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  • Kettlebell swing starting position

    Kettlebell exercises can be incorporated into fitness routine Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kettlebells are a great tool that can be used by themselves or in conjunction with other free weights. Because a kettlebell has most of its weight hanging below the handle, the grip to weight distribution is different from a dumbbell. You create more momentum once the kettlebell starts moving and this momentum can be advantageous when harnessed and used properly. Three exercises to try are the kettlebell swing, the kettlebell squat to press and the lunge to lateral kettlebell swing.

     
  • Sugar can cause inflammation in your body, which is the underlying cause for many diseases.

    Limit sugar intake so your body can function properly Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    How can something so sweet be so bad for you? Sugar is everywhere in today's foods. Take a look at any processed food and most will have some form of added sugar — be it actual granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose or rice syrup to name a few. No matter the form, this sweet substance can wreak havoc on the body when consumed in greater than relative moderation. So why is sugar our enemy?

     
  • Eating green smoothies can be a good way to get in lots of daily fruit and veggie servings.

    Green smoothies provide health benefits, energy boost Mar 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Green smoothie ... I know what you're thinking — that sounds disgusting. What's in a green smoothie anyway? A green smoothie is a shake made in your blender that has numerous health benefits and is quite simple and inexpensive to make. Ingredients might include a few green leafy vegetables paired up with one or two fruits. Plus, these smoothies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

     
  • Improper form for a dead lift.

    Dead lifts can be a total body workout, if done correctly Mar 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, there aren't too many exercises that can beat the dead lift. This total-body exercise demands strength, power, cardiovascular efficiency, and postural control. Learn to do dead lifts the correct way to get the most out of them when you exercise.

     
  • You can ward off germs and bacteria by improving your overall immune system.

    Boosting immune system will help you avoid colds, flu Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chances are, you’ve recently had family members or co-workers sick with a cold or the flu. This time of year seems to bring on sickness as often as the weather changes. Although you might not be able to totally avoid getting sick, maintaining a resilient immune system may lessen the severity, duration and frequency of illness. There are natural ways to boost your immune system and overall health.

     
  • Having healthy ingredients in your kitchen will help you make healthy meals.

    Keys to healthy eating: Planning, prepping, cooking Feb 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you're serious about maintaining your health for the long haul, you'll probably find yourself spending more time in the kitchen. This isn't to say that you'll eat more, but the extra time will be spent planning, prepping and cooking your meals. It is essential to have the right healthy ingredients in your kitchen to make sure you are eating right. Try this salmon and veggie recipe.

     
  • Stretching the thoracic region

    Foam roller stretching can reduce muscle tension Jan 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you've resolved to become fitter and healthier this year, we hope you're off to a great start. For many people, the consistency needed to see results is sabotaged by nagging overuse injuries, sore muscles or achy joints. One simple way to be proactive and prevent these conditions from ever occurring is by consistently practicing self myofascial release with a foam roller.

     
  • Avoid common mistakes to reach your health goals Jan 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    So the new year is here and you've made your resolution. You've convinced yourself that this is the year you'll finally lose the weight and get healthy. You have a goal. You have a plan. You have support. But, do you have all the facts? Rather than spinning your wheels this year and giving up out of frustration, we thought we'd address the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.

     
  • Know your goals and work hard at them, but first make sure your health is ready for the work ahead.

    Check in with your body to achieve success in the new yearDec 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    With the new year just days away, many of you are thinking about change. We hope this change comes in the form of making exercise a consistent part of the upcoming year. But, before you hit the ground running in 2013, we recommend evaluating your current fitness level and getting things in check before setting out to conquer your new goals.

     
  • Resisted squat

    Doing squat correctly can benefit weekly workouts Dec 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    The squat is often called the king of all exercises. When performed correctly, it's one of the best all-around exercises for total body strength and conditioning. When using resistance, the squat uses muscles of the legs, hips, core, back, shoulders and arms, making it a great overall exercise.

     
  • Turkey served with vegetables is a healthy way to go at the holidays.

    Avoid excuses and stay healthy this holiday season Nov 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    The holiday season is upon us. It's the time of year when there seems to be a carefree attitude with keeping up on proper nutrition and exercise. Most people end up gaining weight as the year wraps up and many will struggle to take it back off. Rather than finding yourself in a bad situation come January, let's identify some common misconceptions that could stand in the way of you staying on track during the holiday season.

     
  • Classic running shoes or almost barefoot? What you choose will depend on your fitness routine.

    Choosing the right shoe can improve exercise routine Nov 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    One question we hear quite frequently is "What type of shoes should I wear while exercising?" A simple answer might be "Whatever you feel comfortable in." But, is the answer so simple? Let's take a look at shoe selection and how it affects your body during exercise. If you're choosing your shoes solely based on appearance, you're probably missing out on the performance aspects of many models.

     
  • Advanced pushup

    Pushups a great exercise if done properly Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    The pushup is one of the most popular exercises due to its simplicity and effectiveness. It can be done literally anywhere with no added equipment. But, as simple as the pushup may seem, many people struggle with the actual movement and have even more trouble maintaining form throughout an entire set. Follow these tips to make sure your form is perfect and the exercise benefits you.

     
  • Lunge to twist can help warm up your whole body.

    Get your body workout-ready with dynamic stretching Oct 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    Forcing a tight, cold muscle to stretch can increase your chance for injury, so we always recommend working with your natural range of motion as a means to prepare your body for an upcoming workout. Dynamic stretching is a great option for a pre-workout warm-up because it can improve your natural range of motion and prepare your muscles for the upcoming workload.

     
  • Chicken with the skin, bone and tissue is a good source of collagen protein.

    Make collagen protein part of a balanced diet Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    Protein is an undeniably important part of our makeup. Protein is the foundation for enzymes, hormones, organ tissue, muscles, bones and many other facets of the body. So, it would seem logical that dietary consumption of protein is important for someone wanting to maintain optimal health. The largest and most abundant protein in the body is collagen. It makes up roughly 65 percent or our total protein.

     
  • Dumbbell squat

    Tabata can change how you strength train Sep 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    Learn about a style of strength training called Tabata. It involves doing short bouts of high-intensity exercises followed by a short recovery period.

     
  • Bent-over row, step 1

    Doing bent-over row correctly can enhance workout Sep 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    The bentover row is a great pulling exercise that utilizes the posterior muscles of the back, shoulders and hips as well as the core, biceps and forearms. Your posture and biomechanics will be improved by working this often neglected posterior muscle chain.

     
  • Avocados and coconuts are both good sources of healthy fats.

    It’s beneficial to know about good, bad fats Aug 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    Fats come in both healthy and unhealthy forms. Learn which ones to avoid and which ones to eat more frequently.

     
  • Pure filtered water is the best liquid you can drink for your body to stay hydrated and feel your best.

    Feel better by keeping your body hydrated Aug 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Water makes up about 70 percent of the body, 90 percent of the blood and 85 percent of the brain, so you can imagine that a lack of it could have a negative effect on bodily functions. There are many water sources out there from basic tap water to high-end bottled spring water, but how do you know which one to choose? A main concern when choosing a water source is to be aware of its purity.

     
  • Keeping your insides functioning properly is essential to feeling good and being healthy.

    How to keep your insides working properly Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    For your body to perform at its best, you must eat the right types of foods and you must be able to properly digest and absorb those foods.

     
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