Food Addicts: Why We Eat What Our Body Doesn’t Want

Food Addicts: Why We Eat What Our Body Doesn’t Want

For some people, swearing off dairy because of lactose intolerance is about as effective as a college freshman swearing off alcohol after a night of a few too many. After the aches and pains have gone away, suddenly indulging in a latte doesn't seem like that bad of...

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5 Tips to Burn Fat…and why they work

5 Tips to Burn Fat…and why they work

Eat less. Move more. Usually that works, but not always. If you can't seem to shake a few pounds, but you're working out regularly and eating healthy, here are a few tips, along with why they work. 1. Do Interval Training Interval training at a high intensity has far...

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No Excuses (40-Day) Workout #27

No Excuses (40-Day) Workout #27

Looking for a good workout to do this weekend? Here is a sample workout that my intermediate group from the 40-Day Shape Up is doing right now. Every workout has three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. All of the workouts are done on specific intervals,...

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3 Great Ways to Test Your Fitness

3 Great Ways to Test Your Fitness

A great way to maintain accountability to your fitness is to test it. I strongly believe that fitness is three parts: one part strength, one part cardiovascular and one part flexibility. If you're able to squat a heavy weight, but can't jog a short distance or bend...

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Diet and Exercise Deadlines: When Is It Too Late?

Diet and Exercise Deadlines: When Is It Too Late?

A wedding. The beach vacation. Summer. A marathon. The holidays. A class reunion. Next week. Next month. Next year. Frustration over not hitting a goal fitness level, goal weight or any other goal related to diet and exercise is usually pointless, and a waste of our...

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4 Rules to Guide Your Calorie Consumption

4 Rules to Guide Your Calorie Consumption

 "How many calories should I eat?" is probably one of the most common questions  get...and the most difficult to answer. The answer, "it's really hard to say."Your metabolic rate, activity level and gender are a few variables that play into the equation. It's just as...

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Grab and Go Options That Are Right for Your Body Type

Grab and Go Options That Are Right for Your Body Type

So you’re on the run, and don’t have time to sit down for a meal. Not ideal, but it happens. If you’re working long hours, caught up with the kids, or just busy running errands, meal time can creep up on you.  Don’t cave to unhealthy convenience foods. Stock your...

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5 Ways to Make Exercise Feel Easier

5 Ways to Make Exercise Feel Easier

Have you ever had a miserable workout? The kind that makes you feel like you've never worked out a day in your life. They're the days when you just don't have it. I know I have. As someone who loves to run, I'll admit that I've had a couple workouts that have me...

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Ten Healthy Body Truths

Ten Healthy Body Truths

Some people need to eat more protein than others. If you're stressed, working out more, or just have a lot on your plate, you probably need significantly more protein in your diet than your neighbor. Everyone can benefit from some form of interval training. Intervals...

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Last week my daughter came down with strep throat....for the second time in three weeks. While I'm all for the "wait and see" approach before rushing to the doctor for a round of antibiotics, both times the back of her mouth looked like someone dotted it with a red...

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5 Big Weight Loss Obstacles

5 Big Weight Loss Obstacles

You're working your tail off, but can't seem to shake the weight? Maybe one of these five reasons is why. 1. Not Enough Protein in the Morning A low or no protein breakfast almost always means a high carb breakfast (translation: high sugar). Regardless of how many...

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5 Annoying Gym Etiquette Blunders

5 Annoying Gym Etiquette Blunders

A trip to the gym generally revolves around a good workout, but good gym etiquette can make the experience that much more enjoyable! Ever run into one of these offenders? 1. Chatty Kathy, Just Stop...Please. It's one thing to take a quick call while working out, but...

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Become an Athlete in Five Simple Steps

Become an Athlete in Five Simple Steps

My livelihood is health and fitness...something I never would have guessed I'd be doing during my college years. I don't really write about this very often, but I was born without hip sockets. I think that's the first time I've written those words...and it just...

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Fast Food’s Great Link to Depression

Fast Food’s Great Link to Depression

If you're feeling blue, you may want to lay off the chicken nuggets, fries and croissants. A recent study published in the Public Health Nutrition journal showed a strong correlation between fast food consumption and depression. In fact, those who ate fast foods like...

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Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

Just about everyone in my family likes yogurt. When I buy it in the store, it's I usually plain organic full fat, which in my opinion tastes so much better than a low fat or non fat yogurt. I started making homemade yogurt a few years ago, and have made it often since...

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Three Ways to Push Through a Weight Loss Plateau

Three Ways to Push Through a Weight Loss Plateau

Everyone has a healthy weight range. Sometimes we fluctuate within a few pounds of what we deem as our  "fighting weight." If a mysterious two or three pounds seems to appear on the scale just as quickly as it disappears, it can probably be attributed to fluid...

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