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5 Things Stretching Will Do For You

Stretching is one of the most underrated activities out there, no less important than doing cardio or strength training. Unfortunately, many people do not remember to include stretching as a part of their daily exercise routine, and are missing out of its many benefits. Here are five things that stretching will do for you, and why you should absolutely include it in your everyday activities to reap the many benefits. Energize your mornings Unless you’re one of those rare people that wake up with the energy of a five year old, it is likely that you hit the snooze button a few times before begrudgingly get out of bed. After a whole night of sleeping, your whole body feels stagnant and somehow still tired even if you got your recommended eight hours of sleep. Stretching is one of the best ways to energize your body in the morning, and feel it all throughout the rest of the day. By stretching, you are waking up each muscle that is used, allowing it to get much needed blood and oxygen. By having a morning stretching routine you are preparing your body for the day that is to come. Keep you moving throughout the day By stretching in the morning, as well as before and after exercising, you are keeping your body from becoming stagnant throughout the day, which can happen especially with people who work at a desk for most of the week. By staying mobile in your daily activities you will continue to be energized even through the 3 o’clock slump. If you are sitting at a desk for most of the day, try getting up and stretching every hour. Become attuned to your body’s needs If you participate in specific stretching activities like yoga, you will learn to listen to your body and become attuned to the way it needs to be run. It is important to be aware of your body’s abilities and needs so that you can provide the best care for it throughout the years, as well be able to recognize when something isn’t working quite right. Avoid injuries Stretching regularly allows your body to be used to moving and being challenged. People who do not stay active or stretch are much more susceptible to painful and immobilizing injuries. By stretching, you keep your machine active and running, and the supporting muscles in tip top shape...
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5 Unhealthy Habits You Should Avoid as School Begins 

As the autumn months arrive, and with them, the beginning of school, it can be easy to fall into a myriad of bad habits as our schedules become more hectic. Sometimes it seems unavoidable, because we are so busy. However, with a few strategic changes, you can avoid some of the worst habits that can have a big impact on your health and ability to tackle everything on your plate. Let’s do this. Eating junk food While that indulgent daily donut and coffee breakfast may initially seem harmless, it is actually wreaking havoc on your body and health over time. It is easy to fall into the trap of eating fast food when you have a billion things on your to-do list. Let’s face it, none of us have time to cook a fresh meal, three times a day. However, the way you nourish your body will determine your health for years to come, so there has to be something that can be done. The best solution to beat this bad habit, is to start a better habit. Food prepping. Pick a day out of the week (Sunday is a top favorite) and for a couple of hours prepare all of your meals for the week. The internet is filled with a wide variety of simple dishes that can be enjoyed all throughout the week, allowing you to avoid costly and unhealthy meals on the daily. Get your favorite recipes together, do a little shopping, crank up some tunes and get to cooking! Before you know it, you’ll have healthy indulgent meals to keep you fueled all week long. Not getting enough sleep One of the first things to go when school gets really busy is the restful sleep that is so needed. People think that they can make up for slacking off studying by staying up late to do reading, or study for a big exam. However, this does more bad than it does good. After a certain late hour, your brain simply is not able to function the way it does when it is running on full sleep. What’s worse, is that you won’t retain any of the information that you stayed up so late to learn. A better strategy is to go to sleep earlier, and wake up earlier. Avoid going to sleep any later than 11, for the most energy throughout the day. Slouching Next...
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A Guide to Buying Running Shoes

When you first walk into a running shoe store, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the vast amount of options you have. You’re surrounded by colorful walls each teeming with shoes that promise better performance, cloud like support, and unquestionable style. How exactly do you find the ones that are uniquely perfect for you? Knowing what to look for will help make sure that you don’t just walk out with the coolest looking pair of running shoes, but instead you’ll have found the most perfect pair of shoes that will be your loyal running companion and support (sorry Fido!). Here are the top 6 things to consider when buying running shoes. Heel Have you ever paid much attention to your heel? If not, you should definitely take note! The first thing you should notice about a pair of running shoes is how your heel fits into it. The fit should be snug, but not too tight. How can you tell? When the shoe is laced up, but not tied you should be able to slide your feel out. You can make sure this happens by lacing up all the way up through the final eyelet on the shoes. You should be able to slightly move your heel, ensuring that it is not uncomfortable. Always remember that if you feel any discomfort wearing the shoes in the store, it will only be amplified when you are running with them. Width Once you’ve gotten the heel down, make your foot do a little shimmy side to side. You’ll know you’re on the right track if your foot can move side to side in the shoe’s forefoot without it crossing over the edge of the insole. Along with this, you should also be able to pinch a quarter inch of the upper material on the widest part of your foot. You’ll know that the shoe is is much too narrow if you feel the base of your pinkie toe sitting last on the edge of the shoe. Length Did you know that your get longer and swell when you run? That’s why you should always make sure that there is a thumb’s width of space between your very longest toe and the end of your shoe. Have the store’s shoe fitter help you measure the space while you are standing with your shoes laced up (sitting down changes the way your...
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10 Ways to Keep your Summer Body When School Starts

With the sizzling weather we have experienced this summer, it can be easy to forget that fall is right around the corner. Crisp weather, shorter days, and spicy warm drinks are just about a month away! This also means that school is back in session for many. Whether you are still in school, or have kids who go to school this translates into busier, hectic schedules. If you have been working on building your strong and svelte summer body, you may be wondering how your new routine will fit into the chaos that school can bring. Fear not, we have come up with ten ways to keep your summer body when school starts back up. Get into meal planning One of the biggest reasons people gain weight when they return to school is simply because they do not access to eating healthy meals every day. When you’re rushing to get to school on time in the morning the last thing you need to add to your list is making healthy lunch, and breakfast while trying to find that one missing sock. So instead you grab a bagel and coffee, and some greasy burger and fries for lunch. Then when you get home from a long arduous day at school, you don’t have any energy left to lift a finger, so you order a pizza. This junk food diet can quickly add up and before you know it, you’ve gained 20 pounds. To avoid this altogether, it is smart to get into the habit of meal planning on your least busy day. Many people do their meal planning on Sundays and make all of the next week’s meals in a timespan of 2 hours. This saves your time, money, and body! Simply search the internet to find your favorite healthy big batch recipes, get an ingredient list, get everything at the store, and while listening to your favorite tunes, get to cooking! Make sure you get some Tupperware containers and freeze anything you won’t eat in the next three days for maximum freshness. Snack often While you are planning out your meals for the week, be sure to include snacks. When you’re using that much brainpower, it is easy to become famished before your next meal. Instead of grabbing chips from the store, pack up an apple with nut butter or some roasted almonds for a satiating snack that will...
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