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The Art of Making Tea

I love making tea, and not the kind with a Kerig, my friends. The type of tea making that requires a couple different tools and patience. It is one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax. And although, I love making it and enjoy drinking it, I am no expert on tea and nor […]

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How to Combat Emotional Eating

Overcoming emotional eating is a significant concern for many people focused on improving their fitness and health. In fact, 66% of women who responded to a recent survey conducted by Precision Nutrition said that emotional eating is an area where they need the most guidance. If you struggle with emotional eating, here are some helpful […]

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Food – Friend or Foe?

Have you ever sat down and asked yourself what nutrition means to you and what you want the food you eat to do for you and your life? It is an enlightening exercise to do so. This question popped into my mind the other day. I like when questions like this pop into my mind. […]

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Whoa – what did you just ask me?

Productivity in Life Recently, I read an article that reminded me of the beauty and power of a well-placed question that can change the course of your life.  The subject of the article was productivity tips from young entrepreneurs.  It was filled with some great, expansive ideas on how to be creative, focused, and energized […]

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Being Happy and Being Fit

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting upon this quote.  It speaks to me on so many levels. If I think about fitness, it tells me that happiness is not about “how hard I get after […]

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This Moment. Right Here. Right Now.

Earlier, I was reading an article on mindfulness, and it said something along the lines of “the practice of accepting the present moment – is the only reality you have, when it comes down to it.” The only reality you have is this present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t anything. The […]

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Remember the Mindful Side of Fitness

“The issues we have with our bodies run deep. Therapists like to say that those issues live in our tissues. The trauma we’ve experienced, the anger or hurt we stuff down, can manifest as anything from a clenched jaw, a painful hip, or tight neck muscles… If we don’t figure out a way to release […]

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Read This Before You Skip Your Next Workout

Even the most dedicated-to-fitness person experiences a slump and loses interest in their workouts. That slump is a normal part of the fitness journey.  But the next time you feel like skipping your workout, read this post first.  Hopefully this will speak to you and give you the little push needed to get yourself to […]

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Who’s on your fitness team?

Create a Support Team There are many ways to create a team of support for your fitness program. Some of the most popular: Ask a friend to be a workout partner. Join a fitness class at the park district or at a fitness center. Hire a personal trainer or fitness coach. Join a running or […]

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The Case for Strength and Conditioning

The Keys for Staying Young, Healthy & Fit Scientific evidence continues to tell us that strength and conditioning are keys for staying young, healthy, and fit.  When a person is strong and in shape, their brain and body function more optimally, they get sick less often, they reduce their risk of serious illness, they stave […]

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