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Reasons to Build a Strong Core

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Jonathan Borba  For years, I thought running regularly was all I needed to do to stay in optimal shape. Pilates was another workout I did here and there, but my main way of working out was walking all over the city and running. Even though I was maintaining a lean physique…

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How To Stay Fit While Traveling

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo: Francesco Gallarotti Do you struggle with your fitness routine when traveling? Traveling can be exhausting, especially when it's for business and sometimes you just don't have the energy to even think about a workout. Over the years of traveling, I have found that if I just do even a quick 10-20…

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The Benefits of Yoga

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo: Jared Rice When I was younger, I thought running was the "be all" of fitness. However, as I got older and my body could no longer take the constant pounding from running, I discovered other types of workouts that were just as beneficial to add to my exercise routine. One of…

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How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide

*By Christi Shingara* Photo: Clemens van Lay I wasn't always into running. In my teens, I actually hated it and have not so fond memories of running the dreaded mile in gym class, which I thought was absolute torture. Playing basketball in high school incorporated lots of running, mainly in the form of sprints, so…

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Wakesurfing 101

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo: Harrison Fitts It's officially summertime, which means water sports are in full swing. One water sport that my husband loves is wakesurfing. A few years ago he bought a wakesurfing boat and ever since then, he has been perfecting his wakesurfing skills. Last summer, I built up enough confidence to give…

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Exercising in the Heat Safely

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo By: Maarten-Van-Den-Heuvel Summertime is almost here, which means many of us like to get outside and exercise. However, with temperatures on the rise, it's important to know how to stay cool and safe when exercising outdoors. I don't particularly enjoy exercising outside in the summer heat, especially when the humidity is…

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Compound Exercises – Working Out in Half the Time!

*By: Christi Shingara* Want to work multiple muscle groups simultaneously? Looking to get your workout done in half the time and still build muscle? This is when compound exercises come in handy. Compound exercises target more than one muscle group at the same time. By exercising this way, you can burn extra calories and gain…

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Getting Back Into the Workout Groove After Having Kids

*By: Linz Bordner* Photo: WebMD My workout routine has looked and changed drastically over the years, but it’s something I have always tried to keep in my life no matter what the circumstances may be. Pre-children, I used to be pretty regimented in terms of having a set workout schedule, such as M-W-F was usually…

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Making Strength Training a Priority in Your Fitness Regimen

*By: Megan Deppen* If there's one kind of workout that you should make a priority in your fitness routine, it's strength training. Strength training also known as resistance training is not only one of the best workouts you can do for your body, but also comes with many added health benefits. You'll find if you…

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Bodybuilding: Long and Lean vs. Big and Bulky

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Oksana TaranPhoto: Alora Griffiths Know Your Body Type Knowing your body type can help you achieve your exercise and nutrition goals. The three different body types are ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Ectomorph is typically a thin build with small joints, lean muscle and not a lot of body fat. Mesomorph is…