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Recent research on increasing health span reveals three key things to focus on if you want to extend your time on this planet and your ability to do the good stuff. For the masses, exercise remains a calorie-burning-focused activity. They do it to ensure they stay “fit,” or they do it to attempt to lose weight, lose fat, and look good in a bathing suit. All of those things are great. But this focus on what exercise is for is killing what it can do for us. As little as ten years ago, we didn’t know just how powerful movement was on our health. Only as we began to do less and less of it did the problems associated with not moving enough become glaringly apparent. You can blame the low-fat 90s, but the sit-at-your-desk 2000s are just as much to blame for the current health crisis we are experiencing....
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While some may believe that running and weightlifting are incompatible, we know that the opposite is true — CrossFit can make you a better runner. First, let’s get one thing straight: CrossFit is not just for people who want to lift heavy weights and grunt a lot; it’s a functional training method that can benefit anyone, regardless of their fitness level or goals. So, how can CrossFit make you a better runner? 1. INCREASED STRENGTH Running is a high-impact exercise that can put a lot of stress on your joints and muscles. CrossFit can help build up your overall strength and stability, reducing the risk of injury and improving your running form. Incorporating weightlifting movements like squats, deadlifts, and lunges into your workout routine allows you to build up the muscles in your legs, core, and upper body, giving you the strength you need to power through your runs. 2....
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CALORIE IN, CALORIE OUT A widely debated question in nutrition is: Are all calories made the same? Is a calorie just a calorie?  Intuitively, you would think there is no way a calorie of steak or broccoli could be the same as a calorie of Skittles. There has to be a stark difference between a calorie of a nutrient-dense whole food and a calorie of a highly processed “food” product.  But when it comes to weight loss and weight gain, some people argue that it is all about “calorie in, calorie out.”  The truth? It’s a combination of factors. When talking about nutrition, there is always a bit of nuance.  LET’S TRY TO BREAK IT DOWN.  IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE?  Calories are a unit of energy that influences weight gain or loss, but hormones also play a significant role in hunger and eating behavior. A calorie of broccoli equals...
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MORE FOOD MIGHT BE THE ANSWER  If you have ever tried to lose weight in the past, you probably did so by trying to eat less.  You may have cut out some of your favorite foods or avoided entire food groups for some time. Maybe you’ve tried a paleo challenge or Whole30? Perhaps you’ve tried intermittent fasting to shorten your feeding window and eat less. Maybe you tried keto and said goodbye to carbs.  REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU’VE TRIED, DIETING IS ALMOST ALWAYS FOCUSED ON RESTRICTION. BUT DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THAT WAY FOR IT TO WORK?LET’S DIVE IN.  PROTEIN: THE EASY BUTTON FOR WEIGHT LOSS In terms of dieting, the typical approach is to eat less, but there’s one big exception: when you eat more protein, you tend to lose more weight.  IN FACT, ONE STUDY SHOWED THAT DOUBLING YOUR DAILY PROTEIN INTAKE RESULTED IN AN ADDITIONAL 11...
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“NEVER MISTAKE ACTIVITY FOR ACHIEVEMENT.” – JOHN WOODEN. There is a quote to think about this week.  In today’s hustle culture, so many of us get caught up in how much we are doing without thinking about how much progress we are making toward our goals.  Are you achieving, or are you just spinning your wheels with more and more activity?  When it comes to training and nutrition, the same question applies. Are you just packing your week with workouts and “bio hacks,” or are you being intentional with what will get you toward your goals?  STOP FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THING  Success is not measured by the quantity of work you do but by the quality of what you achieve. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that more is always better, but the truth is that actual progress is made by focusing on what really matters. ...
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