5 Tips To Stay Motivated

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We all know that the first 30 days of any fitness program are going to be the hardest. It seems that when most people start a new workout or routine, a whole list of things come up that stand in their way. Today we are going to help you with five tips to stay motivated toward your goal […]

Proper Gym Etiquette-5 Ways To Fit In

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Getting yourself to join a gym can be hard and a number of things may be holding you back. A few of these things holding you back may include the cost, the time it takes or just because you don’t know how things at the gym work. None of these things should hold you back […]

Should You Exercise Before Bed?

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Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at different correlations between sleep and exercise. This week we are going to look at sleep and exercise from a different angle to show how exercise before bed can affect your sleep habits. If you tend to exercise one or two hours before bed, read […]

Post Workout Meal – Refueling Your Body

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Last week we covered the importance of fueling your body with the nutrients it needs before working out. This week we are following up with what to look for in a post workout meal. The essentials are basically the same, your body needs nutrients to perform at its best and recover. So without further ado, […]

The 5 Worst Health Trends of 2013

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Every year the health industry tries to reinvent the wheel–sometimes with results that improve our knowledge of our body and create sustainable weight loss… Then there are trends that have us scratching our heads… Like:   1 – “Drunkorexia” This one sounds almost too stupid to be true, but then again, a lot of the […]

How to Calculate Your Target Heart Rate

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In last week’s article we discussed the importance of training at your target heart rate. This week, we’ll show you how to calculate your target heart rate and some tools you can use to track your heart rate during your training. So let’s get started! If you missed last week’s discussion where we talked about […]

Just Weighting Around for the Holidays to End

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Last holiday season, Carla Meine shared her holiday weight loss story and we decided we would re-post it since it contains effective strategies for handling holiday party weight gain challenges. Enjoy! Last year, I was very excited to find that I had been successful with my goal of not gaining a single pound that holiday […]

Is Your Workout Buddy Holding You Back?

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Conventional exercise wisdom says that we’ll be more motivated, accountable and stoked to exercise with a workout buddy. As my friend Gail says, walking with a friend is “just more fun.” But recently she complained that she and her friend have opposing work schedules now, and she’s started to fall off the fitness wagon. While […]

Smart Goal Setting Tips

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  In order to reach a goal, you have to set a goal. Sounds pretty basic right? But many people run into a number of problems somewhere during the process between setting a goal and actually accomplishing it. Just think about it. Have you ever set a goal only to find that your anticipated deadline […]

Getting Started on the IdealShape Up Challenge

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We designed this challenge with one thing in mind:  to help the average individual work toward and achieve their fitness goals. You don’t need to be an elite athlete or train for hours a day to be able to join us in this challenge. However, you will have to dig deep, push yourself and stay […]

Tired of the Gym? Get Out and Hike!

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Hike Smarter With These Essentials When you tire of working out in the gym or running on the treadmill, hiking your favorite trails is a great way to switch things up! Now that summer has come to a close and autumn is chilling the air, it is the perfect time to go for a hike. […]

5 Rules for Tracking Your Fitness Results

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As we’ve seen, health research doesn’t come with a guarantee. The best way to fine-tune our fitness and diet regimens is to take some of that expert advice and test it out for ourselves. After all, we spend a whole lot more time in our own skin, observing what we do and how we feel, […]

3 Tips for Post Exercise

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When you finish an intense workout, there are several steps that you can take that will make it so that you get the most out of your workout and limit muscle soreness. Let’s take a look at a few of these: 1.     Cool down After an intense workout usually my first instinct is to collapse […]

4 Tips to Creating Healthy Habits

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I hate running.   There, I said it.   I would rather bike, swim, lift weights for hours, play any sport, or do pretty much anything else. Running has never been (and will likely never be) my thing. Yet, for the last month and a half, I have ran at least 2-3 miles almost every […]

How to Get Abs Fast

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When it comes to losing weight, most of us focus on subcutaneous fat, which is the fat that congregates under the skin and is most visible. This is the stuff that’s hiding your six-pack from the world, so let’s talk about the quickest ways to expose those beautiful abs for the summer season.   Let’s […]

Is Your Workout A HIIT?

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There are two types of people when it comes to muscle structure and workouts. There are those of us who do better with longer, slower workouts. Setting a nice, steady pace and holding it for as long as possible which trains the slow twitch muscles. These are the marathon runners out there. The other type […]

The Best Exercise Program: The Debate Stops Here

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The other day I heard two people arguing, and given my curious nature, I decided to eavesdrop. (Shame on me!) When I realized what they were arguing about, I started to laugh. You see, the two had adopted competing fitness programs and were trying to convince each other theirs was the better program. We shouldn’t […]

Why We Hate Exercise And How to Fix it

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The Deep-Rooted Beliefs That Make You Hate Exercise Moving your body is essential if you want to get in shape. You might be able to ”drop a few pounds” without exercise, but what is that worth? If you want the whole shebang—the trim and toned physique, the energy, the lean muscle to burn calories, the […]

Liquid Gold: How to use water for Weight Loss

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Dehydration is the enemy of every weight loss and fitness goal. And “beverages with benefits” usually are, too. So what’s the problem—why can’t we just drink more water already? Well, as always, there’s a complicated answer for this. Actually, there are four complicated answers: sugar dependence, consumerism, misinformation, and habit. Before we get into these, […]

Spring Fever

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Today I walked outside and for the first time in what has seemed like an eternity I didn’t feel the least bit cold. I even walked around in my bare feet! Yes, the snow was still on the ground but I could literally see it melting away. I could also feel the warm sun on my face […]

Muscle Soreness: After the Fact

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We did an article about a week ago about muscle soreness and what you can do to help prevent it (well, at least lessen the impact as much as possible). Unfortunately muscle soreness isn’t ever completely avoidable. When exercising frequently, you’re going to wake up one morning and not want to move. The bigger misfortune […]

My favorite 5 workout partners

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I love a good workout. I really do. Almost nothing beats the feeling after a challenging workout. But let’s be honest, it can be tough to find the motivation to workout and sometimes it can be even tougher to maintain that motivation throughout a workout.  I am always looking out for your guys and I […]

Muscle Soreness: Planning For Faster Recovery

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You’re motivated, and you’re excited about losing weight. You’ve got a plan and you’re implementing it with gusto. You hit your workouts hard and you pour every ounce of effort into it to show yourself you have what it takes. You finish; you’re tired, but you feel great. You’ve got this stuff locked down. And […]

Tips on how to train for running!

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Hello IdealShapers! My name is Angie and I’m new to writing on this blog. As I was deciding what to write about I thought about something one of my professors once told me. He said, “Always write about something you love or else it will be boring to write and just as boring to read.” […]

Your Health: A Gift for All Ages

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Last month I did a blog post about Staying Motivated at Middle age.  Since then I’ve had a couple more experiences that have really impressed on me the importance of taking care of myself at this age.   My husband and I went on a vacation this past month in Palm Springs with my parents.  […]

Would You Join a Gym With a Motivational Fee?

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We don’t always make the exercise choices that are in our best interest. Why? Ask a psychologist or behavioral economist, and they’ll tell you the answer is simple: people are not rational. In addition to a desire to be healthy and strong, we’re driven by many other factors: our subconscious, our emotions, seductive advertising, a […]

Choice Paralysis: The Repercussions of Too Many Fitness Trends

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Hmm… what workout should I do today? Cycling? Tennis? Jogging? CrossFit? You definitely have many options to choose from with all the different fitness trends. If this your typical workout query, then take heed. Experts say that when you’re choosing among A, B, C and D, you’re rather likely to choose E—nothing at all. The […]

Great Travel Exercises for Tight Spaces

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A bit ago, we had a discussion about the dirty, sweaty reality of midday exercise. Well how about the dirty, sweaty reality of vacation exercise? The answer is simple- with travel exercises. Think tight spaces, unpredictable schedules and switching from vacation mode to workout mode. And heaven help you if you’re traveling to a locale […]

Misleading Ads: When Is It OK for the Media to Mislead Us?

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Is it ethical for companies to airbrush models into perfection? Or to make misleading, even blatantly false, health claims? Whether it’s ethical or not, it seems that more and more companies are coming out with misleading ads. Increasingly, companies are being outed for employing illusions and trickery to sell their products. Yet their defense is […]

Exercise and Creativity: there is a link after all

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Exercise is a known happiness-booster and stress-reliever, so it certainly seems logical that exercise would put us into a state of mind that’s fertile for creativity. But until now, there has been little more than speculation. But recent research has (finally) found a direct link between exercise and creativity, which supports what I think many […]

Weekend Warriors: Not Doomed After All?

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Confession: I’m a weekend warrior. And all these studies about how we are sitting ourselves to death are freaking me out. Can anyone really get down to 3 hours of chair time a day? I can’t. I’m an official “desk jockey,” and frankly, a trek desk is not in the cards for me. Not only […]

Which Yoga Style Matches Your Fitness Goals?

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When you think yoga, you think stretching, right? Or perhaps contortionist poses worthy of the circus. Well, you can stretch any old time, and frankly, you’re just not very flexible. So, no, you’re not going to yoga with me. This is the typical conversation I have with my friends and family, and even my students […]

Are You Robbing Yourself Of Priceless Fitness Advice?

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I didn’t want to sign up for a tennis class. Frankly, I’m a do-it-yourself kind of person. I didn’t want fitness advice from a tennis instructor. The thought of hiring other people makes me wince. “But I can just do it myself,” I think. Or I think about the money. Or I think about how […]

How to Stay Motivated At Middle Age

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A friend and I were discussing how difficult it is to stay motivated to eat healthy and exercise at our age.  We are both in our 50’s.  We both thought that after our kids were grown, that we would have all this extra time and would use it to workout.  We would also eat healthier […]

Workout Length: Are Hour-Long Workouts Right For Everybody?

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As someone who struggles with getting the right amount of exercise every week, this new study released by the University of Copenhagen, was very enlightening. A study that followed 60 heavy (but healthy) men for thirteen weeks and the results were fairly surprising.   Not only were those that worked out 30 minutes each day […]

Cross Training: The Olympians’ Secret to Ultimate Fitness

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Watching the Olympics makes me feel like crap. I will never excel in any sport. My attention span is just too short. Just look at all the activities I’ve taken up in the last year: tennis, running, aerial yoga, stair-sprinting. While in Russia I discovered how much fun volleyball is. But before I dive into […]

“Exergames” Help People To Be More Active

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The studies are pouring in about so-called “exergames” which promote physical activity, and unfortunately the impact has been viewed negatively. As a nerd and a gamer, I can sometimes see why. The exergames that are currently on the market have been little more than more interactive exercise videos that use the motion controls as a […]

How to find a safe weight loss plan

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Safe and Healthy Weight Loss Plans How many weight loss plans do you think are available today? The truth is there are probably way too many to count. Weight loss plans today endorse everything from calorie counting and portion control to lowering or even eliminating carbohydrates or fat entirely from you diet. The key is to find […]

Where to Start With Exercise

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When it comes to living healthier, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on eating healthier and supplementation and sometimes it seems that we’re really letting the fitness side fall to the wayside. Chelsea is our go to gal for fitness ideas and she’s written some very helpful articles, but still we get asked a lot […]

The Secret to a Fitness Routine That Sticks

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Pessimists and procrastinators, listen up! There is only one way to stick to an exercise routine. What is it? Make it a routine! Exercise should have a comfortable, well-worn-in niche in your daily regimen. Of course, you’ll be upgrading the particulars every few weeks. (If you stick to the same old stuff, and you’ll probably […]

Arm Workouts: 4 Fun Ways to Sculpt Your Arms This Summer

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For most people, getting a lower body workout comes easy—you walk, run, cycle or climb stairs every day. It’s the strong and toned upper body you have to work for. And who wants to spend summer evenings doing bicep curls and overhead presses in a stuffy gym? You need some fun arm workouts. With these […]

7 Ways to Improve Your Stair Climbing Workout

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Stairs were made for exercising on-the-go! Whether you’re hiking the stairwells at work, stepping your way up the Eiffel Tower, or training for a stair climbing race for charity, get ready to see your bod in serious shape. Of course, just like sprinting, there are several ways to improve your stair climbing workout and avoid […]

Why it pays to have a fitness buddy

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Living in Siberia has me thinking about “community” a lot. People tend to congregate here. Friends and families are close-knit. People look after each other (and sit on top of each other) on the bus. It’s not uncommon to come home and find your neighbor at your kitchen table. It’s great to have personal space […]

Should Running Be Your Go To Workout?

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Ask any marathoner—in other words, ask just about anyone—and you’ll get why running has become so popular. It feels natural, it requires minimal equipment and setup time, and perhaps best of all, it inspires a feeling of solidarity. Burpees with friends? No thanks. But running with friends is fun, and running a race with friends […]

Strong muscles, strong mind: so lift up!

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Have you noticed that after a great lifting session, everything rocks? YOU in particular? You feel confident, strong, steady and in control. I’ve certainly noticed this. I’ve also noticed that when I sit in the ol’ office chair all day, I feel flabby. Mentally. Emotionally. Willpower-ly. You want to overcharge me on my phone bill? […]

The Best Time of Day to Workout: The Sweaty Reality of Midday Exercise

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And now, for the moment of truth: sometimes you can master motivation, flawlessly fuel your workout, and have your gym and snack bags packed—and still not be able to fit exercise into your daily routine. Not midday, anyway. I’m an afternoon exerciser, because it’s my best time of day to workout. But even if you […]

Are you a good or a bad health influence?

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How do you get your loved ones to care about being healthy? Are you a good or a bad health influence on those you love? You’ve tried discussing the health benefits. You’ve tried scaring them with the facts. You gave up dessert hoping they’d join you, and you lavished them with praise when they dusted […]

Winter Blahs Are Over, Time To Get Motivated!

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When December 31st is rolling around, most people are preparing for the new year, planning their resolutions, and getting ready for change. Me? I’m at my desk writing about how everyone else should be making resolutions and dutifully ignoring my own advice.   It’s not that I don’t see the benefits, or don’t agree with […]

Should You Love Your Workouts?

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Today I started reading “Poke the Box.” It’s a manifesto by Seth Godin about doing something new and scary, instead of taking a nap. Godin is warning us about getting too comfortable with routine, and also how quick we are to use the “escape hatch” when we do try something new and it ends up […]

Athletic Focus: How You Can Achieve It

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When professional tennis star Maria Sharapova needs to save a match, she gets into her “zone.” “I take it one point at a time and really focus,” she says. Penning an hour-long workout into your planner can seem laughable when you have a business to run, a house to clean, a family to organize. And […]

Why Vacations Are Good For Your Fitness

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Leap Year Day has me thinking about how powerful it can be to step outside the box, even for just a day. Suddenly people start thinking about the “possible.” We had an extra day, February 29. What could we do with it? My colleagues threw parties or went out to dinner with friends even though […]

What Your Trainer Means By “Rest Day?”

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We get it. Rest is just as important to fitness gains as the actual workout. I think the real question is: what exactly does ‘rest’ mean? You worked out yesterday, so tonight you’re obliged to slip into your pink bunny slippers and queue up Comcast on Demand? I used to think that. Gee, I sure […]

A Good Cause Can Save Your Fitness Regimen

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Last year, hordes of people paid thousands of dollars apiece on eBay for pairs of Nikes. Specifically limited-edition “BacktotheFuture” Nikes to benefit Michael J. Fox’s charity for Parkinson’s disease. While Nike didn’t get to keep the $4.7 million in profits, this benevolent act boosted its image too. Nike fans retweeted stories about the fundraiser and […]

5 Tips It’s Time To Get A Personal Trainer

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We get it. You don’t need a babysitter at the gym. And yes, you’ve heard of YouTube. But sometimes, an hour with a personal trainer is worth 10 on Google. These are some of those times:  You’re on deadline. The sooner you start training for that triathlon, bike race or other athletic event, the better. […]

Is the 4 Minute Workout Legit?

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This pocket-sized workout might be deceptively powerful Good-bye long, drawn-out cardio. In just four minutes, experts are saying, you can accomplish double what you have been by spending hours at the gym. Appealing to our shortcut-loving brains, the “burst” movement is catching on quickly. The most popular example is the Tabata Protocol (no, this isn’t […]

Overcoming Our Annoyance with Health Tips

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I’ve been searching for some fresh health tips this week. I’ve trolled Fitness Magazine, Men’s Health, even the SelectHealth quarterly newsletter. Finally today I found it: an article on Yahoo! by Prevention Magazine about getting in sync with the body’s natural energy and eating cycles to lose weight. The daily play-by-play wasn’t my inspiration. It […]

Workout Music:Turning Your Workout Up To 11

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Now we’ve been pretty adamant about setting up exercise routines and why they’re so awesome. The health and psychological benefits of a proper exercise regimen are numerous, so once you’ve got that down, what’s next? How about getting just the right workout music to accompany your butt kickin’ routine? And I’m not just saying it […]

Warning Signs You’re Headed For The Winter Blues

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We had our first snow in Salt Lake City this past weekend, and it got me thinking: ‘will my workout regimen withstand the winter?’ After staying in to ponder the question over a gingerbread latte and playtime with kitten, I arrived at an unequivocal answer: No. My workout goals are in danger because of the […]

Exercise: The All-or-Nothing Mentality

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Science is a harsh mistress when it comes to being successful on exercise regimens because unfortunately, it doesn’t agree or like any of our excuses. “I procrastinate because I’m a perfectionist!” you say “I need to have the perfect set up before I can start!” “Not True” Says Science in a harsh tone. “There are […]

10 Ways to DeStress To Shed Pounds

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Stress eating is one of the most popular sources of weight gain in today’s society. We’ve talked in previous posts about what happens when we get stressed.  We release Cortisol to “fight or flight”.  Since we don’t usually have to  fight someone or take off on a fast run. All that Cortisol in our system […]

When It Comes to the Gym, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

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The secret to making your fitness goals happen? Joining a tricked-out gym. Or so I thought, as I was rolling up to the new luxury gym in my neighborhood. After a tour, my head was spinning with the workout possibilities (ooh, heated pool!) and I was eager to sign on the dotted line.  But half an […]

“Real Men Don’t Do Yoga”

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Yesterday I was outlining the many benefits of yoga for one of my guy friends, who complained of tight muscles and achiness. He agreed that yoga was great and said he totally understood why people do it. Pause. “So why don’t you do it?” His response: “Yoga is for girls… and hippies.”

8 tips to stay motivated in Month 1

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  We all know that the first 30 days of any fitness program are going to be the hardest. And while there’s nothing really new under the sun, I thought I’d give what helped me make it through the first month without losing sight of my goals. It’s important to note that this is ‘how […]

A New Valentines Date

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During this Valentines season I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they think Valentines is a stupid holiday that they refuse to celebrate. There are also many couples that do celebrate it with a fancy dinner, chocolates, cookies, and other sweets. Well, Valentines Day is not an approved day to take off of your […]

3 Reasons to Try Zumba (and One Reason Not to)

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Let’s face it: there’s a good reason for our gymphobia. The gym usually sucks. Stuffy locker rooms. Bad techno. Sweaty equipment. Buzzing fluorescent lights. Grunters. It’s too easy to think of 1,001 reasons not to go. Strange, then, that reportedly 7.5 million people are flocking to Zumba classes every week. Are you wondering if it might be worth a try?

Perfect Fitness: Why It’s a Myth (and Thank Goodness)

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  “Perfection is a mean, frozen form of idealism.” That’s what author Anne Lamott writes in her book Bird by Bird. It’s about her experience becoming a published writer, yet it’s eerily pertinent to fitness. Her tips on writer’s block? They’re what helped me plow through my exercise impasse in December. I consider myself something […]

Just Weighting Around for the Holidays to End

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So, I was very excited today to find that I have been successful with my goal of not gaining a single pound this holiday season! My typical weight gain during this time of year (from Thanksgiving to Christmas) is about 7-10 pounds. This means that I’m right in line with the average American, and I’ve […]

The Ten Commandments of Physical Training

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Here are ten key tips that can really help your physical training if you’re trying to get into a workout routine again. Some may be more important for you, some less important. 1. Train Regularly: It is typically recommended to workout 3-5 times a week. Less probably won’t give you the results you may be […]

Stop, Taste the Roses and End Obesity

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I have reached a place in my life that has afforded the opportunity to travel abroad. I truly enjoy visiting different countries and different cultures, seeing how people live, and, of course, how they eat. Obesity is a much less prevalent issue pretty much everywhere else in the world, and I’m not just referring to […]

The Myths About Weight Loss and Diet Programs Part 1

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Since I was a wrestler in High School I have almost always been on a diet. I remember those days of trying to get my 5’11” frame down to 145 pounds. I would wear a plastic sweat suit, only eat hard boiled eggs, and spit a whole lot. I practically did anything that would get […]

Exercising: The Most Important 30 Minutes

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In today’s busy world people are skipping the important things. Things like times spent with family, friends, or maybe even time alone. But something else that is often over looked is exercising. I think people are skipping this important part of life because they have the conception that you need to exercise for an hour […]

Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Daily Diet?

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Now I know it has gotten pretty popular in today’s culture for women to avoid a lot of red meats in general and I won’t even begin to call myself qualified to comment on that kind of lifestyle decision. Where I find the problem is that many women that do not eat meat regularly, don’t […]

No More Couch Potatoes!

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Throw that couch out of the living room! If you’re addicted to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (like me) or “Project Runway” (not like me) and that is interfering with your workout time, that excuse is gone! I’ve come to realize that really is the worst excuse possible. There is so much you can do […]

Three Exercises To Increase Flexibility

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Exercises that increase flexibility are key to a good warm-up. One thing often overlooked in regards to stretch is the importance of strengthening the muscle through the newly created range of motion. If you don’t strength the muscle through the new range of motion you are creating you potentially could cause instability and eventually injury. […]

Workout, Shape Up!

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We all have the good intentions to fit in our daily workout, but how often do we actually get there? I have been one of those people – “I’m going to the gym tonight” “oh, you wanna go to dinner?” “OK, I’ll workout tomorrow.” I think it’s safe to say that it’s a fairly common […]

Hypnosis for Weight Loss and Understanding Suggestibility

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Hypnosis in general has been very miss understood for the last 100 years. Recently, Hypnosis has shown to provide very positive and successful outcomes for weight loss (body shaping). It is not uncommon to hear people at parties or public gatherings talk about a positive experience they had with Hypnotherapy. These experiences now range from […]

The Best Exercise in no Time at All

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Come on everyone knows that they should be exercising. Especially if they want to effectively lose weight. So why aren’t people doing it? Have you ever felt like it takes too much time and energy to see any identifiable improvement. That in order to get to your ideal shape you are going to have to […]

Resistance Bands: Deceptively Simple Exercise Equipment

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Resistance bands come in many shapes, sizes and resistance levels and can be used to stretch, strengthen and tone the entire body. Weighing just a few ounces, a resistance band can create 30 lbs. of resistance!

Effective Weight Loss: Is Outside Intervention Really the Answer?

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America’s weight problem is more complex than today’s studies and statistics portray. Effective weight loss doesn’t start with our employers, the media or the government — it starts with the individual.

You Can Become IdealShape’s Biggest Winner

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If you have ever struggled with your weight, you might be among the 74% or 165,886,297 Americans over the age of 15 that are overweight or obese (according to Forbes). Too many programs out there are aimed at trying to get you to lose something. They want to change who you are. To us that […]

Pink Slip Exercise? When Losing Your Job Is A Good Thing

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Sometimes it takes a major work shift to get us to change our habits. A little time off—say, that time between jobs—can help us regain perspective and finally jump-start a weight loss plan. It’s easy to get swept up in the daily grind at a stressful full-time job. You lose track of the hours spent […]

Are You In A Sleep Debt?

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Find out, and try our tips for a perfect night’s rest   Body shaping requires more than exercising and eating right. There are so many factors involved in achieving your ideal shape, and chances are, sleep plays a bigger role than you realize.   Can’t Get to Sleep? Despite an increased awareness of the importance […]

Rise and Shine! How to Wake Up Refreshed

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Sleeping too much? These wake up habits will help you kick sleepiness to the curb   Believe it or not, getting too much sleep can be just as bad for your figure as not getting enough. Experts say logging more than nine hours a night can adversely affect metabolism and appetite. (Not to mention it […]

Simple Ways to Increase Your Core Strength

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Assuming you’ve read A Core Quiz, you’re ready to start increasing your core strength! In this post you’ll learn how to use your balance ball, achieve proper form, engage the appropriate muscles daily, and figure out what “engaging the core” even means! Core 101 Your core region makes up the muscles of your back, abdominals, […]

Core Knowledge: Find Out Your Level

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A strong core gives you a smooth workout, increased strength, beautiful posture, and a confident walk—tall and graceful. It helps you burn fat and shape your body efficiently. It makes your life easier. Really.

Show Your Muscles Some Love

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Myofascial Release for nimble muscles and improved circulation using a foam roller To get the most out of your muscles, give them a little TLC!  Studies have shown that people who get regular massages are healthier. They enjoy improved circulation, healthy agile muscles, and less mental tension (which is often caused by physical tension, and […]

Lindon Utah Fitness BootCamp Schedule

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We have a fitness bootcamp starting in Lindon Utah. The bootcamp is all about giving you the best workout possible without requiring too much of your time. People who have done our fitness bootcamp can’t get enough of it. You will be working closely with a personal trainer who will help you achieve your goals. […]

The Endocrine System and Your Weight

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To keep your metabolism high, keep the endocrine system in line!   Few really understand the endocrine system and the important role that hormones play in our lives. The endocrine system is a complex network of nine glands and over 100 hormones in our body; it regulates activities from reproduction, metabolism and development to mood, […]

A Stunning Figure: Most Americans Have Tried to Lose Weight

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  Reader’s Digest discovered in their recent nationwide diet poll that 72% of Americans have tried to lose weight. “Not surprisingly,” wrote fitness writer Joe Kita in the February edition, “women are much more likely to have done so than men—85 percent versus 59 percent.” When we wrote about body image a few weeks ago, […]

Are You Keeping Tabs On Your Weight Loss Success?

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Track your progress to reach your fitness goals faster It’s March! How’s your weight loss program coming along? If it fizzled a little in February, now is the time to put a little spring in your step. The weather’s warming up and it’s staying lighter a little longer. So now that you, ahem, have no […]

Utah County, Utah Boot Camp

BootCamp

Fitness Thought of the Day Consistency is the key to success with any fat loss program.  Two steps forward and one step back isn’t going to get you to your destination very fast.  You also may get frustrated with your progress if this is how you approach the program you are on.  Is the fat […]

Workouts Dwindling? Turn Up the Volume With Workout Music

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Do you accelerate your treadmill stride when Katy Perry comes on? Need The Killers to amp up for your daily jog around the block? or how about a little Eye of the Tiger while you pump those weights? Whatever it is, your workout music it is probably the thing that gets your through those really […]

Fitness Boot Camp day 1

BootCamp

Thought of the Day Weight loss is a juggling act at times.  To lose the weight you want to lose it will require that you have plan that includes nutrition, exercise, and supplementation that all work together.  Cheating in one area can nullify the weight loss results we qualified ourselves for in the other area.  […]

Fitness Schedule and Meal Plan Day 2

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Thought of the Day The IdealShape program has been designed to address the three main areas of weight loss: The Mind, Nutrition, and Exercise.  The story is always going to be the same. How do you get your body to burn more calories than it takes in?  Everything we strive to do at IdealShape is […]

Fitness Schedule Day 3

Fitness

Thought of the Day Weight loss requires a complete commitment to ourselves.  The road to achieving your IdealShape will not be easy, but will become easier as you realize the benefits of healthy living.  Nutrition is what fuels our bodies and allows us to perform at high level, but improper nutrition can also undermine our […]

Lindon, UT Fitness Boot Camps Day 4

BootCamp

Thought of the Day Don’t give up even when it seems impossible. The hardest part in the whole process is really making the decision to start improving your health and you have already done that so now you can focus on sticking to it. Friday or Saturday Fitness Boot Camps Foam Rolling Active Stretching Level […]

The Complete Weight Loss Plan

complete weight loss

Get More Than a Slimmer Figure! The IdealPlan Helps You Achieve Your Ideal Lifestyle Let’s face it–you have a clear weight loss goal and most programs you’ve tried left a lot to be desired. They just don’t work—we know, we tried a lot before creating our own. After a great deal of research and training, […]

Lindon, Utah: Fitness Boot Camp Class Day 6

BootCamp

Thought of the day Stop believing that you are the exception when it comes to weight loss.  You really can lose weight! You need to start believing that you can!  Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out why you aren’t losing weight as quickly as other people but there is enough knowledge out […]