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Gone Apple Pickin' (Recipe Included)

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Sep 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

In case you hadn’t noticed, fall is upon us. I mentioned in my last post how fall is my all-time favorite season and promised to talk more about it.  With the weather being so crisp and fresh lately, I have been inspired to create fall themed foods. I love when the air is cool, the smell of leaves rides on the wind, and then I bite into/drink something that is perfectly warm and cozy feeling. Fall is also notoriously known for being apple and pumpkin season. It’s around this time that the pumpkin spice latte comes back into every coffee shop imaginable and caramel apple flavored everything is on the shelves of all grocery stores. Who couldn’t be happy at a time like this? There’s always room for more happiness though, so I’ve brought to you a recipe that is sure to make you smile.

One of my favorite food bloggers recently put up a picture of these amazing looking muffins filled with cinnamon-sugary goodness and I knew I had to recreate them. With increasing food allergies among friends, family, and coworkers and my own healthy eating habits, I find that I usually don’t end up making recipes the way they are written. More often than not, I have to spend a little time thinking about which ingredients can be swapped for healthier alternatives without sacrificing the taste or quality of the end product.  In this case, the recipe I came up with didn’t keep many of the original ingredients at all. However, they still came out pretty amazing. Here is a link to the original recipe, and below you can find the recipe I ended up creating.

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Topics: food, recipe, fall activities, fall, orchards, road trips, apples, outdoor activities

My Favorite Exercise

Posted by Jessica Knapp on Sep 17, 2014 11:30:00 AM

From reading my last few blogs, you may assume that my favorite form of exercise is running. Wrong! My favorite method is actually TRX, or Total Body Resistance Exercise. TRX is a form of suspension training and uses one’s body weight and turns it into a machine. It consists of two adjustable nylon straps with handles and foot cradles attached to each strap. What’s really cool about this contraption is that you can use it anywhere, indoors or out and perform the over 300 different exercises. Simply attach the system to a secure anchor point like a door, a hook on the wall, or a tree and you’re ready to go! Not only can TRX be used anywhere, but it can be used by almost anyone. Just a little change of stance can increase or decrease the exercise difficulty.

I have been teaching and using TRX for almost two years now and I have noticed a big difference in my strength. I am always sore in the strangest places because it works all the tiny muscles that I didn’t know I had. Not only that, but it works your core almost the entire time because you are exercising at an angle.  If you’re looking for a good workout, I’d definitely give it a try  

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Topics: TRX

Wake Up Sleepy Glutes with Glute Activation Exercises

Posted by Becky Walters on Sep 15, 2014 8:15:57 PM


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Post Race & DOMS

Posted by Jessica Knapp on Sep 3, 2014 10:23:14 AM

Sunday was the big day, Half Marathon Day! The race began at 8am and it was a beautiful day, a little warm but the course was mostly shaded so it was perfect. I finished in 2 hours and 24 minutes and felt great throughout the entire 13.1 miles, so why am I sore today?                                                                                                                               

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Free Group Fitness Classes!

Posted by Kay Wenzel on Aug 31, 2014 1:04:00 PM

Thinking of joining a Group Fitness class? Read the top 10 Benefits!

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Happy Trails - Trail Mix Cookie Recipe

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Aug 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The new school year is upon us! Pretty soon fall will be in the air, and I can’t wait. More to come on that subject in the future. (Fall is my absolute FAVORITE!) But back to school talk. Everyone’s cheerful faces walking around campus, textbooks galore, and lunch in the cafeteria just gets people in the mood for back-to-school goodies. What says after school snack more than trail mix? Trail mix is one of those snacks that many people enjoy, can be customized to almost anyone’s liking, and is inexpensive and quick.

Anyone who knows me knows that dessert is my life. Like, dessert should really be planned before even planning your meal. And what is a meal without dessert? Even breakfast should have a little something sweet thrown in, in my completely biased opinion. So what’s better than a dessert you don’t feel guilty about? Absolutely nothing can beat that!

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Topics: food, recipe, cookies, trail mix, dessert, back to school

My 5 Step Plan to Running a Half Marathon

Posted by Jessica Knapp on Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

I am only 4 days away from running my second half marathon and while I’m sure to keep you posted of how the race went, I figured I should back up and talk about my training journey and how I motivated myself to get running. You may find it surprising that I as fitness instructor, who is able to motivate others to workout, had a hard time encouraging myself to get off the couch at times.

Step One: Purchase new shoes

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How I Got into Fitness

Posted by Jessica Knapp on Aug 20, 2014 1:08:54 PM


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The Sleeping Myth

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Aug 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: health, sleep

Hail to Kale

Posted by Becky Walters on Aug 11, 2014 5:55:27 PM

Lately, there has been a lot of hype about Kale…...but what’s the big deal?

I did some research on WebMD and found that this green leafy vegetable REALLY IS all it’s cracked up to be. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. Just one cup (and only 33 calories) of chopped Kale contains 9% of the daily value of Calcium, 205% of Vitamin A, 134% of Vitamin C and 684% of Vitamin K! Vitamin K is an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of developing cancer and is necessary for normal blood clotting, and bone health.

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Topics: Kale and Healthy Eating