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Speed Up Recovery Time

by Jackie on August 1, 2015

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Spending some quality workout time at the gym can obviously be very beneficial, but you have to allow your body to recover! The risks of overtraining are numerous, as it can undo some of the hard work you put in; making you lethargic, unable to sleep, irritable, and increasing the chance for an injury. Plan for recovery as seriously as you do for workouts. Keep Reading

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If you have been training for a significant amount of time, you have probably acquired a slight tweak here or there that you now have to train around. Some discomfort results, as will injuries when something just doesn’t bend right. Whether it’s a reoccurring sports injury or a “that-was-dumb-of-me injury”, it is now something you will have to take into account when hitting the gym. Keep Reading

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Edamame, the Perfect Snack

by Jackie on July 16, 2015

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Most people would reach for a bag of potato chips, or some cookies to satisfy their hunger craving until their next meal. But not you right? The perfect healthy snack for in between meals or as an appetizer is Edamame. Edamame is another name for soy beans. The beans that you get in the pods are actually immature beans. When allowed to fully mature they become a much harder bean from which soy milk and tofu are made. Keep Reading

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Running stairs is much like other forms of running; the more you do it, the faster you are going to become. And just like any exercise, it requires good form and variances to train different muscle groups. You are moving against gravity, and stair running is going to be more intense than running on a flat surface. Keep Reading

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The dead-lift is a compound body weight exercise that applies significant muscle mass to your rear end, hamstrings and quads. Many have developed an injury to their lower rear while dead-lifting, but this is due to bad dead-lift form, and lifting too much. Keep Reading

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The Often Forgotten Triceps

by Jackie on April 28, 2015

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One of the best ways to improve the appearance of your arms is to tone the triceps. While there is no such thing as spot-training (the thought that you can lose weight in a specific area of the body by exercising it more), strength training does help you improve your overall muscle tone. Combine this with a good diet and cardio exercise, and you’ll achieve a fitter, more toned appearance. Keep Reading

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Pull-ups are considered by many to be the best exercise for developing muscle on the upper back and biceps while creating that wide “V” look everyone wants. Keep Reading

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As babies, we ate intuitively: Food is there, we eat it. As we aged, the world around us began influencing what, when and how much we chose to eat. We see advertising for food products, smells would emanate from local restaurants, and scheduled cafeteria meals were put into place when we were younger. Keep Reading

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Planning For a Hike

by Jackie on March 13, 2015

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Now that spring is finally deciding to show her beautiful face, going hiking is great way to spend a day outdoors and a rewarding way to get exercise. However, before heading out on the trails, make sure you are prepared. Planning ahead will greatly increase both your safety and your enjoyment of the hike. Below is a list of some things to consider before hitting the trail. Keep Reading

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To achieve a lofty athletic goal you usually have to be selfish with your time. This is easier when you are young and have nothing to lose and nobody to look after but yourself. Keep Reading

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