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Fall Fitness Fun

For the majority of family households, school is back in session. Whether you are currently a student, or you have students in your house, the routines of the fall are back in full swing. The alarms are set, the lunches are packed and the homework is done! With the busyness of the season,…

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Benefits of Being Physically Active

We all know that we should move more. We hear it on the news, in the paper, at our schools, and yet, do we really understand the reason WHY it is important to be physically active? Our bodies were meant to be in motion, not to be sedentary for 10 hours a day. Many times those aches and…

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Strength vs. Endurance

Adding strength-based exercises into your routine is key to maintaining muscle mass and overall body strength. However, I find that many people do not understand the difference between strengthening exercises and endurance exercises, so let me help clarify for you here. When I consult…

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Stretching: When and Why

Are you confused about stretching? There seems to be a lot of information out there about the benefits of stretching, yet still more about the contraindications to stretching. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your workout! There are two main styles of stretching: Dynamic…

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Fab Five

Everyone wants to know what the BEST exercises are to ‘whittle away the middle’, especially during beach season! The truth is there are countless ways to work your core and gain overall strength in your abdomen and low back. But, performing them safely and effectively is the key to any…

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Change is Good!

We know that change is scary, but change is also incredibly energizing and uplifting when in the right frame of mind. Whether you are talking about a change in career, change in your personal life, or specifically, a change in your routine! Many people get stuck in a rut with their daily…

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Morning Metabolism

If you are just beginning a workout routine, you may have heard that an early morning workout will help you boost your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day. But, what if you just can’t get yourself to exercise in the mornings? Ideally, the best time to workout is when it…

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Back to Business

Whether you are a committed exerciser or have just begun, you may have experienced your share of back pain and discomfort over the years. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. Many of us find ourselves living a sedentary life during the…

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Balancing Act

As you begin any exercise program, it is essential that you create a program that is well rounded. To do this, your training program should include five elements of overall fitness: Aerobic exercise, Strength exercise, Flexibility training, Core exercise and Balance training. It is the…

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Short & Sweaty

If your main excuse for not exercising is “lack of time”, I’ve got a solution for you! Turns out researchers have known for years that getting a great total body workout can be done in as little as 7 minutes. The most recent study was featured in the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal…

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