Understanding Mindfulness
“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn This past winter I had the opportunity to take a class at the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness to learn more about this way of thinking and living. The center › Read more
Don’t allow vacation mode to sabotage your weight loss goals. While traveling is fun and relaxing, it can often hinder our consistency for weight loss and/or strength training. The weather is warming up and that means summer vacations are near. A lot of people will go to hotels, resorts or cottages and that simply don’t › Read more
The Benefits of Coconut Oil
You probably hear a good number of people talking about using coconut oil in cooking. What are the benefits? Healthy fat is usually the answer you will get. Here is a list of ten reasons why to use coconut oil vs. other oils/fats: Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure Supports UTI and kidney infection › Read more
Flu Season: Tips for Immune System Support
Flu season is here! A seasonal cold and flu can wreak havoc on your body, nutrition and training. It can also be unsafe to train while under the weather, so I advise you to dial it back and let your immune system recover if you’re not feeling well. Not to mention, this will help prevent › Read more
It’s the Busiest Time of Year
The average American gains 5 pounds or more from Thanksgiving to the New Year. With the holidays already in full swing fitness can easily take a back seat Holidays should be filled with joy, laughter, family and friends; but, in such a fun social setting, there is typically a lot of food and maybe even › Read more
Mindset of Success
What makes someone a champion not just in sports or training, but in life as well? Success leaves clues. Let’s hear what two-time NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Champion Gabe Dean from Cornell has to say about this topic. According to Dean, it boils down to your willingness to learn from two things: your mistakes and › Read more
What To Do When Injury Strikes
Injuries happen; it’s inevitable. Being prepared is especially important if you want to be able to continue in a strength training program. When injury occurs, my go-to is Poliquin Group’s Joint Task Force. It’s taken only during the acute phase of the injury, so within the first three days. This will dramatically speed up the › Read more
Easy Ways to Reduce Stress
Everyday stress can pile up and become something that keeps you from being you and living life to its fullest Here are some tips to help take the stress off and live it up! 1. Laugh! Laughing out loud has been shown to reduce stress both mentally and physically. It stimulates your heart, lungs and › Read more
Whats On Your Plate?
Good food choices are not the only way to nourish your body Proper self-care is just as important to living a healthy lifestyle! In today’s society it is easy to put too much on the proverbial plate so to speak. Just as you need to be mindful of how much and what types of foods › Read more
Snooze More to Lose More
Are you really getting enough sleep? Around 60% of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep each night. Today, the average person is sleeping less than 7 hours a night. People who sleep less than 6 hours a night are automatically 30% more likely to become obese. A large reason for this has to do with the › Read more
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