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10 New Snow Sports To Try This Winter

Winter can be a tough time for athletes. It's hard to get motivated when it's cold, and storms can make trails and roads slick or impassable. Plus, downhill skiing and snowboarding can be expensive and inconvenient at times.

It's no excuse to stay indoors all season long, though. If you're willing to get creative, snow and ice can actually make your workouts more fun. From the tame to the exotic, these alternative winter sports will keep you outside and in shape until all the snow finally melts away.
November 1, 2016

Why we it:

Part of motivating to get outside is having FUN with the experience. USA Today names some pretty creative and adventurous ways to make staying active fun.....and can even include your pet!!

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How To Stay Fit During Winter

For those experiencing the weather shift and all that comes along with the change of seasons, stay motivated to exercise and maintain your once outdoor routine, slowly starts to crumble with each drop of snow and gust of wind that passes by. Exercise can actually help clear your winter blues and chances are, you'll be in tip top shape once the weather warms up. Be creative and don't stop just because the snow has fallen. Chances are, you'll wake up to a fitter and healthier you come spring. Here are some tips to stay motivated and keep the body you love during the cold winter months.
November 1, 2016

Why we it:

To stay motivated during the Fall and Winter months, it is all about finding SOMETHING that can keep your fitness routine consistent. We love some of the suggestions made, such as working out in the morning versus at night, when the shorter days and potentially bad weather can kill any desire to hit the gym!

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Stay Fit All Year By Moving With The Seasons

The stumbling block in making fitness a lifelong habit, rather than a fad, is finding enjoyable activities you can do all year 'round. That's why you need to add seasoning to your training.
November 1, 2016

Why we it:

Many of us DO struggle with maintain momentum as the seasons change. During summer months with the days long and the weather it warm, it is easy to motivate to be active, but the dark, cold and dreary winter months wreak havoc on our motivation. We like the idea of "periodizing" your fitness routine with the change of seasons and love some of the author's ideas on what might be good activities to do!

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Thyroid madness- Everything you need to know

Thyroid disease has entered the public’s consciousness thanks to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
I debated on whether to write a blog about it or let it be. In the end, I decided it was necessary because of the misinformation out there on the topic. The most important thing when discussing complex issues like this, is being informed, objective, and logical. For that reason, I’m going to try and outline everything that hypothyroid entails, from diagnosis to abuse to controversies in the medical field.
October 23, 2016

Why we it:

Fascinating piece by elite runner and coach, Steve Magness, about his own experience with hashimoto's disease as well as a general discussion of thyroid disorders.

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Endurance planet

Podcast hosted by Tawnee Prazak

Since going pro after a career in finance, Sarah Piampiano‘s accumulated multiple 70.3-distance wins, an Ironman win and many other podium performances, as well as a 7th place finish at the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. This year she’ll return to Kona. Last year she launched The Habit Project, an online community geared toward helping supporting positive habit changes. Along the way, Sarah has also struggled with Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid disorder, and was diagnosed as a young girl. On this show we will learn how Sarah has overcome Hashimoto’s and still competes at the top level of long-course triathlon.
October 23, 2016

Why we it:

Endurance Planet is a great podcast covering all things "endurance sports" with a particular focus on training protocols and nutrition to promote performance.

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10 reasons why Hashimoto’s patients don’t get better

Often times mainstream doctors don’t test for thyroid antibodies because it won’t change how they treat you with Hashimoto’s. The only solution they have is thyroid hormone replacement medication, but Hashimoto’s is more than a thyroid condition. It is an autoimmune disease.
October 23, 2016

Why we it:

This article takes a holistic view of Hashimoto's, understanding that an autoimmune disease cannot be controlled by drugs alone.

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: We Can Win This Battle!

Thyroid disease is an epidemic affecting up to 20 percent of American women. The most common cause of low thyroid today is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Like all autoimmune disease, the main feature is the production of antibodies that attack the healthy tissue of the body. In this case, thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb) and or thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb) are created against the thyroid.
October 23, 2016

Why we it:

Great discussion by Huffington Post on Hashimoto's including a range of treatment strategies to tame the autoimmune response.

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How Sleep Loss Leads to Weight Gain

Losing sleep tends to make people eat more and gain weight, and now a new study suggests that one reason may be the impact sleep deprivation has on the brain.
October 17, 2016

Why we it:

We found it interesting to hear there is such a significant correlation between fatigue and weight gain and that even one poor night's sleep can have a demonstrable impact on the brain's cravings for junk food.

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Save Your Back with Sleep

Did you know that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed? Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed.
October 17, 2016

Why we it:

Most people discount the importance of a good mattress on a quality night's sleep. And poor sleep has a profound impact on our overall health. Purchasing a good quality mattress that is right for you is key and we love the tips this articles offers for making sure your most-used piece of furniture is working for you!

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The Secrets of Sleep

From birth, we spend a third of our lives asleep. After decades of research, we’re still not sure why.
October 17, 2016

Why we it:

There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to sleep - specifically, we still don't understand exactly WHY we need to sleep. We love that this article lays out, though, the impact of sleep deprivation and the various research studies that have been conducted around this topic

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