Consistency is Key to Preventing Common Winter Injuries

With winter making its approach known, there is a strong urge to fall into hibernation mode - when exercise routines and healthy diets disappear into the endless snow. But the key to staying healthy this winter is consistency. That means to see the best results with your programs you must stay on track. Don't use the holidays as an excuse to skip exercise or fall off the clean-eating wagon. Instead, use this time to show off your dedication to healthy living.  

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Exercise of the Month: Pulling Exercises Develop a Sexy Back and Confident Posture

If you spend long hours in front of a computer, a television or behind the wheel of an auto you are well acquainted with the rounded-shoulder posture typical of these activities. Pulling exercises can help strengthen the upper back, and when combined with gentle stretches of the pec (chest) muscles, can go a long way toward improving posture.

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The Importance of Foam Rolling

You know that long, round piece of foam you've seen in the corner of gym? That torture device you've seen people roll on while contorting into all kinds of terrible-looking faces of pain and agony? Well, I'm here to tell you that the foam roller is your friend, not your enemy.  Such a simple piece of equipment can both help you loosen up before a workout and boost recovery after a training session. In fact, proper warm up and cool down with a foam roller can significantly enhance the benefits of your exercise routine by decreasing your risk for injury and minimizing the soreness that often follows a hard workout. 

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Exercise of the Month: Pull/Chin-Ups

This month we're focusing on my favorite exercises: pull-ups and chin-ups. Pull-ups (palms facing away from you) and chin-ups (palms facing toward you) strengthen and sculpt the shoulders, upper back, biceps, triceps and forearms. And added bonus: they even build a strong core. In fact, Google "six-pack abs" and you'll discover that many training programs designed specifically to craft Derek-style washboard abs incorporate a lot of pull/chin-ups.

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Meet Terese - More Than Meets the Eye

If you see Terese Kwiatkowski in class you might think she's simply a gentle, soft-spoken, hardworking woman looking to stay fit. While certainly she is those things, she's also a powerhouse business exec who has made a name for herself in a heavily male-dominated field. Add to that the fact that she's a former high school and Div 3 college standout in three sports and it becomes clear that first impressions don't tell the whole story.

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