Category archives: Health & Fitness

My Experience With the New Nike Pro Bras

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When I was asked by Nike Chicago if I was interested in testing out their line of new Nike Pro Bras, I think I said yes before really hearing about what they wanted me to do. Finding the right sports bra has been a struggle of mine for a long time, especially because I have a D-cup size and I like high-cardio workouts (boxing is my favorite!). I do have spor[...]

The Easy, "No Excuses" Workout: for No Space, No Time, No Experience

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We all know that getting in shape isn't always a walk in the park. It takes a lot of hard work, commitment, and discipline. But sometimes there are obstacles beyond lack of motivation that keep us from reaching our fitness goals. I've found myself in conversation with so many people about their reasons why they don't workout, and from what I've discovere[...]

Friend or Foe? Everything You Need to Know About Carbs

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Carbs. That tiny, dreaded word. I bet if I filled a room up with a hundred or so females between the ages of 18-50 and shouted that word into their midst, chaos would ensue. You'd get: 1. The impossibly thin 40 year old sipping black coffee and swearing that she hadn't touched a carb since she was twenty. Impressive, sure, but her shaky hands and wild [...]

How to Work a Different Muscle Group Every Day

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The holidays are over, so everyone is running in droves to the gym. No matter your current level of fitness, there are always areas to be improved on. That's the enjoyment of a healthy lifestyle - it never has to get stagnant or boring. Being in shape is always in season, and sweater weather shouldn't be an excuse to let the flab creep back on. I'd li[...]

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth (the Healthy Way)

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Has anyone ever seen those articles that say, "If you're craving chocolate, you just need to eat more protein!" And you're left thinking, "Um, no. A piece of chicken does not equal a Reese's cup." While it is true that a lot of the food cravings we have are rooted in some sort of nutritional deficiency or imbalance, at some point you just want to eat that da[...]

Learn to Love the AM Grind: Why Morning is the Best Time to Exercise

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You're probably groaning already after that title. Already you're thinking of earlier nights, no more sleeping in, and all of your friends thinking you're crazy. While these are all valid concerns, be assured that there is far more to gain from working out in the morning than there is to lose. In fact, it has been shown to be the most beneficial time of day [...]

Understanding the Importance of Protein

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You're probably wondering what in the world could possibly be so important about protein that I decided to write an entire post about it. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Getting enough protein in your diet does more for your overall health, satiety, and weight management than any other nutrient. Most diets (can I get an eyeroll?) focus on cutting[...]

Pre & Post Workout: 8 Tips to Help You Warm Up & Recover

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While having an effective workout is key to maximizing results, did you know that it's also equally important to focus on what you're doing before and after your sweat sesh? Most of us don't give a second thought to what we do before working out, except maybe running through that mental pep talk for the 13th time. But just like you should have an actual work[...]

Fear the Rear: The Best Moves to Improve Your Glutes

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Beside rock hard abs, having enviably toned legs and rear is perhaps the most sought-after fitness goal. And as skinny jeans slowly start to replace our shorts, I'm sure everyone is looking for a way to look a bit more shapely in them through the fall and winter. Not only that, but did you know that working on strengthening and toning your lower body will ma[...]

How to Lose Weight Without Losing your Mind

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If you've ever tried losing weight before, whether it was trimming down a couple pounds to fit into a dress a little better, or dropping some drastic numbers on the scale, you can probably say one thing about the process: it wasn't easy. True. One thing people must understand about weight loss is that it is hard. It's hard work both physically and mentall[...]