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How To Count Macros: A Beginner’s Guide To IIFYM

“Counting macros,” also known as IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) is a dieting technique that tracks macronutrients rather than focusing on calories. This allows for more flexibility as there are no restrictions on what foods can be consumed--as long as they fit into your macros for the day. Following the IIFYM diet is pretty simple, and only requires a few steps: Calculating your macros: Calculations based on your age, weight, etc., determine how much of protein, carbs and fat you need in your diet each day. Meeting your macros: Once you know your tailored macros, you just need to stay...

Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day (And Every Day) With These Self-Care Tips

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is upon us. The shelves at every store are filling up with heart-shaped chocolate boxes, pink and red are everywhere, and people are either trying to make romantic plans with their significant other, or hibernating until Valentine’s Day is over. But this Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether you’re single or in a relationship, take the focus off of a romantic relationship, and consider the relationship you have with yourself. Valentine’s Day only comes around once a year, but by learning to love yourself daily can change your life for the better.   What is Self-Care? Self-care can be...

25 MOTIVATIONAL FITNESS QUOTES FOR THE NEW YEAR

How Are Your Fitness New Year's Resolutions Going? We're about halfway into January, and you may find your dedication to your New Year's resolution starting to wane. Maybe you started off strong, going to the gym consistently, but you're finding it harder to find motivation to keep it going. We're here to help! We've gathered some of our favorite inspirational fitness quotes to help you continue working towards your fitness goals throughout the year.   [mkd_blockquote text='"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your heart on fire."' title_tag="h2" padding="20" width=""] [mkd_blockquote text='"Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow"' title_tag="h2" width=""] [mkd_blockquote text='"Work...

Top 10 Fitness Trends For 2020

As 2019 comes to an end, many of us will want to start preparing for the upcoming year. For the last 14 years, the American College of Sports Medicine has surveyed thousands of professionals around the world to determine health and fitness trends for the following year. Here is their collection of the top 10 trends for 2020:   1. Wearable Technology It should come as no surprise that wearable technology is the #1 predicted trend for 2020. It is estimated to be a $95 billion industry and has reigned as #1 since 2016 (only dropping to #3 in 2018). Wearable technology includes fitness trackers,...

Roundup of the Most Innovative in Fitness Tech

It’s not news to anyone that technology has been having a growing influence in the world of fitness and wellness. There were more than 500 vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year showcasing the latest in digital health products. Here’s our roundup of a few of the most innovative health and fitness gadgets from this past year. Lumen [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="372"] via Lumen[/caption] Lumen is portable device connected to an app that accurately measures your metabolism. It analyzes the CO2 concentration in your breath to identify whether your body is using fat or carbs as fuel to produce energy. Lumen uses...

5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving (Plus Recipes!)

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. These are just a few reasons to look forward to Thanksgiving! But did you know that the average Thanksgiving meal is approximately 3,000 calories? And that’s not including any drinks, snacks, or additional food you may consume throughout the day. 3,500 calories is equal to 1 pound in gained weight. Gaining one pound over Thanksgiving may not seem like a ton, but also take into consideration any office Thanksgiving parties, get-togethers with friends, or other festivities in addition to the main event. Your personal fitness journey is just that: a journey. Thanksgiving is typically just...

How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween!

Halloween should be a fun time celebrating the spooky season and letting your imagination run wild. However, Halloween candy can have a truly haunting effect on our bodies. While sneaking in a little chocolate bar here or there can seem harmless, the negative effects can slowly *creep* up on you if you’re not careful! According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, we consume nearly 25 pounds of candy every year. Excessive sugar intake is a major contributing factor of rising obesity rates. It’s estimated that the average child will collect between 3,500 and 7,000 calories of candy while trick-or-treating! Spooked...

How Mindful Meditation Enhances Your Workout

Think fitness is all about the physical? Think again. There has been a growing interest in sport psychology to understand how to help athletes mentally optimize their performance. Recently, mindfulness training has risen as a viable approach to prepare athletes for optimal performance. When we are able to concentrate completely on something, we enter a heightened state of awareness that has clear mind-body benefits. Here are a few ways that meditation and exercise work together to benefit your workouts. But First...

4 Habits To Stay Fit Despite A Busy Schedule

Most of us spend our days running around, trying to meet deadlines at work, shuffling kids to and from school, bearing long commutes, and other daily responsibilities. The priority to exercise regularly and cook healthy meals is often pushed aside in our busy, hectic lives. One of the biggest obstacles people face is trying to find time to fit in regular physical activity. But with the right habits, you can easily prioritize health and fitness in your life. Here are four habits you can build to help you prioritize fitness despite a busy schedule: 1. Plan Ahead to Minimize Decisions Remember how Steve Jobs iconically...

4 Things Your Workouts Lack Without a Personal Trainer

Do people really need a personal trainer? Some people may question the need for a personal trainer. Some may think it's an unnecessary luxury reserved for celebrities. However, personal training has been ranked in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Top 10 Trends report ever since their very first publication in 2006. The decision to hire a personal trainer can be empowering, and many people are finding that it’s a worthwhile investment (not just celebrities). A certified fitness expert can provide a tailored workout strategy, as well as the support and motivation to execute that strategy to meet your goals. Here are four...