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Is Comparison Sabotaging Your Success?

Jeanne Bellezzo May 18, 2018 News

You’ve been faithfully following your workout plan and you’re seeing results, but your friend at the gym seems to be making more gains. And your neighbor dropped almost 15 pounds, while you’re still focusing on losing 10.

Even when you’re making progress, frequently comparing yourself to other people—at the gym, grocery store, Instagram or wherever—can leave you feeling frustrated or discouraged. So why do so many of us do it?

25 Power Snacks to Take to Your Child’s Game

Michelle Zive May 10, 2018 Nutrition

It's your turn to bring snacks to your soccer star’s tournament or your little slugger's baseball game. Like most parents, your first thought may be, "What can I grab in a hurry to bring to the game this weekend?" Fortunately, being the team parent responsible for bringing healthy and nourishing snacks doesn’t have to add stress to your already hectic week.

It's never too early to show children the importance of eating snacks that provide calories and replenishment. You want to fuel-up your little athletes, not bog them down, so the snacks you choose should:

Are You Using the Right Cooking Oils?

Rebecca Lewis May 4, 2018 Nutrition

Did you know that fats are essential nutrients that are fundamental to how the body functions? In fact, fats are integral to cell structure and also are included in hormones that control muscle contraction, immune function, blood clotting and blood pressure. Additionally, when it comes to healthy eating, there are some vitamins (A, D, E and K) that require fat to be fully absorbed and usable in the body.

The fat in nearly all foods is a mixture of fatty acids—saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. You want to choose fats that are unsaturated more often. Unsaturated fats are oils—they are plant-based and liquid at room temperatures. These types of fats are considered a better nutrition choice because of the positive effects they have on cardiovascular health.

It can be a challenge to know which oils to use when cooking. You want to make healthy choices, but you also want your food to turn out delicious. Here is a brief primer on how to choose the right oils, along with detailed descriptions of the most common oils you’re likely to use.

5 Tips for Staying Accountable to Health and Fitness Goals at Work

Niki Campbell Apr 19, 2018 Fit Fun

Sometimes the biggest pressure at work isn't a looming deadline, a demanding client or an upcoming performance review. It's the pressure to stick to your health and fitness goals in the face of pizza lunches, birthday cake celebrations and Friday happy hours. While being a part of the office fun is important and builds a team atmosphere, it can also derail health and fitness goals.

The first step in achieving better health and fitness is setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals. For example, if you have a SMART goal to lose 10 pounds in 60 days by walking at lunchtime three days a week and cutting back on sugar, going out for lunch or taking part in the office holiday cookie exchange can quickly derail both fitness and nutrition goals. So how can you stay focused and still be social at work? How can you turn SMART goals into long-term, sustainable habits?

Here are five tips to help you stay accountable, reach your goals and still be part of the fun:

5 Seasonal Foods Not to Miss This Spring

Rebecca Lewis Apr 12, 2018 Nutrition

When it comes to healthy eating, seasonal foods have so many benefits to offer. Not only are these five foods available at the peak of their ripeness, giving them maximum flavor and nutrition density, but they are also at their least expensive price. 

3 Core Moves to Improve Your Running Form

Makeba Edwards Mar 29, 2018 Fit Fun

Whether you are a recreational or elite runner, incorporating a variety of core exercises into your training program may yield significant improvements in your running form.

For distance runners to sustain posture and performance, core stability and strength is essential. It also helps promote effective running form and movement efficiency, especially when running for extended periods. The core, which consists of approximately 30 muscles in the abdomen, pelvis, low back and hip, controls the position and motion of the trunk over the pelvis and stabilizes the spine during loading and movement. During activities like running, an effectively functioning core improves muscular balance and may minimize the risk of injury and overuse.

During running, when the core is doing its job of stabilizing the trunk and maintaining postural alignment, the hips, knees, ankles and feet can function effectively and ground reaction forces (forces that impact the body when the foot makes contact with the ground) are appropriately absorbed and distributed. This reduces stress and compression of the joints and movement becomes more controlled and efficient.

Here are three core exercises to incorporate into your training program, along with progressions and regressions. Each exercise aims to improve core stability, endurance and strength. Perform each exercise for up to 30 seconds and increase intensity by adding progressions. Duration may be extended for up to one minute. Keep in mind, however, that the goal is to improve function, so duration should only be extended if you can achieve proper form.

Nutrition Fact or Fiction?

Katie Ferraro Mar 23, 2018 Nutrition

There’s no shortage of misinformation when it comes to info about what to eat, from the latest diet for shedding fat to the greatest supplement for enhancing recovery. As a savvy consumer, you have to search beyond the hype to distinguish what’s really healthy and what’s just a fad. Here are five considerations to keep in mind when you’re pondering whether or not something is actually touting proper nutrition.

The Power of Sleep

Dr. Erin Nitschke Mar 9, 2018 News

The nation’s population is “intoxicated” due to sleep loss. Sadly, poor sleep is more the rule than the exception. According to the Institute of Medicine, 50-70 million adults in the United States have sleep or wakefulness disorders. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider poor sleep a “public health problem.” Ultimately, this means more Americans are at an increased risk for developing other health concerns if they are getting insufficient sleep.

March is National Sleep Month, which is an ideal time to learn more about how sleep impacts the pursuit and achievement of health and fitness goals.

Breathe Better to Supercharge Your Life

Brett Klika Feb 22, 2018 Fit Fun

Sitting in the back of the cab, my palms were sweating and my heart was racing.

I was on the way to what I considered at the time to be one of the biggest career opportunities of my life. In the driver seat was an affable guy in his 50s with a gray ponytail descending from his well-worn camouflage baseball hat. He could see I was stressing, so he started chatting me up through a gap-toothed smile and southern drawl. “Hey, man, you look nervous.” I confirmed, sharing the source of my stress. “You know what man? When I feel like that, I just take a deep breath, like 1-2-3, then pretty soon, ain’t nothin’ botherin’ me.” 

Wouldn’t it be great if escaping from stress was that easy? Actually, a growing body of research suggests that proper, controlled breathing can improve heart and lung function while decreasing the negative physical, mental and emotional impact of stress.

I’m not sure my cab driver was privy to this research, but he was definitely on to something.

Improve Stability and Mobility with These Beginner Core Exercises

Elizabeth Kovar Feb 15, 2018 Strength

If you are beginning an exercise program, you have probably heard that developing core strength is important. Although true, your goal at the start of an exercise program should be to reestablish stability and mobility in your body, which begins at the center of mass and the core. Thus, you want to develop stabilization throughout the core and spinal column muscles and then progress to training the core by mobilizing the limbs and incorporating movement. 

Following are two phases of core exercises. The first trains stability while the second phase focuses on mobility. It is best to develop stability before progressing to mobility. Start by performing each exercise for 20 seconds and gradually increase to 30 or more seconds as your fitness level improves. If the exercise involves movement, start with eight repetitions and progress to 12 as your core strength improves. Finally, start with two sets and eventually increase to three sets of each exercise.

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