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    Health & Wellness

    How to Evaluate Health & Fitness Information

    If you’ve been around for a minute, you know I’m always encouraging you to seek out credible information for those health and fitness questions. Sounds simple on the surface right? Then you turn to the internet and all of a sudden there are 317 million results in less than a second. Now what? Stepping slightly outside of the box, this post is all about tips you can use today to evaluate health and fitness information. Spoiler alert, it extends way beyond the number of followers, likes, or because a celebrity does it. Why is this so important? Let me back up and tell you a story. Physical therapy school introduced…

  • Fitness

    Beginner Friendly Guide to Strength Training Equipment

    Strength training is an essential component of a well-rounded fitness program. Not only does it boast numerous health benefits, but it’s also an integral piece to that highly coveted fit look everyone is after. If you have little to no experience, strength training equipment can be extremely intimidating. No one ever wants to admit they don’t know what they’re doing. Why are there so many different kinds of strength training equipment? Which ones are the best? Where do I even start? What the heck does that thing do? Do I need that? Kick that anxiety with some background information before you get there! This article will introduce you to common…

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    Injury Prevention

    Improve Your Body Awareness for Injury Prevention

    Do you always feel like the uncoordinated one of the group? Do you feel like you can’t do fitness movements properly, no matter how simple? Do you feel like you frequently get injured because you’re just not coordinated? Do you avoid trying new types of exercise because of fear that you won’t get the movements right, and you’ll look silly? Today we’re talking about body awareness, why it’s important, and how it relates to injury prevention. If you answered yes to any of those questions, this article is for you. And if you didn’t, there’s probably something here to help make you more amazing than you already are. Body awareness…

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    Fitness

    Fall Fitness Refresh

    The fall season is starting to make an appearance. It can be a struggle to let go of the laid back days of summer, but fall always seems like another fresh start. That feeling is probably an old memory of buying brand new shiny school supplies and gearing up for a new swimming and diving season. Even if back to school is not in your plans, there’s no better time to get back to fitness. Refresh your fall fitness routine with these five ideas to stay active. Disclaimer: Always seek proper instruction before initiating an exercise program. Not everything is great for everyone. Consult with your qualified health care practitioners…

  • Fitness

    Foam Rolling 101

    There’s a lot of buzz around foam rolling. Walk into any gym or physical therapy clinic, and you’ll see these cult favorites in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Is there one in your house staring at you right now? Are you a regular roller? Or does it collect dust like all the other home fitness gear? Because we always use the home fitness stuff we buy… In some ways, foam rolling has become the new go-to solution for troubleshooting musculoskeletal aches and pains.  But why? What is foam rolling actually doing? Is it worth all the hype?  Let’s explore. Disclaimer before we get into the nitty-gritty: Always seek proper instruction before initiating…

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    Injury Prevention

    Secrets to a Well-Rounded Fitness Routine

    Everyone is on the pursuit for that elusive magical fitness hack. That quick fix. That one thing that will transform their lives and then (insert skewed vision of outcome here)! Bad news. There’s no one magical thing. (You should have seen this coming, but keep reading!) When it comes to overall health benefits, there is no magical time-saving hack that will produce the same results as a well-rounded fitness routine. In other words, the secret is, there is no secret. Let’s get to it! What exactly does a well-rounded fitness routine mean? The short answer that won’t keep you here all day means having components of cardio, strength training, flexibility, and…

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    Fitness

    Vacation Workout Hacks

    It’s August and for many that’s synonymous with a last hurrah summer vacation before September sling-shots you back to reality. Depending on your plans, it might be challenging to take your workout with you. Those all you can eat breakfast buffets and pool-side cocktails add up fast and can spiral you off your workout routine in a hurry. Take your workout on the go with these easy vacation workout tips to help you stay on track and enjoy your time off.  Check out the hotel gym. One of the most obvious suggestions, but many hotels do have a fitness center! This is easy to scope out in advance on the hotel website…

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    Fitness

    Group Fitness Class – A How to & Etiquette

    So, you’re bored with the same old treadmill or elliptical workout, plugging away on a mouse wheel to nowhere. You’ve walked past those group fitness classes in action at your gym. Wow, that seems more fun. But I could never do that because (insert excuse here). Are you intimidated by group fitness classes? Read this. Group fitness classes are less intimidating than you think. But there are some essential tips you should know before you jump in to make sure you’re warmly welcomed and not crowded out. Today we’ll go over some tips and etiquette to make sure your first group fitness class is a success to keep you coming…

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    Injury Prevention

    Exercise Modifications: Smart Strategies You Need

    Do you feel like you always get hurt exercising? Are you confident with exercise modifications if they’re not provided for you? Do you ignore modifications and view them as a phone-it-in moment? If you’re not using modifications to your advantage, you’re seriously missing out. Exercise modifications are your new best friend. Every person is different, has different anatomy, injuries, and fitness levels. Smart modifications can mean the difference between always being injured and a consistent healthy fitness program. Disclaimer: Always seek proper instruction before initiating an exercise program. Not everything is great for everyone! Consult with your qualified health care practitioners for an exercise program tailored to your needs. Stay healthy and…

  • Fitness Vocabulary

    The Difference Between Concentric, Eccentric, & Isometric Muscle Contractions

    Fitness terms can get confusing. The idea for this post came to me in the middle of a Body Pump class. As do many of my writing ideas. Instructors often make reference to different types of muscle contractions during the workout, with little to no explanation, leaving newbies to fend for themselves. In this case, the instructor was hyperfocused on repeating the word “eccentric.” So I began to wonder, how many in the class aren’t sure what that is? Now it’s not necessarily the fault of the instructor, they aren’t required to give you a full dissertation on each word. But I encourage you to learn as much as you…