It’s Time to Swap Out the Processed Foods

In a perfect world, we’d walk to the farmers market every day and buy our fresh, local foods for our daily meals. We would have lots of fruits and vegetables to go with our high quality proteins. Unfortunately, most of us live far away from our food sources and we have an abundance of ready made foods at our disposal. …

Your Nighttime Routine May Be the Key to Fitness

Few people would argue with the notion of daily habits being a key to lifelong fitness. Your daily habits are responsible for your ability to reduce calories, lower your fat intake and eat healthy foods. Anyone can make changes occasionally. It takes better daily habits to make fitness a lifestyle. Your nighttime routine may be a key factor in building …

Challenge Yourself on SHIFT’s Spring Floor

SHIFT by Dana Perri has the only Olympic-rated spring floor in Los Angeles. In fact, it’s the only floor of its kind in the world. It’s the kind of floor that truly challenges you! The floor is 25ft X 25ft and contains more than 400 individual springs. It stabilizes the body and absorbs a maximum amount of shock as a …

Take a Nap and Be More Fit

When we think of fitness we think of weights, running and stretching. A nap isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind! However, sleep is an essential part of fitness. When you exercise you are taxing your body. You’re spending energy, breaking down muscles and stressing your heart and lungs. You’re putting stress on your body. Sleep is the …

Getting Rid of Belly Fat

You’ve been doing crunches, sit ups, planks, and leg raises to get rid of the belly fat and get tight abdominals. Has it worked? It makes sense to work the abs and strengthen the muscle. But how do you get the six-pack abs? The truth is you could do 1,000 sit ups a day and it won’t get rid of …

Do You Gain Weight from Eating Late at Night?

Conventional wisdom tells us not to eat before we go to bed because the food will turn to fat. The logic is our metabolism slows down at night and we naturally produce more fat. Fact or fiction? It’s mostly fiction. It is true our metabolisms do slow slightly when we sleep but our basic bodily functions still burn a lot …

Protecting Your Joints

One of the glories of youth is the ability to recover from the stresses and strains of athletics and rigorous workouts. However, years of physical activity can take its toll on your knees, shoulders, hips and elbows. It’s super important to protect the joints. Joints are the physical point of connection between two bones. The knee, for example, is the …

Superfoods Are Going Strong!

Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods with a host of nutrients to make you healthier. More foods are being added to the superfood list and consumers are seeing an explosion of healthy foods to choose from. While the concept of superfoods is really a marketing hype, it’s continuing to become more popular. Foods such as blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are …

New Thoughts on Stretching

Stretching before you exercise or play a sport is a time-honored tradition. Bending over and touching your toes to stretch your hamstrings is as common as doing a dumbbell curl. We’ve always been told to stretch our muscles before we exert ourselves to prevent pulling a muscle. The type of stretching we’ve grown up with is static stretching. This involves …

A Healthy Pancake?

What’s more decadent than pancakes? You smeared syrup and butter on them when you were a kid. Later you discovered chocolate chips and whip cream! What if you could make healthy pancakes that don’t wreck your daily meal plan? Here’s a recipe for a healthy and delicious pancake with no butter, no oil, no dairy, and no gluten. It only …