The Secret Life of Sugar—3 Ways it is Affecting Your Fitness

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 10, '17 / by Sarah M. posted in clean eating, food

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By now, pretty much everyone has heard about how refined sugar and processed carbohydrates (think cheat meals: bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, alcohol, and candy) are bad for your health. But the sweet stuff may be seriously holding you back from your fitness gains, too!

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Take it to the MAT: Make Muscle Activation Technique Training Work for You!

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 3, '17 / by Krista F. posted in fitness tips, healthy lifestyle

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Have you ever heard of “sleeping glutes” or heard someone talk about their diminished lack of push-off in their big toe or a calf muscle that doesn’t “fire” when they need it? Though these conditions might sound minor at first blush, it’s serious stuff. Experts have realized that many injuries, chronic pain, and less-than-stellar athletic performances can be linked to inactive or underactive muscles. What’s the solution? Muscle Activation Technique (MAT®) Training!

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Weighing You Down (In the Best Way Possible)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 27, '17 / by Heather Neff posted in weight lifting, gym tips

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Now that you've mastered bodyweight exercises such as squats and push-ups, what comes next? How do you keep progressing with them? By adding weight, of course! No, I'm not talking about putting on 20lbs so you can be heavier when you do your squats, I'm saying that you should be adding some sort of prop to your exercise. I'll explain everything in this article.

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4 Summertime Fruits That Make the Perfect Smoothie

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 20, '17 / by Sarah M. posted in healthy diet, fruit

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Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to get an ample dose of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your body. They also offer healthy carbs and protein to fuel you up for all your summertime activities. So, whether you're headed home from the gym or headed out to the beach, drinking a smoothie is the perfect way to keep you cool and satisfied.

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Get Fit From Head to Toe With A Stability Ball!

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 12, '17 / by Heather Neff posted in exercise

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The Stability Ball is one of my favorites! It allows you to keep your abs engaged and work muscles you never knew you had.

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Sleep Like a Baby. Wake-up in Beast Mode!

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 6, '17 / by Krista F. posted in health and wellness, healthy lifestyle

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Sleep better to exercise better. Exercise better to sleep better. It’s a reciprocal relationship that can lead to a lifetime of fitness.

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Don’t Let High Tech Become a Pain in Your Neck: Fight Back with Good Posture

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 30, '17 / by Krista F. posted in health and wellness, posture

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Imagine that instead of sitting on your desk chair, you were required to wear the chair around your neck for a few hours a day. That sort of encumbrance would not only make it difficult to sip your coffee, it would likely cause you pain. Yet, when you gaze down at a smart phone or anything for a prolonged period of time, it’s akin to asking your neck to support 60 pounds of hanging weight. Compound that with the rounding of the shoulders that occurs when you sit at an office chair in front of a computer, and you have the makings for poor posture.

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Not a Fan of Dairy? Here are 5 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 27, '17 / by Sarah M. posted in food, healthy alternatives

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Lots of people are going dairy-free these days, and you don't have to be lactose intolerant to consider making the switch yourself. Why? Dairy can lead to problems like gut biome irritation (messing with the healthy bacteria naturally found in your digestive system), gas, congestion, and acne. Plus, consuming dairy tends to disrupt weight loss due to the way it spikes your insulin.

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Weight Loss For the Ages: Tips for Your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jun 12, '17 / by Sarah M. posted in weight loss, healthy lifestyle

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Exercise is for everyone--truly. Exercise doesn't discriminate based on age, sex, background, health history, or personal style.

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HotWorx - Beyond Hot Yoga

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 2, '17 / by Sydney posted in HOTWORX®, hot yoga

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Finding a reason to hit the gym can be difficult – let’s admit it, we all find reasons not to go. Finding a routine that is effective, engaging, and easy to follow is even harder.

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