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What is the Keto Diet?

The Keto Diet is one of several extreme low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets popular today. Although most people know the Keto Diet as a means to drop weight, it started in the early 1900s as a therapeutic approach to managing seizures. The goal is to use certain food choices to stimulate the body to burn more fat. 

6 Exercises & Stretches to Strengthen Your Feet

Your feet are complex machines with many small, interconnected parts. Not only that, they are the most commonly used parts of your body and, thus, must be flexible, adjustable, and responsive. Just like any other machine constructed this way, if just one of those parts isn’t working, the whole machine will work improperly, and you […]

Low-Impact Exercise: 5 Reasons Why You Should be Doing it No Matter Your Fitness Level

These days, we all seem to know how significant regular physical activity is for our health. Sometimes, however, “harder” isn’t necessarily always “better” when it comes to exercise.

Let’s think about it: if you continuously exercise at a high intensity while performing high-impact activities like running, jumping, plyometrics, skipping rope, or heavy weightlifting, then your body may not have sufficient time to recover, and you could be putting yourself at an increased risk of injury.

This is where low-impact exercise saves the day.

Does Exercise Lower Stress?

There are a lot of tasks and responsibilities on your plate.

Your boss is demanding your project to be completed by the end of the month. Your kids have soccer practice, piano lessons, and play dates that you need to make sure they get on time. The weekly game night with friends is starting to turn into the monthly game night (if that). You’re having trouble sleeping at night, and you have this nagging feeling you’re going to forget to do something that just won’t go away no matter how many reminders you set or lists you make.

You’re stressed.

3 Powerful Steps to Improve Your Range of Motion

It happens so slowly you don’t always notice it: as you age, your range of motion has a natural tendency to decrease. You may see that you have a harder time reaching behind you, for instance, to get your glasses off the counter. Or, when you drop something, simply bending over to pick it up isn’t as easy as it used to be.

As you get up there in years, you find that you can’t get down there quite as easily as you could when you were younger!
While that’s the bad news, the good news is this: it’s not inevitable. A combination of targeted physical activities and dietary changes can stave off stiffness and improve your active range of motion.

What are EPA and DHA?

There are tons and tons of abbreviations and acronyms within the realm of health and nutrition. If you experience pain in your joints and increased stiffness in muscles, you may have stumbled across these nutrients in your research for ways to reduce inflammation.

Chances are your doctor has mentioned them by their more common name…omega-3 fatty acids!

It can get a little confusing and time-consuming to learn and remember even a fraction of them, but EPA and DHA are two that you’ll want to know for sure!

6 Foods contain the highest sources of Omega 3s

Did you know that omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for a healthy, balanced diet? Learn which foods contain the highest sources of Omega 3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are big-time nutrients when it comes to several systems of the body working efficiently. To name a few: our musculoskeletal system (our joints, bones, muscles, and connective […]

What Your Scale Isn’t Telling You

Stop! Don’t give in to the impulse to throw your scale out the window!

We’ve all been there. You work hard to avoid unhealthy (and some of your favorite) foods, you’ve been killing it at the gym, and then you step on the scale. Much to your amazement, the stupid thing hasn’t moved a bit.

And this is often the point where many people throw up their hands and quit.

Before you give up and trash the scale, there’s something you need to know – your weight doesn’t tell you everything. There are many different reasons your weight may not be changing. Turns out, your scale isn’t telling the whole story. 

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