Author Archives: Julie King

The Best Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

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Looking to get more out of your sweat sessions? Feeling fatigued and simply going through the motions when you exercise? Your diet may be partly to blame, as you might be exercising on empty and need to fuel up. Or you may need to replace nutrients and fluids more regularly after hitting the gym. Dietitians recommend healthy pre- and post-workout snacks for workouts more than 60 minutes in order to stabilize blood sugar, maximize energy and optimize recovery and future performance. » Read Full Story

Partner Workouts

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Exercising with a partner is a great way to help you be consistent with your workouts, while enjoying companionship at the same time. Knowing that someone is counting on you for a scheduled sweat session, you’re less likely to back out and let him/her down. Ideally, the same holds true for your partner, who will keep you accountable by providing motivation and support. » Read Full Story

Workouts for Beginners

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While most of us know that exercise is good for our health, it can be difficult to begin a regular workout regimen. For those newbies, it may be unclear as to where to start, given the plethora of information available today about workouts. The good news is that it is never too late to exercise, and you can always start again if you have quit a former routine. » Read Full Story

Clean Eating Defined

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We’re hearing more about clean eating, but what is it? What does it mean when Panera says “100% of our food is 100% clean?” Although a lack of understanding exists, clean eating is growing in popularity as people seek to improve their health. Different resources may provide slightly varying definitions and rules of clean eating, but the following represents a compilation from several sources, such as the Mayo Clinic, Eating Well, Fitness and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Clean. » Read Full Story

How to Lose Weight

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Weight loss commands a lot of attention and the efforts of millions of people. With the immense amount of information available about how to lose weight – some of it gimmicky, contradictory or unhealthy – it can be unclear how to identify the best plan. Although many people lose weight, they are unable to keep it off long-term. » Read Full Story

Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Affecting approximately 3 million Americans annually – or about five percent of the U.S. population – seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a cyclical depression related to the shorter daylight hours and reduced sunshine in the fall and winter seasons, but it can also occur in the spring and summer. Going beyond just a general malaise or the winter blues, it is an enduring sense of feeling down, discouraged, fatigued, moody or unmotivated. While many of us periodically experience some low days or lack of energy – and perhaps more frequently in the grey, cold, gloomy days of winter – SAD is more severe and persistent over months. » Read Full Story

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise This Winter

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Of course, exercise routines should be habitual and year-round for the best results. But, with its cold temperatures, gray days and shorter daylight hours, winter sometimes derails our best intentions to exercise, instead leading us to hibernate indoors. While there is nothing wrong with some couch time, it should be in moderation, and not replace regular workouts for days, weeks or months at a time.

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