Learn to Embrace the Pain, It’s Where the Magic Happens

You have heard the sayings: no pain, no gain, or learn to embrace the pain.  Another one is celebrate the challenges, it’s when change is taking place. They conceptually say the same thing, the bottom line is you do have to have some level of discomfort before you see changes. We all have stories in […]

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Build a Foundation First That Will Support a Healthy Lifestyle

When one begins something new, it is often overwhelming because of all the changes that need to be made. This is true in many aspects of life. When living a healthy lifestyle, there are so many components that blend together. This can make it hard to know what to do or where to start.  It […]

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What it Means to Have Balance in Your Life

Before you can answer the question of what it means to have balance in your life, it first needs to be defined. Having balance is having time for what matters to you.  Sometimes this focus changes as people go through certain “seasons” of life.  Some of these “seasons” might be caring for an infant, taking […]

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A Long-Term Strategy that Leads to a Healthy Lifestyle

There are many benefits to developing a long-term strategy that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy is a way of life, not a short term, quick fix.  Developing a game plan will assist in achieving that objective. A gal I work with has been leading an “unhealthy lifestyle” (her words) most of her adult […]

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3 Hip and Thigh Exercises for Functional Fitness

Being flexible helps to improve functional fitness.  Functional fitness means doing movements that are similar to everyday actions. Think about sweeping the floor, cleaning the bathroom mirror, or lifting a bag of groceries. We use multiple muscle groups to complete these tasks.  Functional exercise builds strength and stability. It incorporates multi directional moves. Staying fit […]

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6 Ways to Make Exercise Part of Your Habit

Most of us have started a new exercise routine or have good intentions to start and maintain one.  Then, before we develop this routine, regular life sneaks back in and the dream of a new habit is gone.  Sometimes we get stuck in this loop and the cycle repeats itself.  There is a way out!  […]

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Is Your Negative Self-Talk Holding You Back?

Is your negative self-talk holding you back? Sometimes it is hard to take the first step toward your goals, especially if you have not been successful in the past. Don’t let your history or lack of success sabotage your future attempts.  Gain courage to take the first step by working on your mindset. Changing your […]

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Fitness Life By Design Core Challenge Part 2

This is Fitness Life By Design Core Challenge Part 2. Last week we reviewed why it is important to strengthen your core muscles. Reasons to Include Core Exercises: Helps to improve balance and stability which is important especially as you age. Can strengthen and tone your ab muscles Core muscles may help with good posture […]

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Time for a Fitness Life By Design Core Challenge

I can’t believe it is fall already! I hope you are having a great week.  It is time for a Fitness Life By Design Core Challenge. You can choose to start the fall off strong. It is important to strengthen your core muscles (the muscles around your trunk and pelvis).  Your core has several major […]

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Fitness Includes Weight Training in the 7 Most Important Muscle Groups

Overall conditioning is a great way to improve your strength. Fitness includes weight training in the 7 most important muscle groups. Because weight training can be vigorous and demanding on your body it is recommended that you first get a physical from your doctor. General Conditioning There are several benefits of general conditioning. Here are […]

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