Physical Wellness

Why It’s Critical for Women to Strength Train

Strength training is a critical component of fitness for men and women.  But many women are hesitant to do so while men seem to naturally waltz around the weight room like they own the place. I’ve heard tons of different excuses over the years from female friends and strangers on why they hesitate to participate in strength training: I don’t …

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What is the Best Way to Warm-up Before a Workout?

As young children, we’re taught that we need to warm-up before participating in physical activity.  I have fond memories of “circling up” with my soccer girls to partake in a series of dynamic stretches designed to loosen us up before a match.  But as adults, we’re often short on time, trying to fit in a workout between responsibilities at home …

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4 Helpful Tips to Keep You Safe & Warm When Exercising in Cold Weather

Winter is coming… Okay, okay, winter is still a few months away. But whether we like it or not, the days will soon become shorter, and temperatures will begin to drop. It’s never too early to start planning to make sure you can keep up with your fitness routine when the weather turns cold. Is it bad to exercise when …

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The Eye-Opening Experience of Reading Nutrition Labels

Over the years, I’ve developed a deep interest in nutrition.  I’m captivated by how the food we eat impacts everything from our energy levels to sleep and mental clarity.  Planning for and eating a balanced diet can be the difference between feeling strong and healthy and barely making it through the day without crashing. Before we can paint a clear …

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What’s Wrong With Ultra-Processed Foods?

In recent years we’ve heard more and more about the perils of processed food, how damaging it is, and how it may be largely to blame for America’s obesity epidemic. But what is a processed food exactly? Technically speaking, processed foods are any food items that are not raw or in their original form.  Processing can mean cooking, canning, pasteurizing, …

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All About Magnesium: Benefits, Types, Symptoms of Deficiency, and Side Effects

Magnesium has taken a seat in the spotlight in recent years and for a good reason.  This mineral is responsible for many core bodily functions, and the vast majority of people in this country are deficient. While most cases of magnesium deficiency go undiagnosed, it’s been estimated that up to 50% of the U.S. population is not reaching the recommended …

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7 Tips for Exercising During Summer’s Hottest Days

We are officially in the throes of Summertime in much of the United States, which means the temperatures are heating up.  Where I live, in Charleston, South Carolina, summer means temps ranging from 75° at night to 85-95° during the day.  When you layer a nice thick helping of humidity on top, it can feel pretty unbearable at times. I …

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5 Popular Myths About Yoga That Kept me from Starting a Practice

I’m ashamed to admit it, but there was a point in my life where I thought yoga was for weenies. At that time, I thought yoga was merely a stretching practice. In my mind, it was easily mastered, and not something I needed to waste my time doing. I kept several popular myths about yoga at the forefront of my …

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