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How Your Diet Affects Sleep

In our blogs, we often mention the importance of sleep within a healthy lifestyle and/or weight loss plan. Sleep affects your energy levels and metabolism, and obviously impacts your ability to carry out all the tasks on your to-do list (including exercise). Inadequate sleep can trigger weight gain, cravings, and problems at work. How you spend one third of your life really does matter!

On the other hand, we all have issues in our lives that can affect the amount or quality of sleep that we’re getting. As you pursue a healthier diet or weight loss plan, keep these dietary tips in mind – not just for your waistline, but for your sleep habits and overall health. Read more

5 Unhealthy Habits to Break

As you renovate your health, especially if you’re following a weight loss plan, you will be faced with some challenges. If you’re less healthy than you could be (and most of us are), chances are good that certain habits are to blame. So, in order to get healthier, you will be confronted with the task of breaking those habits. The road to better health is always paved with better choices. Read more

Reducing Blood Sugar Levels Can Help Prevent Disease

For patients with diabetes, their blood sugar levels are a daily concern. But the rest of us rarely (or ever) even consider it. That might be a mistake.

Your blood sugar levels can consistently run on the high side, even if you aren’t diabetic. The problem with this is that over time, high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. Over time, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can also damage your nerves, organs, and blood vessels. Read more

The 15-Minute Workout

Ask 100 people why they don’t work out regularly, and you will receive a variety of answers.  However, one reason will probably be more common than all the rest:  many people will tell you that they simply don’t have time for exercise.

When we think of “exercise” most of us picture long jogs, a minimum of an hour spent in the gym, or fitness classes that don’t always (or ever) work with our schedules. The truth is that you can actually cram a workout into just 15 minutes! Read more

Build a Better Workout

At some point during your fitness and weight loss plan, you might feel that your workout just isn’t… working. Or, perhaps you’re just getting started and want to design a regimen that’s just right for you. Whether you’re a newbie or want better results from exercise, follow these tips to build a better workout. Read more

Should You Tweak Your Strength Training Workout?

If you’ve added strength training to your workout routine, we’re happy to hear it. Building lean muscles is one of the best ways to boost metabolism and weight loss, and also benefit your health overall.

However, it’s possible that you’re making a common mistake. Many weight training newbies set up a prescribed workout (such as one recommended by a friend or featured in a magazine) and then they never change that workout. This is a mistake, because over time your muscles will get stronger. They need more of a challenge, and you’re probably getting bored as well. Read more

Sneaky Ways to Boost Your Fiber Intake

Whether you’re trying to eat a healthier diet and prevent disease, or you’re actively pursuing a weight loss plan, adding more fiber to your diet should be one of the cornerstones of your strategy. Most people eating a typical American diet aren’t consuming nearly enough fiber, and it’s important for several reasons: Read more

7 Ways to Get More From Your Workouts

With exercise, just getting started is often half the battle. But let’s assume that you’re following through with your commitment, and you’re getting to the gym (or engaging in some other form of exercise) at least several times per week. How can you support yourself, to reap the best results from your workouts? Read more

3 Ways to Protect Your Cardiovascular Health

Often, when we talk about healthy lifestyle choices, we’re talking about diet and exercise tips that help you lose weight or maintain your weight. After all, being overweight is linked to many serious health conditions, so it makes sense to focus on that. Read more

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