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3 Part Plan for Getting Beach Ready

Joe Lawrence April 17th, 2024 | Strength Training

Living in the south I can already see summer peeking around the corner. This is great; however, I definitely need to get my beach body ready. I am going to do this using my never-fail three part plan.

Part one of the plan is calorie reduction. I vacillate between calorie counter apps,

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3 Part Plan for Getting Beach Ready

Joe Lawrence April 17th, 2024 | Strength Training

Living in the south I can already see summer peeking around the corner. This is great; however, I definitely need to get my beach body ready. I am going to do this using my never-fail three part plan.

Part one of the plan is calorie reduction. I vacillate between calorie counter apps, but usually always go back

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Quiet Your Inner Voice to Improve Your Body Image

Marnie Bii April 10th, 2024 | Mind & Body

If you cannot calm and quiet your inner voice, you may be your own worst enemy. Negative reactions to your image in a mirror or photograph can instantly derail your efforts to achieve self-acceptance. Even if you are working toward a firmer body or lower weight, you need to learn how to accept your image in a positive manner.

The first step definitely involves changing your knee jerk reaction to your image. You must replace all of those negative thoughts and emotions with

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2 Easy Exercises for Your Lower Body

Joe Lawrence April 3rd, 2024 | Lower Body, Strength Training

I love re-discovering exercises that I used to do or have done in the past. It is like moving the couch and finding the lost remote. Recently, I had such an experience, and it led me to think of some other lower body exercises I have filed away.

As I was doing some crunches on the floor, I had the urge to stretch my back and came across an exercise I did years ago. We called it a body bridge, but I have also seen it called

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4 Heart Pounding Yoga Poses for Your Abs

Marnie Bii March 27th, 2024 | Assorted Workouts, Cardio

Your core muscles provide the support your body needs while getting in shape and gaining strength. Without strong abdominal muscles, you are at risk of injuring your lower back while performing heavy lifting moves. You also need a strong core while performing high intensity movements during your exercise routine. You can slow down and strengthen your abdomen by performing four key yoga moves several times a week. Although you will move through the poses at a controlled pace, you will notice your heart rate move into range from the challenge.

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How to Layer for Early Spring Running

Jessica B. March 20th, 2024 | Accessories, Exercise Wear

Spring is here and that means more and more people are heading outside to run. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky dressing to run outdoors in the spring because it is not quite warm enough to run in just a t-shirt and running pants, but after a few minutes you are so warm it can be too uncomfortable to run with heavy layers. Here are a few tips for dressing for a run as spring rolls in.

1) Lightweight jacket - I love my running rain

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Understanding the Lies: Body Image in Pop Culture

Marnie Bii March 13th, 2024 | Mind & Body

Basing our body image expectations on images seen in pop culture is much akin to chasing rainbows. The images do not represent a healthy or obtainable female form. Photo editing tools, makeup and lighting tricks are prominent. The video depicting

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The Spark Solutions Diet

Kimberly Hays March 6th, 2024 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy

The weight loss website, SparkPeople.com, has developed a diet called the Spark Solutions diet. The diet is formulated to fast track you into a regimen of healthy eating and regular exercise over a two week period. During this two week period you are supposed to lose five pounds. It is designed to keep you on the diet for the two week period, which is usually the period when most people fail to stay on their diet plan. There is additional guidance for the weeks after the

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Cardio Like a Child: Part 2

by Joe Lawrence February 28th, 2024 Cardio, Outdoor

Ever since writing the article about doing cardio like a child, I have received a lot of emails from family and friends asking for more. They had so much fun pretending to be kids again that they almost forgot they were working out.

I have come up with a way to get a couple more childlike exercises into the fitness toolbox.

One is simulating the climbing and jumping kids do on playground equipment. If you ever watch them, they are

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Kid-Friendly Superfoods

Kimberly Hays February 21st, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods

Sometimes it is difficult to get children to eat some superfoods like broccoli and greens, but, of course, you want them to have foods high in antioxidants and other nutrients for optimum health. There are some superfoods, however, that you can sneak into meals and snacks that they will love and not even know they are eating healthy. The following list will help you make certain that your kids, and you, get the powerful benefits of superfoods.

Raisins - Toss raisins in everything from breakfast cereals and

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All About Oats

Bea February 14th, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel

It is no secret that oatmeal is a great whole food choice for pre and post workouts. As a post-workout choice, oatmeal is great because it has a good carb to protein ratio. This will help with repairing your muscles so that they are ready to go for the next workout.

As a pre-workout choice, oatmeal is fantastic because it allows you to train on a well prepared stomach. It is a slow digesting carb, which allows for a long-lasting energy stash. In

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The Mindful Diet: Lose Weight Using Your Mind

Kimberly Hays February 7th, 2024 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy

Our relationship with food is a very personal one. We equate food with memories and good times with our family and friends. We in no way want to give up that, but we can change how we think about food. How does food make you feel when you eat? Being mindful of these feelings is supposed to get you on track to losing weight and

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Healthy Snacks for Your Next Flight

R. Carnavale January 31st, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks

Why spend two to three times what you'd normally pay for a snack when you fly? With airlines raking in money on their onboard menu offerings, passengers oftentimes finding themselves paying outrageous prices for everyday foods, such as $5.00 for

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Matcha: The Unfamiliar Superfood

Kimberly Hays January 24th, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods

We are constantly discovering new superfoods that we can add to our diets. Although matcha may be something you have not heard of before, it has been around for over 800 years. It was used in ancient China as a medicine. It eventually made its way to Japan where it was used in ceremonies, and it is still used today. The matcha is a green tea leaf, but it's not your conventional green tea. It is supposed to be the powerhouse of all superfoods, because of it exceeds

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Do Cardio Like a Child

Joe Lawrence January 17th, 2024 | Cardio, Outdoor

If you have children, you have surely watched in amazement how they can play or run around for hours and seemingly never get tired. My daughter never stops- never! I was watching the other day as she would jump from toy to toy tirelessly while playing with the neighbor. I was worn out just watching her, but then it hit me. She is doing stations.

Naturally, she did not think about it and there was no rhyme or reason to what they were doing, but they were

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Keep Popping!

Bea January 10th, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks

If you are looking for a healthy snack, look no further than popcorn! Well, okay, there are some guidelines that you should look into before just grabbing any bag of popcorn and assuming that is a healthy snack. Popcorn that is drenched in butter, salt, sugar, chocolate, or something else is probably not going to be a good, healthy snack for you. However, plain popcorn does have some great qualities that allow it to be

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Nuts About Nuts

Bea January 3rd, 2024 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel

As a vegetarian, I have to be a little more conscious the foods that I am eating. In order to have a successful workout that yields a healthier and stronger body, I have to eat the right type of foods. For example, I could be in the gym every day, trying to bulk up, but if I do not eat the right proportions of protein, I will not build that muscle that I want to build.

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A Dream Board for Inspiration

Kimberly Hays December 27th, 2023 | Inspiration, Mind & Body

In order to change your body, you must first be inspired in your mind. You have to find what inspires you to exercise and keep your body healthy. Pilates and yoga are designed for stretching your body, while easing your mind and the stresses of the day. For more inspiration, you may need to find it helpful to make a

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New Year, New You: Healthy Snack Recipes

R. Carnavale December 20th, 2023 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks

The new year's just around the corner, so why not consider revamping your snack choices? India's Ayurvedic herbal medicine uses several types of herbs and fruits that allegedly slow down the aging process and make the body perform at its best while bringing vitality and peace. Healthy snacks made from these herbs, in addition to being tasty and filling your body with nutrients, may help your body fight aches and pains and neutralize free radicals and oxidants. While snacking is generally not recommended in Ayurveda, especially

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The Powerful Pomegranate

Kimberly Hays December 13th, 2023 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods

The pomegranate season runs from September through February, so this is the perfect time to advantage of this wonderful superfood that can be found in most grocery stores this time of year. Many have believed for centuries that this fruit holds super-powers. This may be in part to the fact

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All health and fitness information is provided for educational purposes. Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.