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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

Bison vs Beef

Posted by Kay Wenzel on Aug 10, 2014 9:26:00 AM

Bison vs Beef

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Mastering Push-Ups

Posted by Becky Walters on Jun 9, 2014 3:34:00 PM

The push-up seems to be the most under rated exercise out there.  While pushups are usually denoted as a chest exercise, it is much more than that.  Without proper abdominal, glute, back, and hip strength it is very likely that a push-up will be performed incorrectly.  

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Container Garden

Posted by Kay Wenzel on Jun 1, 2014 3:44:00 PM

One activity on my Summer Time 101 things to do, included planting a garden.  Due to small space and testing the waters this year, I decided on a small containter garden.  I used some old pots I had that used to have flowers in them, and planted veggies instead!  

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Post Workout Nutrition

Posted by Becky Walters on May 27, 2014 4:22:14 PM

There are a lot of factors that are necessary for post-workout recovery.  In my opinion, post-workout nutrition is one of the most important (behind sleep) aspects of recovery.  Intense workouts damage tissues, mainly 

muscle protein, and consumption of certain foods will help aid in the repair and rebuild of the damaged 

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