Fit Bodies

Fit Bodies

It was July 2014 and for the last time I looked in the mirror and decided it was time to take charge of my life. I was determined to get healthy with the definitive goal of feeling better about myself. Just how was I going to do this? I knew…
Spring is right around the corner (hopefully) and now is the perfect time to start to work on your waistline. Join me in witling your waistline with the Magic Circle and some wonderful oblique work. Working our obliques is important, as these side muscles help support our torso upright as…
The holidays have come and gone. The days are cold and dreary. It’s the heart of a Wisconsin winter. For some, this time of year can bring on a case of the “winter blues,” and in more serious cases, seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The so-called winter blues are more common…
Core work done flat on your back is out and core work where 360 degrees of your core can be accessed is in. Plank is the new situp: an empowering position where all your core can be accessed and utilized. It’s a position in which gravity and your own bodyweight…
Question: I’ve been having a tough time with my energy levels for my 6 a.m. workouts. I was thinking coffee might help with this, but it seems like it’s always getting mixed reviews. Is there any cause for concern in drinking coffee before a workout? Answer: First things first: If…
Question: My physician has recommended that I reduce my daily sodium intake. What are some simple ways to do this? Answer: Sodium is added to everything from pasta sauces and condiments to frozen foods, so it’s no surprise that the average adult consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Many…
Question: I would do almost anything to get a nice 6-pack. Can you give me some tips and hints? Answer: Absolutely! Not everyone has this particular goal, but the ones that do seem to be very passionate about it. First of all, you have to do some serious core work,…
Question: I have some pretty serious cravings from time to time. Is this because my body is deficient in certain nutrients that these foods provide? Answer: Generally speaking, no! And this is true whether you’re craving brownies, spinach or Taco Bell tacos. Unexplained cravings can pop up during pregnancy however,…
Weightlifting accessories such as belts and gloves have been used for decades, but when is the right and wrong time to wear them? And are they really helping you? This article will focus on these two commonly used accessories, how they work, and when and when not to wear them.*…
How many times have you lost your balance and fallen over while putting on a pair of pants? How many times have you slipped on the ice and not been able to catch yourself from falling? How many times have you changed direction too quickly and lost your balance? These…
Question: How do you manage healthy eating while on vacation? Answer: There’s no doubt that eating healthy can be very tricky when you’re on vacation. Whether you’re short on time or you want to experience all of the different foods available, it can be difficult to stick to a particular…
Question: What are your thoughts on cheat meals, especially for those that are diligent with their daily eating? Answer: It’s an interesting question, but the answer really depends on how you define diligent. For those that follow consistent patterns of clean eating — meaning they follow a regimented diet of…
There is often confusion about how to train for optimal performance, whether it be for sports performance, rehabilitation or just wanting to get back into shape. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) states that for proper adaptation and efficiency to occur, one must follow the structure of correction exercises…
Question: What are chia seeds, and how should they be used as part of a healthy diet? Answer: Most people know chia seeds as being responsible for producing a furry green friend called the Chia Pet. However, more recently this seed has gained popularity because of the health benefits it…
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