Why You Should Start Meditating To Boost Your Fitness Goals

posted May 25, 2016

Although the connection may not be obvious to some of us, exercise and meditation really do go hand in hand. When we think of exercise, we usually picture intensity and physical activity, while meditation brings to mind calmness and stillness. Those who practice both can easily understand their similarities and comparable benefits. However, for those of us who are new to meditation, here’s a rundown on why meditation can be a powerful tool in achieving your fit goals.

Believe it or not, exercise actually involves meditation even though we may not realize it. Mediation, at its core, is a vehicle for you to stay mindful of yourself and your breath. Exercise also requires you to harness your thoughts to stay focused on the workout. Exercise produces the same emotional and chemical changes in our brains as do meditation. Benefits for both activities include stress reduction, weight loss, energy boost, and enhanced sleep. It’s no wonder that the world’s most powerful people and top athletes are all jumping on the meditation bandwagon.

 

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Food as Medicine: How to Naturally Decrease Inflammation in Your Body

posted May 18, 2016

About two years ago I was experiencing chronic pain with no real identifiable origin; my hips always hurt and my legs often ached. I was going to Physical Therapy and nothing was helping. I thought it was a combination of my boot camp style work outs with a lot of running, jumping and pavement pounding and bad genetics. I was feeling like there was nothing I could do about it and I would be in pain like this forever. And then my now husband and I got engaged and I really started to care about eating healthy and exercising regularly to look and feel my best on our wedding day.

I joined Classpass and started doing lower impact training including spinning, barre and Pilates and started eating clean, unprocessed and nutrient rich foods more often. My chronic aches and pain almost disappeared after a few months. Now I know when I eat too much sugar or drink too much alcohol that my body will ache due to inflammation from these foods. I certainly still take an anti-inflammatory medication here and there for pain especially if I am trying to sleep or work but this change caused me to truly see the benefit of natural healing with food.

 

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Exercise Your Way to Better Skin

posted May 10, 2016

Did you know that while you’re huffing and puffing yourself to a healthy, strong body, your skin is also getting a workout? That’s right! Your skin reaps significant benefits of its own. Here are five examples…

 

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Things You Need to Know Before Jumping Into a Detox

posted May 6, 2016

When I used to think “detox” a lot of images and ideas would come to mind — juice cleanse, lemon water and cayenne pepper, removing toxins, flat belly in 3 days — basically all quick fixes to get you where you want to be fast. When I did the Whole 30, people continuously called it a cleanse or detox and I would get so annoyed because of the negative connotation I had with the word “detox” and everything I described above. When I really started thinking about it though, the Whole 30 was pretty much exactly what my preferred definition of a detox is… it is about filling your body with whole foods and eliminating food that doesn’t serve our overall health to make us feel good.

 

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Exercise to Help Detox

posted May 4, 2016

We’ve all been there at some point — indulging in almost an entire pizza or consuming too much beer at happy hour. It always ends the same… with a little regret. But you know what? You can still be on track with your fitness goals for summer. All you have to do is start moving! Besides helping you build muscle, reduce stress, and boost your mood, exercise also helps to detox the body.

 

There are many misconceptions about detoxing. To put it simply, it’s the body’s way of expelling excess waste and toxins, such as environmental pollutants, harmful bacteria, alcohol, and parasites. After a detox, you might feel less sluggish and instead, have more energy. It can also help clear up your skin and add more shine to your hair.

 

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A Day On Melrose

posted April 29, 2016

Is Cycle House your home away from home? Same. But how often do you spend the day in the neighborhood, and by neighborhood I mean Melrose Ave. You might get into a 6 or 7 am class before work on a weekday but miss out on all the treats a day on Melrose has to offer.
 

We see your hour on Melrose by way of “The House” and raise you a full day on the Avenue. Hey, grab your spin squad post spin and bring them along for the ride. Shower optional…

 

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Tips for a No-Fail Meal Plan

posted April 25, 2016

This may sound cliche but it is definitely true when it comes to meal planning and prepping. It is important to find out what meal prep style works for you. Do you like to do all your prep on Sunday or do you like to do a little each night throughout the week? Are you prepping breakfast, lunch and dinner or just lunch for work? No matter what your situation, here are some meal planning tips to guarantee a healthy week.

 

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Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

posted April 15, 2016

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, should you still follow through with your workout? Sometimes working out when you are sick can do more harm than good. But when is it okay to cheat on your fitness routine with a bowl of chicken noodle soup and Netflix? Here’s how to know when you’re too sick to work out.

 

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