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  1. A Handy Alternative to Counting Calories

    As a fitness professional or nutrition coach, you know calories matter. Fundamentally, human body weight is controlled by energy balance-calories in vs. calories out. But having clients meticulously count calories and track macronutrients is not the solution in most cases. That approach is often tedious, inexact and unsustainable. It takes h...

  2. Hacking sleep: Engineering a high quality, restful night

    Most of us understand that sleep is crucial to health. Yet night after night we toss and turn, hitting the snooze button when the alarm begins to ring. Luckily, just a few simple changes to our routines can help us reverse these patterns and ensure that we get the truly restful sleep our bodies and minds deserve.

  3. Rev Up Your Metabolism!

    By Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD Winter is nearly over, but is your metabolism still in hibernation? Even if your metabolic rate is slower than a snail climbing a hill of molasses, there are ways to ignite your calorie-burning machine. The key to a supercharged metabolism is stoking the metabolic engine with exercise, food and lifestyle habits th...

  4. Autumn Recipes

    Myra Goodman, founder of Earthbound Farm, the largest grower of organic produce in the United States, shares two of her favorite fall recipes, Chopped Autumn Salad and Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Breakfast Squares, with IDEA Fitness Journal readers. Both are vegan. The salad uses some of fall’s best bounty: apples, pears and persimmons.

  5. Seniors and Self Myofascial Release

    The condition of our connective tissue depends on two factors—how old we are and what we have done in our lives to keep our tissue healthy, hydrated and flexible. The health of connective tissue is a serious concern for older people, as movement restrictions can make it hard for them to perform simple activities of daily living. While pers...

  6. Sleep Hygiene: The Importance of Building a Bedtime Ritual

    From improved cognition to greater energy and health, a good night's sleep is the bedrock to wellness and well-being. Unfortunately, most of us don't get nearly enough sleep to reap these benefits. Here are some simple and effective ways to improve your sleep hygiene and put you on the path to better sleep.

  7. Diastasis Recti: When the Abs Don’t Come Together

    Things your clients may split: a training session, with a friend their pants, while doing a deep squat their abdominal muscles Sometimes an unnatural divide can develop between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle bundles, a condition doctors call diastasis recti. It’s usually associated with pregnancy, but it can happen to me...

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  8. Roll, Regenerate, Revitalize

    Rolling rules! The popularity of self-massage techniques has grown rapidly in the last several years and shows no signs of slowing down. Should you do it? And if you should—then how, when, and why?

  9. Anatomy in Action: The Psoas Major

    The psoas major is one of the most controversial muscles among Pilates teachers and anatomy nerds. It’s a critical muscle for functional movement of any kind and affects almost everything we do, from sitting and standing to running and dancing.

  10. 10 Nutrition Trends to Watch

    Our grandmothers would be so proud. We are circling back to eating foods similar to the ones they grew and prepared themselves. Not only are we eating more frequently at home rather than going out; we’re also spending more of our budgets on healthy options, and we’re reading labels and nutrition facts (USDA 2014). In 2010, American ad...

  11. The 4 Most Common Running Injuries and How to Address Them

    Use corrective exercise to help clients stay on track with their mileage goals.

  12. Trade Animal Fats for Plant-Based Fats

    In a detailed and powerful examination of how dietary fat affects health, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have shown that consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats is associated with lower mortality. The findings suggest that replacing saturated fats like butter, lard and fat in red meat with unsaturated fats from plan...

  13. The Rib-Shoulder Connection

    About 2 million people in the U.S. visit the doctor annually for rotator cuff problems (AAOS 2008), and at least 3% of adults will experience adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder (Manske & Prohaska 2008). Multiple exercises can help prevent or postpone surgery, but what if they don’t seem to work? When regular shoulder exercises don’...

  14. Postpartum Exercise

    Regular participation in a pre/postnatal exercise program has many benefits for a woman. Research has demonstrated that pregnant and postpartum women who exercise at a mild to moderate intensity at least three times per week experience increased cardiovascular fitness, improved well-being, reduced constipation, fewer leg cramps and a quicker return...

  15. Apple Cider Vinegar

    Believers in the axiom “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” won’t be surprised to learn that apple cider vinegar has vast health benefits and about 101 different uses, including some unrelated to food.

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