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Back Pain at Work

Posted: 08/15/2014

Back Pain at Work Low-back pain is a leading cause of job-related disability and missed work in the United States. The pain is so unbearable that Americans spend more than $50 billion per year in an effort to make it go away. If you are experiencing work-related back pain, here are some back-protecting tips that may bring you relief:  1.Lift wisely. Take your time,...

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Fitness Freedom - Breaking Out of Your Exercise Rut

Posted: 07/03/2014

A lot of time and energy is spent during the months leading up to summer getting your body fit and ready for swimsuit season. But, now that the first month of summer is coming to an end, you might feel like you’re in a fitness rut. If you’re feeling hesitant about pulling out your stars and stripes swimsuit and you’re not feeling great about what you’ve...

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What Are Some Dangers of Overtraining?

Posted: 06/27/2014

     There are two basic forms of overtraining: acute and chronic. Acute overtraining typically involves a localized injury (too much volume and/or intensity being placed upon joints or tissues, causing them to degrade or hurt). An example of identifying the beginning stage of acute overtraining could be adding a couple more heavy sets to a bench press routine...

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Posted: 06/23/2014

Looking for a way to add variety to your exercise plan while taking your fitness to the next level? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a cardiorespiratory training technique that alternates brief speed and recovery intervals to increase the overall intensity of your workout. HIIT is used by athletes and everyday exercise enthusiasts to reach performance goals and enhance...

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Is the 5:2 Diet for You?

Posted: 06/13/2014

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy and “fast” way you could lose weight? That’s the appeal of the latest “fasting” diet strategy depicted in the wildly popular two-day-a-week fasting concept, and offered in the book The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley, MD, and Mimi Spencer. Is this radical diet something you should try? Here are some thoughts...

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What are Some Important Things to Look for in a Running Shoe?

Posted: 05/23/2014

Matt Griffith FT Spokane "The best way to get the proper shoe is to start with getting fitted properly.  Do you have a high arch, normal arch or flat feet? Do you supinate, pronate, overpronate, or are you lucky enough to be neutral? After that, always invest in good insoles! A good insole should last longer than the running shoe itself as the insoles the companies put...

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Four Tips for Setting, Managing Proper Fitness Goals

Posted: 05/16/2014

Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner, making it a popular time for setting and checking in on your weight loss and fitness goals. If you’re thinking about shedding the final pounds of your winter weight before swimsuit season is in full swing or you’ve signed up for a summer endurance race to challenge your fitness level, it’s important to make...

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5 Common Fitness Saboteurs and How to Defeat Them

Posted: 04/10/2014

Ever have those days when you feel like the universe is conspiring to keep you from reaching your fitness goals? Even the most committed fitness enthusiasts face challenges to staying active. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves. Other times, life interferes with our exercise plans. Check out this list of common fitness saboteurs and learn how to combat them with practical strategies...

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How to Spring Clean Your Pantry

Posted: 04/08/2014

Light, fresh flavors are the order of the day. So whether your goals include dropping a few pounds before summer or simply eat healthier, you’ll want to clear out those old cans of gravy, boxed mac and cheese, and leftover holiday candy to make room for foods with the fresh light flavors of spring.Where Do I Begin?With all the fresh, brightly colored produce from local...

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5 Workday Stretches That Relax Your Mind and Body

Posted: 03/26/2014

March 24, 2014Tired? Stiff? Perhaps you’re finding your work environment stale and stressful? If so, it may be time for a simple, yet effective, stretch break. Workday stretches not only lengthen the soft tissue, but also allow the body to recharge from worries. Stretching also alleviates stress-related tensions such as a clenched jaw and shrugged shoulders.Importantly,...

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