Category Health and Fitness

A Simple Process for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

New Year, New.. NO STOP! Ok, wait what? Stop? Whatever do you mean? Why can’t I say that catchy New Years phrase everyone says and posts about ad nauseam? New Year, New You isn’t a bad idea in and of itself. It’s everything that goes along with it, namely expectations, that make it an issue. There is a reason that so many people quit their New Years Resolutions by February and only 8% succeed (according to Forbes). It all comes down to overload and unrealistic expectations. Most people try to do a 180 with their life this time of year that it is nearly impossible to succeed at and clearly the numbers prove it. What is one to do? How do we overcome this huge obstacle and succeed with our health and fitness goals in the New Year? Well, I have a few things you should keep in mind for 2016 in

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Finding Time and Courage to Do What’s Best for Me

Let me tell you, my life is crazy. Good crazy, but crazy none-the-less. No matter what is going on in my life, the one and only thing I can always count on to make me feel amazing, and more importantly, stay sane, is working out. When I started working with The Barre Code recently to do PR for their grand opening of the North Hills location in Pittsburgh, I had never taken a barre class before and was so excited to give it a try. I did not expect to get hooked and begin incorporating The Barre Code into my overall wellness routine! Every time I leave class I feel fueled with motivation and positivity for the rest of my day ahead. Throughout class, I’m always reminded of the fact that I’m capable of more than what I give myself credit for and I’m so much stronger than I think I

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5 Fitness Myths & Buzzwords That Need to Stop Immediately

I have been a personal trainer for years now and it never ceases to amaze me that the same fitness myths and buzzwords from over a decade ago are still around! How is this even possible? We have so much information available at our finger tips with today’s technology. So how can we still be in the dark about these misconceptions? We have access to top doctors, trainers, physical therapists all at the touch of a button and yet here we are and here I am still fighting to dispel them! So lets dig in! RELATED: Find Your Strong: The Barre Code Shapes a Lifestyle of Empowerment One of the top myths I hear ALL the time involves women and muscles. I always hear, “I don’t want to get BIG, I just want to tone”. This is a double whammy statement for me and here is why… First of all, the majority

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5 Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays

The holidays are a time of extra work, projects, events, cooking, shopping and everyday life in between. All that being said, while the season does bring a great deal of joy, it’s also a time for a tremendous amount of stress! Traveling for the holidays, buying gifts, staying on a budget, and making spectacular feasts can be enough to send someone over the edge! Here are my fool proof tips for managing stress during the crazy holiday season. 1. Plan ahead I am a big proponent of planning, in case you haven’t noticed by now. Planning your schedule ahead of time will help you get through it with ease. See what is on your calendar for the week then plan accordingly. For example, if you know you’re going to be crunched for time, plan to make some easy crock pot meals to get you through the week. Or, buy that hostess gift online to save you time running

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Find Your Strong: The Barre Code Shapes a Lifestyle of Empowerment

The Barre Code Brings Fitness & Empowerment to the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA (December 12, 2015) – The Barre Code, a Chicago-based fitness franchise, is extending its mantra even further into the Steel City with a brand-new studio at 741 Providence Blvd in McCandless Crossing, a business and shopping complex on McKnight Road. Situated just 2 miles away from Ross Park Mall, The Barre Code brings the North Hills area a one-stop shop of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. With this program, women can expect to be challenged beyond the physical workout through a powerful formula of empowerment and positivity that builds strength from the inside out. Co-founders Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz first introduced The Barre Code, a women’s-focused exercise regimen, to the River North neighborhood of Chicago in 2010. The fitness duo have since maintained their commitment to a woman’s belief in her body and her pursuit of potential – a policy adopted

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The Impact My Dad’s Suicide Still Has on Me

7 years ago today, I came home from school to the most devastating news that my dad committed suicide (more on that moment here). Some days, I look back and have no idea how it’s been 7 years and how I’ve manage to make it so far since then. Other days, it feels like it was yesterday and I still cry myself to sleep (not baby tears, like bawling my eye out because it still hurts so bad). I didn’t have the best relationship with my dad. He wasn’t my best friend or the most incredible role model a daughter could hope for. But, he was still my dad and I loved him with my entire heart. He tried to teach me about things like money, how people think, and how the world works and I was too naive to listen. Now I’d give anything to replay those conversations and to

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy Around the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, let the holiday festivities begin! Holiday parties, charity events, extra school events for the kids, family and friends gathering to celebrate and of course shopping and socializing! It’s overwhelming and truly a wonder any of us survive. Once it is all over, we look down and realize our pants don’t button – how did that happen?! However, never fear, here are some fool proof tips to get you through the holidays happy, staying healthy and without gaining all that holiday cheer. 1.) Plan Your Life We know the holidays are coming and all of the extra events are already on our calendar so start strategizing now. Map out when you can make it to the gym or do home workouts. Block off that time just like any other appt that you would not cancel. If possible, get a friend or co worker to be an accountability buddy through the holidays to ensure you

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8 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Super Tiny Budget

Whether you’re just starting out in the world of health and wellness, or you’re trying to look for new avenues to a better eating plan, we’d all like to find it along the path that doesn’t break our wallets! After all, who doesn’t want money left over for an extra yoga class and essential oils? Eating healthy can be achieved on any budget by following some simple basics, and it doesn’t have to be specific, or even organic. Buying organic is fantastic, but not completely necessary, especially if you’re pinching pennies already. What is the most important aspect if you want to eat healthy? When I’m giving my friends advice on how to get started on eating healthfully and naturally, the biggest and best piece of advice is: Don’t eat anything out of a box. Ever. If you are dying for Mac n’ cheese, boil macaroni, drain, add butter (not margarine!) and muenster and cheddar cheese, a little milk,

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