foods that are the most nutritious. Nutrient-dense foods will give your kids more of the things they need and keep them satisfied longer.

     
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