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  • Doing squat correctly can benefit weekly workouts Dec 10, 2012 6:00 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.

     
  • Avoid excuses and stay healthy this holiday season Nov 27, 2012 9:53 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.

     
  • Choosing the right shoe can improve exercise routine Nov 12, 2012 11:24 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.

     
  • Pushups a great exercise if done properly Oct 29, 2012 6:24 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.

     
  • Get your body workout-ready with dynamic stretching Oct 15, 2012 6:16 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.

     
  • Make collagen protein part of a balanced diet Oct 1, 2012 6:00 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.

     
  • Tabata can change how you strength train Sep 17, 2012 6:16 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.

     
  • Doing bent-over row correctly can enhance workout Sep 3, 2012 6:00 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.

     
  • It’s beneficial to know about good, bad fats Aug 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Fats come in both healthy and unhealthy forms. Learn which ones to avoid and which ones to eat more frequently.

     
  • Feel better by keeping your body hydrated Aug 6, 2012 6:00 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.

     
  • How to keep your insides working properly Jul 23, 2012 5:00 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.

     
  • Staying on diet track while traveling requires planning Jul 9, 2012 6:00 AM
    Traveling can make healthy eating and exercise a challenge. But, with a sensible game plan, you'll find that you can do a pretty good job of eating healthy even when you're away from home for weeks at a time. First, do your homework. Once you know where you'll be traveling, go online and check out healthy restaurants and grocery stores in that area.

     
  • A healthy menu for your summer cookouts Jun 25, 2012 6:00 AM
    Summer is here and cookouts are everywhere. Grilling can be healthy and tasty if you know which foods to choose and how to prepare them.

     
  • Playground can be a fun place for a workout Jun 11, 2012 11:11 AM
    This week PushFitness trainers Mark Trapp and Joshua Steckler want you to go low-tech with your workout, get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and have some fun. All you need is your bodyweight and some playground equipment at your local park.

     
  • Learn to manage stess with proper diet May 28, 2012 6:00 AM
    We all have a good understanding of what stress feels like and many of us practice techniques to manage it. But certain foods may be causing stress within your body, also known as inflammation. "The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison," Dr. Ann Wigmore says.

     
  • Why cutting out soda might be best plan for your health May 14, 2012 1:15 PM
    Jeff from Schaumburg asks Push Fitness trainers whether switching from regular to diet sodas will fit in with his plan to lose weight and become healthier by making better food choices. Joshua and Mark offer their take on som of the scientific research done on this controversial topic.

     
  • Get your cardio while building muscle with weights Apr 30, 2012 6:00 AM
    Trainers at Push Fitness in Schaumburg lead you through two strength training circuits. One is a lighter round more focused on higher reps while the second circuit is a heavy round more focused on higher weights. This way you can get a great cardio workout while building muscle at the same time.

     
  • Learn which foods to choose for a nutrient-rich diet Apr 16, 2012 6:00 AM
    There's more to a balanced diet than proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Yes, those macronutrients are importants but look closer at your food choices to balance your diet's micronutrient profile. More commonly known as vitamins and minerals, micronutients help your immune system fight disease and the signs of aging.

     
  • Get your mind set on long-term health Apr 2, 2012 6:12 AM
    If you're serious about taking control of your health, stop looking at exercise and nutrition as a 'short-term' thing that you're doing right now and learn to see it as a 'long-term' habit that you will practice from now on. If you look at the big picture you will greatly improve your chances for success and overall wellness.

     
  • Quick exercise circuit with weights, sandbag Mar 19, 2012 6:00 AM
    This month's workout is a circuit of five exercises that's performed straight through with minimal rest. The first round consists of 10 reps per exercise, the second round consists of nine reps, the third round eight reps, and so on until you get to one rep per exercise. Rest between each round as needed. Keep a stopwatch nearby so you can record how long it takes you to complete the entire workout.

     
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