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How to Enjoy the Benefits of Pilates as a Beginner

How to Enjoy the Benefits of Pilates as a Beginner

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Pilates is a fitness method that strengthens your core while giving the rest of body the tone of a nice, long resistance workout. The benefits of Pilates? Aside from increasing mental focus, you’ll engage many aspects of your physical strength through six principles: breath, centering, concentration, control, flow, and precision. […]

Marathon Training: Staying Cool While Getting Fit in the Summer

Marathon Training: Staying Cool While Getting Fit in the Summer

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Marathon training, primarily for fall events like the Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon, or Marine Corps Marathon, lands right smack in the middle of summer. In order to beat the heat while logging your miles, you need to have a plan to stay hydrated, healthy, and safe when the temperature […]

Vegan Recipes: Lemon Rosemary ‘Pasta’

Vegan Recipes: Lemon Rosemary ‘Pasta’

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Lemon rosemary pasta is one of my favorite vegan recipes; it’s fun, filling, and incredibly flavorful. The bright-green zucchini and beautiful, yellow spaghetti squash make for a visual treat that promises a healthy, hearty meal. You eat with your eyes first, as they say, and this vibrant dish provides a […]

The Beauty of Basil: Five Ways to Use the Herb for Skin Care

The Beauty of Basil: Five Ways to Use the Herb for Skin Care

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Basil is one of the most popular herbs grown in home gardens, especially here in the Midwest where I live. This herb is at its best when used fresh in bruschetta or a caprese salad, but it also freezes well when made into pesto. According to the American Society for […]

How Yoga Benefits Your Body through Five Simple Stretches

How Yoga Benefits Your Body through Five Simple Stretches

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger It’s tough to find time to go to the gym, let alone a weekly fitness class, but there are several moves you can do right in the comfort of your home to help you prepare for the day ahead. From strength to stillness, Mayo Clinic suggests stretching can help improve […]

Healthy Lunch Recipes for the Ultimate Picnic

Healthy Lunch Recipes for the Ultimate Picnic

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger In order to pack the perfect picnic basket, fill up with the most nutritional snacks you can find. There are tons of great healthy lunch recipes to choose from, many of which can be made in advance for easy travel. Eating in the open air allows you to take in […]

When Preparing Vegan Recipes, Wake Up with Almond Lavender Pancakes

When Preparing Vegan Recipes, Wake Up with Almond Lavender Pancakes

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger I tried a variety of vegan recipes before I found the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients. Plant-based pancakes, for example, still hit all the satisfying notes of a breakfast classic. Almond lavender pancakes have become a favorite in my family thanks to their light, fluffy texture and subtle, sweet […]

Marathon Motivation: How to Stay Inspired While Training for a Race

Marathon Motivation: How to Stay Inspired While Training for a Race

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger I believe anyone can run a marathon as long as they complete their training, particularly if it’s recommended by expert runners like Hal Higdon. At some point, everyone hits “the wall” that makes you feel like your legs no longer work, but there are several fun and easy ways to […]

Vegan Recipes: Split Pea Soup

Vegan Recipes: Split Pea Soup

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Split pea soup is one of my favorite vegan recipes; it’s healthy, delicious, and keeps me full throughout the day. This meal is packed with flavorful ingredients while remaining vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, making it a great option for people with allergies or dietary restrictions who love a tasty […]

How to Train for a Marathon

How to Train for a Marathon

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger If you’re truly wondering how to train for a marathon, you may not know where to start. Don’t worry; there are several training plans already in use to help you take your first steps toward that 26.2 miles. A great one to begin with is that of veteran runner, Hal […]