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Maddie’s Fit Tip | Protein: The Body’s Building Blocks

Proteins are composed of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that, once broken down in the gut, are used for building and repairing tissue, immediate energy consumption, or energy storage. Protein is an important component of a well-balanced diet and can be adjusted according to your lifestyle to help you stay fit and healthy! How much protein should I…

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John’s Corner: Where to Start?

Welcome! In this monthly column, I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts and insights about fitness and what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle. My column is aimed at people in their fifties or older, because I fall in the same category. Some of you have known me for quite some time. Others, maybe not that long. But…

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Are You Cultivating Gratitude in Your Life?

by Maddie Drallmeier As Valentine’s Day approaches, we rush to get cards, flowers, and chocolates for our loved ones. Do you get that warm, happy feeling when your significant other or family member surprises you with a token of love? We call this feeling gratitude! But what really is this feeling we call ‘gratitude’ and how can it help…

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SMART Goals

by Maddie Drallmeier With January comes a new year and a time where many are setting New Year’s resolutions! However, many forgo their resolutions rather quickly! Why? Many people do not make SMART goals! SMART is an acronym that is helpful when setting goals: –       S  = Specific: Come up with a specific goal that you want to achieve this year! Define…

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Top Ten Tips to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter:

Stock Up on Mittens, Socks, and Scarfs! When we are cold, our thermoregulation system keeps our core temperature elevated, but forgoes our extremities. While this is good for our vital organs, the immune defense around our extremities (like the nose and throat) are dampened and are vulnerable to pathogenic bacteria and viruses that inhabit those areas. Therefore, keeping our…

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The Health Benefits of Turmeric:

by Maddie Drallmeier You may know of turmeric from its vibrant yellow hue or as the main spice that makes up curry. If you haven’t heard of turmeric, it is a spice native to South/Southeast Asia that has been used for thousands of years, both for culinary and medicinal purposes. However, within the last 20 years, research has exploded…

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John and Nelson’s Corner: Testing Yourself

  Challenges, Goals and Expectations…   Just over a year ago I started teaching a fitness class at Imagine Fitness and Yoga. The class is at 6am, so I had to keep it interesting!   After a few weeks of working out, I decided to test the class just for fun. Actually I had reasons for doing that. Establish…

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Running Your First 5K

  Dexter Ann Arbor is a little less than four weeks away – can you feel the excitement? No? Well, I can. It may be a little late to start training effectively for the half-marathon if you’re new to running, but fear not – there’s always the 5k.           Hmm. That cheer of enthusiasm sounded…

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