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    Ten Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the Fitness Lover

    Need help with last-minute gifts for that special someone?  Give the gift of health and fitness with these last minute gift ideas.  With the pandemic surging during 2020, at-home fitness is more than a trend; it’s a necessity.  Gyms are closed (at least here in Belgium).  The days are short, cold, and rainy, making outdoor exercise unpleasant.  We all need a home workout plan to stay fit and burn off all the nervous energy built up from this strange, strange year.  Here’s a list of some excellent last-minute gifts that are cost effective and extremely useful in setting up a home fitness space.  I’ve broken this article down into 2…

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    Meditation for People Who Like to Move

    I love the idea of practicing meditation and mindfulness.  I appreciate the physical and mental benefits of focusing the mind and breath to calm all of those hamster-wheel thoughts that wake me nightly at 3 am.  Meditation shares many of the same health benefits as exercise.  According to the National Institutes of Health, meditation increases calmness, helps you relax, provides psychological balance, and improves overall health and wellness.  Meditation can help you cope with pain and even strengthen parts of the brain. That said, I never meditate.  I barely find enough time for exercise, and adding another 10-20 minutes for mediation seems a bridge too far.  The few times I’ve…

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    Five Ways Exercise Makes Me a Better Human

    Everyone knows that exercise is good for you.  It builds bone density, helps maintain muscle mass, burns fat, and facilitates the release of endorphins, the good-mood brain chemical.  We do it because we know it’s good for our bodies, like eating fruits and vegetables.    Yet, it’s easy for exercise to become another “must do” transaction in our daily lives — something we squeeze into our already-packed schedules.  Speaking for myself, trying to get in a daily dose of fitness can stress me out.  If I prioritize other tasks or simply slack off because I’m tired, then I feel guilty for missing a workout. And sometimes I just dread it.  I…

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    Part 2! Taking a Holistic View of Fitness and Wellness: Q&A with Ally Templeton, Personal Trainer

    Last week, I posted Part 1 of my interview with Ally Templeton, personal trainer, yoga instructor, overall wellness coach, and purveyor of Alexandra Templeton Fit website and YouTube Channel.  Here is the second part of our conversation, where we touch on trending wellness topics like intermittent fasting, COVID-19, exercise while traveling, and potential differences between the EU and US approach to fitness.  I’ve included some video recommendations, so read until the end. Hope you enjoy it! What trends are you seeing in health, wellness, and fitness? I’ve been really interested in intermittent fasting.  I see it as a valuable tool.  While it sounds like a new thing, it’s been around…

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    Taking a Holistic View of Fitness and Wellness: Q&A with Ally Templeton, Personal Trainer (Part 1)

    Alexandra (Ally) Templeton, a self-described “Wellness Ambassador,” has been coaching her clients on wellness, fitness, and healthy cooking for the past 5 years.  I learned about Ally through a Brussels ex pat Facebook group.  After checking out her website and YouTube Channel, I was smitten.  Ally’s philosophy on health, wellness, and fitness is soothing and holistic.  Her website’s landing page sums it up well:  “I believe in an uncomplicated approach to health and fitness where ever you are in the world.”  The Washington, DC, native became a fitness instructor after falling in love with fitness at the University of Georgia, where she studied Romance Languages (majoring in Spanish and Portuguese)…

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    A Simple Fitness Workout Space

    In my first post, I touched briefly on the how minimally and easily you can set up a fitness space in your home.   I tend to move every three to four years, so I’ve had A LOT of practice finding ways to exercise at home in a wide variety of spaces.  It sometimes takes some creativity, but it can be done.  In my first post, I included a picture of my current workout space.  In this post, I’ll go into more detail how to set up a home workout space.  Mat If you’re an absolute minimalist in working out or are on the road without access to a gym, there’s…

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    The No-Fret Guide to Sweat: Getting Started with At-Home Exercise

    Finding the right online exercise program is an iterative process.  Below are some things to think about as you’re choosing your online exercise options or programs.  I’ve made a few recommendations that I personally have used and enjoyed.  We’ll explore many of these topics in greater detail in future posts.  Do you want free videos or are you willing to pay? If cost is a big issue, you can find many free options. The main difference is that they’re not curated for you day by day, so you have to figure some things out for yourself and be self directed in what type of exercise you want to do.  The…