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Building Better Balance: 5 Key Muscles to Focus On

Posted by Sara M on June 02, 2017


Balance, or the ability to steadily control your body in a variety of positions, is necessary for virtually every physical task of your life. No, you do not need to be an Olympic gymnast to care about this. Consider the following tasks: getting in and out of a car, taking a shower, running after the bus you just missed, walking your dog, or stretching in your favorite yoga class.

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Topics: mobility, balance

Do BCAA's Really Do Anything or Are They Overrated?

Posted by Sara M on May 25, 2017

Oh, acronyms. People in the health and fitness world really seem to love them. One buzz-phrase known as BCAA--short for branched chain amino acids--is hugely popular among powerlifters, body builders, CrossFitters, and many other fitness enthusiasts. Thousands of people buy BCAA supplements every year, a considerable nod to the ever-growing market of nutritional and sports-enhancing supplementation.

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Topics: nutrition tips, Dietary supplement

4 Ways to Become a Meal Prepping Master for Vegetarians

Posted by Sara M on May 16, 2017

Vegetarians may choose to forgo meat for a variety of reasons--but that doesn't necessarily mean they're looking to forgo healthy nutrition, too! Preparing fresh, delicious, good-for-you vegetarian dishes can seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but it can actually be a lot easier--and faster--than you may think.

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Topics: meal prep, healthy dieting

3 Staple Pieces of Mobility Equipment You Need to Have

Posted by Sara M on May 09, 2017

For a lot of us, staying motivated to workout is easy. Getting to the gym is easy. Even grinding through a hard workout is, well, kind of easy (at least in terms of maintaining the discipline to do it). What's not easy is improving our mobility. Sure, we may like to roll around on a foam roller for a minute or two, but are we really doing enough to make improvements in our joint range of motion?

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Topics: mobility, healthy body

Glute Goals: The Ultimate Leg Machine Workout

Posted by Sara M on April 27, 2017

Leg machines: we love 'em. They're easy to adjust to your size and skill level, safe (assuming they're used correctly of course), and a great way to target specific muscle groups. And while we'll never give up our love for barbell squats and other free weight movements involving your legs, we certainly think that adding leg machine exercises to your gym routine is a great way to enhance those glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

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Topics: leg day, machine workouts

Springtime Yogurt Parfaits

Posted by Sara M on April 19, 2017

It's springtime, which means that fruits are finally starting to come into season. Of course, fruit is delicious on its own, but for a bit of culinary decadence, try making a homemade yogurt parfait.
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Topics: healthy diet, healthy snacks

3 Muscles You May Be Neglecting

Posted by Sara M on March 30, 2017

A healthy body needs balance. Physiologists and exercise science nerds call this "homeostasis." It's the energy-efficient state where our bodies can function and feel the best.
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Topics: fitness tips, muscle building

Healing Benefits of Exercise: 6 Ways Fitness is Proven to Heal

Posted by Sara M on March 17, 2017

Knowledge is power, and sometimes the more you know about a given topic, the more likely you are to make it a part of your daily life. For example, most people know the basic healing benefits of exercises. But even though it's considered common knowledge that exercise is super good for you, research indicates that only 2 out of 10 Americans get adequate daily exercise.
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Topics: exercise ideas, workout tips

3 Common Health Myths (Have You Fallen for Them?)

Posted by Sara M on March 06, 2017

The internet is the perfect double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's wonderful to have such quick and easy access to TONS of information about virtually anything under the sun, including health and fitness tidbits. On the other hand, the universal accessibility of the online world means that pretty much anyone can share information that may or may not be completely accurate – which can lead to common health myths.
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Topics: fitness tips, diet and exercise

Ditch The Treadmill For The Day: At-Home Cardio Workouts

Posted by Sara M on February 24, 2017

If you're anything like me, then you probably have some days where you want to work out, but you just don't really feel like going to the gym for your usual cardio routine. And while you're not necessarily looking to take a rest day, you may be looking for an easier at-home solution that will still give you a great push but without the need for locker rooms, cardio equipment, and, you know, car keys.

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Topics: cardio workouts, home workout ideas