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Habits. Routines. Traditions. We all have them. When it comes to health, fitness and nutrition, they can be good, bad and downright weird. Whether you listen to the same soundtrack during your workout or have a specific, nightly cup of tea to ensure slumber, these patterns trigger reassurance, … [Read more…]

Life’s busy. And sometimes (even though we hate to admit it), that can get in the way of a good workout. However, if you can put the excuse demons at bay and have a good 20 minutes, you can get a decent sweat fest in, especially if you do high-intensity interval training. High-intensity interval … [Read more…]

Recently, there’s been quite a bit of talk about sugar: hidden sugars, good sugars and bad sugars in our diet. There’s another white, grainy culprit, however, that has been cast to the wayside. It has been quietly sitting on the sideline while sugar takes the brunt of the negativity freely thrown … [Read more…]

These days, it seems like there is an eating program, food planning, calorie checking and special diets galore. My current personal vegan challenge, has gotten me thinking a lot about just how many different eating styles are out there. Whether it’s allergies to certain foods, trying a new way of … [Read more…]

  This last week has marked what I can now call an annual tradition for myself. I have embarked on a one-month vegan challenge. It’s not for weight loss, it’s not because I’ve joined PETA (though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that) and it’s probably not going to stick past the … [Read more…]

Today is the day!! As a Colorado native, I might be a little biased. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GO BRONCOS!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ok, I might be a lot biased. On this day, football lovers and non-football lovers unite – some to watch the game and observe every strategy, hoping the money they bet on the game turns … [Read more…]

It’s a celebratory time of year. There are parties to attend and family get-togethers, all of which toast to, and celebrate, the past year and the year to come. The holidays are in full swing, complete with specialty beers, champagne bubbles and cocktails that will warm you from your head to your … [Read more…]

With the holidays fast-approaching, stress levels can rise as bank account numbers magically decrease. As you spend time, thought, and dollars on celebratory events and gifts (for others, of course), your health and fitness doesn’t have to get cast to the wayside because of finances. Being a health … [Read more…]

Are you a runner? A biking enthusiast? A die-hard elliptical fiend? A prevalent stair-climber? Whatever may peak your interest when it comes to a good workout is most definitely something you should keep at. If you enjoy it, stick with it. An important aspect of working out and/or training for … [Read more…]

For those of you who follow us writers here at The Sisterhood, my name is Melissa. I’ve been with the SJ crew now for almost nine months and have yet to tell my story. Most writers use their first post to introduce themselves and talk about where they’ve come from, why they’re doing what they’re … [Read more…]

Are you ready? Excited? Nervous? Dreading it? Ready or not, here it comes. That’s right. The Couch-to-5k program starts TOMORROW! It’s time to dig within yourself and awaken your inner walking or running beast. Take it one day at a time, putting one foot in front of the other. I know, it’s … [Read more…]

Strenuous workouts can illicit feelings of euphoria, immortality, and world domination. While these feelings may be short-lived, another less-desired result of grueling exercise can hit you the next day and linger longer than welcome. This often unavoidable outcome is that of muscle soreness. … [Read more…]

Let’s have a little talk about my favorite food on the entire planet. I could eat this morning, noon, and night and never ever get tired of it…at least I don’t think I could. Native to Mexico, it boasts over 80 different types with the largest American grove residing in California. This particular … [Read more…]

There’s nothing quite like standing at the top of a mountain. The air is thinner, your legs are screaming, and it’s a long way back down to the bottom. The ‘negatives,’ however, are undeniably trumped by the indescribable panorama around you, and the feeling of triumph and success at conquering this … [Read more…]

We’ve all gone through hard times. Some may have been the equivalent of the dog chewing up your favorite running shoes, which initially seems detrimental but ultimately isn’t so so bad. Others may be the equivalent of a personal loss that stays with you for a very long time. And still others may … [Read more…]