How Ankle Mobility Problems Can Hold You Back

woman on treadmillYou’ve heard “the hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone,” right? In our bodies, the energy directed to the movement of joints is key to our mobility. This is known as the kinetic chain.

You might be surprised at how aspects of strength, speed and pain can be related to ankle joints, but it’s true: improve your ankle mobility and you can improve your fitness, too.

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Healthy Fats: Good Food for a Good Mood

family eatingWe’ve all heard that you are what you eat – while it’s not exactly a foolproof rule, there is plenty of science to back up the idea that when you eat well, you’re more likely to feel well.

Choose whole foods from natural sources, and that includes healthy fats. Research has shown not only are heathy fats good for your body, they are also good for your mind and mood.

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Build a Beautiful Back – 3 Key Exercises

woman doing rows to strengthen back musclesIt’s not surprising that many of us don’t leverage back strengthening exercises to work on the posteriors of our bodies as much as we should – we can’t see them in the mirror! And yet, back muscles are involved in so much we do.

The muscles supporting your spine are key to everyday movements from sitting up to carrying a child. Whether you’re an athlete or a desk worker: build your back to feel and look better!

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Popular Diets: Is One Right for You?

person planning dietYou have hundreds, if not thousands, of diets to choose from, ranging from popular fad diets to medically prescribed eating plans. If you’re trying to choose a popular diet for yourself, learn about them first.

Below is an overview of several popular diets, with a review of what they are about, what you can or can’t eat on them, and what to watch out for. Maybe one will sound right for you!

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No-Cook Solutions for Healthy Back-to-School Meals

family eating dinnerIf back to school time makes it seem like you’re juggling more to-dos, you’re not alone. We’re all noticing the days getting shorter as we settle into the transition out of summer into fall.

One way to approach the new time crunch is choosing the lighter, faster meals we enjoy in summer. Even better—what about no-cooking at all? Here are some healthy ideas for you.

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Fit Head to Toe – Train Like a Quarterback

quarterback throwing footballIf you’ve ever known someone who played football, you know how intense the off-season workouts and pre-season training can be. Players need to be strong, tough and powerful.

At quarterback, we find some of the finest athletes on the field, relying on a special brand of quickness, endurance and more. Here are some ways to train for QB skills like an NFL pro.

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Foods Fit for Summer – Zucchini

zucchiniIn recent editions, we’ve been featuring healthy foods you can find in season this summer. This week we’re looking at one of the most prolific and versatile garden vegetables, zucchini.

Zucchini can be used both raw and cooked in a range of flavorful dishes that are good for your health, and help support fitness and weight loss. Read on to learn more and try our tasty recipe, too!

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Need a Gentle Start at the Gym? Try These Ideas.

woman on elipticalMost of us were once beginners at the gym, new to fitness and in need of a guidance. But you might need an even softer start after a setback like illness, injury or other health challenge.

Whether you’re returning from a major surgery, an illness, or simply find yourself very unfit after years of weight gain, there are plenty of benefits to be gained from exercise. And there are some very good reasons for you to take it slow and exercise with care.

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Foods Fit for Summer – Chicken

chicken kabobsWe’re headed into the dog days of summer—maybe you’ve been enjoying hot, sunny weather that supports fun times outdoors, plus many good foods from the garden and the grill.

We love summer for the chance to eat a variety of healthy foods that are fast and easy to cook. In our last newsletter, we focused on tomatoes. This edition, we feature chicken.

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