Fit Bodies

Fit Bodies

Repetitive wrist strain is one of the most common injuries the average American suffers. With an astounding amount of people leading sedentary jobs and on top of that living a life full of texting, Facebook and computers, there is little time of relief for those poor little wrists of ours.…
Question: Is there a proper way to breathe when lifting weights? Answer: If you are new to exercise, it’s far more important that you just breathe rather than how you breathe. Often, synching your breath with your movements can be overwhelming to a new exerciser. There are more pertinent pieces…
It’s the grabbing pain in the back of your leg, the extreme tightness that pulls at your back when you bend over, the restriction that keeps you from doing what you love, be it running, walking, Zumba or even yoga; maybe you find yourself sitting the majority of the day…
Question: What should I eat or drink if I only have an hour before a workout? Answer: What you eat before you exercise should be largely determined by timing and personal preference. Generally speaking, a large meal takes four to five hours to digest, a smaller meal takes two to…
Question: I hear that keeping a food journal might help me lose weight. Can you give me some tips on how to get started and the best way to journal? Answer: Several studies have shown that people who keep food journals are more likely to be successful in losing weight.…
If you are a yogi, then downward facing dog is probably a staple posture in your practice; but as a yoga teacher for over a decade, I have discovered that not all down dogs are created equal. Many, in all actuality, are simply too restricted in the upper body (shoulder…
As a fitness professional for over a decade, I have pretty much seen it all, especially when it comes to core-based exercise. When you consider trying to bring some more attention to your midsection, a few things are important to consider: Core work flat on your back is out! Think…
Question: I’ve been seeing coconut water on the shelves at my local grocery store. Is this a suitable substitute for my daily water intake? Answer: The average daily fluid intake for adults is roughly 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. Coconut water can absolutely count toward your…
Question: I will be starting a walking program soon and need to purchase a pair of shoes. What should I be looking for? I want to make sure I buy the correct shoe for me. Answer: Congratulations on committing to your health by joining a walking program. A good shoe can definitely…
We have all felt it: Our hips feel tight, our back is sore and aching, and our neck is stiff or sore. We have all been there and sometimes, straight-up stretching either is too much too soon, or just doesn’t seem to be hitting the spot just right. Using something…
The average American sits roughly eight hours per day, but to be honest, I think it is even longer than that once you factor in driving, dining, watching TV, reading and oh yes, the infamous desk job. What are you doing within all those hours of sitting? If you are…
Question: What’s the difference between someone eating vegan vs. eating vegetarian? Answer: Vegetarianism is the practice of following a diet that excludes meat (including game, slaughter byproducts, fish, shellfish and poultry) and within this practice of eating there are four categories. Vegans only eat plant-based food, eliminate not just meat,…
Summer is right around the corner and most of us just can’t wait to get rid of the layers upon layers of clothing and show some skin! Get ready for tanks and beachwear with one simple move. Here we are focusing on the arms, shoulders and obliques — a perfect…
Question: I am a busy mother of three and usually do most of the cooking for the family. I commonly find that my kids do not eat their fruits and vegetables when I cook them. Do you have any suggestions for ways I can incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals…
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