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Flat Bellies: Tips That REALLY Work

May 11, 2012

Had a little too much comfort and joy this past holiday season? Maybe you’ve put on a few pounds around the middle? The summer bathing suit season is just around the corner, so now is the time to do what it takes to get rid of that holiday pooch once and for all! Why do some of us gain weight around the middle and others not? Where you tend to store body fat is related...

Creating Real Change: How to form positive habits and a NEW YOU!

May 11, 2012

Ever wonder why some people get great results from their workouts or their normal eating routine? What makes them different? How do they do it? Usually it’s 1 or 2 simple habits. All of us face two choices in life and it usually pertains to what we control and what we don’t. Sometimes in life, we have challenges beyond our control, yet we allow the challenges...

Creating Your New Years Resolution Recipe for Success

May 11, 2012

It’s that time of year again when many of us make New Year’s Resolutions to improve our health and well-being. Unfortunately, we often have a tough time sticking to our goals, and by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, our best-laid plans may have gone by the wayside. That’s why now is the time to create your recipe for New Year’s resolution...

How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer for You

May 11, 2012

This is a big decision! Choosing the best personal trainer for you is ...well, personal. To get the most from your one-on-one or small group personal training sessions and the program your trainer creates for you, it’s essential to know what to ask and how to decipher whether your trainer is a good fit for you before you commit to a program with him or her. Start...

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Strength Workout

May 11, 2012

As warmer temps invite you outside for summer activities, you may think it’s a given that you’ll get more active and stay slimmer. But as you add cardio activities like biking, hiking, running or tennis, do you tend to slack off on strength training and figure it all evens out because you’re burning more calories? Not so fast. Cardio alone isn’t...

Is coffee a good energy boost for a workout?

May 11, 2012

A: Let's clarify the question, is it smart to down a cup or two of coffee before you work out or is it better to refrain until after you get your exercise in? Caffeine is the most widely used ergogenic aid (a substance that can purportedly enhance sports performance) and has been scientifically proven to be a highly effective sports aid. Caffeine is a central nervous...

What is a good rule of thumb when purchasing healthy food? The fewer ingredients, the better?

May 11, 2012

A: Absolutely right! When it comes to making wise nutrition choices, the golden rule on the ingredient list is “less is better!” This is because the most nutritious foods are generally the least processed foods with the least amount of additives. The closer the food is to the way Mother Nature intended it to be, the more natural vitamins, minerals, fiber and...

Why is stretching after working out important?

May 11, 2012

A: This is a great question because it addresses the importance not only of practicing stretching but also the best and safest technique for performing this valuable type of exercise. Why stretch? Stretching increases flexibility, a key component of physical fitness that is often neglected. A greater degree of flexibility is believed to help prevent injury (and low back...

How Should I Get Back Into a Running Routine?

May 11, 2012

...I used to run every day and then I had kids. Now that they’re getting older, I’m starting to run again. Should I run every day (if even for only 10-15 minutes), or should I space it out and run more each time I run (like 30 minutes every other day)? A: I am the mother of three children, as well as an avid runner, so on a personal note . . . good for you!...

Is there really any nutritional value in lettuce?

May 11, 2012

A: Lettuce is a leafy crunchy vegetable with substantial water content, some fiber and a negligible calorie count—all factors that are beneficial for filling up your plate and pairing down your waistline. You should know that only certain types of lettuce are loaded with lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant chemicals, whereas others contain virtually...

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