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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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Summer Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Posted by Alicia Herzog on May 23, 2014 12:14:18 PM

Quick, what are the first five things that come to mind when you think of summer? I’m sure everyone thinks of a few different things, but we all probably have a few in common as well. One thing that screams summer for me is lemonade. What other time of the year would this beverage be quite as thirst quenching? None, summer takes the cake! Lemonade can be full of sugar and thus heavy on calories, so make sure you always check your labels first or make it homemade.

I found a recipe this week and just knew I had to make it right away. Since it’s been shockingly hot this week, especially after the chilly temps last week, I knew this was the right time to try out a new summer recipe to keep cool with. I introduce to you: strawberry lemonade popsicles. I love making popsicles at home because, let’s face it, I’m cheap. And as such, I don’t see the sense in spending four bucks on a box of artificial, syrupy, sugar filled fake popsicles when I can create easy, fast, fresh, inexpensive, healthy popsicles at home.

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Summertime beverages

Posted by Kay Wenzel on May 22, 2014 9:02:44 AM

What are your Memorial Day Plans?  

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5Things I learned as a Trainer Part One

Posted by Nate Tobey on May 21, 2014 6:40:12 AM

This is the first of three installments in which I share the things I learned during my 23 months as a trainer. During this short time I learned a lot and hopefully these findings will help you out. 

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Healthy Human Treats for Dogs

Posted by Becky Walters on May 19, 2014 6:58:37 PM

Last night I was in the kitchen eating a spinach salad with blueberries, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing and my dog made his way into the kitchen to get a drink of his water.  He looked at his dog food, sniffed, and then walked back into the living room, and I couldn’t help but feel bad for him knowing if I had to eat the same thing every day I wouldn’t be that thrilled either. 

This incident left me curious –and I grabbed my phone and Googled “human foods dogs can eat?”  I am not, nor is google a veterinarian so I would definitely be sure to check with yours before you take this advice, but I will share with you some of the information I found.      

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101 Summertime Ideas!

Posted by Kay Wenzel on May 18, 2014 1:23:00 PM

101 Summer Time Ideas

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Full Body Workout

Posted by Becky Walters on May 12, 2014 2:48:28 PM

For starters...I am not very fond of long, routine cardio workouts so I decided to write up something new to try. I finished this workout at 4:30 today and I am already starting to feel the damage.  I really enjoy the cardio and strength training mix.  One round of the full body workout will take you 20 minutes. I did one 

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!minute of each exercise (there are 3 per set) before the one minute rest.  This workout can easily be tailored to your fitness level by switching the rest & exercise time, modifying certain exercises,  or by adding additional rounds of the workout.


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Foraging for Greens...would you eat a dandelion?

Posted by Kay Wenzel on May 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

I have to admit that I have never tried this before, or would call my self a forager, but today it peaks my interest a bit.  I have heard that there are different types of plants, or even weeds that are edible.  And out of complete curiosity, I had to do a bit more research. 

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