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Exercising with Chronic Pain

 In the past, medical professionals recommended rest and inactivity as part of the treatment for chronic pain. But, newer research suggests that MORE movement may be just what the doctor ordered. Today we’re sharing the do’s (and don’ts!) of exercising with chronic pain AND a delicious anti-inflammatory recipe you can make for dinner tonight!  Getting to the gym for a workout can sometimes be a battle in itself. Let’s face it… a daily workout can be a challenge, for so many reasons, but sometimes it can even be a little painful – or a lot painful!   So, what do you do…

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Is The 80/20 Rule For Nutrition & Exercise A Myth?

You may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen…  Or you may have eaten an extra piece of dessert because you exercised that day, so you feel like you “earned” it dammit!  In order to see results at the gym, lose weight or even maintain overall health, we’re told that it’s an 80/20 balance. Meaning 80% of your results comes from the food you eat and only 20% of your results come from your workouts.  But is this actually true? …that food is THAT much more important than exercise when it comes to our health and our results…

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Spot Training: Possible Or Myth? 

You’ve probably heard the claims that you can change your body overnight with this brand new gadget or exercise program. “Lose the belly”   “Banish your trouble zones”  “Drop stubborn fat off your thighs by drinking this special shake”   There are so many gadgets, supplements, nutritional products, and exercise programs on the market these days telling us we can lose the fat off our thighs, arms, and belly. It’s no wonder we’re more confused than ever!  But, can you really lose fat from specific places – and not others?  A recent study looked compared the results of women who focused on diet changes…

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Cardio vs. Resistance Training: Do You REALLY Need To Do Both?

When it comes to exercise, there has long been a debate about which type is best. Is CARDIO the gold standard? Or do the benefits of RESISTANCE TRAINING far outweigh those of cardio?   While both forms of exercise provide huge benefits for your health, the choice depends entirely on your goals.   So, we’re going to examine a few common goals and evaluate the pros and cons. And what are the “rules” of cardio for different goals anyway?   Let’s put a little elbow grease into this one and crank the lid off – shall we?  What if your specific health goal is weight loss?  For years we’ve…

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Exercise, Sleep and Your Waistline

When it comes to managing your health and your weight, it’s no secret that exercise and sleep are huge factors.  You know that exercise will help you burn off some extra calories and boost your metabolism. But you also know that sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.   Better to skimp on sleep and get up early to workout?   Or better to sleep in and skip the gym for another day?   Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. We need exercise to sleep better, but we also need sleep to exercise. And when it comes to weight management,…

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HIIT: what is it – and is it really the best fat burning workout?

If you follow the fitness industry, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training). The short, yet powerful workouts are touted as the best way to improve your overall conditioning, burn fat, and even balance hormones! (but that’s another article!) So, what is HIIT anyway? HIIT workouts involve working at an intense effort level for a short period of time followed by short recovery periods. Tabata workouts are one great example of a HIIT style workout. A Tabata session involves 20 seconds of intense all-out effort, followed by 10 seconds of recovery. This is repeated…

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How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

 When you’re completely exhausted, the last thing you want to do is lace up your shoes for a workout. But if you’re tired of being tired all the time, you may want to rethink the idea of regularly exercising.   Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for increasing our energy levels and you don’t need to do a lot to reap the benefits.   In fact, a University of Georgia study found that performing 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise could decrease fatigue by up to 65%!   Physical activity as simple as walking, yoga or a leisurely bike ride (for only 20 minutes!) can do so…

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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?  Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.     Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine  You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your tank with gas, right?!   Skipping your pre-workout fuel is the equivalent to hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue…Naturally!

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next – literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.    The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.   Get off the blood sugar roller coaster.  One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that…

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10 Signs You May Have a Hormonal Imbalance – And What to do About It.

10 signs you may have a hormone imbalance – and what to do about it Hormones are like chemical messengers and govern nearly every cellular action in our body. While very important, our sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are actually not essential for our survival. They are responsible for sexual functioning and fertility, as well as in more of a “beauty” capacity – keeping our skin, hair & nails vital and youthful looking. On the other hand, stress hormones (like cortisol & epinephrine, also known as adrenaline) are critical to our survival because they synthesize proteins, maintain cellular electrolyte balance, regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, and…

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