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Find Your Fitness Community

Do you consistently frequent the gym, or do you suffer from “Starting and Stopping Syndrome”? You get into a good routine, but something gets in the way and time gets away from you. Next thing you know, it’s been months since you’ve worked out and you’re starting from scratch again. Sound familiar? What can you do to ensure greater success in your consistency with the…

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Gym Rats

Over my 20+ career in fitness and wellness, I’ve watched hundreds of people transform from first-time exercisers, inconsistent gym-goers or even exercise haters into bonafide gym-rats. In watching this process, I relate back to my own journey starting off 27 years ago as an exercise hater when I hired my own personal trainer. There began my transformative journey from nonathletic couch potato to future gym…

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Making deposits to your health bank account

Are you tired, out of shape and subject to every bug that comes down the road? It may be that you are making too many withdrawals from your health bank account. Just as withdrawing more money than you deposit into your checking account will lead to bank overdrafts, expensive fees and reduced retirement funds, squandering your health reserves can lead to chronic illness, poor quality…

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What to Eat

In order to get the maximum benefit from your workout you need to eat the right food at the right time. For example, you don’t want to work out with weights on an empty stomach. Doing so will cause you to burn muscle rather than fat. This defeats the purpose of exercising. What should you eat before exercising? Your pre-workout snack should be a mix…

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Your brain and exercise

Did you know that your brain enjoys exercise as much as your body does? In addition to producing dopamine and serotonin, the right kind of exercise helps you make new brain cells. Fast, skill-based exercises like body combat, karate, boxing, jazzercise and technique-based weightlifting produce Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a key molecule involved in learning and memory. These exercises create synapses enabling your brain…

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Adopt Healthy Habits

When motivation is lacking healthy habits can save you. The other day a client came in complaining that he just wasn’t motivated. The stress of life caught up with him and he binge ate two days’ worth of calories at McDonald’s before lunch. He complained that he lacked the motivation to stop. That is because his current habit is, “when I feel helpless, out-of-control, angry…

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