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Hormones and Fat Distribution in Women

For women struggling with their weight, recent scientific findings point to a possible culprit. 

Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for redistribution of fat to the abdomen. At the same time, this hormone may contribute to bone loss.

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Not all eggs are created equal

There are a lot of buzzwords out there surrounding eggs and the hens they come from. Omega, organic, cage-free, free-range, pasture-raised, farm fresh, or just simply Grade A/AA eggs, are some of the many words used to describe a carton of eggs, but what is the real difference between them all?  It’s more complicated than you might think! 

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Stretching Before or After a Workout?

For some stretching and exercising is the perfect combination. For others stretching does not come naturally. For those of you wondering "When is the best time to stretch?" -here are a few things to consider.

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Sacha Inchi: Superfood of the moment

Kale, Coconut oil, green coffee beans, and chia seeds... It sees that every few months there is a new nutritional powerhouse that's all the rage! So who's the next superstar? 

Perhaps the Sacha Inchi Seed. A native of tropical South America, the Sacha Inchi seed or 'inca peanut' is harvested from the low sugar fruit of the perennial plant known as the Plukenetia volubilis.

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October 2017 Member of the Month - Body Kinetics Novato

Member of the month: Mary Cunningham
Personal Trainer: Lisa Palma, CPT, NASM, PWR! Exercise for Brain Change Instructor, Z Health Essentials

What were your goals when you started? I was primarily interested in improving my flexibility and strength. I sit most of the time for work and was finding myself getting stiffer and stiffer every day.

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Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

Chances are there is some behavior you’d like to change relating to exercise, weight loss, sleep, money, productivity or relationships.  “If we change our habits, we change our lives”… claims author Gretchen Rubin in her book Better Than Before, Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.

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Go big or go home!

My dad, having grown up on a farm in Southeast Missouri, had a lot of “sayings” – don’t take any wooden nickels, don’t count your chickens before they hatch, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

I want to talk about the last “saying” and the positive impact it can have on your workout.

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

We have to meet our body where it is, and improve from there. If you haven't worked out in months or years, you can't just pick up where you left off. Trust me, I wish we could. For me, it was the cold that lasted forever! Last November I did my first Spartan race. I was feeling amazing!

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6 Reasons Why You Need Deadlifts In Your Workout Program

Kayla Burton on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 15:07 PM

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I need to start out by saying that deadlifts are my absolute favorite strength lift. Sure, squats are fabulous, mastering a chin-up is an impressive feat, but nothing quite jazzes me up more than successfully picking up something really heavy. As a female, it's even more empowering. Although a deadlift is basically a "pick something up off the floor" movement, it's much more difficult and complex.
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What? You’re not lifting weights? Here are 5 reasons to reconsider…

Strength training helps keep the weight off for good. 

Not only does strength training aid in shedding pounds, it helps maintain weight loss, too. By adding more lean muscle on your body, you’re increasing the metabolic rate of recovering muscle; meaning that people with more muscle mass are going to burn more calories in the post-exercise period.

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