Health and Fitness – Looking Forward

No matter where you are at currently in your health and fitness journey, it is time to look forward this spring (perhaps this is when your “new” year begins).  Visualize yourself reading this column on this very day next year and create a clear picture of how you would like to feel and look.  Are…

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Four Small In-Home Exercise Equipment Guidelines

Small in-home exercise equipment may add variety and challenge to your in-home exercise program and, when well designed, is a wonderful compliment to your health club/studio programs.  Determining what equipment to purchase for your in-home use, however, takes a little bit of detective work.  To assist you in this due diligence, consider the following four…

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Fitness Extra Credit

Just like we complete extra credit assignments when in school to boost our grade point average, your fitness level GPA may improve due to a little “extra credit (EC)” occasionally! While it is critical to consistently perform a well-designed exercise program, an extra fitness credit “assignment” may be just what you need to boost your…

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Get ready, get set, hike!

We live in one of the most spectacular settings in the world here in Grand County, Colorado.  And, now that the snow is melting after a fabulous winter sport’s season, it is time to prepare for all of the warm weather outdoor activities at our door step. Mountain trail hiking is one of many excellent…

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Track Your Progress

Establishing a baseline of body measurements, which includes body weight, girth measurements, and body composition, is an essential aspect of tracking your health/fitness progress.  Seeking out the services of a qualified and certified health/fitness professional to perform a thorough fitness assessment is one of the most effective approaches of establishing a baseline of body measurements.…

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Caloric Input and Output

Prior to beginning this discussion, it is worth noting that nutritional science is complex and there are dozens of variables that impact caloric output including the resting metabolic rate (i.e., RMR), the thermic effect of food (i.e., TEF) and excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (i.e., EPOC) all of which are important factors determining how, we as…

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Sweat Equity

We have all probably put in a little “sweat equity” in home or business improvement projects occasionally throughout our lives.  And often a new coat of paint provides us with a positive perspective regarding our dwelling, creating a sense of accomplishment and comfort.  This same approach may be applied to our fitness programs.  We occasionally…

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Frequently Asked Health and Fitness Questions

While there are hundreds of possible questions to ask when broadening your foundational health and fitness knowledge, this week three will be highlighted. Throughout the next several months, I will periodically answer three or four more health and fitness questions; however, if you have specific questions relating to health/fitness, always feel free to drop me…

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A Lower Body Stability Ball Workout

Two lower body exercises will be featured this week performed on a stability ball. The ball adds two elements in these two exercises.  In the Hip Abduction exercise, the ball requires an increased stability (nose to toes core) challenge as well as changing the joint angle at the hip which places more load into the…

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Overhead Presses – Strong Shoulders – Strong Core

The overhead press is an excellent exercise which targets the deltoid muscles (i.e. shoulder); however, the technique utilized and the body position chosen, matter greatly in terms of safety and effectiveness.  Additionally, those with certain shoulder limitations (i.e. rotator cuff tendon issues) may not be able to perform the overhead press or may require significant…

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