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These Adorable Sleepy Chickens Will Make You Smile

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/16/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  5,188 views

Hello, SparkPeople Members!

I hope you had a great week! After a more serious topic last week about Seasonal Affective Disorder, I'm back this week with a lighter and fun topic: my chickens!

Have you ever seen a sleepy chicken? If not, read on and I'll show you some cute, sleepy chickens getting ready for bed. 

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10 Trainer Tips That Will Transform Your Body

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/12/2014  5:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  24,453 views

In 2011, I was both shocked and honored to be named America's Top Personal Trainer to Watch in the first-ever contest of its kind, which was run by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise, and I have continued to be involved as a judge and consultant for the contest in recent years. It has expanded outside of America to search for and name the best trainers across the globe. A few weeks ago, Life Fitness crowned 2014's top personal trainers to watch and a new winner in yet another amazing competition.
I recent caught up with the top 10 finalists (and the winner himself)—the crème de la crème of fitness pros—to share their best exercise tips with you! From time-saving exercise techniques to the best workout you can do when you're short on time, these must-read ideas are like consulting with the most inspiring and credible fitness trainers around the world without leaving home.

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The 12-Minute Better Posture Workout

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
11/10/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  6 comments   :  24,629 views

Your mom was right--standing up straight really is good for you! Better posture can also help you look taller and slimmer instantly (no Spanx required). With all the sitting and slouching we do while typing, texting and driving, maintaining good posture can require a little extra work. Join me for this equipment-free, full-length workout video designed to develop strength, flexibility and proper alignment in the postural muscles of the neck, shoulders, back and core. A mat is recommended for the floor work (though a carpeted surface should work fine). 

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'Tis the Season: How to Cope with SAD

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/9/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  10,203 views

Autumn is here! Unfortunately, with the darker days and colder temperatures, autumn also ushers in an unpleasant side effect for a large number of people: Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD.

I have a mild form of SAD and know that it impacts me in a few ways, so I'm on a mission to help others since many people don't even realize they have this issue--and even those who do might not know there are simple treatment options. Let's see how many people we can help together! 

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Get a Team of Personal Health Professionals

By: , – Presented by Humana
11/6/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  9,437 views

When you’re not feeling like yourself, it’s good to have a team of friends and family to help. But where do you turn when you need support and expertise? Many people don't know that some health insurance plans offer up personal health professionals to help you navigate the healthcare space and design a plan to become your healthiest, happiest self. These experts are available to work one-on-one with you to establish a baseline and set realistic goals. They can provide personalized guidance, education and resources. Additionally, they will follow up with you based on your personal needs and preferences--all included in your health insurance package.

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The Best Abs Exercises (that Won't Hurt Your Back)

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
11/3/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  59,618 views

If traditional abs moves like crunches and twists bother your back, don't suffer! There are plenty of ways to work your abs without straining your back that are just as (and sometimes more!) effective. Join me (and my puppy Peanut) for this full-length workout routine that is designed for those who experience back pain during floor abdominal exercises.
All you’ll need for this workout is a sturdy chair and a single light dumbbell (or similar weighted object). 

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