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Great Gait! Seven Steps to Better Walking

Any time of year is a great time to take a walk, but at this time of year you see hundreds of news reports and blogs touting the benefits of a Thanksgiving Day walk. Have you ever wondered if the WAY you walk is helping or hindering? Read to learn seven steps to a great gait.

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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Everyone has great ideas for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Our ideas actually work. How do we know that? Well, I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I know (and write professionally) about healthy eating, and I have a Master’s in systemic counseling. More importantly, we use these tips ourselves.

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Lose Weight Doing House Cleaning

Can cleaning the house burn enough calories to make a difference? A recent study indicates that spring cleaning can burn more calories than running a marathon. Is that possible?

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Do (Sexy) Exercise Clothes Motivate Your Workout?

Does what you wear to exercise motivate you? Are you sending a message with your outfit choices? What if that message is “these clothes are so tight it looks as though piglets are fighting under blankets”?

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5 Reasons to Attend a Strength Class

Why go it alone when trying to figure out what exercises are best for you to increase your strength? If you want to embark on a weight training program then go with the pros in a class.

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What Can You Do When Your Joints Ache and Holler?

To live more comfortably in your body, what can you do (besides whine and curse)? Get fitness pro advice on ways to exercise cardiovascularly when your joints are aching!

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Do THIS if you want to Get Fit, Lose Weight, Live Longer, Destress

Do you ever feel confused or misdirected by all the fitness advice coming your way? If you ever wanted to know “what’s the best fitness advice for me?” then find your goal in this post and follow the advice for that goal.

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3 Santa Barbara Walks Only Locals Know

No matter where you live, walking outside is beneficial. And the nice thing about where you live is that your town has a few hiking paths that only locals seems to know about. Santa Barbara is no exception. We’re going to share three that will put you “in the know” for the day you come to town: one on the beach, one at a lake, and one in the mountains.

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Breathe Life Into Yourself

Want to reduce anxiety? Beat fatigue? Minimize stress? Lose weight without eating less or exercising more? Be more at peace with yourself? Click now to find out how.

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Fun Fit Facts and Quotes from Fitness Leaders

Pains, Brains, Thoughts, and Transformations with a Sprinkling of Water Thrown In. At the recent IDEA Convention for fitness professionals from around the globe, Alexandra and I had the opportunity to hear from world class presenters. The common thread you’ll discover is the focus on mental as it affects physical and vice versa. Read on for the highlights from the IDEA World Fitness Convention 2014

Think of today’s post as a circuit class, where you zip from session to session, getting highlights and quick quotes from each.

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