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Welcome! So, what the heck is this website all about?! Mostly about health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, movement, green living, and just about anything that relates to living a health promoting lifestyle. You’ll find blogs on a wide variety of topics (whatever I’m thinking about or into that day or requested by a follower). You’ll find recipes, food and supplement buying guides, information on seminars, and eventually some exercise and cooking videos. Enjoy browsing the site for ideas on how to make your life healthier.

Brand New Six Week Fat Loss Program Starting on 2/26/15

I am starting a new six week fat loss program (locally) in conjunction with Dr. John Edwards at Cornerstone Chiropractic.  *Program open to anyone.  I’m super excited about the program and anticipate it filling up quickly, so sign up today to start the change to your body composition.  Here’s the link to the information on […]

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Exercise – The Burpee (yes, the burpee!)

The burpee, one of the most hated and loved exercises of all time.  But more importantly, it really is one of the most effective full body exercises for both cardio and strength.  It builds strength (especially the push-up portion), it improves your cardiovascular system (you can tell it), it conditions your body to be more […]

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Exercise – Wood Choppers – Core Exercise

I love to use wood choppers with my clients.  I find it to be a “functional” exercise.  If you really had to chop wood in real life, you’d find it to be a real full body exercise.  And, hey, I do encourage you to actually go chop wood for a workout.  If you don’t need […]

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Exercise – Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is an extremely easy exercise to do, but it’s not actually for everyone.  Ultimately this exercise helps strengthen the muscles around the knees making you less likely to have knee problems, but if you have existing knee problems, avoid or use caution with this exercise.  You can make this exercise very low […]

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Exercise – Reverse Lunge

The Reverse Lunge is a fairly common exercise, but often underutilized.  The reverse lunge provides a bit of a different movement pattern than a standard forward lunge in that it makes you step backward which is not something most of us do on a regular basis.  Some experts contend that a reverse lunge is easier […]

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Exercise – Lateral Shuffle

We don’t tend to do much lateral movement in our daily lives, but we should strive to incorporate some in on a regular basis.  Lateral movement can help prevent injuries.  It is often used in sports training drills (but benefits everyone).  Lateral movement can help strengthen glutes, hips, and thighs.  Lateral movement also engages the core.  Lateral […]

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Tips on Easing, Relieving, and Preventing Back Pain

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional or back pain specialist.  I am a health coach and personal trainer with knowledge regarding keeping your back healthy, but do not claim expertise. *If you are experiencing an acute attack of back pain, see your doctor and do not attempt the following suggestions.  These are not typically […]

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Exercise – Dolphin Pose

If you are not a regular (or at all) yoga practicioner, I do recommend that you still try a few yoga poses every now and then.  Throw one in at the end of a workout or do a few on an off day.  Differnet poses have different benefits and also can have some contraindications. Dolphin […]

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Benefits of Regular/Occasional Inversion (Heart Above Head)

When was the last time that you hung upside down?  Been awhile?  Not since you were a kid?  You don’t actually have to hang upside down to get the benefits of being inverted.  You can lay on your back on your bed and hang your head fully off the bed (simple, but with less benefit).  […]

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Exercise – Kettlebell Workout

Ok, technically this is a workout of the day and not just one exercise, but you could add just one of these exercises into your day, then eventually do all ten.  If you don’t have a kettlebell, you can use a dumbbell or a household object that would be similar to a kettlebell. You can […]

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