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Using Comprehensive Bodyweight Data to Track Progress

Using Comprehensive Bodyweight Data to Track Progress Most athletes who are trying to gain or lose body mass measure progress on a scale, but the scale doesn’t always tell the whole story.  Keep reading if that scale isn’t moving – you may be missing your progress if you aren’t collecting the right kind of data! What Does a Scale Tell Us? The number on a scale only tells you one thing – total body mass.  That’s it!  The scale does not measure body composition (fat mass vs. lean body mass).  The number on the scale can vary day by day depending on what you eat, if you’re sore, or time of day you are weighing in.  Total body mass is...

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Does Alcohol Inhibit Your Physical Progress?

Does Alcohol Inhibit Your Physical Progress? Physical health is more than just the hours you put in the gym – it also includes what food and drinks you put in your body.  This includes alcohol.  Many of us love to end our day with a nightcap or catch a few casual drinks with friends on the weekends, but how much do those few drinks impact your overall physicality and health?  Keep reading to find our more! Alcohol – The Fourth Macro One of the biggest ways alcohol inhibits the body is in the way it is metabolized.  When you consume alcohol, your body refocuses it’s metabolism process away from fats, carbs, and proteins, and focuses on metabolizing the alcohol first. ...

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Research Health Topics with Certainty

Research Health Topics with Certainty The internet is a beautiful thing, but the wealth of knowledge available at our fingertips can sometimes do more harm than good when it comes to our health.  Because anyone can put anything on the internet, there is often a ton of misinformation - which can have potentially negative side effects on even the most well-meaning individuals looking on ways to improve their health and wellness.  Keep reading to find out how to find accurate information when skimming through the internet for your health-related questions. Finding Credible Sites Online The easiest way to ensure you are finding the most accurate information is to pull that information from credible websites.  Credible websites do not always mean...

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Improving Your Gut & Overall Health with Probiotics

Improving Your Gut & Overall Health with Probiotics The bacteria in your body far outnumber the cells in your body – most of this bacterium resides in your gut and is actually quite helpful in providing overall health.  Having proper gut health is linked to numerous health benefits including good digestion, enhanced immune function, healthy skin, and even weight loss.  Keep reading to find out more about gut health and probiotics. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are living organisms that provide health benefits.  They are usually thought to be bacteria but can also include certain types of yeast.  Probiotics are found naturally in certain types of food (usually fermented foods including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi).  The most common types...

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Mobility vs. Flexibility - What's the Difference?

Mobility vs. Flexibility - What's the Difference? Mobility and flexibility sometimes seem synonymous, but both words have very different meanings.  Keep reading to find out what the difference is between mobility and flexibility, and how to improve both! Mobility vs. Flexibility Simply put, flexibility refers to the ability of your soft tissues to stretch while mobility refers to the range of motion seen in muscle tissues, joints, and soft tissue.  Therefore, flexibility is under the umbrella of mobility, and both can impact the other, but success in one does not mean success in the other.  For example, you can have good flexibility when stretching, but when trying to perform a functional movement, mobility may be restricted due to overactive muscles...

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