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Why Do We Need Vitamins & Minerals?

Do you take a multivitamin? If you do, do you know why you take it? Vitamins and minerals serve so many purposes for everyday living and athletic performance. In this post, we take a look at two unique individuals: An active older woman A teenage basketball player Myself! These are case studies from Sports Nutrition […]

How Much Fat Do You Really Need?

Fat is demonized. We see it in plenty of products that are labeled as low-fat or fat free.  But fat serves vital functions in your body, such as: Being a readily available form of stored energy Protecting vital organs Insulation Absorption of vitamins Cell membrane structures And plenty others. However, fat can add up pretty […]

How much protein do I need?

How Much Protein Do You Need?

I’ll admit: before digging into Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals (2nd. Ed.), I didn’t think it was possible to eat too much protein.  I figured whatever protein my body didn’t absorb would be excreted.  It turns out that I was only partially correct. In studying for my ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification, I learned a […]

how many carbs should I eat?

How Many Carbs Should I Eat?

Several months ago, I overheard Person A talking to Person B about what he did to lose weight.  Person B: “So how’d you lose all that weight?” Person A: “I cut my carbs down to next to nothing,” he said. “Now I’m down 40 pounds!” Person B: “Hm, I might have to try that!” I […]

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3 Tips That Will Restore Your Flexibility

Running long distances and lifting heavy weights is cool and all, but do you complement that with flexibility exercises?  No matter your activity, stretching provides a number of benefits: You’ll see an improvement in your activities of daily living, such as bending, squatting, lunging, stepping over things Your posture will improve so you can sit […]

Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever This May

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of […]

10 reasons to try DDPY

10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need DDP Yoga

Chances are you’ve seen something about DDP Yoga online. Maybe you’re a wrestling fan who knows Diamond Dallas Page.  Or maybe you’ve seen one of the amazing DDP Yoga transformations, such as Arthur Boorman: Or maybe you’ve never heard of DDP Yoga, and this is your introduction to it.  If you haven’t yet, here are […]

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How To Work Out At Home With No Equipment

Yesterday, Governor Pritzker ordered Illinoisans to shelter in place until April 7 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.  Nonessential businesses—including gyms—will be closed during this time.   Area fitness centers are responding to this by providing workouts you can do at home or virtual workouts. In addition to the home workouts I compiled earlier […]

8 tips for choosing a group fitness class

7 Tips To Help You Choose A Workout Class

Group fitness classes are a staple of the fitness world, and rightfully so.  After all, multiple studies demonstrate the effectiveness of weight loss in groups.  But with all of your options, how can you choose?  Keep reading to find out!  1. What Are You Looking For?  Knowing what you want out of an exercise class […]