Connect exercise and fun by learning good habits.

Weekly walks at McKay Lake lake connect exercise and fun! They bring so many smiles and feelings of accomplishment, while tapping into the neural pathways that connect exercise with fun! Better yet, the children that routinely join our walks, benefit from a very young age. Learning to value health, understanding the importance of self-care and how…

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Take Charge Of Your Health

Managing your health is a challenge, one determined by the choices that you make daily. To make decisions that last, you must understand the benefits and consequences of your choices. Ask the following questions: – Do I truly value my health? – What are the benefits of making daily healthy choices? – What are the…

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4 REASONS TO HIRE A CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

First off, what is a health coach? Per Wikipedia’s definition, a certify health coach is a professional who uses “evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in health behavior change. Health coaches are certified or credentialed to safely guide clients and patients who may have chronic conditions or those…

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High Protein Diet: Is it right for you?

You’ve decided you want to lose some weight, but are not sure how you want to get started. You remember talking to a friend recently about how high protein diets are a great way to lose weight fast. You do a Google search for “high protein diet.” The search spits back a handful of websites…

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Biggest Loser's Weight Regain Study

Some of our members have been asking about our opinion on this article found in the NY Times. The article is an overview of a study which follows the contestants from the Biggest Loser six years after the competition ended.  After the competition, the study sites that almost all of the contestants regained some, if not all, of…

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Want to lose weight? What are your options?

Congratulations!  You have decided to make 2016 your goal to get back into shape.  Please know that you are in good company as more than 66% of Americans making their annual resolution focus on fitness.  The downside is that by the 7-day mark almost 25% have already given up on their resolution and by the…

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Five Ways to a Healthier Thanksgiving and Holiday Season

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaches, the health coaches at LightenUp Fitness wanted to share some ways we prepare our members for the holidays.  Don’t try to accomplish all of them at once.  Focus on a couple this holiday season and see how you do. Celebrate relationships, not food The origin of Thanksgiving…

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Stretch What?!?

Do you stretch? Is it really that important? What is Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching? Today we are taking a look at two types of stretching and how to perform them. I started running in 2006 and would sit in my driveway doing a sit and reach to touch my toes and then off I…

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Diet plans not working? Read this…

What is a credible source regarding diets? There is so much information about carbs, fats and proteins; the information can be contradictory and confusing. For instance, you can search for “diet plans” on Google and over 18,500,000 results will come back in less than a second. Just scanning the diet plans, you see there are…

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