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Coaching people to EAT SMARTER and MOVE SMARTER so they can develop the habits necessary to achieve their HEALTH and FITNESS goals and keep them for LIFE

11 Ridiculously Simple Tips to Improve Your Health

Sometimes we make things way too complicated when it comes to our health. Here are 11 Really Simple Things you can do TODAY to improve your health…

  1. STOP drinking soft drinks! This includes diet soft drinks too. Just STOP. You know it’s bad for you. If not, Google it.
  2. Eat more vegetables. Nothing new here, but choose wisely. Pick a green veggie like broccoli, spinach, or kale. Eat as much as you want.
  3. Add good fats to your diet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Sprinkle it on your veggies.
  4. Drink more water. Since you have given up soft drinks, this is the logical replacement. I like lime in mine.
  5. Eat more protein. Red meat is NOT bad for you like we were told several decades ago. Add some to your diet. Add some fish too.
  6. Stop sitting so much. If you sit at a desk for your job, set an alarm to walk around every 30-60 minutes. Park farther away from Walmart.
  7. Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning. 7 days a week. Consistency is the key to pretty much everything.
  8. Pick a type of exercise you enjoy. If you don’t you’ll never stick to it.
  9. Exercise with a friend if possible. Accountability helps with that whole consistency thing. If we know someone else is counting on us, it’s harder to blow it off.
  10. Eat breakfast. But beware of the sugar-filled cereals/yogurts/donuts/juices/etc. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein money can buy, and they are also NOT bad for you as we were once told. Google it.
  11. Stop looking at food as just something you put in your gut. It is fuel for your body, and your body is an amazing machine. Treat it as such and you will reap the benefits.

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3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Workouts

1.  IMPROVE YOUR FORM

Proper form or technique is critical to getting the most out of whatever exercise you are doing. If you do certain weight lifting exercises using poor form you may end up with an injury, or worse. The squat, deadlift, and bench press being prime examples.

Do your homework and ask someone you trust the proper way to do an exercise so that you can get the full benefit from that exercise. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. The Continue reading “3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Workouts”

Morning Fuel

How often have you heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”? That’s because it’s true…with some caveats. First of all, if your breakfast consists of sugary cereal, or donuts, or pop tarts, or any of the other high sugar content, processed crap you find on the “cereal” aisle of the grocery store, then your breakfast may be the worst meal of your day. Continue reading “Morning Fuel”

Recovery

Ask any professional athlete about recovery, and they will tell you it is critical to both their performance and their continued improvement in the areas of strength and conditioning. That being said, most amateur fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors don’t pay nearly enough attention to this critical element. Whether your goal is overall health improvement, running a marathon, or competing in the next USMC Mud Run, recovery is just as important as your workout and your nutrition.

There are two aspects to recovery…

  • Rest
  • Nutrition

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6 Ways to Incorporate Interval Training into Your Runs

If fat loss and better overall health are two of the reasons you run, you might be sabotaging your efforts by the way you are currently running.

Study after study points to interval-type training (defined by a series of short to medium bursts of energy expenditure followed by short recovery periods) as the best way to burn fat, improve cardiovascular health, and minimize the chance of overuse injuries.

But that doesn’t mean you have to have a track at your disposal to utilize this technique. Here are some ways to incorporate intervals into your normal runs: Continue reading “6 Ways to Incorporate Interval Training into Your Runs”

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