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A Thankful Passover

By Tracie Guy-Decker This morning, as I fried my umpteenth batch of matzo brei, my three-year-old daughter whined for the umpteenth time that she wanted a bagel. I sighed quietly and flipped the brei, not even bothering to explain again about Passover to a toddler.  But it got me thinking. I thought back to the…

5 reasons I’m going to break out of my gym comfort zone

by Tracie Guy-Decker I admit it. My workouts are boring. I’ve written here about how I rewrote my fitness goals to be achievable. I’m happy to report that it worked. I have become the kind of person who rarely misses a workout. It’s been about three months during which I’ve rarely missed a workout. Each…

3 Ways a Personal Trainer will Improve your Life

With all of the workouts, tips, tricks, and fads at your fingertips on the Internet, along with the latest in wearable bio-computing, you may think the need for personal trainers is a thing of the past. It’s easy to see why you might think that you can accomplish your goals all on your own. And…

The No Work Workout Extender: Maximize Your Fitness Benefits with a Visit to the Sauna

The Finns recently made news with a study that supports the idea that regular sauna use can lead to longer, healthier lives. Finland is not unique in its cultural fascination with saunas. From Thai baths to Russian banyas to Native North Americans’ sweat lodges, humans have been intentionally sweating (with or without exercising) for thousands…

The FREE depression treatment Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about

If there were a drug that reduced stress, fought depression, strengthened cardiovascular health, improved the quality of your sleep, and even helped you maintain a healthy weight, would you take it? Sound too good to be true? It’s not; it exists, it’s very safe, and the side effects are minimal. No, it’s not a new…

Turning STEM to STEAM: Why the Arts matter for children

Think for a moment about the children in your life: your kids, your nieces and nephews, your friends’ and neighbors’ children. How many of them do you think would be able to identify Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo as anything other than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? In today’s world of smartphones and selfies, we’ve seen…