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Need Motivation? Try a Group Challenge.

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  It happened quite by accident. One Monday I was coaching Conditioning class, and the four participants and I began discussing doing a push up challenge. We would pick a day, and on that day we would all commit to doing 20 push ups every time we had a meal. The group picked Fridays since Goodwellness does not offer any group classes on that d...
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With Exercise, a Little Vanity Can be a Good Thing

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Meet Goodwellness client Moira. This picture was taken at her nephew's wedding this past weekend. Back in March, Moira shared with me her goal: to look amazing at the event. She'd found a dress that she loved, and she'd ordered it in two different sizes. One dress was a little tight, and the second she was not even able to zip. She really wanted to...
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A New Outlook: Donna's Story

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Our Client Donna just got back from a trip to California where she completed her goal of hiking in several national parks. During her first workout after returning, Donna told me all about the parks, the beautiful scenery, the changes in altitude and the variety of temperatures she experienced on her hikes. The trip sounded amazing! I couldn't help...
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Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps?

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  With the rise of wearable tech like Fitbits and smart watches, we all have heard we should take 10,000 steps a day for better health. But why 10,000? What's so special about that number? It turns out that figure is more than twice as high as it needs to be, according to a new study  published in the Journal of the American Medical Assoc...
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All About Burpees: the Exercise you Love to Hate

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Whether you love them, hate them, or don't ever want to try them, you might be surprised to know that burpees were actually invented by a person – and his name was, yes, Burpee. Royal Burpee, to be precise. He was an exercise physiologist and early bodybuilder. His 122 nd birthday was June 4 and what a good reason to look at these Five Fun Facts ab...
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The Mismanagement of My Stress Management

Anybody recognize this? If you've ever been hooked up to an EKG machine this probably gives you PTSD. Sorry about that! This was a pretty terrible case of the Mondays. BUT wait, I hear you saying...Aren't you working on some stress management program?? Well yes, I am.  And it works, too.  If you work it. If you don't fail to actually foll...
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Are Smartphones Making us Fat?

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  If you wonder why you struggle with weight, you might look no farther than that thing in your hand. First, smartphones and other conveniences are essentially adding 500 calories a day to our diets compared to a few decades ago, a new book says. That translates to about a pound a week if we don't exercise enough. And meanwhile, a new study sa...
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Green Smoothie Recipe (With Peaches!!)

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Peach season is coming here in SC, so I found myself frantically searching through my files for this super healthy and delicious smoothie recipe. I found it and thought I'd share with you guys! Chia seeds are quickly becoming a popular superfood because they're full of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, omega-3, fiber and protein. Ad...
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Stacy's Journey: Small Changes, Big Results

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Hi Everyone! Stacy has been working with us at Goodwellness since 2017 and she's recently been enjoying some amazing positive changes in all aspects of her life. I asked her to share her story since I think it is very inspirational and motivating. Stacy is living proof that small, consistent changes can add up to big results! But enough f...
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Keep Your Tennis Game Strong!

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Playing sports is a lifetime love for countless people. And if you're a maturing athlete, you don't have to give up your favorite games. In fact, regular exercise can keep you strong, fit and agile for just about anything. Our client, Mary Margaret Hyatt, loves tennis. "After I started getting injured playing tennis, I started training at Good...
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Caregiver, Care for Thyself

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I just got off the phone with my mom. It got me thinking. A lot of people our age are put in the position of being caregivers. Often, we feel guilty looking after ourselves. We often skip our workouts or self care activities. We say things to ourselves like: "I'm fine. I'll start going soon." "Mom needs help today. I'll do that next week." "I feel ...
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Want to Change your Body?

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  That's my lame attempt at clickbait. Did it work? ? Seriously, if you've been wanting to make a change but just can't get motivated, this blog post is for you. It seems like we are on a roll this month with successes here at Goodwellness. And because we are a non-traditional fitness facility, we measure our successes in a variety of ways. Fo...
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Train to Travel!

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                          Train to Travel! Since we're so obnoxious on our social media, y'all know that Cyndie and I just got back from the fabulous Ideafit Personal Trainer Conference! We were honored to learn from those leading the industry, and got inspired to bring Goodwellness t...
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So Many Diets, So Little Time!

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  54… This is the appalling number of diet books I have on my kindle. Yes, I've read all of them. No, that doesn't include the actual hardbacks on my shelf, either.  These books are all full of great information, but sometimes contradicting the arguments of one another completely.  Did I try all of these diets? Sort of. Not really.&n...
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Confessions of a Recovering Control Freak

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I remember when I first found out that I was a control freak. I was having a conversation with a family member. The talk became heated, and he accused me of being "abusive". Well, that threw me for a loop. I'd considered myself to be one of the nicest people around! Abusive?! I'd bent over backwards for this person! But his character assessment of ...
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Digital Detox: the Aftermath

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So you know I am always talking about restoration. How it brings down your cortisol levels. How it aids with all systems of the body, including musculoskeletal, digestive, circulatory, endocrine, and nervous. And how it's the "red-headed stepchild" of most of your wellness programs. It always comes last…far behind movement, exercise, and nutrition....
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The Panic Attack

So this is not at all what I intended to blog about.  I totally had a lovely easy summer quinoa salad recipe to share...I'll post it soon if you're interested.  However, my experience yesterday changed my mind. I felt a bit weird going to work, but started teaching Barre class on Thursday as usual ( this week we had a heat wave themed pla...
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The 5 Minute Action

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  The 5 Minute Action The very first part of our Precision Nutrition course is a call to a 5 minute action. Most clients are confused by this concept; what kind of action? Why don't they just tell me what to do?? Let's dissect this idea. No matter what our concerns or goals, there are always going to be steps involved to get us where we are he...
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Homemade Energy Bites-Goodwellness Style!

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​I have mad appreciation for my amazing clients who choose to spend part of their Saturday morning sweating here with me. And on a holiday weekend no less! I decided to bring them some of my homemade energy bites to show my love and also to help them restore their energy after the tough workout that, by the way, t...
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Stress, Pain, and a New Service we are Offering

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  Stress, anxiety, and pain. Those words have come up a lot at Goodwellness lately. Often, people under stress find themselves with chronic pain conditions. And chronic pain conditions can most certainly cause stress and anxiety. It is a cycle that can seem never ending for some individuals. And sometimes those individuals come to us for assis...
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