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How to plan your home gym

Andrew wanted a room that he would actually feel motivated by. His design team, led by real estate and renovation expert Scott McGillivray had all the answers. Then they powered it with fitness equipment and accessories from Spartan Fitness!

Even utilitarian rooms need a little personality. Along with the murals, Scott's team added a storage unit with space for accessories – both functional and decorative. “You’re always going to need somewhere to put water bottles, towels, maybe a plant or photo frame. So give yourself an area where you can add those personal touches.” It’s also wise to include hooks for hanging mats and other accessories, and baskets for yoga mats and the like. “A gym is by nature a busy looking room because of all the equipment, so make sure you have somewhere to store all your accessories.”


See the photos and get a list of equipment here.

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Recovery and Rest

Why it's just as important as your workout!

We all love that feeling after we finish a tough workout; well at least most of us do. That “runner’s high” or “the pump” that you feel is something incredible that pushes us to want to do it all over again, no matter how sore, tired, or busy we are. Equally as important as the workout itself, our bodies require the proper recovery and rest to help repair and build lean muscle. Without it, all that hard work may as well be for nothing. Following necessary recovery strategies will help your body be ready to give everything you have to your next workout, allowing you to see results much quicker.

Here are 8 ways to maximize your post-workout recovery (Click to Read)

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Struggling to find the motivation to get your exercise in? 

Here are 11 of the most common workout excuses in the book, along with the solutions for overcoming them.

1. I just don't have the time.
We're all guilty saying this at some point or another, and understandably so. Between working long hours, taking care of your family, and maintaining a social life, it can be difficult to make time for fitness.

Solution: Perhaps the best way to combat the no-time excuse is to pencil some time into your schedule for working out. By blocking out an hour on your calendar for that spin class or peaceful jog by the river, you'll feel more accountable to actually do it. Remember, this doesn't have to be a daily thing. Work with what free time you can spare, even if it's just three times a week.

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Gluten-Free Holiday Stuffing

A food allergy or intolerance becomes the perfect opportunity to create new holiday traditions that focus on fresh, whole foods and allow you to enjoy the company of family and friends.

There are numerous allergy-free products on the store shelves these days but it’s important to read the labels; just because the product says it’s free of your allergen, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

We all know it’s certainly not your typical Thanksgiving without stuffing and bread. Having food allergies doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye to your favorite holiday dishes. Simply tweak them a bit by substituting gluten-free bread and grains such as quinoa and you won’t even think twice about those glutenous grains.

Read the full article and get the recipe here.

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They don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing.

Learn why getting a good nights sleep is just as important as working-out.
Stress comes in many different forms. While some people can recognize the signs of stress on the body, many have trouble admitting that they need to take a step back, slow down, and allow the body time to rest. We live in a world of go-go-go, with limited down time. Due to this environment we are surrounded by, many of us are not taking the necessary steps to aid the body and its many internal functions to work optimally. This results in many factors such as adrenal burnout, mood swings, depression, lack of motivation, an overall unhealthy body, and even more stress.

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