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Body Composition

7 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

If you're like the 45% of Americans that make New Year's resolutions, there's a good chance yours might involve the #1 most popular goal… Losing weight. While a clean slate is always a beautiful thing to give it the 'ole college try, the fact is, 64% of you will ditch...

9 Reasons Exercise is About More than Weight Loss

6 miles of running = 600 calories burned. 40 minutes on the elliptical = 400 calories burned. For many years of my life, that’s how my mind worked. Miles of running and minutes on the elliptical translated to calories burned. And calories burned meant I could lose...

5 Ways to “Un-Diet” (& Free Yourself from Diet Dogma!)

45 million. The total number of Americans that DIET each year. $33 billion. The total amount spent ANNUALLY on weight loss products, according to the Boston Medical Center.  Pause. Is that not disturbing?! Despite the incredible amount of time and dollars invested in...

Fruit of the Doom? Is Fruit Sabotaging Your Weight Goals?

After a long day grinding it out in the world of sales, I used to have a ritual of buying an apple at a local Whole Foods for the 2-hour drive home. Aww, what a healthy, hard-earned reward, right!? Don't let me fool you. I failed to mention the apple was literally the...

Lessons From a Recovering Runner: Health Isn’t About Running

While walking around a local lake last week, I passed by a cheerful, yet serious walker in her early 30's. She was the type with the hard, swinging arms (not laughing, I've been there before), and a pace at about a 10-minute mile. Sporting a pink t-shirt with the...

Preventable Pain, Overweight & Injuries: Food is Medicine

As I sat in the physical therapy office awaiting my husband this past week, I felt utterly depressed. Besides the soap operas playing on the television and the drab red-colored walls, the cross-section of people rehabbing just astounded me. Enter a woman in her late...

Fitness & Movement

9 Reasons Exercise is About More than Weight Loss

6 miles of running = 600 calories burned. 40 minutes on the elliptical = 400 calories burned. For many years of my life, that’s how my mind worked. Miles of running and minutes on the elliptical translated to calories burned. And calories burned meant I could lose...

101 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

We're 2 months away from the New Year (already?). We're also 2 months away from the influx of a gagillion new gym memberships, with 60% of those memberships dropping off by February. There's a reason why so many fail at their New Years' resolutions of getting fit. It...

Tabata: The Shortest, Most Effective Workout

In spring 2009, I was first introduced to this world-renowned workout called "tabata."  I was living in Greenville, South Carolina at the time, and happened upon a Crossfit gym across the street from my apartment. You know, the Reebok-sponsored sport redefining...

The Surprising Truth About Pre-Performance Stretching

Have you ever stretched before exercise? I'm betting you have. And you probably still do. I'm right there with you! I grew up, as most of us did, with sports teams that stretched in big circles as a team, holding each static stretch for 10 seconds before moving onto...

The Traveler’s 10-Minute Fitness Plan

"Nothing is certain in life except change." We've all heard this common (and true!) phrase, and within this whole category of change, I'm adding a subcategory that I has most certainly been a constant in my life... TRAVEL. From traveling as an athlete in college, to...

8 Killer Home Workouts Under 15 Minutes!

With the modern world full of responsibility, jobs, children, social media, and our own expectations, the  tendency for health priorities is... to GO. Sure, these are very valid things that may deserve to take precedence (ahem, minus social media and a few other...

Sports Nutrition

The Healthiest Sports Drinks & Why to Ditch the Gatorade!

You've just run 4 miles. Up hill. You're exhausted and you're thirsty. What's better than chugging an ice-cold Gatorade to replenish!? Well, WATER is. (And my list of the healthiest sports drinks, of course, which we'll get to in a moment.) Why to Ditch the Gatorade...

Hydration Guide: What, Why, When, & How Much to Drink!

Up to 75% of Americans may be chronically dehydrated! Are you one of them? Check out this hydration guide to improve your hydration and upgrade your overall health! The What on Hydration   Hydration is so important because we are mostly water!...

Guest on Podcast: Sports Nutrition Talk!

About one year ago, I received an email from Jimmy Moore, a highly respected, well-known blogger, author, and influence in the low carb movement. Would Kyle and I like to be guests on his podcast, Low Carb Conversations, along with his co-host, Dietician Cassie, to...

Chewy Chocolate Electrolyte Bars (Dairy & Gluten Free)

With 13 feet between the two of us, there's a 99% chance that one of us is going to be hungry. Most of the time, that's Kyle. :) It's especially hard to feed this man practicing 4 - 5 hours a day, where he sometimes burns 2,000 calories in one session! Eek! One of the...

11 Simple Sports Nutrition Truths

This summer, I spoke at a high school elite basketball camp and a grade-school basketball camp about... Nutrition. I know. What kid actually cares about this kind of stuff? Well, you can imagine why I was both enlightened and perplexed. Enlightened: Because I could...

6 Real Food Substitutions for High Carb Foods

Cereal boxes Spaghetti French fries Bread Potatoes Rice What do these all have in common?? 1) They are really high in glycemic index. Glycemic index measures how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a certain food. The higher the measure, the quicker the food...

Sports Psychology