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The Hips Don’t Lie We (humans) are blessed with the amazing ability to move in all directions. The hips can be considered the center or axis for all this wonderful, free movement.The hips are also very honest. They will not tell a lie. They do not speak often, but when they do, the language is pain and discomfort. The hips are also master ventriloquists, sometimes making their voice heard through the lower back and knees. Three hip bones form the pelvis. Muscles of the abdomen and lower back connect to the

Do you know what movie this is from? If you answered yes, that means you are probably a distinguished middle-aged person like myself. This also means you have been developing eating habits (good and bad) for the last 40+ years.One of those habits is eating because we are hungry. But how hungry are we really? The Hunger Game Let's play the Hunger Game. On a scale of 1-10 we will rate our hunger. 1 = No hunger at all10 = I'm so hungry I can eat the ass end out of a dead

I spent the last four days down in south Florida fishing and catching up with old friends. I drank too much and ate too much. We pulled back in town at 1pm on Sunday with laundry to do and a week to prepare for. My brain is telling me the easiest solution for dinner would be takeout. Takeout would continue the madness of high calorie meals. I need to stop the bleeding

Don’t be that girl or guy who brings their own kettlebell on the cruise A vacation is supposed to be a break from your normal day-to-day. That does not mean avoid vegetables at all costs and be a slug.Enjoy your family. Indulge. Eat 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein at each meal. Eat slowly and engage in conversation with your family or the people you are chilling with on vacation.Break a sweat before the day's planned activities begin. Drink water all day long.Make #1 top priority Break a sweat before the

If I told you to go shopping and fill your cart with only healthy foods, I bet you could do it.Knowing stuff and doing stuff are different things. Our eating decisions aren't based off of how much knowledge we have, but rather with WHAT and WHO is around us - our environment. Why is environment so important? We make decisions by habit. Our brain finds it's happy place, which is based off a series of learned patterns and behaviors.  The brain chooses the easiest solution to what and who are around us.A

Most of us need a little time in the morning to “get the motor running”.The same is true in reverse: Most of us can’t go from 100 to 0 before bed.Developing a “transition plan” or “sleep ritual” can really help. Sleep hygiene best practices Keep a regular schedule – our bodies like routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times. With a regular schedule your body will know when to release calming hormones before bed and stimulating hormones when you wake up. Keep alcohol and caffeine moderate

Today marks nine years of since Breakthrough Fitness opened its doors!!! Every time we reach another successful year, I start to reflect on the past as well as think about the future. The last nine years has been full of ups, downs and everything in between. As much as I've done right, I've done just as many things wrong. I have gained wisdom and learned valuable lessons by making mistakes.An endeavor is an endeavor. They all require the same things. Success in a business endeavor is no different than achieving

If I asked you to list the first four criteria that come to your mind for living a healthy lifestyle, what would they be?Mine would be:Don't smoke tobacco Eat five servings of vegetables/fruits daily. Exercise five times a week for 30 minutes. Maintain a healthy bodyweight.Would you believe me if I told you only 3% of North Americans were doing this 4-part combination of basic healthy lifestyle tasks. Well, I wish it wasn't true.Here is what I know:Cookie-cutter diet plans can work for short periods of time,

I love running a gym. Personally, I think there's no better way to hit your fitness goals than having a trainer to challenge you, educate you, and celebrate every success.But there are times when a gym workout just won't cut it.Maybe you're traveling. Maybe you're stuck at home working for the cable guy. Maybe you just want someone to tell you what to do so you don't have to think.This total body workout is a perfect solution. And the best part? No equipment needed!No gym, no equipment, no