3 Postpartum Exercises Your Body Will Love

The struggle to lose weight after having a baby affects women from all walks of life.  A lot of factors play into just how fast your body will regain some semblance of what you looked like before getting pregnant. Factors that affect how fast you "snap back"...

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A Healthy and Mild Fat Tuesday Jambalaya

In honor or Mardi Gras, I whipped up a modified - but healthy - version of jambalaya. Traditionally, jambalaya is made with lots of sausage, seafood, rice, vegetables and a ton of hot spices. Since I don't eat red meat and the rest of my family prefers food on the...

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No Excuses Workout #9

This workout is all about time and done on intervals - even the strength exercises. The total time for this workout is about one hour and ten minutes. If you're really pressed for time and need to keep it under an hour, reduce the intervals by one set and you'll be...

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Chicken Vegetable Curry: Eat it up and reap the benefits!

I love curry. I could probably eat something with curry every day. The recipe below, Chicken Vegetable Curry, is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it!  It seems like people fall into one of three different camps when it comes to this spice: 1)      They like it 2)     ...

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No Excuses Workout #8

I'm a little behind posting my weekly workout, but it's a good one! Since I put this together last week, I've done it a couple times and can say that this group of exercises really focuses A LOT on endurance as well as  functional strength. This is also an ideal...

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Simple & Delicious: Low Fat Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

A steaming cup of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup really hits the spot on a chilly weekend afternoon. All you need is an immersion or conventional blender and a few basic ingredients. Why not give it a try? 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) of crushed tomatoes 3 cups low fat milk 1...

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No Excuses Weekend Warrior Workout #7

Here's a great 30-minute workout that does well on its own, or in combination with a brisk run. The focus of today's workout is high-repetition and body weight. Nothing in the workout can't be done from the comfort of your living room, your gym, the backyard, your...

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Super Food Trail Mix Combinations

One minute. That's about all the time it would take to grab a handful of a few of your favorite trail mix-able ingredients, throw them into a bag and call it a day.  To save a little time, I put together a list of a few great ingredients that can be mixed and matched...

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Happy Valentine’s Day: 10 Facts About Our Amazing Heart

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Here are 10 facts about our amazing heart. The heart is one miraculous machine. Weighing in at under a pound, it is the most important muscle in our body. I thought I'd devote today's post to a few interesting facts about this organ...

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Three Shoulder Exercises Your Body Will Love

Your shoulders are definitely a part of your body that need a little love. Every time you reach, push or pull, your shoulders are in action. Below are a few exercises for healthy shoulders your body could really benefit from. Dumbbell Shoulder Press This is a great...

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The Fittest Baker You’ll Ever Meet

Nine years ago, Brady Braden was 70 pounds heavier, out of shape and eating way too many processed and sugary foods. Then one day he went to the doctor and stood on the scale. “Between the numbers and his ‘encouraging’ me to lose a few pounds, I decided it was time to...

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3 Reasons Why Your Body Will Love Supine Bridge

It's always great to know an exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere...and get some really great benefits, too. Supine bridge is one of them. This exercise is as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. Whether your an exercise enthusiast or rock star athlete,...

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Fast Facts About Metabolism

In my line of work, the word "metabolism" comes up A LOT!  Often times when people are concerned about weight loss - or possibly weight gain - the focus is shifted to metabolism.  To our body, calories are energy. When we talk about metabolism, we're actually talking...

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3 Great Benefits of Interval Training Your Body Will Love

Easy. Hard. Easy. That's all interval training is.  Any time you work from a "rest" period to increased intensity, then back to "rest" again (preferably numerous times) - you've done an interval. It doesn't matter who you are (elite athlete or exercise enthusiast) or...

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Travel Light and Stay Fit

Has this every happened to you? You're on an amazing workout kick - whatever that is for you. In a few weeks you're going on a great vacation, and you want to be in respectable swim suit shape. You're all business until the day before you leave, sweating in Zumba...

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Power Balance Wristbands: help or hype?

Yesterday afternoon I was watching the Bears get pummeled by the Packers at a friend’s house. I’m not exactly what you would call a “football encyclopedia,” but I did manage to find some high points in the game – as well as some areas of interest, including the...

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How to Do Squats the Right Way to Benefit Your Body

Squats are a great exercise that are completely functional, and mirror a movement we frequently do in our day-to-day routine. Knowing how to do squats the right way can truly benefit your body in a lot of ways - including making your butt look pretty good. How to Do...

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