Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye

Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye
It’s the challenge every cubicle sitting, nine to five going, office living person faces. We have our jobs that burn little to zero calories, yet we’re supposed to lead healthy lives and burn more than we take in. How can we when we spend most of our days sitting in a chair? This phenomenon dubbed “secretary butt” is growing - no pun intended. Luckily you can avoid it with some ways to get kick that butt back into shape. Get Some Stability Sitting all day can promote a slouchy posture. Incorporating a stability ball in your work routine can not only help improve your posture, but it also increases balance and stability. To add to the benefits, you won’t be able to rely on leaning on the back of a chair, which means you will have to engage your core...
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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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Workout While Watching

Workout While Watching
Washington winters have made it hard to get our workouts in for the seasons ahead. Leaving your warm nest just sounds like the most unappealing thing at the moment. Cuddling up on the couch under layers of blankets while binge watching your favorite shows is much more desirable. Get over the guilt of skipping out on working it by compromising with these fit tricks to do while watching the tube. Optional workout accessories: Matt Dumbbells V-crunch: 1) Start on your back lying completely flat on the floor. 2) Extend your body up to a "V" position. 3) Lower body while keeping back flat and shoulders off the floor. Cross body mountain climber: 1) Get into a push-up position. 2) Bring your right knee to your left elbow. 3) Return to starting push-up position. 4) Bring your left knee to your...
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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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The "Pokey" Workout

The "Pokey" Workout
It's no secret Pokémon Go is the nation's latest craze. Users everywhere are hitting up the streets, breathing in some fresh air, visiting monumental sites and adding up those steps! No doubt the game has received some backlash with the email scandals, but have you heard of its potential fitness benefits? The Self-Determination Theory holds that we have natural and intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. So why don’t you want to hit the gym but are okay with collecting those steps with Pokémon Go? Well, according to psychologists Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, humans are motivated by three psychological needs: competence, autonomy and psychological relatedness. We seek to control the outcome of most situations so we can master our world. At times we feel like we’ve mastered the art of working out, but sometimes the repetition...
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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
Side Step Resistance Band
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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Where Did All of This Skin Come From?

Where Did All of This Skin Come From?
So you set a weight loss goal and, after months dedicated to shedding those extra pounds, you reached your target. Sweet, sweet success. But then, a crushing disappointment: looking in the mirror and seeing the fistfuls of loose skin hanging limply, left behind from a loss of elasticity. Losing a significant amount of weight – 50 to 100 pounds – is a tremendous personal achievement that can lead to improved health and a more rewarding and active lifestyle. But it's not always accompanied by an increased confidence in your body, which may look deflated. That can discourage people who looked forward to showing off the new contours they've worked so hard to earn. For these people, concern about excess skin after extreme weight loss goes beyond cosmetic worries. It makes a real difference in their futures. Researchers in Switzerland concluded...
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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 the Seasonal Sickness

Working Out the Seasonal Sickness
Has the seasonal plague hit you? If it has, don’t let it stop you from your productive workout routine. There’s still a way to get a moderately good workout in, even if you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re on a vigorous workout routine, the last thing you want is to let a little virus get in the way. Fear not, here’s a few ways to cheat your way into working out even when you’re not fully up to it and maybe even cure yourself in the process. Walking : If you’re feeling stuffy and congested, sometimes depending on how you’re feeling, a walk might be what you need. Though if you are having any sort of fever/body aches it’s probably best you wait it out until you feel better. If your symptoms are only neck up then that’s a...
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De-Bloat Before You Boat

De-Bloat Before You Boat
Can we please throw out the fact that Memorial Day totally crept up on us once again? The idea beach partying and showing off the bod seemed like it was months away instead of only two days. Now we sit unprepared for the weekend ahead, trying out to figure the quickest way to get in perfect shape. Well, you may not get exactly where you want to be, but luckily we have some last minute ways to get toned up. No plain old squats here, we are in crunch time. Let’s lift those booties, bulk those arms, and sculpt those legs for an unforgettable weekend, you procrastinators. Stomach and Legs Leg raises, leg raises, leg raises. Not just any leg raises - hanging leg raises. This is a fool-proof method to get that tummy tighter in a shorter amount of...
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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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New Ways To Do The Body Good

New Ways To Do The Body Good
With continued research in healthcare, we are constantly striving to find alternative ways to make us feel better and stay healthy. With the epidemic overused medications, people are seeking out natural ways to fight infection and prevent disease. Below are some unique and effective ways to try out that you may have never heard of. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an alternative health treatment for body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is controlled. We breathe air at sea level that contains 21% oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 1% of other gases. HBOT is used for a wide variety of treatments from Decompression Sickness (Bends) which most people are aware of this therapy for now from everything to increased energy and increased immune function to supporting the body in recovering...
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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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Workout With A Discount

Workout With A Discount
It’s Monday, 5 PM, and you just got off work. The last thing you want to do is workout doing the same thing over and over again. I get it. It’s boring. After taking all the classes, overplaying the same Spotify list, and meeting everyone there is to meet at the gym, it can get repetitive. Who needs more of that? Freeze your gym membership and hop on the Groupon train. Ten dollars for one month of unlimited yoga? Yes, please. There are so many choices it's hard to pick just one. If you’re in the mood to change up your gym routine, go to new places, and meet new people then these workouts are definitely for you. Cappy’s Boxing Gym 2609 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144 The deal: One month unlimited for $75 ($140 value) Warning: slipping a...
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When You Whip It Good

When You Whip It Good
Have you ever been in a car accident? According to the National Safety Council , statistically you will have a total of three to four accidents in your driving lifetime whether it's your fault or another driver's. There are about 10 million auto accidents each year, from parking lot scrapes to multi-car pileups. Even though you may walk away without injury (or at least it feels that way), some symptoms can take weeks or even months before they manifest and start to become noticeable. Regardless of the type of accident and amount of pain experienced initially, all impacts warrant a second look. Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly beyond its normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. The ligaments supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this because even though your body...
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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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Don't Panic!

Don't Panic!
Have you ever had one of those moments where your heart suddenly races and you couldn’t catch your breath? That even though you’re practically doing nothing, you start having cold sweats and feel like you’re choking, trembling and shaking? The more you think about it, the worse it gets to a point where you can even feel like you’re dying. Don’t worry, you definitely aren’t going crazy. But there’s a good chance that you might be experiencing a panic attack. After a panic attack experience, your first plan of action would be to determine how a panic attack works. Panic attacks are triggered by different psychological and biological factors. These are brief episodes of anxiety that last for 5-10 minutes and can happen without any warning at all. Luckily, panic attacks are not considered dangerous. However, it is highly advised...
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In Need of Some D

In Need of Some D
The season of gloomy and sunless days are upon us in Seattle. You may be feeling a little “blue” but passing it off as seasonal depression… or you could be feeling, tired or sick and spend your time counting down the minutes until sunny days are back. But before you go and blame it on the rain, your body may just be lacking some D.   Despite its name, vitamin D is not your every day vitamin. Actually, it is a hormone that your body makes by itself designed for you to obtain vitamin D mostly through sun exposure, not though your diet. It helps fight infections, including colds and the common flu and will help regulate the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. However, here lies one the the biggest ...
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