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A person, as a general rule, owes very little to what he/she is born with, a person is what he/she makes of themselvesAlexander Graham Bell

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Sep 15, 2015

The Nucleus of Your Fitness Program: EAT & EXERCISE for your unique body-type!

The Nucleus of Your Fitness Program: EAT & EXERCISE for your unique body-type!

I’m almost convinced over my 19 years in the fitness industry that if clients, fitness new-bees or even those so called veteran “gym rats” (yes you know who you are) would firstly learn how to EAT & EXERCISE according to their unique Body Types the world would have far more active people, far more testimonials and much less chaos when it comes to actually sticking to a healthy lifestyle that involves “Exercise”! Over the next few weeks I have decided to really place a lot of attention and emphasis on this...

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Aug 13, 2015

Ben’s Nutritional Tip of the Week – Soy to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women?

Ben’s Nutritional Tip of the Week – Soy to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women?

Now before I begin writing this post, I understand that not everyone will benefit from this information, but I’m sure that you’ll know someone going through menopause, so this is a good chance to forward this to them! For those of you that this post applies to, read on because there may be a simple answer to reducing your hot flashes naturally. There’s a lot going on in the body during menopause.  Hot flashes, physical and emotional symptoms which may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy and may even trigger feelings of anxiety,...

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Jul 15, 2015

10 Ways to Beat the Bloat

10 Ways to Beat the Bloat

We’re well into summer and it’s hard to believe that we’re at the half waypoint for July. Summer is filled with amazing outdoor activities, whether they’re at the beach, cottage, camping, at a friends wedding or just a weekend adventure.  Summer also means less clothing, which is the perfect opportunity to show off all that amazing progress and effort you’ve been putting into your workouts and (hopefully) your lifestyle changes to diet and healthy living.  One of the biggest issues is that no matter how much effort you put into...

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Jul 2, 2015

If You’re Going to Cheat, Do It Smart!

If You’re Going to Cheat, Do It Smart!

Come on now, let’s not fool ourselves. Life’s too short to constantly keep trying to force yourself to fight off sweet cravings, tell yourself that you may never eat chocolate or ice cream or even that in order to properly diet/lose weight you must become someone new.  Baloney! We’re all human and like any living, breathing, working species we often, from time to time need a quick fix to satisfy our taste buds.  Some of us though need to distinguish the difference between a CHEAT and a SMART CHEAT. Check out the following nutritional...

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Jun 15, 2015

Stroke Identification

Stroke Identification

During a Barbecue, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes (they had offered to call paramedics). They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food and while she appeared a bit shaken up, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital (at 6:00 PM, she passed away). She had suffered a stroke at the barbecue. Had they known how to identify...

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May 27, 2015

Is it Bad When I Miss a Meal or Have Dessert When I’m Not Supposed To?

Is it Bad When I Miss a Meal or Have Dessert When I’m Not Supposed To?

When trying to change your body composition we all have to keep in mind that what we’re really trying to do is to re-program our mind and bodies to function a certain way and to utilize our stored fat as energy versus constantly over filling ourselves with excess glucose (sugar) and having it be stored as fat tissue again.  In order to do so, we have to compare our “dieting or eating clean” to a science project or experiment.  This means that if you’re trying to solve a specific problem or prove a specific formula, you need to keep...

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May 13, 2015

Ever Try F.I.T.N.E.S.S. Shopping? It Works!

Ever Try F.I.T.N.E.S.S. Shopping? It Works!

I’ve broken down the process of healthy grocery store navigation with an easy-to-remember acronym – FITNESS. You can also try to budget most of your hard earned money on the most important and expensive items which typically are the healthiest for you and need to be fresh! Try to keep this percentage in mind when shopping: Protein = 40% of your money Fruits and veggies = 30% of your money Starchy whole grains = 20% of your money Dairy = 10% of your money F: First Veggies. When you start shopping, go to the produce section first....

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May 7, 2015

4 Staples to Help Your Family Stay Healthy from the Flu and Common Colds

4 Staples to Help Your Family Stay Healthy from the Flu and Common Colds

It may almost be summer time but that doesn’t mean that you can’t catch the flu. The changing weather can sometimes bring up common cold symptoms and germs that are praying on those who have a weak immune system. We recommend the following tips to keep you and your family feeling healthy and strong: Cleanse your system: All the vitamins and antioxidants in the world cannot help you if your body is not able to absorb the goodness. Cleansing your intestine will improve your digestion, increase the absorption of the vitamins and...

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Apr 20, 2015

What Exactly is a Workout?

What Exactly is a Workout?

For many individuals that have yet to understand what a workout really is, or for those who hasn’t had the opportunity to experience the uplifting and euphoric pleasures of a great workout: this fitness tip is dedicated especially for you. A workout is 25% perspiration and 75% determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started. A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit....

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Mar 16, 2015

How Do I Get Definition in My Abs? What’s the Best Exercise?

How Do I Get Definition in My Abs? What’s the Best Exercise?

To achieve that six-pack or “toned” look around your stomach area takes time and dedication. Deep down, everyone has abs. Following these steps will help you get the look you want. But remember, be patient, keep moving forward and don’t stir away from your goal! 1. Mix up your training Incorporate different forms of exercise to stimulate your metabolism, shock your muscles and challenge your cardiovascular system. Never stick with just weight training or just cardio. Resistance training burns the calories and keeps your...

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