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6 Non-Physical Benefits of Regular Exercise

This post is SO important to me, because it really is at the core of why I am so passionate about helping and supporting other women to live active, healthy lifestyles. I don’t want you to work out because you feel you need to change your body. I encourage you to exercise because your body is AMAZING and beautiful, and deserves to be taken care of. And you deserve to know that about yourself.

Simply put, I TRULY believe that if you care for your body, you begin to love your body. And when you love your body, you want to care for it. It is a beautiful cycle of nurturing self-love and regaining the self-confidence that the world can seem to easily and relentlessly strip away.

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Nutrition Myth: Women Don’t Need That Much Protein

You’ve probably gotten some mixed messages about protein. On the one hand, you know you’re supposed to eat more of it. But, you’ve also heard that you shouldn’t eat too much protein or it will make you bulky. The truth is, protein is important for every system in the body. Protein is digested into amino acids and dipeptides, it grows muscle tissue, hair, and nails. It’s important for hormone regulation and, just like fiber, protein is important for satiety.*

One thing protein won’t do? Suddenly turn you into a hulk monster. Women just don’t have the hormonal profile to be as muscular as men. That said, if you’re actively trying to build muscle and get leaner, more protein in your diet may help you reach that goal.

 

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5 Foods to Boost your Energy

Have you ever felt tired and groggy after a meal? It doesn’t feel good. And it doesn’t lead to a productive or happy day. In fact, the foods you eat can even impact the quality of your relationships. You might not be able to focus during meetings, or enjoy quality time with your partner.It’s amazing how when we eat the wrong foods our body promptly responds with low energy and a moody mind.

Fortunately, when you feed your body the right foods, your body will soak up all that good stuff. Not sure what I mean by the “right” food? Well, these five foods are the perfect place to start. Add them to your daily meals and you’ll feel lighter, happier, and energized

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5 Surprising Tips to Get Shredded This Summer

Crafting a hard, lean physique is all about the basics: Lifting weights, doing cardio, using calories to shift your body into a thermogenic state, and taking a couple of strategic supplements to chase specific goals and fuel intensive workouts.

Within this simple fat-burning recipe, however, you can find some hidden tricks to nudge you toward your goals. The relentless scientific pursuit of fat-fighting advancements and continued experimentation from the world’s best trainers result in a constant flow of new, improved methods to help you get shredded.

Here are six ways to accelerate your get-ripped efforts this summer.

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9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

It happens to the best of us: You get injured, find yourself working around the clock or are otherwise forced to put exercise on the back burner for a while. And when the holidays roll around, you’re also provided an incentive to eat and drink and skip your workouts until January.

But a day or two can easily stretch into weeks or even months, and you’re right back to square one. In technical terms, you’ve become “deconditioned.” In fact, 25 to 35 percent of adult exercisers quit working out within two to five months of starting, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). How quickly your fitness level declines depends on several factors. Some may surprise you.

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How to Juggle Life and Fitness

Juggling your home life, demanding career, and workouts can be challenging. Unless you are a full-time athlete, you almost never have the time you need or want to train. Even if you have a solid routine, projects, dinner meetings, and the ever-growing email inbox can distract you from working on your fitness. It’s hard, I get it! Here are few of my top tips for staying more active during your work day and finding time to incorporate fitness into your work week. 

Maximize your mornings
Tackling a morning workout gives me the confidence I need to take on the overbooked calendar in the office. If I take care of me first thing, I can focus my energy on everyone and everything else during the work day.

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STARTING A NEW FITNESS CLASS

In many cities, fitness studios offering specialized classes are becoming ubiquitous. To stand apart from each other, these boutique gyms offer ultra-unique classes—sometimes, the crazier-sounding, the better. In LA (where I live), you can balance your way through a workout on a surfboard that’s actually on sand, hang from the ceiling on “silks” during an aerial yoga class, or bounce for an hour of cardio on your own mini trampoline.

Even if your city has yet to offer such a buffet of classes, you can probably still find a nice variety to choose from. Spin, Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, even Pound are in most bigger gyms.

The trouble with all these fun classes, though, is trying them can be intimidating! No one wants to be caught struggling or look like they don’t know what they’re doing. We like to stay in our comfort zones. The best way to beat the intimidation factor? Just try it!

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A Quick Recovery Workout for When Your Body Needs Some Extra TLC

Crushing your workouts is awesome (go you!), but it’s also important to make time for active recovery. Not sure where to start? Try this 20-minute stretching workout the next time your body needs a little TLC.

This video is all about giving your muscles time to repair and increasing your flexibility and mobility. The workout will move through dynamic stretches and a mobility flow and then end with static stretching. All three forms of movement are important for active recovery, and recovering faster means getting back to your workouts ASAP so you can meet your overall goals. Sound good? Great. Hit play to get started.

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8 Bridal Bootcamp Workouts

You’ve said yes to the dress! And now you want to do everything you can to feel confident and look your best when you walk down the aisle.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most wonderful celebrations you’ll have, and you should feel like a million dollars. Whether you need to lose weight, tone up or stay exactly the same size, fitness can play an important part in your preparations for the big day.

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Should You Lift Weights to Lose Weight?

“Muscle weighs more than fat.” You’ve probably heard that phrase a million times before. And although it’s false (a pound is a pound), you may have taken it to mean you should stay far, far away from the weight rack if you’re trying to drop pounds. We get where you’re coming from, but it’s not exactly that cut and dry.

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