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Health & Fitness: Get the Most from Weight Training

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“Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life.” We have all seen that quote before. And, if you are in any fitness industry, you better believe it. As a trainer, my job is to keep up with the ever-evolving fitness trends and tricks. And since I have been a part of this industry since 1983 (yikes), I have ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Workout

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Everywhere you turn, people are screaming at you to get up, get active and get in shape. Of course, the media does not relent, bombarding up with books, self-help programs, fitness gadgets and infomercials. Ugh. It’s enough to make you want to not work out. Meanwhile, the masses continue to struggle to prevent weight gain, often wondering how to squeeze ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Make Mental Health a Priority in 2017

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New Year’s resolutions often focus on improving physical health, but what if you focused on mental health this year? While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care— in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness— emotional well-being is a priority for everyone. Mental health affects how you think, feel and act on a daily basis, as ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: The Seven Cs of Change for 2017

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Hello Friends! With Christmas now behind us and New Year’s quickly approaching, I would like to encourage many of you to take charge of your health and your life. Many of us want to make changes in our habits. Sometimes it’s a New Year’s resolution; sometimes it is advice from the doctor. Sometimes it is just the desire to be ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: More ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Workouts

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer We’re busier than ever and most of us don’t have an hour or more to work each muscle group two to three times a week, as well as fit in another hour of cardio, as the guidelines suggest. The good news is you don’t need hours to get in a quality, total body ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Working Out in the Winter

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Does this sound like you? During the summer, you’re a workout fiend, running, hiking, biking and swimming.  You find you are in constant motion, keeping that body healthy and in shape. Then, it happens: daylight-saving time ends, you find it hard to get out of bed and by nightfall, you’re more interested in ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: The Three Must-Dos of Strength Training

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer All too often, people will choose a cardio workout over strength training, when in reality, strength training workouts, if done properly, will be more beneficial to your body’s muscles, bones, metabolism and energy levels.  Often times, this is because taking a walk or going on a hike does not take much prep or ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Well, it’s that time again – the holidays!  Time to eat, drink and be merry.  I am certainly not going to preach to my readers about what to eat or how much to drink.  But, what I will do is share some tips I have been trying to follow to avoid the inevitable ... Read More »

Health & Fitness- Exercising When Sick: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer You have been so great about your new exercise routine, rarely missing a day since you started up again. Then, all of a sudden, you are waylaid by a cold or flu. What should you do? Should you skip the treadmill or forsake that Pilates class for a late afternoon nap? Will it ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Water and the Body

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer One of the strangest things I hear during fitness assessments is the admission that many of my new clients do not drink water.  Their reasons range from odd to insane—they do not like the taste, they just don’t think about it, and, the most bizarre, it makes them need to use the bathroom. ... Read More »

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