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Julie's Garage Gym > 2018 > February

Working out with a partner is a great way to challenge yourself and have fun! In addition to providing support and accountability for each other, research indicatesthe exchange of endorphins (“feel good” hormones) between workout partners can strengthen relationships and promote team building.   This duet workout requires nothing more than a motivating fitness buddy […]
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The PLANK is one of the best exercises for core stability. If you’ve never tried one, a plank may look easy, almost too easy to be beneficial, but don’t be deceived.   The core stabilization system includes the transverse abdominis, internal obliques, pelvic floor musculature, diaphragm, transversospinalis, and multifidus. Yes, lots of 13-letter words, but basically all […]
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 Here are 3 simple active stretches to help warm up the back. Perform each movement for 30-60 seconds, or until you feel your back loosen up.   1) Cat-Cow: Set up on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees and feet hip width apart, neutral spine. Inhale to Cow, gently bracing your core as you soften […]
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  Did you know that resting muscle tissue actually burns more calories than fat? It’s true! In fact, a pound of muscle, at rest burns 3X the amount of calories compared to one pound of fat. Increasing your bodies lean muscle mass, even without losing “scale weight” will not only elevate your resting metabolic rate […]
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Resistance bands (or tubing) allow you to perform strength-training exercises without weights. They are lightweight, portable, inexpensive, and perfect for exercising virtually anywhere!     They come in a variety of resistances, and you can further adjust the intensity of your resistance-band workouts by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use […]
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The foam roller is a useful tool to actively warm up your joints, increase blood flow to your muscles and increase mobility. Active stretching helps prepare your muscles for a workout and improves performance.   Follow these 3 movements for active scapular and shoulder mobilization, to open up the pectorals (chest muscles), and to gently […]
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  Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month. This is great time to make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. So, for this week’s Foodie Friday, we wanted to share with you our favorite Heart-healthy food… Salmon!   This ocean-going fish is a top choice because it’s rich […]
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All we need is LOVE…but a little CANDY can’t hurt, or can it?   Did you know excessive sugar intake can cause a plethora of illnesses and even chronic disease? Sugar has many toxic effects; it increases risk of type 2 diabetes, causes depression, energy/mood swings, and wrinkles (YES…wrinkles!), it increases fat storage and hunger, […]
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