• Exercise and kids’ self-image

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    Self-image, or who we believe ourselves to be in terms of things like ability, appearance, talent and the like, is often shaped by our experiences. It is especially important for parents and caregivers to help children develop a healthy self-image. Healthy self-image may help children make better choices about drug and alcohol use as well […]

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  • To G or not to G: food for thought on Gluten

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    Awareness of gluten, a protein found in wheat and used in many types of foods as a binding agent, has grown exponentially in the last several years. As a result, a number of products are now available to meet the growing demand for gluten free choices. That’s good news for people with celiac disease and […]

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  • Fitness Superstitions

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    If you’re not reaching your fitness goals fast enough, it may be time to give your mindset a jump start. Got fitness superstitions? While it may sound like a silly add-on to your exercise plan, it could pay off by leaps and bounds. Take it from true pros like Michael Jordan and Serena Williams: sometimes […]

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  • Post-Workout Fuel: What to Eat, What to Avoid After Exercise

    You just sweated it out like a mad man. You just crunched, jumped, rowed and pushed your body harder and more intense than you have in weeks. Red as a tomato and sweating like it’s nobody’s business, it’s time to leave your ‘home away from home’ (aka: your neighborhood Fitness 19) and grab some nourishment. […]

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  • 5 foods with almost NO calories

    Looking for ways to cut calories? Try these super low calorie foods to help you feel satisfied and make smart nutrition choices. These five foods offer a number of health benefits like vitamins and minerals your body needs to be its best. They taste good, too. That means you can eat right without feeling deprived. […]

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  • Should you exercise when you are sick?

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    Bummer! You’ve been working out, feeling healthy and energetic then – wham! A cold strikes. Should you still work up a sweat? The short answer is it depends. Let your body be your guide If you feel mostly ok, go for it. Often a cold remedy provides enough relief to start your sweat session. Moderate […]

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  • Benefits of Full Body Vs. Isolated Muscle Group Workouts

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    When you want sexy shoulders or bulging biceps, you may think that an isolated workout is the way to go. If you can only afford a quick workout during your lunch hour, why mess with a full body workout—when you care most about a specific area of your body? But, despite how tempting it may […]

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  • Picture Perfect: Using Photos to Track Fitness Progress

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    Before and after weight loss photos can provide powerful motivation and encouragement on the journey to a trimmer you. Here is how to make the most of this visual tool. Sealing the deal At the beginning of your weight loss journey it is a good idea to take a few moments getting clear about why […]

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  • 2015 Holiday Fitness Wish List

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    Whether you’re a cardio queen or a weight room junkie, you’re passionate about fitness and so are those around you. With Black Friday coming up and the holidays right around the corner, there’s never been a more perfect time to get everyone on your list healthy and happy!  We’ve compiled a list of the most useful […]

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  • Emotional Eating & Weight Gain

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    Without practice and deliberate effort most of us have trouble sitting with challenging emotions.  We may try to avoid painful feelings with the temporary comfort of food. Unfortunately, this leads to a troubling cycle, we eat when we feel bad and then we feel bad because we eat. To complicate matters this cycle often leads […]

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