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Why Women Should Lift Weights

Working at a gym, I often see women who head straight for the cardio machines and never leave. Enticed by the calorie counter, they are convinced that this is the only exercise they need to do. When you suggest they might want to do some resistance training, they frown and say “I don’t want to bulk up”, "or doesn’t cardio burn more calories?"

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The Myth of Toning

How often have you seen exercise plans promising to  tone various body parts? Tone your arms, tone your tummy, or tone your thighs? Most of these plans promise to give you a long lean look using high reps and light weights. You will likely be disappointed if you try these plans. However it is possible to achieve a toned look, which is probably what you are really after.

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8 Ways to Get More Activity Each Day

Over the years we have become more and more sedentary. Modern conveniences mean that work that was once physical is now simply a button press. This lack of activity has many consequences for our health. Our metabolisms are slowing down, our muscles are shrinking and we are forgetting what it means to move. Adding a little bit of activity will not instantly make you lose 20 lbs, or cure your chronic disease, but it will start to make a difference in how you look and feel. It can become a habit which can grow to something amazing.

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How to read food labels

Here is a scenario you might be familiar with. You are quickly picking up a few groceries on your way home and you see a new product. The claims on the packaging sound great so you buy it without thinking about it too much. When you get it home and check the ingredients you are surprised by what it contains. The problem is that many terms used on food labels are not regulated and can be misleading. Even regulated terms do not guarantee that the product is good for you. Here is your complete guide to what these claims really mean.

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