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10 Amazing Benefits of Exercise and Fitness

1. Exercise Super Charges Brainpower Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function. Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity. All that makes for a more productive day and happier employee which equate to better employee retention. People who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it makes things better for everyone in the workplace. Companies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs -- and

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Build Strong Muscles Without Weights or Gym

People can build muscle without lifting weights by following a muscle building program that blends together the right workouts and a clean, balanced diet. Key points to note:   1.     The foundation for muscle growth is created by an overloading stimulus.   2.     Weights can be substituted with the body weight, gravity, instability, or momentum.   3.     A thorough workout without weights can be just as taxing - and effective - as one with weights. 4.    Use slow-motion training by taking 12 seconds for the positive phase and 6 seconds for the negative phase of each rep. Reframe from locking

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How Fit Are You? 4 Fitness Tests

According to the American College of Sports Medicine and YMCA, performance-related fitness is linked to athletic performance (for example: a 50-yard dash time or the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly) and is linked to speed, reaction time, and coordination. Health-related fitness is linked to fitness components that may lower risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or low back pain. Health-related physical fitness includes the following components: •Aerobic fitness - ability of the heart and lungs to deliver blood to muscles, •Muscular strength and endurance - enough to do normal activities easily and protect the low back, •Flexibility -

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Blast the Cellulite Away- 5 Moves to Slim and Tone Your Behind

Okay, let’s face it. Most of us are not too hip on the way our behind looks. This is what everyone sees as we walk away, and how many of us have walked sideways just to ensure the person behind us doesn't get a “true” view? We all know that the best way to attain a beautiful behind is by eating right and exercising, but sometimes we need a little guidance on how to rid cellulite or what moves help lift and tone our butt. So while you maintain a healthy diet, I’m going to give you five butt exercises

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Top 10 Core Exercises for a Strong and Solid Foundation

A strong core is essential to correctly perform strength training exercises, to lift a maximum amount of weight and to reduce your risk of injuries. There are many different techniques you can use to vary your core training and avoid a plateau. Here are 10 top power core drills to incorporate into your workout for a strong, solid, foundation. (more…)

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10 Tips on Running for Beginners

If you have been itching to start running for better health, for that lean, sexy body, or just to experience the runner’s high phenomenon, but have some reservations whether or not running may be for you or not, the following tips can help ease the fear and help motivate the true inner athlete in you! These recommendations on considerations and tips to begin running are suggested by the American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Runner’s World Magazine. Important note: Always check with your health care provider before starting any new

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Releasing Tight Muscles: 5 Simple Yoga Stretches

Stretching is probably one of the best things you can do for your body.  Stiff muscles can eventually turn into injured ligaments, bones, back pain, shoulder pain, etc.  I think it’s just one of those things we normally leave out of our regular exercise routine.  We think after we have a great workout that we’ll just go home after the gym or run and do some stretches when we get home, but by the time we get there we forget about it.  Well, I am here to tell you that there are some great simple yoga stretches that can really

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Fitness, Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Yoga: Basic Tips on Why You Should Practice

Pregnancy is an exciting time but let’s face it, it can be a bit overwhelming too. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was overjoyed.  Being a yoga teacher as well as a yoga student, I realized this was the time that it would be crucial for me to continue to include yoga into my daily life. Yoga was the best thing I could do for myself and my baby.  I needed yoga to keep my body strong and flexible especially because this is a time that we carry more weight and have hormones jumping all

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Fitness

Getting In Balance

               Consider every crumb of food you chew, every drop of liquid you swallow, every zero calorie artificially sweetened chemical you ingest...a drug. Your relationship with these drugs will shape and mold the physical landscape of your reality. Without having to look too long or hard around you, the effects of overdosing can be easily seen. To live well and eat well is to maintain the balance between the foods providing sustenance and nourishment and those which make our taste buds dance. Achieving this balance is first about understanding it is not a 50:50 ratio. Living well and eating well generally

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Ujjayi BreathTo Optimize Your Yoga Practice

One of the most important elements in yoga practice is the breath. Ujjayi means "victory" in Sanskrit, so this is the breath of victory.  Ujjayi warms the breath as it enters the lungs, helping to build heat in the body so that stretching is safer and the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated. Through this heat, the internal agni or ‘fire' is stoked, and a powerful healing process is unlocked. Benefits of Ujjayi breathing: - Calms the mind and the body - The breath becomes a focal point which increases concentration - Meditation practice becomes

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