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The Saturday Smoothie – Digital Detoxing, Skipping Breakfast, and Fitness Competition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Saturday Smoothie! This week, we’ve got a ton of ideas for you to check out, including digital detoxing, calorie restriction, and intermittent fasting. As always, if you have any questions or comments on these, send us a note.

Taking a Digital Detox for Health Benefits

Getting Back in Shape After Fifty

How many times do you check your phone each hour?  When was the last time you went a full day without using any electronics?  We’re so plugged into our technology nowadays, sometimes it’s healthy to take a break from our devices.  It sounds tough, but the effort is well worth it.  Make a day, a weekend, or even a full week, and enjoy the benefits of taking the time to unplug.

Calorie Restriction is Key for Weight Loss

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A healthy lifestyle is all about balance.  Exercise is important, and has incredible health benefits. But, if weight loss is what you’re after, it all happens in the kitchen.  Our food choices are the most important factor in terms of controlling our weight.  Read this article to find out why healthy food choices are really the key to managing the number you read on the scale.

Intermittent Fasting to Lose Weight

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Skip breakfast!?  I thought it was the most important meal of the day!  It’s something that we’re all told, but the science doesn’t necessarily back it up.  Consider using an intermittent fasting style of eating, there are numerous benefits. You’ll lose weight, increase productivity, and balance hormones.  Even better, it’s actually a whole lot easier than you think!

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Compete for More Fitness Motivation

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When was the last time YOU competed in a fitness competition?  Weightlifting, running, or dancing, perhaps?  Entering and participating in a competition is a great way to kick start your fitness, and get your health back on track.  Check out these incredibly inspiring After Fifty’s.  You can see the joy emanating from their faces!

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The Saturday Smoothie – Getting Back in Shape, Sleep Quality, and More!

Increasing Sleep Quality

Sleep is critical for our health.  It’s the time when our body is able to recover and recharge from the stresses of our workouts and everyday life.  If you’re not experiencing the ideal quality or quantity of sleep you’d like, check out this article for tips on how to improve your sleep patterns.
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Getting Back in Shape

Getting in shape can be exciting, but it can also be daunting.  Whether you’re looking for ways to increase your fitness level, or are looking to get back into shape, use this guide as a resource for making big changes to your health.
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Strength Training Exercises

You’ve made the decision to get back into shape, now what exercises should you start out with?  This is a great resource full of explanations and videos for how to perform each of the movements.  Let us know which one you find the most enjoyable!
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Improving Flexibility

Flexibility is crucial for vibrant health and energy.  It’s something that you can do right in the comfort of your own home, and you’ll feel the benefits almost immediately.  Give these stretches a try, and commit to improving your flexibility each and every day!
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The Saturday Smoothie – Meditation, Probiotics, Strength, and Diet

Learn to Meditate

Meditation is a practice that’s been around for thousands of years, in nearly every civilization across the globe, and has a host of health benefits.  Whether you’re a daily practitioner, or have never even considered it, get over any preconceived notions you may have and get started today.  Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you!

Learn to Meditate

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Use Probiotics for Better Gut Health

The human body has trillions of microorganisms living inside of it.  You could even say we’re more bacteria than we are human!  The beauty is the bacteria can help support our health.  But, if you’re not careful, they can make getting in shape nearly impossible.  Learn how you can take control of your gut health once and for all.

How to Fix Your Gut Health

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Strengthen your Legs for Better Overall Health

We use our legs when getting out of bed, when walking through our homes, and getting just about anywhere.  How often do you intentionally exercise your legs?  Increasing your strength and flexibility will help you get around easier, prevent injuries, and give you more endurance.  The great news is many exercises can be done right from the comfort of your own home.

Increase Leg Strength

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Discover Which Foods Your Body Can’t Tolerate

We all have different genes, because we all came from different backgrounds.  As such, we also grew up eating different foods.  Some foods fuel the body, and others tend to irritate it.  Learn which foods may be causing you weight gain, moodiness, skin problems, and brain fog.  Once you’re able to identify which foods are worst for you, vibrant health and energy is right around the corner.

Use the Elimination Diet

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The Saturday Smoothie: Back Pain, Decision Fatigue, & More

How many times have you told yourself that you were going to eat a healthy diet, you weren’t going to have the soda with lunch, and would definitely NOT have the slice of cake in the office for your coworkers birthday.  Yet, in the heat of the moment, you still find yourself eating forkful after forkful of delicious sugary dessert.  Sound all too familiar?  What you may be suffering from is called decision fatigue.  Yes, you heard that right, decision fatigue.  Think of your willpower as a muscle, like any of them, it needs rest and recovery to perform optimally.

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Reduce Back Pain

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Back pain is something that affects nearly every aspect of life when it’s something you suffer from.  I myself have two herniated discs in my L5 / S1 region in my spine, and can tell you having the pain flare up makes it nearly impossible to get anything done.  I’ve personally tried all of these exercises, and they are GREAT for reducing the pain throughout the day.  Dedicate just a few minutes each morning to experience less pain throughout the day.

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Building Strength

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Strength is not something that’s important only to bodybuilders, athletes, and manual laborers.  Strength is critical for all of our long term health and longevity.  Use these exercises to build upon the foundation of strength you have.  We know you’ll love them because they’re easy to to right in the comfort of your own home!

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Improve Gut Health

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Gut health, what’s that all about?  Well, the health of our gut is very closely connected to our overall health.  When we have a good balance of healthy bacteria, our gut can be our best friend.  When it’s out of whack, it can lead to digestion issues, skin problems, and a whole range of negative consequences.

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The Saturday Smoothie – Join Us on Your Fitness Journey

Welcome to the first edition of our new feature – the Saturday Smoothie. Each week, we’ll bring you our favorite health and fitness content from around the web. Got feedback, or an article suggestion? Tell us here!
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Can Food Heal?

Is your food harming or healingCan food serve as a medicine, and help you heal your body and improve the quality of your life?  Yes, it absolutely can.  Learn how you can take back control of your health, why you should listen to your body, and what you should do to kickstart your diet for newfound youth and vigor.

How You Can Take Back Control of Your Health

Ask-a-Trainer!  Is Nutrition or Exercise More Important?

We’ve also started a new video series, Ask A Trainer. Each week we take your questions to a certified trainer and video his advice. Watch the first video below, and click the button to submit your own question.

So which one is it!?  The two are tied very closely together, but is one that’s more important than the other?  If for some reason, I only wanted to choose one, which one would have the biggest positive affect on my health?  This week we met with Bill Mines, Washington D.C.-based personal trainer, to tackle the classic question of what’s more important, your exercise or your nutrition.

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Which Foods Will Help My Brain Function Better?

Who’s else loves going to the farmer’s market?  There’s something so satisfying about meandering through all the aisles, tasting the samples of fresh-picked produce, and purchasing a basket of healthy, local ingredients.  But what foods should you actually buy?  Well, the second resource we’re excited to share this week is from our friends at NutritionSecrets.com, and it provides you a list of foods that are great for your body and your brain!  A few of them may even surprise you.  (Hint: so you should stock up on dark chocolate!?)
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What’s an Exercise Routine I can Use Today?

Get out there and get moving!  Whether you are in the best shape of your life, or have been sedentary for weeks, months, or years, it’s never too late to exercise.  It increases your circulation, strength, longevity, quality of life, and well-being.  The benefits of exercising on a regular basis are truly limitless.  We wanted to share the 10 Best Exercises for women to get out there and get moving this weekend.
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Mental Toughness – What’s the Best Way to Improve it?

Self awareness is the key to mental toughness.  When was the last time you took the time to sit down, find a comfortable position, and just quietly observed your thoughts?  Do they race, or are you able to bask in the blissful calm of a still mind?  One of the absolute best ways to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health is regular meditation practice.  Learn the Basics, so you can experience a peace and calm that carries over to every other facet of life.
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