1. What the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Teaches Us About Nutrition

    Recently, Starbucks released their limited-time Unicorn Frappuccino. This drink has raised a lot of controversy and questions about where food and beverage companies should draw the line. Some see it as fun, whimsical treat, while others see it as a health risk. Here are a few of the questions it raises and lessons from the popular beverage for those who are health-minded. So, how bad is it for yo…Read More

  2. What Does It Mean to Be Physically Fit?

    Many of us have misconceptions about what it means to be physically fit. For instance, some people think that they need to weigh a certain amount, run a marathon, or be able to bench press twice their body weight at the fitness center to be considered fit. If you fall into these descriptions – good for you! But as far as physical fitness, you may still be lacking. The truth is that physical fitn…Read More

  3. Exercise and Sleep: What’s the Connection?

    May is Better Sleep Month, so it’s a good time to consider the relationship between the time you spend in your bed and the time you spend in the fitness center. Many of us have heard that exercise improves sleep, but is that all? Let’s look at three important keys to understanding and making the most of the exercise-sleep connection. 1.     Exercise helps you sleep. Numerous studies have s…Read More

  4. Don’t Let Allergy Season Get You Down!

    Depending on where you live and what type of pollens you’re allergic to, allergy season has been in full swing for a few months now. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from nasal allergies, this is a rough time of year for feeling your best and getting in quality workouts. Despite the inevitable seasonal battle with allergies, here are some coping methods you can use to keep …Read More

  5. Tips for Avoiding a Post-Workout Pig-Out

    An intense workout at the fitness center, an all-day hike, serious yard work, and an intense game of one-on-one basketball all have at least two things in common: the way they fire up your metabolism and their tendency to rev up your appetite. When you’ve just finished an intense workout, you need to eat to refuel your body, but how do you avoid then eating everything in sight (and undoing all y…Read More

  6. Stress Awareness Month: Causes and Cures for Daily Stress

    April is Stress Awareness Month, a time when the health and wellness community focus on raising the public’s awareness of what causes stress, how dangerous it is to our health, and how to beat it. The American Institute of Stress’s 2014 research shows that, in the U.S., the effects of stress are serious: 77% of people have physical symptoms linked to stress, and at least 73% have psychological…Read More

  7. Do You Know Your Gym Etiquette? (Part 2)

    Knowing the rules of your fitness center is important, but there are also unspoken rules of conduct while you’re at the gym. The way you interact with others – not just the equipment -- can make a huge impact on your chances of building good relationships with others in your gym and fitness community. Howe well do you practice these three key areas of personal gym etiquette? Personal etiquette…Read More

  8. Do You Know Your Gym Etiquette? (Part 1)

    If you’ve been a member at a fitness center for very long, you know the basic rules. But do you know the unwritten rules of gym etiquette for using the equipment? Even though they may not be posted on a wall, these rules are the code of the fitness community. To stay safe and be courteous to others, be sure you’re not breaking any of the following guidelines for good gym equipment etiquette. W…Read More

  9. April is Youth Sports Safety Month

    As adults, we know the importance of staying safe while working out at the fitness center or participating in an outdoor sport, but children are still in the learning process – and they need your help. April is a timely month for Youth Sports Safety Month since many spring sports leagues are starting to ramp up.  Let’s look at some ways to help you kids stay safe during their sports activitie…Read More

  10. How to Find A Workout You Love

    In our last blog, we went over why it is important to love your workout. Now that you know WHY you should love your workout, you are probably wondering HOW to find one you love. Of course, because there is such a cornucopia of choices out there for you, you might be struggling to decide where to start. Here are some tips for finding the right workout for you to fall in love with. Try Something Ne…Read More