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Fitness, Health, and Mind/Body Connection

How we take care of our bodies is as important as the food we eat. To live a longer, stronger life, it’s important to maintain our physical and mental health, and commit to the steps necessary to insure our overall well-being. Here are a few articles, tips, and suggestions to help you get and stay healthy, look and feel younger, and increase your energy and stamina.


Short on time? Try these quick, simple, and easy-to-follow fitness videos and exercises you can do at home or in your favorite gym

Weighted Power Squats

Smith Machine Leg Press

Single Leg Press


Fitness & Health Articles


The Calm In the Storm

The Calm In the Storm

Recently, my husband and I were getting ready to return home after a weekend business trip. After packing our bags and loading the car for the drive, we decided to check out the free breakfast included with the hotel room. We found the basic “continental” selections—donuts, sweet rolls, and coffee—offered little in healthy choices, so we decided to take our chances on a diner we’d noticed a few blocks down the road …

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Fake Hunger

Fake Hunger

It happens all day long. It might be happening right now. You think you’re hungry, in fact, you’re convinced of it. But you’re probably wrong …
So what can we do when a desperate craving takes us in the direction of toxic food? We can reframe our choices …

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Are You Guilty of Situational Health?

Are You Guilty of Situational Health?

I know I am. But I’m getting better at recognizing the enemy, and more important, learning how to say no to temptation. It’s definitely not easy (like last weekend when I turned down a piece of double-chocolate cake at a neighbor’s birthday party.) Each time I make the effort, I mentally pat myself on the back, as if good has again triumphed over evil …

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Look For the Thorn

Look For the Thorn

We meet them every day—people who are unhappy, unfriendly, rude, and sometimes, downright mean. Approaching others from a perch of arrogance and entitlement, they view life with a dismal perspective, often living a distorted sense of reality. We tend to avoid these unpleasant souls, stepping away from a conversation, leaving the room, or inventing a reason to end a phone call …

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Sifting Through the Noise

Sifting Through the Noise

The other day my husband and I were listening to a podcast about transformation. The host and his guest discussed many aspects of how this concept affects our lives emotionally, physically, and spiritually. There was a lot of ground to cover …

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The Happiness Code

The Happiness Code

Surprise! There isn’t one—a code I mean. Certainly, happiness exists. It’s a real emotion, and many of us believe it’s what we experience when we achieve a milestone, accomplish a goal, or acquire something we’ve had our heart set on for a long time.
That’s one kind of happiness—the transitory, fleeting kind. It lasts for a few hours, or days, or even weeks. But that’s not what I’m talking about …

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Thinking of Taking A Trip This Summer?

Thinking of Taking A Trip This Summer?

A few years ago, my husband and I took an extended vacation to the West coast. Since we live in a tropical climate, our suitcases were jammed with cold weather wear we’d retrieved from the attic—and a previous life. After spending two unplanned nights in a Portland hotel waiting for our luggage to catch up to us, our bags finally arrived and we were able to continue our trip via rental car …

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For Better or Worse

For Better or Worse

Every day you make a choice. The result will make your health better . . . or worse. Ignoring the ingredients in a candy bar or box of crackers doesn’t make it any less harmful to your body. And believing those extra calories, sugar, or fat won’t affect you doesn’t make it true. Moments of weakness happen. Too many of them will add up …

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Avoiding the Guilt Trap

Avoiding the Guilt Trap

There are plenty of excuses for not making healthy lifestyle choices. You’ve probably used a few of them yourself—we all have. Our natural instinct is to resist any suggestion that could disrupt our deeply-entrenched routines. So we cling to our biases and excuses like a shield, deflecting change – good or bad – that could intrude on our comfort zones. Do any of these sound familiar?

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