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Why I Fitness

Some do it because they want to look good for potential partners. Others do it because their doctors told them to. Many do it simply because they want to tell people they do it – and I do it because it’s my method for mental maintenance. I’m talking about fitness.

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Find The Why

Fitness is a funny thing. We all know it’s good for us, makes us feel better, and has great long term health benefits, but it is so hard to get yourself in gear and make your health a consistent focus. As health and wellness professionals it is a struggle to

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It It Worthy Of Worrying

Is it worthy of worrying? A knowledgeable and worldly client of mine inspired me with these words during one of our training sessions. With all the distractions, work stress, and curveballs in life, I think it resonates truer today than ever before. I can certainly go into the physiological effects

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Just Keep Swimming

As the New Year becomes a distant thought, hopefully the resolutions you set out to achieve this year are still within reach. When it comes to health habits and fitness goals, too many times I see a quick drop off within the first few weeks. Unfortunately by mid-February, just like

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Do This Not That

Happy March Pledge To Fitness community!! I hope your health and wellness goals are going as planned. To help improve your workouts and get a strong core, I wanted to share a few great exercises which will help propel you into the spring! This article will hopefully give you a

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New Year. New You

I’m sure you have heard that statement before, but has it worked yet? Regardless if you are a weekend warrior or a die hard gym goer, this time of year you will notice a huge increase in traffic in the gym. Until about Feb 17th, when people start to give

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4 Diet And Exercise Myths Busted

You can find anything on the Internet these days, like pictures of cats or double rainbows, but when it comes to your health the last place you should be getting your info is from Facebook or Instagram. Unfortunately most of those posts are simply opinions formulated with anecdotal information or

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Aerobic Vs. Anaerobic

We have three metabolic energy systems that we use, phosphagen, glycolysis and aerobic respiration. The two former systems produce energy, ATP, in the absence of oxygen, anaerobic, and the latter uses oxygen, aerobic. The difference in these systems is the speed at which they can produce energy, the intensity at

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You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat. Unfortunately, I don’t think many people realize how accurate this statement is. When you eat, a series of amazing reactions occur to take food from your mouth and transport it to the cells in your body. Carbs, fats, and proteins are nutrients used for a

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Stretching, And What Muscles You’re Activating

Have you ever wondered what stretching is REALLY doing? Well, it’s actually doing quite a bit. Whether you’re relatively inactive, moderately active, or a full fledged exercise-aholic, you should be stretching out those muscles – it’s good for you! Check out this article by our friends at MakeYourLifeHealthier.com to get

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Get Off The Prozac. Get On The Treadmill

So you already know that exercise is good for memory, mood, and energy – but did you know it can also help reduce anxiety? The theory behind this is that when you’re exercising, your body increases its heart rate and breathing pattern in a way that is similar to that

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5 Weight Loss Tips

1) Exercise doesn’t really help with weight loss. There I said it, but it’s not really the exercise that causes the weight loss, rather the habit you adopt. Working out gets you out of that seated position, away from the junk food, and moving. These are all the contributing factors

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Eating Clean – What Does It Mean?

We’ve all heard it – “You want to clean up your body?… Clean up your food!” But what exactly does that mean? As Psychology Today author Susan McQuillan (M.S.,RDN) very justly asks – is anyone actually eating dirty? As in dirty food? Well, not necessarily. These days ‘eating clean’ simply

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Sometimes It’s The Little Things

Dream Big! You’ve heard this before I’m sure. We should no doubt shoot for the stars in our goals, whatever it may be, but don’t forget it is the little things that add up and make for the greatest accomplishments. Unfortunately though, we thrive on instant gratification and tend to

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Sugar Low, Summer High

My dad asks me at the counter of our favorite lunch spot, “So, what about a Coke?” I say, “Twenty.” Dad, “Minute Maid Lemonade?” Myself, “Fourteen.” Drinking one of those options along with your meal would be the equivalent of pouring twenty and fourteen sugar packets, respectively, on to your

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Physical Education In Schools

Check out this video! It’s a wonderful demonstration of how there was once a time in American culture when health and fitness was gaining strong and positive momentum in our school systems. Unfortunately, the fad dwindled away. Here at Pledge To Fitness, we would love to change the status quo,

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Bike Your Way To A Faster Sprint

It may already be part of your routine, but if not, know that whether you’re on a stationary or road bicycle, interval cycling can make you a faster runner! Some of us hate running. Even those who are natural runners acknowledge the fact that what they do is tough– except

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A Personal Note

On a personal note… I suffered an ACL injury about 6 years ago that, even after surgery, never actually healed until it was finally confirmed as ruptured at the end of last year (2015). The protocols my doctors and physical therapists prescribed me left me limited until May of this

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Healthy Holidays

Tis the season, I suppose. But it doesn’t have to end with adding a bunch of those extra holiday pounds. These next few months are littered with distraction. School activities, long lines in every store, holiday parties, and family coming to town, all jam packed in these next few weeks

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