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Holiday Survival Guide

by BodyWar on December 12, 2019 , no comment.

The Holidays are almost everyone’s favorite time of the year, it is definitely mine! It’s a time of holiday cheer with family, friends and shopping. Unfortunately, our waistlines (and wallets haha) may not feel the same. With all this partying and quality time with loved ones there also comes anxiety, stress and fear of excessive weight gain. We all want to be able to enjoy our Holiday’s without having to worry about meal prepping, counting calories missing a workout, and

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The Thermic Effect of Food

by BodyWar on December 12, 2019 , no comment.

No, this isn’t some sort of pseudoscience, but rather a real effect from consuming food. Literally, your body burns energy (ie, calories) in order to process food/calories. The “thermic effect of food” describes the energy expended by our bodies when we consume and process food. Imagine that! You can actually burn calories by eating. Now wait(!)… Hold on(!)… Before you try replacing the treadmill with ice-cream, you must understand that eating cannot or should not replace exercise, and also that

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The Importance of Stretching

by BodyWar on December 12, 2019 , no comment.

How many of you forget to stretch after a workout? Guilty! Let’s start by making it part of our daily workout routine… Ok?? Here’s why stretching is important: Helps improve flexibility (increases your range of motion) Assists in correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position (because of so much time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscles which pulls the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with

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Cardio First

by BodyWar on December 12, 2019 , no comment.

Though not popular with all: like many people, I enjoy cardio. I like what cardio does for me both physically and mentally. Notwithstanding its many positive health benefits, I simply feel more energetic and alert on days I do cardio. So for the longest time my workouts have consisted of both weight training and cardio… But here’s the thing: I do my cardio first. I know… I know… I hear it all the time from guys in the gym: “Why

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Time to Increase Vitamin D

by BodyWar on December 12, 2019 , no comment.

Now that the clocks have turned back, it’s that time of year again: Cold & Flu Season. As the days become progressively shorter with less sunlight, now is a good time to increase your intake of Vitamin D to help boost your immune system. Vitamin D is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D1, D2,

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