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Exercising in the Heat

Signs of heat exhaustion include general fatigue, weakness, nausea,

Heart Healthy Benefits of Exercise

Your Body Benefits from Your Hard Work"Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the heart-health benefits of getting active. Lower Blood Pressure

Fitness Tip:

Fitness Tip: See exercise as a stress reliever - A simple shift in attitude can do wonders for your stress levels. If you've had a long, hard day at work, exercise is something that helps to relieve your stress and revive yourself. Change your attitude about exercising and look forward to it as time just for you, instead of a chore to be done.

Fit tips:

Some great success gurus tout changing your inner world before you see results in your outer world. Meaning you must change 'you' before you can expect your life around you to change; this consists of the way you view the world, the way you perceive reality, the way you interact with others. Planning to lose weight without having a firm hold on your current beliefs and mindset (or inner 'you') can spell disaster.

Workout Shoes - Shoes for Strength Training

HEALTH & FITNESS ARTICLESWorkout Shoes - Shoes for Strength Training  I've always worked out in just a plain pair of tennis shoes. Rarely to I see or even think that using special shoes would make any difference at all. However, I began to think of better shoe support when I started doing heavy squats. This prompted me to do a little research in specific type shoes for working out that would give me better ankle support and put my feet in a more level position for squats and leg presses.

Travel & Training

Fitness Tip: Business Travel Training - When traveling out of town, book a hotel with a gym. It's the next best thing to training at home. And if there's no gym, make your own! In lieu of a stair stepper, try the stairs! In lieu of a treadmill, try the sidewalk. In strange areas always check with the front desk about the safety of the surrounding area, particularly at night.  

How to Eat Healthy At A Barbecue

How to Eat Healthy At A Barbecue 

Setting Up a Gym at Home

Home GymYour Personal Fitness PlanSetting Up a Gym at HomeSetting up a Home Gym   

Booze Bust: Can Exercise and Alcohol Go Hand in Hand?

Booze Bust: Can Exercise and Alcohol Go Hand in Hand?By Collette DeBenedetto 

Avoid the bloat

Avoid the bloat. There are times when we can't avoid a bit of bloating, especially for women, but at every other time of the month, we do have a choice. Avoiding alcohol can make the difference between a flat tummy and the morning-after belly. Food that's high in sodium, like chips, pretzels, soy sauce, prepackaged soups, and pizza, can make us retain water and never want to take our sarongs off. Eating large portions of food, as opposed to small meals throughout the day, can also make our waistline look bigger.
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