8 Ways to Meal Prep Like a Boss

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Summer has finally arrived in Seattle, which means we are busier than ever, and staying on track and eating healthy can be difficult. I get it - you’ve got parks to visits, kayaks to float in and microbrews to drink in the sun. That's where a little planning and prepping one day a week can make a big difference in your life. If you are busy, want to lose weight, eat healthier or just like to get all your cooking done at once, this is the way to go.  It can seem daunting at first to plan that far ahead (I know it was for me) but hopefully these tips will help make it easier and get you going towards successful meal prepping. Start Simple This isn’t really the time to start eating crazy foods you aren’t used to, at least...
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Crank Your Metabolism Up

Crank Your Metabolism Up
We all have that one friend who eats pizza for breakfast and loses two pounds, while you chew on lettuce and kill yourself at the gym just to see not a pound lost at your next weigh-in. Unfortunately, we don't all come equipped with a fast metabolism, but do not get discouraged just yet. All it takes is a few changes to your routine and you will be on your way to becoming a lean mean calorie-torching machine. Green Tea or Oolong Tea Drink up! Studies have shown that people who drink multiple cups of green tea had a lower body fat percentage than people who did not. Consuming this much green tea can also burn up to 100 calories a day. So consider swapping out your java for a natural green tea boost, physically and metabolically. Organic foods As...
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Seattle's Fit Clubs

Seattle's Fit Clubs
Need a break from the gym and want to find a new SWOL squad to hang with for a while? Go check out Seattle’s trendiest fit clubs and find a new way to stay in shape. From staying zen to dabbling in the tech side of fitness, there's something for everyone.  No excuses people. Sync Fitness Need that tight knit support system to get that motivation when you go to the gym? Well then  you might need to be a member of this squad. Sync Fitness keeps you in check and held accountable and is a great way to be part of a group all working towards the same goals and get that feel. Sync combines boot camp classes and weight loss programs to help you achieve any of your goals. Not sold yet? Go in for a complimentary consultation...
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Finding the Perfect Workout

Finding the Perfect Workout
Finding the Perfect Workout - Cardio
There are several fitness trends and fads out right now. We’ve come a long way from the Billy Blanks' Tae Bo VHS’s we used to watch in our living rooms. Fitness has evolved into many different classes, meanings, and most importantly workouts. Finding the perfect workout class can be hard and expensive. For example CrossFit may sound fitting, so you pay $200 to sign up only to find out that heavy lifting wasn’t what you were looking for. So you go back to the drawing board and decide to sign up for a monthly Barre class your co-worker introduced you to. After about two weeks you realize that their scheduled classes don’t align with your work and life schedule so you inevitably cancel. This process can be costly and time consuming. Why not bundle this experience and expense with your...
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Nice and Tight, Goodbye Cellulite

Nice and Tight, Goodbye Cellulite
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Oh cellulite, the bumpy, rippled dimples that haunt most of us mere mortals. Whether you are in shape or not there’s no denying cellulite is a culprit that doesn’t discriminate. Eating right and exercising isn’t always enough to kill our lumpy demons but targeting certain areas and combining high intensity interval training and strength training is one of the most effective ways to tone muscle tissue. Firming these muscles underneath the cellulite is what will make the skin appear softer, firmer and smoother. We often think cardio and weightlifting is how we will achieve our cellulite banishing goals, but we’re here to tell you to forget what you heard and switch it up. Including these in your daily workouts will help you specifically target cellulite ridden areas. We dug up and found the top workout moves that are proven to...
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Mind Over Mattress

Mind Over Mattress
We’ve all talked about it; want to do it, but somehow sleeping always gets the best of us. Of course going back to bed and hitting the snooze button is always the easiest thing to do but what if we got in a routine, woke up early and started doing more with our day. Getting a head start has not only been proven to make you more efficient, more successful and happier, but it also sets you up for a better life and improves your daily habits. Not to mention that you won't have to make the ever so difficult choice of choosing between the gym and happy hour. So wake up early and start preparing for greatness while the rest of the world is still dreaming. Get Prepped Start your day with some meditation and a good stretch. This is something that most people do...
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Working Out Anxiety and Depression

Working Out Anxiety and Depression
We all know the great benefits of working out. It keeps us healthy, physically fit and strong. Not only does it help with our outer appearance, physical health and our mental state. But what if I told you it could also be one of the main tools in helping to cure your anxiety or maybe even your depression? It has also been found to improve ADHD, your sleep patterns and elevate your overall mood, memory and brain function. It reduces inflammation and aids in the growth of neurons, and releases powerful chemicals in your brain, aka endorphins that keep you in a moderately elevated and calming state. In addition, it gives you the satisfaction of taking matters of bettering yourself in your own hands. Someone dealing with depression or anxiety can often feel unmotivated or tired, which in turn it...
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7 Best Fitness Apps To Get You In Shape

7 Best Fitness Apps To Get You In Shape
Let's face it. We need to come to grips with the fact that our phones have become a pretty big part of our lives. They have turned into helpful little sidekicks that we take everywhere with us. I think we can all confidently say they are a constant in our lives and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. This is where we say hello to fitness apps. Not only are there a ton, but it's hard to decide which ones to pick with all the different options that are now provided to us at our finger tips. The best part is that the apps are with you all day so you will have no problem being consistent and staying accountable. Here's a list of our favorite apps of 2016 that will help you in your fitness ventures. Charity Miles...
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5 Ways to Get Off The Couch

5 Ways to Get Off The Couch
I feel, as humans we are not all programmed to love working out. Of course we all want to chase after those amazing endorphins that you get after a sweat-filled workout. But what if it’s just been a long day and you would just rather snuggle up by the fireplace and drink some wine and pop in your favorite flick? Sometimes, as much as we don’t feel like it, working out is something that we need to do to live a happy, healthy and fit life style. So what do you do when you can’t seem to find the motivation or inspiration to work out? Here’s a couple of tricks to get that little kick in your step and that butt into the gym. 1. Caffeine High Straight up, please! I’m sure when I say coffee, many different things come...
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Feel the Quick Burn

Feel the Quick Burn
In our fast paced and fast food filled society we tend to sacrifice our time on things we need most including exercise. As your diet is essential in losing weight or keeping your body so is exercise. As we all know, not all exercises are created equal. Some require a long time before you can burn calories while there are some who can help you burn calories within a few minutes. Exercises that will get your heart rate up (aka cardio exercises) are the fastest ways to burn calories, but according to shapefit.com, cardio alone does not work. If you wish to triple your calorie loss in the shortest time, it is recommended that you opt for exercises that combine both cardio workout and strength training. With that in mind, here are some highly recommended exercises for you to try...
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