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Calorie Burning at Christmas

I admit, I went shopping the day after Thanksgiving but not during the wee hours of the morning.  Instead, my sister and I woke up, had our breakfast and went to face the masses around 10:00 in the morning.  Now, my sister is a shopper.  She had a list of stores she wanted to go to with a list of hopeful purchases.  Even though we were not super successful on the purchasing side of things we

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Health and Yoga

Wife, mother, employee, employer, husband, father, writer, artist, or exercise enthusiast, what we do during an average week is surmountable.  For instance, if I think of who I am and what I do during a one week span my list seems never ending.

I am an: Employee, Business Owner, Blogger, Marketing Chair of a non-profit, Running Coach, Nutrition Consultant, volunteer, wedding planner of my own wedding, daughter, and doggy mom.

Even though everything on this list of “who

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In the Heat of it all!

If you have been watching the 2016 Olympics in Brazil you may have seen events such as: swimming, gymnastics, golf, diving, gymnastics, tennis, court and beach volleyball, and now track and field.  For some of these events, it has been all indoors. For others there have been the elements of the weather.  In fact, the temperature in Rio, Brazil has been ranging from 70-90’s degrees fahrenheit with around 70% humidity.

In those type of elements it can

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Coming Back from a Sports Injury

Sports injuries are a very real and very serious impairment that can be disguised as something else.  A couple years ago I was training for a marathon (26.2 miles).  Even though I had trained for a marathon before, I had it in my head that I wanted to be the strongest runner I could be going into the marathon.  My personal training scheduled included 4 days of heavy lifting plus 4-5 days of running.  When you

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June is Mens Health Month

July is just around the corner but that does not mean we forget about all the men in our lives.  June is Mens Health Month, which seems fitting with Father Days. So what is the biggest gift we can provide to all the fathers and other men in our lives….it is the gift of health.

Here are some quick tips to make sure our men are living a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.

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Brain 

Start with folic acid.

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In case you haven’t heard, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released this January.  For those that do not understand what the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are or their implications, let me break it down. The Dietary Guidelines is the go-to source for nutritional recommendations.  These recommendations aim to promote health, prevent chronic disease and help people reach/maintain a healthy weight .  For this to occur, the Dietary Guidelines are reviewed and updated every 5 years.  A Dietary Guidelines committee

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Combat Stress…today

Do you have your standard answers for when someone is making polite conversation and asks “how are you?” or “how are things going?”  My go-to answer is “good.”  However, over the last month I have felt overly stressed and exhausted but continue to answer the “how are you” question with my standard “good” answer.  Is this a detriment?  Am hurting myself by making it appear that I truly can hold everything on my shoulders?

Everyone deals with stress differently. 

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Make your HEART healthy this Heart Month

What do you think of when you think of February?

Cold weather?      Valentines Day?     Heart Month?

For me, I think of all of the above.  In part, because we just witness one of the coldest weeks we have had this winter.  Even though I wanted to stay inside, as a pacer for a half marathon group we toughed it out and ran is 5 degree temperatures.  Sure, some of the runners found running in such temperatures difficult by

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The “Ultra” Exercise Fad

For those of you who either know of someone or are someone who can’t start or finish your day without exercising, this article is for you!

Recently, I had a meeting about which day of the week would work best to be a running coach for individuals who want to train for a half marathon, 13.1 miles. While we were discussing days, times, and the look of a training program a devoted runner stopped by to say “hello” and introduce himself.  Unto me, this

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Miles for Marathon Training – Part II

It was Saturday morning and all I wanted to do was sleep in.  Without fail, however, my alarm wakes me up at 5:45am, 5:52am, and once again at 6am.  I go through the mental battle once again to do a long, 18 mile run.  Even thought I would love to sleep in, this time is different.  I am back in Chicago, where I once use to live, to run amongst other Chicago Marathon trainees.  As I start

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