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Why Proper Form Is the Key to Your Safety and Success

We’re honored to host another guest post from one of our awesome Fit Body Family members—Ryan Perez! Ryan talks about the importance of working out with the right form, including the dangers of bad form and the benefits of good form.

 

In the world of fitness, exercise form is among the most discussed topics you’ll find. For some, great form comes naturally, but to many, it takes practice, repetition and the mindset to never give up because you’ll eventually get it.

Form is so important for both injury prevention and our fitness journey progression, but the only time it’s usually brought up is when others give unsolicited advice. Why don’t we break the mold and dive into why form is crucial for fitness success!

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Recipes: Egg & Sausage Casserole

Meet Sally.

Sally is a stay-at-home mom with errands to run all the time. Her mornings are packed: she drives the kids to school, does some grocery shopping, then comes home to wipe down the whole house.

By the time she catches her breath, it’s already lunchtime, yet she still hasn’t eaten anything. At all.

She’s on the fast lane to burnout, sickness, and fatigue.

If you’re in need of some fuel for the day, just like Sally, this egg and sausage casserole is the thing to take you mornings to the next level! Proteins and fiber are LOADED into the dish, and you skip out on a lot of unhealthy carbs, too.

Make some one morning, then portion out the rest for a week of irresistibly good breakfast.

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How to Find the Right Workout Accountability Partner(s)

Be honest: what does it feel like to work out alone?

For a few people, they enjoy working out at their own pace, doing the workouts THEY want to do. More often than not, these people usually have years of experience in the gym and know what they’re doing.

For the rest of the crowd, the gym can be confusing and intimidating. There are machines that look like robots, medicine balls you have no idea how to use, and, oh man—where do you even start working out?

Now, think back to a time when you did something new, something uncomfortable…with a friend. I’m sure you felt more confident than you would have been going at it alone.

Fitness is the same exact way. Well actually, life is the same way. No one gets far without others.

I want to get to the benefits of having an accountability partner when working out, something you may have never even considered. But first, why do people insist on being lone wolves when it comes to getting fit?

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Fit Body’s Fitness and Health FAQ (Part 2)

We’re back with part 2 of our FAQ series!

If you missed the first part of our FAQ, you’re going to want to check out this link.

Our goal is to help 20% of the population engage in a healthy lifestyle by 2020. We want to equip as many people as possible with the tools to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.

You’ll find that more often than not, people are severely uninformed when it comes to fitness. Dieting and exercise can seem daunting when you lack both knowledge and support.

We want to show you that you CAN eat healthy and get toned. It ISN’T impossible to work towards that dream body of yours. That’s why we’ll be pouring through a few more common questions and concerns that stop people from getting in the best shape of their lives. If you have more, please leave them in the comments!

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Recipes: Tasty Cheese Meals

Don’t you just love cheese?

I mean, you can melt it into a delicious filler for a sandwich or burger. You can also throw it onto crackers or with veggies to add some sharpness to a snack. With a wide range of cheeses to choose from, the flavors you can come up with are nearly endless.

The only drawback to cheese is that it piles on excessive fat and calories. Anyone that’s dieted before knows that those those are two absolute diet killers.

I’ve got great news for you: there are plenty of meals that are cheesy and healthy! It’s not a culinary sin to indulge in cheese; you just have to do it the right way.

Today, we’re going to dive into a few cheese recipes that might just flip your world upside down. Hope we make your life a little “cheddar” (that was about as cheesy as these meals)!

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Foods You Might Not Believe Are Loaded With Sugar

Imagine an hourglass completely filled on one side. Picture that hourglass tilting a full 180°, forcing the sand on one side to slowly pile up on the other.

You’ll slowly start to see a mountain of sand form.

Now imagine that the sand was all the sugar America’s consumed this past year. Boy, that mound of sugar would probably be higher than Mt. Everest!

We love sugar. Its sweetness can comfort us when we’re down; it can also add a nice cherry on top (pun intended) after a hearty meal.

Unfortunately, sugars are bad for the body. They tack on calories that people don’t need if they’re trying to stay in shape. That’s why so many diets abstain from as much sugar as possible.

Or so they think…

There are a lot of foods that people love to tout as “healthy” that are actually stuffed with sugar. You might know sugar by one of its aliases: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn sweetener, honey, molasses, glucose, sucrose, dextrose, or maltose.

Here’s a quick guide to some foods you’ll think twice about when it comes to sugar.

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Recipes: Double Chocolate Mini Brownies

I know, you probably read that title and wondered whether we were joking or not.

We’re not.

You can indulge in a little chocolate brownie — as long as you make it the right way.

We’ve made a couple of little tweaks to this traditional dessert, including making them bite-sized so you feel less obligated to eat huge chunks.

So dig up the mini muffin pan and have some fun making some healthy brownies your taste buds will die for.

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Fit Body’s Fitness & Health FAQ (Part 1)

“I really want to work out, but…”

[Fill in the blank]

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase from someone you know. Maybe it was that co-worker who made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, but has only been to the gym three times all year. It could be your spouse that’s had the same fitness goals for years, yet has done little to get in shape.

Truth is, most people are woefully under-resourced and uninformed when they first start their journey to getting fit. They poke around the Internet, scour for whatever fitness tips and advice they can find, then hit the gym and try what they found online.

Not surprisingly, this rarely works; most people work out too little or too much, choose the wrong workouts, and have no accountability to keep them exercising for the long haul. If someone has an upset stomach, he or she doesn’t just run to the drug store, file into the antacid aisle, and pick the bottle that looks the prettiest.

Of course, there’s a dead-end for the uninformed gym-aspirer. These non-equipped workout hopefuls end up getting none of their goals accomplished because they don’t have the information they need to start.

BUT that’s why we here at Fit Body are here to help! This blog will go through a few of those common questions new fitness-goers have when it comes to working out. Hopefully we’ll bring you the answers you need to jump straight into a healthier lifestyle!

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Recipes: Broiled White Fish with Brown Rice and Veggies

Feeling like some seafood? Need a little protein boost in your diet.

Look no further than today’s recipe: broiled white fish.

Fish is loaded with proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your body. Plus, the dish is light, so you won’t feel as stuffed afterwards.

Add some brown rice to the side for some added grains. You can even throw in some veggies and salsa to layer the flavor profile of this succulent dish!

So what are you waiting for? Time to read on and start cooking up an A+ dinner!

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The Power of Visualization

Today’s guest post is from Stephanie Pinto, owner of Orangeburg Fit Body Boot Camp in Orangeburg, New York. She is going to discuss visualization, how you can bring your dreams into focus, and why believing in those dreams is essential for success. 

When I was an elementary school teacher, one of my favorite reading lessons to teach was on the topic of visualization. It was an important lesson for the students to learn; it was so much fun watching them close their eyes, listen intently to a descriptive reading passage, and then discuss and illustrate what they “saw” in their mind’s eye.

Think about that…one’s ability to imagine pictures from written words is what creates a sense of reality out of those words. A student’s prior knowledge (or lack thereof) will also determine the meanings that they create for these words.

Wow….powerful right?

And that leads me to what I want to talk to you about today…the power of visualization!

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