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A Healthier 2018 You: Building Muscle and Tone

By Carlee Frank Buff, toned, ripped, shredded… the list could go on for the many names of people with pronounced muscles and little body fat. The appeal of muscular bodies traces back to ancient Greece. Greek sculptures feature six-pack abs and bulging leg muscles, and Greek body armor featured bronze abs and pronounced chest muscles. Greek history scholars Hans Van ... Read More »

Soreness and Fatigue


By Carlee Frank The weather is warming up and the sun is beginning to shine; this means throngs of wintertime hibernators are dusting off their workout clothes to hit the gym, the roads and even indoor pools for some laps. This is exciting news, but there’s one caveat –all of the muscles that laid dormant during the winter are about ... Read More »

A New 2018 You: Weight Loss Plateau

By Carlee Frank We’ve all been there — sweating through every workout, dieting like a champ and watching the pounds drop on the scale, but then it hits: the weight loss plateau. After this point, it seems impossible to lose weight. Your regular workouts and diet plan just aren’t cutting it, right? Well, this week, we’re busting the weight loss ... Read More »

A Healthier 2018 You: Discover Your Body Type


By Carlee Frank The words ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph probably sound completely foreign, and maybe even alien; but they’re actually popular terms in the fitness world. These terms stand for three somatotypes (also known as body types) introduced by American psychologist William Sheldon in the 1940s. Originally, Sheldon stated that individuals of a certain body type all exhibit the same ... Read More »

A Healthier 2018 You: Wellness


By Carlee Frank It’s week nine of A Healthier You and we’re about to change things up. Unlike usual, I won’t ask you to drop and give me 50, or even eat your fruits and vegetables – instead, I’m asking you to kick back and relax as we discuss wellness. Some may roll their eyes and mutter something about hippies, ... Read More »

Meal Prepping For a Healthier You


By Carlee Frank Welcome to week eight of a Healthier You! I have a question: when did you eat last, and what did you eat? If you are similar to four in 10 Americans, you skipped breakfast and snacked for lunch (ABC News, IDEA). Furthermore, a 2014 Nielson poll found that snacking purchases — such as Greek yogurt, nutritional bars ... Read More »

A Healthier 2018 You: Hydration Station


By Carlee Frank Welcome to the seventh week of a healthier you! This week, we’re diving into a sea of crystal blue water, standing under a tropical waterfall and listening to a babbling brook –yes, you guessed it, we’re discussing water. Hydration is the one of the most important functions in the human body. We can survive three weeks of ... Read More »

A HEALTHIER 2018 YOU: Diet Fads


By Carlee Frank It’s week five of a Healthier 2018 You, and I hope your mind and body are feeling the improvements! Did you implement stretching into your daily routine last week? You might have reached into your first stretch only to realize you could barely touch your calves—but don’t be disheartened. Each time you stretch you will feel your ... Read More »

A Healthier 2018 You: The Art of Stretching


By Carlee Frank Hello there! Have you stayed on track with your health and fitness goals this week? So far, we’ve discussed the first steps to a healthy diet, figured out how to fit exercise into our busy weeks and talked about the realities of the current food industry. While these challenges might seem overwhelming now, remain dedicated and you ... Read More »

A HEALTHIER 2018 YOU: Nutrient Check


By Carlee Frank Welcome back to the third week of a healthier you! Now that you’ve added exercise to your new and improved diet, how do you feel? Maybe you’re tired and a bit stressed out, or you are energized and hopeful—either way, keep pushing forward. Most of us want to see results the next day, but lifestyle changes take ... Read More »

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