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Trendy workouts will come and go. But the ones that stick around are your tried and true exercises that effective when performed correctly.
 
According to Oxford Dictionaries Online, the Burpee was named after the American physiologist Royal H. Burpee.  He developed the Burpee exercise as part of his PhD thesis as a quick way to assess fitness.  The Burpee consists of a series of exercises performed in quick succession requiring agility, coordination and strength.  Today, the Burpee is a well-loved exercise of many fitness professionals as it can be used to improve total body strength and aerobic conditioning.
 
For any exercise to be effective, you must perform it properly.  The following are the four steps to performing a Burpee:

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With the new year arriving and the holidays behind us, many of you are setting new exercise goals and starting to get your 2017 sweat on. Complement that snowshoeing adventure or kettlebell workout or barre class with healthy post-workout food choices. 
 

1. Re-hydrate!

Water can be your best friend during your workouts. First of all, ensure that you’re well-hydrated prior to your workout! If your workouts are less than 45-60 minutes long, aim to sip 7-10 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. If your workout sessions are longer than an hour or are particularly intense, you may want to consider an electrolyte replacement. 

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Yes.. there's a chia train, and we've jumped on it whole-heartedly. Here's the lowdown on ch-ch-ch-chia! (yes, like the pets from the 1980's!)

Chia seeds

These little guys are nutritional marvels. They are packed with fiber and calcium and are rich in antioxidants as well. Chia seeds are also a whole protein and a great source of healthy fats. And unlike flax seeds, they do not need to be ground into a powder in order for our body to absorb its nutrients. 

Coconut milk

This recipe also calls for coconut milk. For decades, coconut milk had a bad rap for being high in 'bad fats'. But lo and behold, the saturated fats in coconut milk are actually medium-chain fatty acids that are good for our bodies!

Coconut milk is a great source of healthy fat, fiber, manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.  This can be helpful for weight management, blood sugar maintenance and can help support healthy blood pressure.

Check out this easy-peasy recipe for a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. 

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First off, let me start with the definition of Yang; according to Google, Yang (noun), (in Chinese philosophy) the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative and associated with heaven, heat, and light.
 
The definition of Yin; according to Google, Yin (noun), (in Chinese philosophy) the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold.
 
We are always trying to find a balance between these two forces. Often, especially in western cultures, we are dominated by a Yang energy. Constantly on the go, wearing our business as a badge of honor. However, our bodies will find a way to bring in some Yin energy. This can be in the form of getting a cold or flu and forcing you to take time off and rest.
 
There are TWO simple ways you can increase Yin:

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Ah, resolutions. Why is it by spring, our new years resolutions are a distant memory? We kind of set ourselves up for failure right from the start, because our resolutions are more of a scolding for all the things we did wrong the previous year. We ate too much, drank too much, didn't exercise enough, spent too much money.
 
Ask yourself ... WHY you are setting these resolutions.

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