7 Essentials to Help Your Body Recover Faster

7 Essentials to Help Your Body Recover Faster

Most athletes spend just as much time recovering from their workouts as they do actually working out. Many of them have weekly visits with a a tissues masseuse who specializes in active release technique (ART) or a chiropractor. It helps their bodies handle the physical stress they are under.

You and I may not have an ART practitioner on retainer, but there are numerous things we can do after working out to improve our recovery.

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Will Personal Training Make You Bulky?

Will Personal Training Make You Bulky?

“I’m not sure I want to work with you. You’re really muscular, and I don’t want to get bulky.” I hear this sometimes from women who are thinking about training with me. I always tell them that it’s totally fine with me. You actually can’t build my kind of muscle by accident. It’s actually harder to build muscle than it is to lose weight!

When you train with me, you’re achieving your goals, not mine.

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4 Foam Roller Alternatives for Post-Workout Recovery

4 Foam Roller Alternatives for Post-Workout Recovery

Foam rolling removes knots and tension, much as a massage would. The pressure from your body weight against the roller forces the knot out, leaving you with muscles that are less sore, more mobile, and less prone to injury. Over the years, a number of new product have come out that work off the same principle as the foam roller, but feature different designs. These products tend to be more packable and can help you target different body parts with greater effectiveness. You may want to have a few different rollers available, so you can mix things up depending on how sore you are and which areas need targeting.

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Healthy Chile Verde with Chicken Recipe

Healthy Chile Verde with Chicken Recipe

I found a wonderful recipe for pork chile verde on Tastes Better from Scratch earlier this year. I rarely cook pork, mainly because its so fatty, so I modified the recipe to feature chicken instead (and also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil). The result was nothing short of fantastic. This recipe has become one of my family's favorite dinners, and it's now part of our regular rotation of recipes.

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Ginger and Orange Stimulating Milky Epsom Bath Salts

Ginger and Orange Stimulating Milky Epsom Bath Salts

I love soaking in an Epsom salt bath after a hard workout. Most of the time, I keep it simple with a couple handfuls of Epsom salts and 1 to 2 drops of essential oil. For those days when I really want to pamper myself, I blend up this bath salt mix from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. The recipe helps with muscle aches and has the added benefit of leaving my skin super soft.

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How to Lose More Weight with Fitness Supplements

How to Lose More Weight with Fitness Supplements

There are so many fitness supplements on the market, and it can be confusing to know which ones to take—and when! My research and 20 years as a personal trainer proves that supplements do make a different, especially when you’re losing weight as part of a cohesive fitness program.

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