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  • How to improve your diet while traveling Sep 6, 2014 7:00 AM
    Q. I’m trying to eat right and lose weight but I travel almost every week. Sometimes I’m in the car for several hours and other times I’m getting on a plane and flying across the country. How can I improve my diet when I’m away from home?

     
  • Short on time? Try this workout Aug 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    How much time must you commit to exercise for it to be effective? This is obviously dependent on your goals, but a recent study found health benefits can be had in as little as 5 minutes a day.

     
  • Add vegetables to your healthy eating plan Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Eating a variety of fresh foods is a great way to ensure your body is getting well-rounded nutrition. If your vegetable preparation relies on the microwave, it’s time to expand your options to get more out of these powerhouse foods.

     
  • Avoid these exercises in your journey to better health Jul 7, 2014 5:27 PM
    Any exercise is better than no exercise, but if you're taking the time to work out, make sure you're choosing exercises that will truly improve your health and fitness. The following exercises are too commonly performed in hopes of measurable results, but often lead to injuries or disappointment.

     
  • Add the right ingredients to make your salad a healthy meal Jun 16, 2014 5:30 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.

     
  • Prevent injuries with these tips May 5, 2014 5:30 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 wellness Apr 14, 2014 6:18 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.

     
  • Change up your workout to get better results Mar 23, 2014 5:45 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.

     
  • Eating before and after workout is important Mar 3, 2014 5:00 AM
    Should I eat before or after my workout? And what do you recommend I have?

     
  • Strengthen your diet with ‘superfoods’ Feb 10, 2014 6:16 AM
    Superfoods are wholesome, real foods that happen to pack a big punch. Strengthen your diet by including these superfoods on a consistent basis.

     
  • Exercise selection is key to getting results Jan 18, 2014 5:45 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.

     
  • Five common exercise mistakes to avoid Dec 30, 2013 5:45 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.

     
  • Now is the time to set fitness goals for next year Dec 9, 2013 11:04 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.

     
  • Improve your sleep to enhance your health Nov 18, 2013 9:34 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.

     
  • Strengthening your core means doing more than sit-ups Oct 28, 2013 5:30 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.

     
  • Don't forget about herbs for your health Oct 7, 2013 9:37 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.

     
  • Improve your workouts by fixing common mistakes Sep 16, 2013 6:00 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.

     
  • Master diet to make sure you are eating healthy Sep 2, 2013 8:41 PM
    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.

     
  • Functional training can add impact, challenge to your workout Aug 19, 2013 6:00 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.

     
  • Start your day with a healthy meal Aug 5, 2013 6:00 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.

     
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