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Did you know that your brain is made up of 60% fat. (I didn’t…)

Did you know that avocados are a wonderful source of the kind of fat your brain needs? (Didn’t know that either..)

Greatist.com says:

“The monounsaturated fats in avocados benefit brain function and promote healthy blood flow—and a healthy flow of blood to the brain means a highly functional brain. The creamy green superfood is also good for your heart. Their hefty dose of monounsaturated fatty acids can help lower cholesterol levels and may help prevent blood clotting. They also contain potassium, which may help control blood pressure, and magnesium, which has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease in men.”

Here is a fun way the husband and I eat avocados:

Half the avocado and pull the pit.

In the spot where the pit was add cottage cheese. If you want more spark at a dash of hot sauce.

While it sounds odd it is amazingly good. Try it and let me know what you think.

Side note: Greatist.com is a great website full of all kinds of cool stuff. Check ’em out. Also check out the rest of the article to find out other sources of good fat.

Photo courtesy of world-crop.com



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Some times you just gotta embrace the conditions around you.



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“Back pain and injury usually result from an accumulation of trauma over time. Doing little things wrong over long periods of time can lead to the straw that literally “breaks” the back.” Douglas Brooks, MS

At some point everyone experiences back pain. Nothing to send us into traction but just nagging pain. Our sedentary lives don’t help either. The video above has some easy exercises suitable for all levels that can help relieve the pain as well as strengthen the lower back.

These in conjunction with core work will help you maintain back strength. A strong front is key in supporting your whole spine.

Need some suggestions for core work with no crunches involved? Feel free to ask!


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Studies have shown that most folks are more likely to follow thru with a workout if they are already in their gym clothes.

If you work out in the AM put your workout clothes on as soon as you get out of bed. If you work out in the PM resist the urge to climb right into your comfy clothes when you get home and rock your workout gear instead.


Looking at Exercises from Different Perspectives

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Your first reaction to the picture above could be “I can do that!” or maybe “I am not strong enough to do that.” or “Way to easy I am going to go find a tire to flip.”

I have all three of those reactions (yes including wanting to go flip a tire) when I am searching the web for new exercise moves for myself and my clients. There always is an abundance of people showing incredible feats of strength that leave you wondering how you can ever get to that point. Or if you even want to.

Once again back to my motto Think outside the Box.

Let’s break it down. The women in the photo is using a resistance band. Don’t have one or don’t think you are ready for one? No biggie: just use your own body weight. Find a chair or counter and go. You will be amazed how you feel those glutes and quads working.

If you can do it and want to try GO FOR IT! Grab your band and get those glutes engaged.  Remember when it starts to get easy change up the amount of repetitions you are doing or move up to a band with more resistance.

For you tire flippers don’t give up on this one. To flip tires you need core, glute, and quad strength. If you have maxed out your resistance band tension stop using a chair or counter for support. Put your hands on your hips engage the core and work it. In order to maintain good form you may need to go back to lighter resistance. This is not a bad thing. It retrains your muscles and reminds them of what they need to do.

Never get discouraged when you see an exercise that looks intriguing to you but you think you can’t do it. There are always ways to modify a move to keep it safe, fun, and strength building.

Photo courtesy of Prevention.com