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Before COVID-19: By Stevo – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Before COVID-19: By Stevo – State of Fitness Before COVID-19: Want to work out?  Go to the gym. Want a coffee?  Go grab Starbucks. Want to study?  Go to the library. Want to get a bite to eat?  Go to a restaurant. Want to watch a movie?  Hit up the movie theater. Now: Want to work out?  Home gym. Want a coffee?  Brew it. Want to study?  Kitchen or dining room table/office space. Hungry?  Cook. Movie?  Quarantine and chill; on…

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Stop training through pain; train around it – Fitness Article

Stop training through pain; train around it By Dan Fouts  “ In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin I’d like to offer up a third certainty; you will sustain an injury at some point in your life. It might not be as serious as a torn ACL or ruptured rotator cuff, but a time will come in your future when you will wake up with sore knees and cranky elbows.…

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Healthy Home Habits – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Healthy Home Habits – State of Fitness Right now, during the quarantine, it is easy to give in to poor lifestyle choices. Cravings, Netflix binging, and not much physical activity are always a temptation. This is a situation where we can corner ourselves into thinking that we will get to it eventually or that we can always start tomorrow. I figure we could put our own spin on this and take this opportunity to take a hard look at what…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Allison Thompson – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Allison Thompson – State of Fitness Name Allison Thompson Hometown Gaylord, MI Age 36 Occupation Technology Director What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I love to read! My husband and I really like to try different craft beers and wines, so we can often be found at Horrock’s or a brewery. We also really enjoy traveling and watching movies/Netflix series. What is one of your favorite books/series? I love historical fiction. The Kingsbridge…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Greg Kohler – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Greg Kohler – State of Fitness Name Greg Kohler   Hometown Okemos, MI Age 27 Occupation Digital Advertising at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK   What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? Hanging out with my fiancée, Chloe and our dog, Willow. Coaching Water Polo. Being outside.   What was your favorite concert ever attended?             Martin Garrixx in Las Vegas last year was sweet. The Swift Brothers is always a great show also.…

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How to Improve Gut Health – Fitness Article

How to Improve Gut Health Having issues with your digestive system or notice that you are getting sick more often, maybe it is a good time to take a closer look at your gut health. Our gut plays a pretty big role in helping us to digest food, absorb nutrients, metabolize drugs and help aid in regulating our immune response. Our guts are also highly sensitive to not only the things we ingest but whether we are exercising or…

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Dear Fitness Industry, Can We Please Stop Doing This? – Fitness Article

Dear Fitness Industry, Can We Please Stop Doing This? Dear Fitness Industry, It’s 2019: We can do better than talking about “turkey burns” and “earning your Thanksgiving dinner.” Those of us in the fitness industry, whether you’re an instructor, the one doing the marketing or the one running the show as an owner, we have the power to change this rhetoric. To be the forces of change. Instead of preying on our students and filling them with guilt, what if we…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cindy Zolkowski        – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cindy Zolkowski        – State of Fitness Name Cindy Zolkowski Hometown Allen Park Age 62 Occupation Director, Administrative Services & Finance, Michigan Public Transit Association What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? Golf, travel, concerts/theater, reading What is one of your favorite books/series? 2 of my favorites are The Poisonwood Bible and Angela’s Ashes. Currently, I have been reading fiction-based-on-fact novels about women in WWI and WWII. What was your favorite concert ever attended? This…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness Hometown I grew up in Louisville, Ohio. Lived in Athens, Ohio, Dayton, Cleveland, and Canton. Moved to Okemos twenty-seven years ago and will more than likely remain here. Age 65 Occupation Retired nurse What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I love bike riding, hiking, quilting, shopping, and day drinking. What is one of your favorite books/series? I read all genres. What was your favorite concert ever attended? I…

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Workout with Amy for FREE for 21 days with Les Mills On Demand – Fitness Article

Workout with Amy for FREE for 21 days with Les Mills On Demand This year I’ve felt a bit sad that I’ve not been able to show you my workouts because I’ve mostly been doing classes at the gym, rather than my own workouts. I didn’t want to be the creepy girl filming in class, haha! I do classes because a) I can show up and someone else tells me what to do (far less effort than planning my own…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rick Audas – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rick Audas – State of Fitness Hometown Grew up in Saginaw, but been East Lansing since 1976. Age 61 Occupation Semi-retired (normal day: gym, office, lunch, golf). I have been working in financial planning and involved in real estate for over 38 years. What are your interests, hobbies, talents outside of SOF? Golf. I usually play at the Country Club of Lansing or Forest Dunes. Keeping up with an 11-year old son and a 2-year old grandson.…

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The 10 best Australian fitness accounts to follow on Instagram – Fitness Article

The 10 best Australian fitness accounts to follow on Instagram We are constantly being influenced and shaped by the culture around us, by what we hear, see AND scroll through. Have you ever thought about how what you look at  shaping you? If like me, you’re a frequent user of social media it’s likely that this is having a big impact on what and how you think about yourself and others, and like anything, this impact can be positive or…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Liz Flechsig – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Liz Flechsig – State of Fitness Hometown. Born in Grand Rapids. Live in Brighton Age. 62 Occupation. Retired!!!! What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? Fishing, reading, hiking, horses, walking my pup Addie. What is one of your favorite books/series? Janet Evanovich book series-they make me laugh! What was your favorite concert ever attended? The Piano Guys at Red Rocks in Colorado-it was magical!! Who’s in your main posse outside of SOF? Friends from…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Hart – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Name Eric Hart aka Rusty Shackleford Hometown East Lansing Age 28 Occupation IT Manager What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I’m an exceptionally mediocre disc golfer What is one of your favorite books/series? His Dark Materials (excited for the HBO series!!) What was your favorite concert ever attended? Breaking Benjamin (acoustic) Who’s in your main posse outside of SOF? Engineers and political nerds What days/times are you normally at SOF? M-R Tell us about your…

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Why Fiber is so Important For Digestion – Fitness Article

What is fiber and are you getting enough fiber in your diet? Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that our body does not digest. Fiber can be divided into two general groups, soluble and insoluble. The main difference between these two is that soluble fiber can absorb water while insoluble fiber does not absorb water or dissolve in water. This means that when consuming foods rich in soluble fiber, it helps to keep our stools softer and pass more easily…

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