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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?

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 so you can […]

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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 – which 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. […]

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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 experience a slump and don’t want to do their workouts. It is a normal part of the fitness journey.  But the next time you feel like skipping your workout, read this first.  I hope one of my “Ten Questions” to ask yourself before you skip a workout will speak to you and […]

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Whose on your fitness 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 walking club. Create an […]

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The Case for Strength and Conditioning

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 off the affects of aging, and they look […]

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How we lost (and are keeping off) 110 pounds!

Many personal trainers have their own story of body (and life) transformation. This is true at Strand Fitness.  Pam Strand, owner, and Bob Peterson, personal trainer, have lost a combined total of 110 pounds in their journey.  (Pam lost 70 pounds; Bob lost 40 pounds) Asked to look back and share their secrets of success, […]

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Stop wasting your mind – use mental skills to get fit!

The mind game – it is a wonderfully complex, yet simple game we play (or not).  We do better in anything we attempt when our mind is “in it.”  When we are distracted, our performance on the task at hand suffers.  Even our satisfaction from completing the task (if we do) is diminished when our […]

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