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    Fitness

    Want To Wear Shorts But Concerned About Cellulite?

    No one wants to feel like they can’t rock their cute summer shorts! Let’s be real, cellulite sucks. Us girls will change an outfit a million times to avoid showing it. Is there another option, other than just covering it up, that doesn’t involve surgery or a diet pill?  Yes! You can minimize or eliminate cellulite and simultaneously increase bone mass, improve connective and muscle tissue, slow the process of aging, drop pounds, decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve body image, increase metabolic rate, and improve your sense of happiness and well being. Regularly lifting weights can deliver all of these benefits and it doesn’t have to…

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    Fitness

    Is Stretching A Waste Of Time?

    A few years ago I developed a nasty case of plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes (bottom of your foot).  The pain was debilitating; as it progressed I wasn’t able to put much weight on that foot upon waking in the morning. It took several minutes of “warming up” in order to walk down the street to the gym. After several weeks of foot pain, I booked an appointment with a recommended foot doctor.  He prescribed me expensive orthotics and said that I needed to tie my shoes.  At the time my shoes were loose fitting and didn’t hug my…

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    Mind,  Weight loss

    Using Visualization For Weight Loss

    Olympic athletes use visualization when preparing for their event. Not only do they visualize the win but they visualize the obstacles they might encounter during the event and how they will move effectively through each. By seeing possible obstacles ahead of time, they are setting the stage for success by coming prepared with tools to manage them. Does this mean we have to be, train, or compare ourselves to olympians? No, but we can learn from them. They spend time thinking about their goals and contemplate their actions ahead of time; we can apply this technique too. When I first started out as a trainer, I couldn’t do a pull-up. Honestly,…

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    Fitness,  Motivation,  Weight loss

    How To Choose The Best Exercise Program For Me

    There are many fitness and wellness programs out there and you may notice a tendency to jump from one to another when positive results aren’t achieved or sustained. When choosing a program, it is useful to ask yourself why you want to buy that particular program. If it is only for the promised results but you don’t like the instructor or the type of exercise, you may end up feeling like you wasted your money. I advise choosing a program that you feel called to participate in, one that looks fun or incorporates activity that you like.  Whether it involves going to a group exercise class, a bike ride, or…

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