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How Group Fitness Can Increase Your Self-Confidence

This is a guest post by David Dewar, a clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in unlocking human potential.

Exercise is one of the biggest self-confidence boosters out there. It helps you feel and look better through losing weight, strengthening and toning your body, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of achievement.

However, getting started on an exercise program and sticking with it can be quite the uphill task.

Group fitness classes have become more popular, leading to the creation of new workout programs and communities. They provide the support system, motivation, and camaraderie that make exercising fun and structured, which keeps you accountable.

Other than the physical results you can expect from group fitness classes, such as boot camp training, there are also several benefits of group fitness for self-confidence. Improving self-esteem will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here are some of the ways group fitness improves your self-confidence.

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Lowering Your Risk of Injury

What most commonly derails people’s progress in getting fit and staying healthy?

Injuries.

For people who lead active lifestyles, suffering a debilitating injury – such as tearing a knee or breaking a finger – can be demotivating.

While no one can avoid all risk to injury, there are certainly steps you can take to limit your exposure to getting hurt. While many of these steps take extra effort, they’ll pay off in the long run when your body is still strong heading into your older years.

So let’s talk shop on reducing the chance of those pesky injuries and freeing yourself of any worries about your health.

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Recipes: Omelettes

Today’s recipe is all about breakfast’s favorite little pocket of deliciousness: the omelette.

The awesome thing about omelettes is that they’re very customizable. You can make them healthier by substituting egg whites for regular eggs or by stuffing the inside with veggies.  Or, pack your omelette with some healthy meats or fishes to get a rich serving of protein.

Add some salsa or avocado on the side to jazz up the flavor without ratcheting up the calories. You can even pair this meal with some sweeter breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit to get a balanced meal.

One thing to keep in mind with omelettes is that they usually have a lot of calories. Try not going overboard with your fillings for a healthier omelette experience.

Below are three unique takes on the traditional omelette. Happy eating!

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Which To Choose: Personal Training or Boot Camps?

Every person’s physical makeup is unique. You could give two people the same training program, but only one of them might enjoy it and experience results.

When it comes to fitness, most people choose to either work with a personal trainer or join a group workout program. Yet so many don’t reach their desired goals because they aren’t in an optimal setting that fit their particular needs.

So how do you know which path is right for you?

Fear not, because we’re going to outline the benefits of both personal training and boot camp programs.

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7 Habits of Healthy People

How is it that some people seem to avoid sickness while you and your family are in and out of the doctor every other week? Is there something you don’t know? When generally healthy people are compared to those who get sick more often, several lifestyle differences clearly stand out.

So if you want to stay healthy, you may want to adopt the seven habits healthy people typically follow.

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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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What You Need to Know About Muscle Cramps

Most people have experienced a muscle cramp. Maybe you woke in the night to a tight calf muscle that felt extremely painful or perhaps you were out jogging and suddenly your foot muscle contracted and you couldn’t take another step until the pain subsided. Also called charley horses, muscle cramps are usually harmless but can be quite painful.

Most often affecting your calf or foot muscles, muscle cramps can also be felt in your thighs, arms, abdomen, ribs, or hands. Wonder what causes these unpleasant cramps and what you can do to treat and prevent them? You’re about to find out.

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The Truth About Healthy Snacking

We’ve talked about diets in the past, and it’s no secret that you can’t out-train a bad diet. Watching what you put into your body is crucial to effective weight loss, but it isn’t the only factor, you must create a lifestyle of health and fitness. And we all know that snacking is the enemy of a healthy lifestyle. You think “a few cookies won’t hurt” but you’d be wrong. Let us explain.

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