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Recipes: Easy Turkey Meatloaf

Time to dig into some scrumptious, hearty turkey meatloaf.

This week’s recipe is all about one of America’s favorite hunks of meat. Don’t be deceived by the size of this classic dish, though, because you can turn it into a healthy and guilt free entrée!

Not only will you get a healthy serving of protein with this meatloaf, you can make it even healthier by simply using organic turkey as your meat.

With a side of veggies, this is the perfect meal for plenty of occasions, from a quiet night in to a large family gathering. Happy eating!

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The Art of Warming Up Before You Work Out

It’s an age-old adage you’ve probably heard a thousand times: stretch before you work out.

Yet so many people at gyms and with personal trainers ignore this step completely. They hop right onto the treadmill or pick up weights before any of their muscles are primed to perform. Or, they’ll do the stereotypical arm-across-the-chest stretch, not to get loose but to trick themselves into thinking they’re ready to exercise.

The result? Injuries, discouragement, and a lack of weight loss.

So why are stretching and warming up the best things you can do for your body before exercise? It’s all because our muscles need to be eased into the exertion of exercise.

Whether it’s lifting a dumbbell, squatting, playing a sport, or running a marathon, working out requires blood flow and flexibility. A tight body with tight muscles that tries exercise is a recipe for disaster.

We thought warming up was so important that we decided to give it some shine in this week’s blog post. Here are a few of the many ways you can effectively prepare your body for a productive workout. Try these at the gym, on the field, at home, or wherever else you train!

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5 Workouts for a Strong Core

Did you know that your core includes 35 muscles that make up your back, sides, abdominals and hips?

When people think of core muscles, abs are the first to come to mind. However, your core includes a lot more muscles than your abdominals. In fact, it’s everything besides your leg and arm muscles. While your legs and arms do the work necessary to get you moving, the core does the stabilizing, initiating, and supporting throughout the process. Strong core muscles make simple physical activities easier, protect your spine, make you leaner, and improve your balance. Athletes who want to kick or punch hard need a strong, stable core behind the movement.

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