Monthly Archives: March 2014

Veggie Flax Muffin

It is Monday morning and you just drank the last sip of coffee in your mug. Now, your tummy is growling… What do you do? Pick up your mug and make a Veggie Flax Muffin! The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for the … Continue reading

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Injury Prevention

Today I am featuring a guest blog from Nick Outlaw CPT, CSCS, CES.  For more information about Nick, visit www.OutlawFit.com. Maximize Progress and Minimize Your Risk of Injury  The 3 Main Causes of Injury Overuse– generally happens over time (Chronic). Mechanics– poor technique, … Continue reading

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First Weekend of Spring – Be Happy!

It is the first weekend of Spring.  Begin this new, blossoming season with happy thoughts. How do I Prioritize Happiness in my life? Here’s how! Practice Mindfulness Live your life with more depth, contemplation, and sincere contentment.  Focus on yourself and do not … Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday Healthy Cocktail

Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie Many of our aches, pains, discomforts, and otherwise “icky” feelings are caused by inflammation.  Inflammation can affect nearly every aspect of our bodies, including weight gain, skin abnormalities, headaches, and depression. Fortunately, there are specific foods and spices … Continue reading

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Resistance Training Exercises: Beginner-Intermediate Level

I recently completed a Continuing Education Course (CEC) for my Spin Instructor Certification.  You might expect this course to be about cardiovascular fitness, however this course focused on resistance training.   The course examined how to apply resistance training to the Spinning program. … Continue reading

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Sit Up Straight!

Monday… Tuesday… Wednesday… as the week passes and we spend long hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer, our posture suffers and muscles  tighten – Don’t let it! Good posture and flexibility are  critical to maintain a healthy body, physically and mentally. … Continue reading

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Chia Tapioca Pudding

Is your sweet tooth itching for something sweet? Do you crave a sweet, healthy treat? Chia Tapioca Pudding is quick, easy, and healthy fix! Chia seeds are fiber-rich, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Translation:  Chia seeds will clean-out your gastrointestinal (GI) tract! But, beware, excess consumption of … Continue reading

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Core Exercises: Part 2

Global Stabilization System Muscles attach from the pelvis to the spine. Main responsibility:  Transfer weight between the upper body and lower body Additional responsibilities:  Stability between the pelvis and spine, increasing stabilization of the core during functional movements Muscles, include: … Continue reading

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Core Exercises: Part 1

Local Stabilization System Muscles that attach directly to your vertebrae (spine). Main responsibility:  Intervertebral stability and intersegmental stability…. Stabilize the spine! Additional responsibilities:  Proprioception and postural control Muscles, include: Transverse Abdominis, Internal Obliques, Lumbar Multifidus, Diaphragm, Pelvic Floor How do … Continue reading

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Build Your Foundation – Target Your Core!

“Ab” exercises are out, Core exercises are in Strengthening your core musculature will help you reach your goal of a flatter, toned midsection and reduce low back pain. What is the “core”? Structures that form the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex (LPHC), which include:  lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, … Continue reading

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