Working Out With Intention

Wondering what exercises to do and how often? As a fitness professional, I’m often asked this question, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your goals, abilities and interests. No matter what you do, make sure your activity adds up to at least 150 minutes per week, and your exercises should feel

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Fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

This is the fairy tale everyone chases after. The reality is very different, but it doesn’t have to be. According to a study conducted by YourTango.com, one of the leading causes of failing relationships is poor communication. Surprisingly, no matter how many words are exchanged, the basic message is failing to get through to the

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5 Ways to Track Your Fitness Progress

While on your fitness journey, one way to ensure frustration is to focus solely on the scale. There are nearly a dozen uncontrollable factors involved in weight fluctuation, that your day-to-day chances of seeing a decrease are fifty-fifty. No one likes losing! Think of your favorite childhood sport or game and imagine losing every single

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Getting Back to Working Out After Being Sick

When is it okay to workout if you’re feeling sick or recovering from illness? You may be anxious to continue your workout routine, but there are some things you should consider before jumping back in.  DON’T go to the gym if you’re contagious If you just started getting symptoms of a cold or flu, such

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Nutrition Q&A

We answer reader’s burning questions! I keep hearing the term “flexitarian.” What is the Flexitarian Diet and how does it differ from other diets? Brenda Rodriguez, Pleasanton, CA A Flexitarian Diet includes mostly plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation. This makes it more flexible

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Strengthen Your Body With Exercises You Love

What exercise should I do? Should I do yoga? Is running bad? Will I hurt myself doing HIIT? As a physical therapist, a lot of my patients ask for advice about what exercises they should do to stay healthy. My answer is, the best exercises are the ones you like. People are more compliant with

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Best Techniques to Calculate Fitness

Is stepping on the scale the only way to measure fitness levels? Actually, it’s just one of several valid ways to track fitness progress. Each of us have different body compositions and how much we weigh isn’t the end-all measurement of fitness and health. It’s important to identify your body type and embrace it because

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What Chinese Herbs Can Do For You

Traditional Chinese medicine is a healing approach that originated in China many moons ago and is widely practiced today due to its vast benefits. Going back to ancient times, people used herbs for health benefits such as increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and regulating sleep. Today, thousands of people embrace this ancient wisdom and

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Acupuncture for Inner Body Balance

Acupuncture is a form of holistic Chinese medicine that has been in practice for more than 2000 years. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular and preferred forms of holistic medical treatments. TCM uses many treatment protocols such as needles, herbal medicines, fire cups, massage – tui na and shiatsu, tai

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Helpful or Harmful: The Dividing Line of Compartmentalizing

What’s the difference between compartmentalizing in relationships and in business, and is it a helpful trait for both areas of life? Back in my twenties, I had a friend who had mastered the art of compartmentalizing his life. He was laser-focused in whatever scenario was presented. At first, I admired his ability, but then realized

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Turn Your Financial Resolutions Into Lasting Results

Have you given up on making New Year’s financial resolutions, because they never last? Or maybe they seem too big or impossible to accomplish? Success rates of New Year’s resolutions usually go along beautifully the first two weeks, but by February people start backsliding. By the following December, most people are back where they started

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Metabolism Boosting Practices and Recipes

Every time you eat or exercise, your metabolism, the biochemical process by which your body converts calories into energy, kicks into gear. For those looking to lose weight and improve energy levels, there are various foods and practices that can boost your metabolism on a daily basis. Depending on your age and body type, results

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Pro Athlete D’Juan Woods’ Mental Toughness

Propelled Him Through Extreme Adversity to Ultimate Success After suiting up for his first game as a football player for the New Orleans Saints, D’Juan Woods collided with an opposing player, which resulted in a career-ending spinal cord injury. D’Juan was nearly paralyzed from the neck down. His team went on to win Super Bowl

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Ashwagandha, the Indian Ginseng

Withania somnifera means “sleep inducing.” However, it’s better known as ashwagandha, a recognized sleep aid for at least 2,500 years in the Ayurvedic traditions of India. A member of the nightshade family, this herb has other beneficial effects such as reducing the effects of stress. Ashwagandha balances thyroid hormones and cortisol levels. In addition to

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 5

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 4

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 3

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 2

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Serving Up Global Nourishment

Celebrity Chef Shannon Kring Incorporates Indigenous Cultures at the Table There are chefs who travel the world to bring exotic recipes to our kitchens, and then there are chefs whose pursuit of quality ingredients turn them into global advocates for sustainable farming practices and the rights of indigenous people who till the land. Shannon Kring

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No More Yo-Yo Diets

Hello All Year Summer Body Let’s face it; the majority of us have a difficult time keeping our New Year’s resolutions, especially when it comes to our health and fitness goals. For some reason, the guilt of holiday binge eating seems to serve as stronger motivation to get into shape for summer, than the thought

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Healthy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

These are some healthy options to switch for your Thanksgiving sides! Mashed Cauliflower (instead of Mashed Potatoes) Ingredients: • 1 head organic cauliflower, chopped • 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a BPA-free can) • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt • Fresh parsley (for garnish) Instructions: Steam cauliflower until soft and put in a blender with coconut

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Overcome Your Pain – Pain Prevention Strategies You Can Do at Home

Ouch! What was that? I’m in pain! What do I do? “Am I dying?” Determine this first. Joking aside, please seek medical advice if you feel you are experiencing something seriously wrong. Now that we’ve determined everything is ok, how do we manage our less serious aches and pains? Is this a new or acute

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Step-by-Step Guide to Develop and Conquer Your Fitness Goals

There are two steps to achieving your fitness goals: 1) DEVELOPING A PLAN2) STICKING TO ITI have been a trainer for the last 20 years. Throughout my career, I have participated in hundreds of fitness journeys. I have also heard every excuse in the book. The truth is, a good trainer can develop a plan

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Fast, Flavorful, Healthy Lunch Recipes

Want to lose weight, but your lunch options aren’t healthy? Are you counting calories and feeling hungry all the time? You don’t have to starve yourself or go to great lengths for a healthy lunch. In fact, calorie deprivation may cause you to gain weight in the long term. Instead, focus on the quality of

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Train Your Littles to Love a Good Workout

Time is an adult’s most precious commodity. Every moment should be lived as fully as possible. An unfortunate reality about time is that it is perishable. However, focusing on your and your children’s health is a surefire way to make the most out of your time. But a good question is…how? There are a few

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Fire Cupping Your Way Off of Painkillers

Fire cupping, or cupping, is a traditional Chinese healing modality. Developed by acupuncturists thousands of years ago in China, its use spread to countries around the world. Cupping is usually combined with an acupuncture treatment. However, this therapy can be used on its own to sedate the nervous system, relax muscles, and deeply heal the

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Yin Yoga for for Overall Health and Longevity

I want to encourage everyone who hasn’t tried Yin Yoga, to try it. Why? Because the feeling you’re left with after you have practiced Yin Yoga is amazing! Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice • Calms and balances the mind and body • Reduces stress and anxiety • Increases circulation • Improves flexibility •

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Get in Tune With Your Gut Health

We’ve all heard the expression “listen to your gut,” but it means more than just going with your gut feeling. Your gut has many important functions, from absorbing nutrients in food to protecting us from illness. The gut even controls emotions! So if something in your body feels off, it may be your gut talking

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What You Can Do to Win in Business

Many people believe that to achieve great work, they must focus single-mindedly on their goals, at the expense of their personal lives including family, health, or community engagement. I have found when we harness our passion and power from the various parts of our lives and bring them together, we create a life of harmony,

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The Fitness Mindset

Mindset is arguably the most important aspect of your fitness goals. You need to develop a mindset that will help you improve your mental focus, not only at the gym but in your everyday life. This isn’t a miracle post that will magically transform your mind and make you want to exercise every day. It’s practical,

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