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Exercise

6 Yoga Poses for Stiffness

It’s a bit of a cruel joke on us humans that we can get muscle and joint stiffness from both exercise, and from a lack of exercise. Also, as most of us over age 30 are well aware, getting older seems to coincide with feeling stiff more often, which happens

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Mobility

Is Massage Therapy Good for Joint Pain?

When you’re dealing with joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, or fibromyalgia, the effects can be super debilitating and really make life miserable.

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Nutrition

What Does a Nutrition Coach Do?

Nutrition is one of the pillars of The Pledge System and something we don’t leave up to chance. That’s why we pair you with a nutrition coach who will help you plan your meals, track your calorie intake, and answer any questions you have.

Fitness

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Fitness

Why You Need to Make Massage Therapy Part of Your Workout Plan

Muscle imbalance happens when muscles on one side of a joint become too tight–by any of the above activities, or something else–and the ones on the other side become weak from underuse. It’s most common to strike around the hips, shoulders, and knees.

Fitness

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.

Fitness

Do This Not That

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 summer!

Exercise

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Exercise

6 Yoga Poses for Stiffness

It’s a bit of a cruel joke on us humans that we can get muscle and joint stiffness from both exercise, and from a lack of exercise. Also, as most of us over age 30 are well aware, getting older seems to coincide with feeling stiff more often, which happens

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Exercise

What the Heck is Hypertrophy Training?

During the course of your in-studio or online personal training, you’re going to hear your instructor mention hypertrophy training. This is not a reference to some kind of awesome workout award; it’s a training technique used by competitive athletes around the world to bring themselves to their peak performance.

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Exercise

Pod Bless Us, Everyone: The PTF Houston Gym Experience

If you’ve spent any time in one of the major chain gyms, you know that they’re often huge, impersonal, daunting, judge-y… If you opt to exercise alone, you may end up doing mainly cardio and wandering around looking for a machine you know how to work.

Nutrition

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Nutrition

What Does a Nutrition Coach Do?

Nutrition is one of the pillars of The Pledge System and something we don’t leave up to chance. That’s why we pair you with a nutrition coach who will help you plan your meals, track your calorie intake, and answer any questions you have.

Nutrition

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

Nutrition

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

Motivation

Motivation

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

Motivation

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

Lifestyle

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Lifestyle

5 Easy Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

Sometimes you have to make significant life moves to lose weight–committing to a workout program, overhauling your diet–but sometimes just a little tweak to your daily routine can make a noticeable difference. Here are five of those easy things you can do to help yourself shed pounds: #1: Stop the

Lifestyle

Is 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

Lifestyle

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