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STAYING FIT OVER 40

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Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free From Stress

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I know! Meditation is the secret sauce to take your wellness up to the status of the elite gurus. It’s the “be all, end all” for the health of your entire mind-body-spirit. It’s the absolute must-do that is the only path to beating the infamous health-buster called “stress.” Continue reading

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4 Functional Fitness Moves To Strengthen & Tone Your Legs

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So what exactly is functional fitness? Well, it’s a popular term that’s been used to describe anything from balancing on a Bosu ball to training for a sport specific event or certain movements that can help us all age gracefully.

Functional fitness is  training that replicates movements we do in everyday life to help us develop balance and improve our stability and mobility so that we can move better and more efficiently without injury and develop muscles that are needed to stay active doing the things we love to do!

Functional fitness is training that uses compound exercises and moves your body in every plane of motion. We can use body weight, add dumbbells to add resistance without having to rely on equipment that essentially does the supporting for you.

Here’s 4 Functional Fitness Moves To Keep Your Legs Strong & Looking Toned

For best results, do each move 10-15 reps for 2-3 sets. You can also add resistance by holding a dumbbell.

These 4 moves also work great as a Tabata if you are short on time. A tabata is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeat for a total of 8 rounds and rest. Repeat 2-3 times.

1. Lunge to squat right- Functional training lower body exercises should correct imbalances and strengthen your body so you can move better in everyday life. The lunge to squat is one of my favorite moves to strengthen your legs and core while improving your balance and forcing each leg to work independently.

2. Lunge to squat left- When you lunge back, be sure to keep both feet and knees pointing forward, with the front knee sitting at 90′ over the foot. While squatting to the side try to sit your butt back, keep your weight equal down through both heels, and look forward so not to bend at the waist.

3. Skaters- Leap with as much power, pushing off through the hips, as you can. To advance this move you can reach down and touch the floor. If your knees are a problem, stepping side to side with feet and knees forward is an easier option while still targeting the legs and butt.

4. Pop squats- Start down in a squat and pop up with your feet together. Modify by stepping in one foot at a time. This is a great move to build power & strength in your glutes while getting your heart rate up and your body burning fat.


By adding in a few of these functional training lower body exercises to your current workout routine, you can help develop functional leg strength and mobility in every plane of motion. This not only helps your legs look great, but will translate to feeling and moving better in everyday life!

PS. Don’t forget that exercise & eating well go hand in hand.
And one of the easiest ways to improve your health and reduce joint inflammation and pain is to include antioxidants & healthy fats into your diet.
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4 Glute Activation Exercises For A Stronger Core

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Why We Need Glute Activation And Not Just More Squats. You might be thinking, “Well, I squat during my workouts – aren’t I activating my glutes?”

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Paleo Pesto Sauce

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Is it possible to make pesto without cheese? The answer is YES: The trick is to use nutritional yeast flakes, which lend a bit of “umami” flavor. You can find it in most grocery stores as well as natural food stores. Continue reading

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Chicken Berry Salad

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Fresh, tangy, healthy and filling – what more could you want from a salad? Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Dill Vegetable Soup

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This is a super light soup that is perfect for using up leftover veggies in the fridge or whatever you may have growing in the garden! Continue reading

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Mediterranean Breakfast Frittata

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frittataHere is a brand new breakfast recipe that will get your day off to a GREAT start. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a make-ahead meal that’ll help you sneak in some veggies first thing in the morning. Continue reading

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4 Reasons Breakfast Can Help You Lose The Fat For Good!

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How would you like to know the first place I get clients to start when they are looking to lose weight, get healthy & get back in shape? Well I am going to let you in on a little secret and it’s not as hard as you think! It’s BREAKFAST!! Continue reading

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Super Food Chocolate Nut Oat Balls

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These Chocolate Nut Oat Balls are one of my go to favorite treats if I am craving something sweet or chocolaty. They are dairy and gluten free, can be put together in just 10 minutes and perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea  Continue reading

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Understanding Sugar Cravings- Plus 11 Tips To Beat Them!

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sugar-bowlSugar is a toxin, which has been linked to obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, mood disorders and even cancer. Not so sweet, huh? Continue reading

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