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5 Tricks to help you keep your resolutions

It’s the fifth week of 2015. For many of us, this week and next will hear the death knell resolutions nobly made at the start of January. Change is hard, and for many of us, the hardest part is getting out of our own way. There’s an image in American culture that insists that if…

One question every parent should ask themselves

With Hanukkah beginning this week, and Christmas next week, many American parents are thinking a lot about gifts for their kids. We’re planning and buying, wrapping and hiding. We’re thinking ahead to the look on the kids’ faces when they unwrap the latest gizmo or doodad. What we don’t always think about are the many…

5 Ways Working Out with a Friend Can Help You Reach Your Goals

You know you ought to work out (more). You’ve heard about the physical benefits. You’ve experienced the positive psychological effects. You wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds. You’re definitely going to start working out (more). But not today. If the above sounds familiar, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80%…

Exercise of the Month

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Self Myofasical Release (SMR) PRIMARY MUSCLE USED: Hip Flexors, Quadriceps & IT Band BENEFITS: Self Myofascial Release “can increase circulation and as a result, increase metabolism to the musculature and aid in the removal of metabolites such as lactic acid.” HOW TO: Position yourself as pictured Roll the foam roller over…

5 ways to help your heart

We’ve all heard the ways to fight heart disease; from eating heart healthy to knowing your family history. These facts are everywhere & not adhering to them can be deadly. Even with those sobering outcomes, one in three people in the U.S. remain within an obese weight range. What keeps us from practicing better heart…