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Energy bars offer a delicious, convenient way of keeping your body fueled during hectic days and challenging workouts.  But some energy bars are loaded with sugar and are essentially candy bars in disguise. Learn what to look for in an energy bar, so you can choose one that offers the nutrition and energy boost you need. DO: Choose bars with these ingredients:Whole Grains: Whole grains are a

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Whether you compete in a serious ice hockey league, or leisurely lap an ice rink now and then, ice-skating engages your body like no other sport. Skating requires enormous strength, endurance and flexibility. Here are some suggestions to adapt your training routine to improve your skating form—and keep you safe, strong and fast on the ice this year.Warm up in all planes of motion: Warm up

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A recent University of Warwick and Dartmouth College study reports that people who eat 7 servings of fruits or vegetables a day report being “happier” than those who don’t. After studying the eating habits of 80,000 people, researchers found happiness and mental well-being seemed to rise with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people consumed. The happiest participants

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We all know that smoking, fast food and distracted driving are bad habits to avoid—but here are a few more that may surprise you. These seemingly habits may not warrant their own PSA, but are discouraged nonetheless. SLEEPING IN YOUR CONTACT LENSES If you don’t have extended-wear contacts specifically designed for sleep, remove and clean your contacts every night as advised. Your corneas

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) knows a thing or two about fitness trends—the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are three of their favorites from days of yore that fall squarely in the ‘ugly’ category: 1. Dehydration Therapy—A common, pre-20th century belief was that you should withhold water or you'd get too heavy or sick. 2. Recreational drug use during competition—In 1869

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Physical trainers are on the front lines of fitness, and are often asked for advice on diet and nutrition as much as they are about exercise. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Council on Exercise, 75% of trainers say their clients have more trouble maintaining a balanced diet than they do keeping up a workout routine. To prepare trainers for this requirement, professional

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There’s no denying the growing demand for suspension training systems, which leverage gravity and user body weight for virtually limitless exercise options. And there’s no denying the benefit of offering suspension training at your fitness facility—given that suspension training exercises require little space and accessories are easy-to-store. Thinking of offering suspension training to

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On 2/7, Gym Source marketing director Tom Richard appeared on Miami’s ABC affiliate, WPLG Local News 10, to demonstrate the LifeSpan Fitness Treadmill Desk as part of the station’s ‘Making a Difference’ campaign. Local 10 teamed up with LifeSpan to auction off an incredible package to raise funds for the construction of Gratigny Plateau Park in Northwest Miami-Dade County. The Treadmill

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In honor of American Heart Month this February, the American College of Cardiology conducted survey of more than 650 cardiologists—with hopes of understanding how the nation’s cardiologists took their own advice to heart. Eight out of 10 cardiologists reported exercising at least 3-4 times a week, and more than 40% reported exercising 5-7 days a week. Their motivation? Knowing full-well the

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A new study by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, confirmed that people tend to stick to a ‘natural’ pace that minimizes physical exertion while running or walking, and won’t change that pace unless otherwise motivated. The only motivational cue they found that dramatically affected a runners pace was auditory—runners who heard a strong rhythmic beat would increase their pace

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