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What Women Need to Know (And DO) About Their Health

by Taru Fisher on July 20, 2017

What is going on with women’s health is both worse and better than you may think. We can do something about the situation and it starts with education. Bad News The two leading causes of death in women are still heart disease and cancer. Almost a quarter of women will die of heart disease and […]

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Creating Your Exercise Plan

by Taru Fisher on February 21, 2017

Mistake #1: Setting an unrealistic exercise schedule Your enthusiasm to get quick results can be a double-edged sword when you are new to exercise or after returning from a long hiatus. Excited, your mind commits to your goal. Your mind’s eye sees the results. Your internal voice says, “This time, I will succeed.” After a […]

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Resolved to Exercise? A Big-Box Gym May Not Help

by Taru Fisher on February 8, 2017

Are you newly determined to get more exercise this year? You may think joining a gym is just what you need. But consider whether a “big-box” gym is the best choice for you.   Big-box gym attendance: dismal In January 2012, 80% of people who joined a gym stopped attending within 5 months. Year long […]

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a scary prospect. We can’t cure AD but prevention is possible. A recent UCLA landmark study showed increasing physical activity increases the size (or gray matter volume) of key brain regions. Increasing physical activity improved regions related to memory, hearing, sensory integration, problem solving, judgement, language and emotions. Study participants experiencing […]

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Stop Foam Rolling Your IT Band To Relieve Knee Pain

by Taru Fisher on August 16, 2016

The foam roller has become a ubiquitous tool for stretching and relieving pain caused by trigger points (those tender, knotty areas in a muscle that “squeal” if you roll over them with a foam roller). Your IT band is a thick set of fibers that runs along the outside of your leg – from your […]

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8 Ways to Get Out ‘Desk-Sitting’ Kinks With a Foam Roller

August 8, 2016

Rolling your body on a foam roller is an easy and inexpensive way to give yourself a massage, to stretch certain muscles and to relieve pain caused by trigger points – the sensitive spots or “knots” in your muscles. Foam rolling is not an exact science. Trigger points are hyped as the cure-all for pain […]

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Surprise Injuries Are Not Just a Sign of ‘Getting Old’

June 14, 2016

The nature of our bodies is to adapt to the postures we frequently use in moving or that we hold for long periods. So we are “exercising” our bodies as we sit, training our muscles to be tight or loose, shortened or elongated, training ourselves to sit. Then we ask our bodies to do something […]

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Can exercise and healthful eating replace drugs and surgery?

April 22, 2016

As a professional in the healthcare world, I often hear about people choosing drugs and surgery over exercise and proper nutrition, even when exercise and healthful eating could solve the problem. I believe surgery and drugs have their place, but according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “The causes (risk factors) of chronic diseases […]

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Six Quick Ways to Diffuse an Argument

March 14, 2016

Cool Off: People’s higher reasoning abilites shut off when they are angry. If your stomach knots and you know the argument is escalating or you hear yourself shouting, STOP. Call for a time out, remove yourself from the physical situation. Let your partner know you will be back when you have calmed down. Report with […]

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What if you could exercise in your street clothes?

March 6, 2016

Exercising in your street clothes suggests an easy walk around the block, at most climbing three flights of stairs. Better than nothing, but less than what you truly want out of your exercise program. You’d like all the benefits of regular exercise and finding the time is the biggest hurdle. And maybe all those hyper-trim […]

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Is Shame Part of Managing Your Life?

February 3, 2016

So how many years has it been that “lose weight”, “make more money”, “have a better relationship with ______”, “start exercising” have been on your goal list? 5, 10, 30? I can feel you cringing. Why? Because I have items on my list of goals just like that and I’m cringing. Things I keep saying […]

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Is Coloring Just for Children?

January 15, 2016

I was given a coloring book for Christmas. You might be thinking “aren’t you a little old for coloring books?” I was overjoyed to get a present like this. I have secretly wanted to color in coloring books since I was six when I had stopped coloring in part due to the boring pictures in […]

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Healthy In Less Time

January 7, 2016

We are featuring a post by Andy Adams who has a WordPress consultancy business and happens to have tried out slow-motion strength training (he calls it high intensity training which is another name for what we do). He wrote a whole blog about his experience and his story supports the stories we’ve had from our […]

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5 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Remain Wishes

December 29, 2015

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about what we want to change in the new year, and we typically make New Year’s Resolutions. Somehow, mysteriously, many of our resolutions falter and fail to materialize. If you’ve ever wondered why, many of us blame it on our lack of  “willpower” and beat ourselves […]

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Can Exercise Be A Meditation?

December 16, 2015

Absolutely! Since I love talking about slow-motion strength training in general and Alive! Fitness Studio in particular, let’s talk about how 20 minutes of slow motion exercise can also be 20 minutes of meditation. Meditation is simply fully attending to what you have chosen to focus on. Your breathing, the movement of your body, the […]

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