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Food is the Core Issue to Getting a Stronger Core!

by Joe Lawrence December 30th, 2013| Core
I was a very athletic teen and young twenties guy. I was blessed with a great metabolism and loved to work out. Subsequently, I had a strong core and was fairly tone. Sadly, this genetic advantage did not help me to learn good eating habits and I was a
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Dieting for Better Mental Health

by James Maynard December 27th, 2013| Video
Dieting can make a person feel great physically. It can provide more energy, less susceptibility to illness, and lead to a longer life. But, an under-appreciated benefit to losing weight is the way it makes you feel mentally. By feeling better mentally, you will have a better chance of
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Cardio in the Winter

by Joe Lawrence December 26th, 2013| Cardio, Outdoor
Winter is here and so is the cold for most of us. Sadly, for those of us who like to run are not able to get the same enjoyment with ice and snow. There are some other things that can be done to during these months to keep the
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Pre-race Jitters

by Louise December 25th, 2013| Fitness Expert
Getting a bit anxious before a race is nearly inevitable. Pre-race jitters aren't necessarily a bad thing; the jitters can translate to adrenaline, which will help during the race (at least to start). However, jitters can escalate to a point that negatively affects performance.

The best way to fight pre-race
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15 Minute Dice Workout

by Joe Lawrence December 23rd, 2013| 15 Minutes or Less, Strength Training
The other day I was cleaning out our play room and decided to look inside the game boxes to make sure all the pieces were there. When I opened a box with dice in it, I had an idea. The rip deck workout is popular where cards dictate the
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I Have Several Words for You – Plastics

by James Maynard December 20th, 2013| Video
Plastic containers are found everywhere, but only certain types should be used for storing food. If we want to make sure that we and our families are eating well, it is important to avoid certain types of plastics. In this video, we learn how to tell one variety of
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Indoor Cardio

by Joe Lawrence December 19th, 2013| Cardio, Indoor
It is that time of year where we do not want to go outside unless we have to. I live in the south and still seek numerous excuses to not go out for a run or ride my bike. Inside my house I can not stand to run on
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Cardio Before or After Lifting Weights?

by Jason Brennan December 18th, 2013| Fitness Expert
Is it better to do cardio before or after lifting weights? I get asked this question a lot. The two most important things to consider are your fitness goals and how you like to work out. If you like your routine, it’s easier it is to stick with it.
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Shoulders Do More Than Just Hold Up Your Head

by Joe Lawrence December 16th, 2013| Strength Training, Upper Body
Shoulder muscles are often taken for granted by many fitness fanatics. They are usually given a glancing set or two just to fill a super set. However, their importance is underestimated and developing them is something everyone needs to do.

Shoulders are used in almost every upper body workout, but
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The First Steps to Healthy

by James Maynard December 13th, 2013| Video
Starting down the road to living a healthier lifestyle can be the hardest part of getting into shape. Although the benefits of eating better and exercising are known to most everyone, it is hard to get into a healthy mindset if we have been sedentary for a while. In
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Fitbit Force Will Get you Moving

by Joe Lawrence December 12th, 2013| Exercise Wear
Since the moment the Fitbit Force was released to the public, I have been wearing it. After one month of continuous wear, I have come to one conclusion...it is outstanding!

I received the fitness bracelet from my kids as a birthday gift and was skeptical at first, but quickly realized
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3 Holiday Stress Busters

by Denise Druce December 11th, 2013| Fitness Expert
The holidays are upon us, and so are soaring levels of stress, anxiety and depression. The happiest time of the year?  For many, not so much.  At the end of every semester, I ask my yoga students at the University where I teach to write a paper summarizing the
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