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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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Fall Football + Brain Injury?

Whether you are a fan or not, Fall = Football. Football is in full force from middle school athletes through NFL but have you ever thought about what contact football can do to ones body?

Football is a physical sport where collisions between players are part of the game.  Even for those athletes who do not play football from middle school through college/professional level, the number of physical contacts from practice, scrimmages, tournaments and games, that one

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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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Walk into Health

I have had the great fortune to travel abroad twice within the last year.  In June 2015 I visited England with my family while this March I traveled to Portugal and Spain. Each trip was for a different purpose, England for vacation while Portugal and Spain was part of my Master of Business Association (MBA) education. One thing that I continued to notice was the similarities in the way people lived. While Americans unionize for money, Europeans unionize

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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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Miles for Marathon Training – Part I

It’s Wednesday morning and my alarm is buzzing me awake at 5:45 AM. I roll over, awakened from my slumber, and push snooze. Eight short minutes later the alarm buzzes me awake once again. With eyes slightly open I lay in bed having an internal battle on whether I should wake up to run 4, 6, 8 miles or go back to sleep. The decision that drives me to get out of bed for a morning run is the decision that has kept me

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Nutrition Guide to Triathlons

You are only as good as the fuel you put in your body. Beyond training, proper nutrition is the key to obtain physical fitness goals. However, due to differences in body type, training activity, stage of training, and intensity of training there is no single nutrition plan for every triathlete.

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Even though nutrition is very individualized there are some basic nutritional guidelines that can help any triathlete during training.

  • Calories
    • Don’t skimp on calories because you are trying to

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