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  • 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.

  • Use a jump rope to change up, enhance your workouts Jul 22, 2013 6:00 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.

  • Let’s count the benefits of natural carbs Jul 8, 2013 5:00 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.

  • High-intensity exercise helps get the heart pumping Jun 24, 2013 6:32 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.

  • Variety in diet, avoiding processed foods can benefit kids Jun 10, 2013 5:00 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.

  • Stretching exercises help relieve inactivity stress May 27, 2013 5:00 AM
    If you're sitting most of the day, you know how tight and fatigued your body can become. Being slouched in front of a computer or stuck behind the steering wheel for hours on end is not an ideal posture for the human body to be positioned in. Our bodies are meant to move. In addition to consistent physical activity, the following five stretches will help you feel more energized while helping to alleviate muscle tightness and stress.

  • BOSU adds extra challenge to workout May 13, 2013 5:00 AM
    The BOSU is a great tool for improving balance, stability and proprioception due to its unstable shape. A BOSU is basically a stability ball sliced in half with one domed side and one flat side. The BOSU can be used on either side, which adds to its versatility.

  • Caffeine can be safe if you don’t overdo it Apr 29, 2013 6:15 AM
    Caffeine. Is it good or bad? We get this question all the time, but the answer really depends on your current state of health. A cup in the morning makes you feel more alert while satisfying the physical dependence you may acquire from drinking it daily. Most experts agree that a daily cup or two of coffee or tea is considered safe. Caffeine may not be suited for everyone though.

  • Kettlebell exercises can be incorporated into fitness routine Apr 15, 2013 5:00 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.

  • Limit sugar intake so your body can function properly Apr 1, 2013 5:00 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?

  • Green smoothies provide health benefits, energy boost Mar 19, 2013 10:54 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.

  • Dead lifts can be a total body workout, if done correctly Mar 4, 2013 8:26 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.

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