Breathing Exercises: Why It’s Crucial In the Gym

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When I was just starting out in the gym, my lifting buddy would always have to remind me to breathe. She’d joke about how red in the face I’d get as I was trying to improve my bench press. Thanks to her commentary, I realized that I wasn’t breathing effectively during my workouts and that I needed to practice! I’m sure many of you can relate. Breathing is such an unconscious action that we’re often unaware of how we breathe (or don’t breathe), especially when we’re focused on working out. (more…)

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Raising Teenagers? 5 Reasons They Need Regular Exercise

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For many parents, raising teenagers is one of the most challenging tasks of their lifetimes.  If you are the parent of teens, you probably strive to do everything in your power to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.  One of the best things you can do for your teens is to encourage them to work out regularly.  The following 5 reasons teenagers need regular exercise are crucial to your kids’ overall wellbeing. (more…)

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5 Ways to Control Blood Sugar with Diet and Exercise

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While I was attending a dinner this weekend, one of my friends asked me a question that shouldn’t have stopped me in my tracks. It was a simple question that didn’t require a difficult or elaborate answer. But nonetheless, it stumped me, because my fitness-saturated brain wanted to give him every bit of information at once to help. And ultimately all he needed was a simple guide. He asked me, “Where do I start?” He wanted to start working out, start losing weight and feel better. And he was coming to me feeling somewhat overwhelmed and confused. And I didn’t

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5 Reasons Seniors Should Exercise Regularly

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As we get older, we sometimes tend to decrease the amount of physical activity in our lives.  For instance, we may start abandoning a morning walk around our neighborhood, a weekly game of golf with our buddies, or even a weekly trip to the grocery store.  This troubling phenomena is due to a variety of factors including declining health.  However, regular exercise is vital for people of all age groups.  Seniors can especially benefit from making frequent trips to the gym.  To maximize the enjoyment of our golden years, the following 5 reasons to exercise regularly shouldn’t be ignored. (more…)

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Workouts That Are A Dramatic Mood Booster

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I’ve seen as many clients in a clinical therapy setting as I have in a personal training setting. And most of my clients in both settings have benefitted from following a consistent fitness routine. This is probably one of the reasons I love being a therapist and a personal trainer. Taking care of your body via healthy eating and consistent exercise can be a big mood booster, so much so that I’ve seen it replace the need to take medications in several of my clients. (Please check with your physician if you’re contemplating stopping your prescribed medicine.) (more…)

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How To Improve Your Daily Activity Level

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It’s an alarming epidemic in this country. Obesity is not slowing down. At least 20% of each state’s population is now obese and there are no signs that this percentage is going to decrease. So while there isn’t one cure, we can all take a stand and increase our activity levels. And this doesn’t just have to be done in a gym. We simply have to get out of our chair, stand up from the couch and get moving. Let’s go over some simple ways to increase daily activity levels so we can start taking control over our waistlines. And

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