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Ill-Labeled Foods

High quality food doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. While shopping for health and longevity lacks convenience, your body will thank you for it.

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Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training over Steady State Cardiovascular Training by Bryan Armand High intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is a style of training that alternates between a series of high-intensity exercises and rest or relief periods....

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The Basics of Fitness: Fundamentals, Not Fluff

The “formula” for getting fit and staying fit is actually very simple. The key is consistent daily execution over the long term. Strength Train 3-4 Days Per Week (45-60 minutes) Many people are under the assumption that they build muscle in the gym, and those people...

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How to have a Safe and Effective Summer Workout

The summertime makes for great outdoor workouts, but can be draining. Here are some tips to have a safe and effective workout during the summer heat! Stay Hydrated It is always important to stay hydrated during a workout (check out our later post), but even more so...

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The Most Important Meal of the Day

We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is important that we start each day with a healthy breakfast so that we can get the essential vitamins and nutrients. Typically our body goes about 8-12 hours with no food in-between...

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Benefits to Personal Training

Accountability When you go to the gym by yourself it is a lot easier to skip a day. Having regular sessions will enhance your workout. Being held accountable to show up for a session with another person will make it a lot easier to get to the gym. Efficiency When you...

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March Madness Schedule

March Madness is finally here and so is the Class/Seminar schedule. Please see the dates and times below. Please contact any member of the Parks Staff  if you have any...

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The Parks March Madness

The Fitness Event of the Year has finally returned to The Parks Health & Fitness! Parks March Madness Madness is exactly what you would expect... complete fitness and health madness! Over the course of 5 weeks teams of two compete for our grand prize and the title of...

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Steps to keep your New Year’s Resolution!

The number one and most popular resolution that Americans make is to workout and/or live a healthy lifestyle! While many make this resolution, only a few percent stick to it. Setting a goal to workout or live a healthier lifestyle is awesome, but sometimes it’s hard...

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Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives

The fist thing anyone thinks of when they hear Thanksgiving: FOOD! Everyone uses this one day as their biggest cheat day. Luckily there are great ways to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and still be healthy. Below are some healthy alternative recipes to try. Enjoy! Brown...

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Meet Sam

After getting her degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, Sam began training collegiate and professional athletes at an elite sports facility in Baton Rouge. Specializing in sports performance training taught her the importance of accessing for functional...

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Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is a problem all of us can relate to.  Here are some simple ways to help ease the pain and even prevent back pain. Bridge on chair.  Lie on your back with your heels on a chair and your knees in alignment with your hips.  Place a yoga block or a pillow in...

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Brain Health

Having a healthy body is extremely important to live a long life.  That's why we love the gym, it keeps us healthy!  However, have you ever thought about how to keep your BRAIN healthy?  Here are some quick tips on brain health that will keep your entire body on the...

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3 Simple Healthy Salads

Looking for some creative and healthy lunch ideas? We are constantly in need of healthy new meals. Watch this short video for 3 easy clean salads. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et3IjrEuL_U

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Sweatin’ To The Newbies

SWEATIN' TO THE NEWBIES By: Mary Catherine Holcomb I love to work out with no music – said no one ever! Listening to music can help a workout by elevating your mood and distracting you! Check out 7 Reasons You Should Listen to Music While You Work Out (...

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5 Steps to a More Nutritious You!

5 STEPS TO A MORE NUTRITIOUS YOU! By: Mary Catherine Holcomb As I write this, I'm looking right into the face of chocolate covered almonds and dried sugar-laden fruit, never mind the beautiful baked goods, so tiny yet so high in calories! If you haven't already...

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Small Group Training

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf52wjMDLgE We have added Small Group Training (SGT) to the Summer Schedule! 13 sessions will be available every week as part of a personal training package and are a great way to have fun, get motivated, have a trainer, and get into...

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Recovery Mode

Recovery Mode Its festival season and the sun is almost as high as the humidity. The days are longer and the sidewalks are treacherous terrain for bare feet. Beach trips have been planned, diets have been started, and early morning cardio sessions are under way. In...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Personal Trainer

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER If you are fortunate to be able to afford a personal trainer, are you getting the most fitness for your buck? Most people cannot continue to shell out money for personal trainers, but matching up with a good trainer can...

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Is Strong the New Sexy?

Everyday Wellness Tips: Is Strong the New Sexy? As the weather heats up so does the competition for best beach body. But, how much have you thought about how you define sexy? How much of your definition is defined by our culture? How does it differ between genders? A...

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Everyday Wellness Tips: A Good Place to Start

Everyday Wellness Tips: A Good Place to Start I am excited to announce the resource I wrote entitled: A Good Place to Start: Improving Your Relationship with Food is completed and available for free on my website: http://martinmentalhealth.com/e-book/. With spring in...

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