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What’s Really Going On With Stevia?

On paper, stevia seems like a pretty amazing thing. First of all, it’s many times sweeter than sugar. Plus, it contains no calories. Finally, the natural plant extract has a remarkably long history of use in South America. And, for these reasons, it’s understandable that stevia has enjoyed a rapid rise in ...Read More

Common Fitness Advice You Should Avoid

Every day, you are bombarded with an absurd amount of health and fitness advice. And, frustratingly, most of it contradicts itself. One “expert” might tell you that this specific food will fix everything that ails you, while another insists that it’s the worst possible thing you could put in your body. So, ...Read More

Summer Hydration and Exercise Performance: Everything You Need To Know

Summer is upon us. Which is just fantastic. But that same glorious heat that frees humanity from winter and sends us flooding outside in droves can also create some problems. Especially for the athletes out there. After all, it can be incredibly tempting to move all of your workouts outside to soak ...Read More

Is It Better To Exercise On An Empty Stomach?

The issue of whether or not one should hit the gym before or after breakfast has been hotly debated for some time. Recently – thanks to the rise of intermittent fasting – the theory has surfaced that exercising on an empty stomach could help you burn more fat for fuel. Does this ...Read More

Three of the Best Spring Veggies

  Spring is glorious for all sorts of reasons. First and foremost: winter is over. So “yay!” to that. But also, more specifically focused on fitness, the warmer season opens up a new realm of dietary possibilities. Whereas the colder months of winter tend to limit you to heavy soup, stews, and ...Read More

The Positive Side Of Stress

In general, stress is seen as a bad thing. And, really, when you look at the statistics, that makes a lot of sense. After all, stress-related ailments are the reported reason for 3 out of every 4 visits to the doctor, costing the U.S. nearly $300 billion every year in medical bills ...Read More

What Are The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise?

Water-based activities exist in lots of forms. Of course, there’s swimming. That one is obvious. But, people have also gotten a lot more creative than that when it comes to designing aquatic exercise routines. Everything from aerobics to yoga have been plucked from their usual classrooms and dunked in the pool. Even ...Read More

How Hunger Works

Hunger is a pretty basic part of the human experience. And, as such, people tend to take the entire mechanism for granted – going through life with only a cursory understanding of how it works. But…who cares? Why does it matter how hunger works? Because hunger, logically, drives how much you eat ...Read More

Creative Ways To Recover

Proper recovery is an absolutely vital part of any fitness routine. Although it may feel a little counterintuitive, the reality is that your muscles don’t grow or improve in any real way during your workouts. Those adaptations happen in response to the activity, while you’re recovering. So, if you exercise – sending ...Read More

The Importance of Low-Intensity Exercise

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducts a massive survey of fitness professions in hopes of identifying the major industry trends for the coming year. Prior to 2014, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) had just barely been mentioned, not even making the list. In 2014, however, HIIT shot up to ...Read More