Full Body No Excuses Workout #4

Full Body No Excuses Workout #4

Isometrics are such a great - and portable - way to incorporate strength training into you workout, no matter where you are or what you're doing. An isometric contraction is when you muscle contracts without changing its length. Usually movements like bicep curls,...

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Super Savory (and Healthy) Spinach Dish

Super Savory (and Healthy) Spinach Dish

We all know that eating leafy greens is beneficial for our bodies, but did you know that spinach has been documented as a strong combatant against both ovarian and prostate cancers? According to the Journal of Nutrition, a carotenoid (the pigment that gives produce...

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Exercising and Gaining Weight? WHAT???

Exercising and Gaining Weight? WHAT???

Yes, sometimes people who exercise actually gain weight - and it's not muscle. I've seen it happen. Not just to others, but myself as well! Long before I began this very blog, and in fact, before I ever worked in the field of fitness, I was a borderline couch potato...

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Full Body No Excuses Workout #3

Full Body No Excuses Workout #3

Welcome to December everyone. Let's keep the momentum up through the New Year. If you let it slide after Thanksgiving, it's time to build it back up again.Today's workout is going to focus a lot of core exercises. These core exercises won't just work your abs -...

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5 Tips to Look Young, Stay Lean and Keep Strong Bones

5 Tips to Look Young, Stay Lean and Keep Strong Bones

1. Your Body’s Very Own Human Growth Hormone (hGH) is greatly regulated by three things: sleep, exercise and diet. If you’re sleeping five hours a night or less, eating nothing but frozen meals and getting very little exercise, you’re missing all the benefits of human...

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Healthy Picks: Stocking Stuffers and Great Gifts

Healthy Picks: Stocking Stuffers and Great Gifts

With Black Friday just a few days away, I thought I'd give my two cents for my favorite health or fitness-related stocking stuffers and gifts. Yes, the run the gamut of healthy holiday gifts, but I love them and thought I'd share. From just under $10 to just under...

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Full Body No Excuses Workout #2

Here is your second installment of a workout you can do anywhere. All you need is a little bit of room, a little bit of time and a lot of heart. As always, it's important to start with a good warm up. This workout gets progressively more challenging, and will...

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Full Body No Excuses Workout #1

Once every week from now until the New Year, I'm going to send out a 45-minute get-your-butt-in-gear workout that you can do regardless of where you are for this holiday season. All of these workouts will be short, full-body exercises that need minimal equipment....

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Organic Food: When is it important to buy?

Organic Food: When is it important to buy?

The other day I was going through the organic section of a grocery store here in Chicago. I was near the pasta and beans in the one aisle of the store with the big "Organic Food" sign dangling overhead. I passed by a little boy as he leaned over the side of his...

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Thinking Ahead: 5 Ways to Keep Holiday Weight Gain Away

Thinking Ahead: 5 Ways to Keep Holiday Weight Gain Away

The holidays are in full swing. And with the holidays come lots of food, drink, travel and excuses not to workout. The perfect storm for weight gain. Truth be told, the average person doesn't gain all that much in between Thanksgiving and New Years. In fact, most...

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Can You Change Your Body Shape?

Can You Change Your Body Shape?

Line up any ten people, and nine of them will most likely want to tweak something about their body - if not change their body shape altogether. Over the years I've worked with clients, I've heard all kids of questions about body from, "How do I get rid of the lunch...

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Post-Marathon Heart Ache: Test Your VO2 and Stay Healthy

By most standards, cardiovascular training is helpful - and necessary for maintaining a strong and healthy heart. "Cardio" training is really anything that elevates the heart rate for an extended period of time. It could be 10 easy minutes on the elliptical machine to...

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Sleep Your Way to a Lean body

Sleep Your Way to a Lean body

I am the mother of three kids. I'm sure I speak for every parent in the world when I say that sleep is a hot, hot, hot commodity. When you're sleep deprived, nothing is more important. Nothing. I would say that I really started sleeping through the night over the last...

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The Benefits of Probiotics and How They Help Your Gut

The Benefits of Probiotics and How They Help Your Gut

The benefits of probiotics reach far beyond the ability to simply help digest food and go to the bathroom. Probiotics are beneficial bacterial affect our body in nearly every way - from the way our skin looks to how we think and behave. I'll get to that in just a...

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Get Fit in 15 Minutes at Home

We all start some sort of resolution right around the New Year, but why not get a jump on things before the holiday season puts your schedule into overdrive? You’ve got a couple months to build these four exercises into your routine a few times a week. By the New Year...

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Nutrition Label Lowdown

Nutrition Label Lowdown

If you're motivated to eat healthy, understanding a nutrition label is really important. The facts and ingredients are often glanced over, with most attention paid to calories. Here are a few simple things to remember the next time you're shopping for your favorite...

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