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Alison R-Pickett

About Alison R-Pickett

Alison Richardson-Pickett is a writer, health enthusiast, mother, wife and litigation paralegal. With a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Public Administration, Alison has been able to help others live a better, healthier life in both her years of writing, legal work and volunteer service. Alison believes that living a healthy lifestyle is far more than just losing weight, but rather about living the best life we can by taking control of our food choices to feel better, prevent disease, and have the energy you need to get the most out of life.

New Moves for Better Looking Abs


Women with Better Looking Abs
Women with Better Looking Abs

Getting the six-pack you dream about is not only about doing more and more crunches. To best work your abdominal muscles, you need to work your muscles from all angles. The best way to do this is with core moves that work a variety of muscles within one single exercise. You might think of it like multi-tasking your muscles.  Besides giving your abs a complete workout, you will find that you also raise your heart rate which means you are also burning some extra calories.

These moves are best performed following a warm-up (light cardio, at minimum), your regular cardio session, or strength-training workout. Aim to complete the core workout anywhere from 3 to 4 times per week. This is not a rigid program, though. If you can do all of the moves in one workout—do it! If not, pick a few and blend it into your regular exercise program, or pick a few to do each time. Something is always better than nothing.

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The Weight Loss and Fitness Benefits of Yoga – Get ready for 2017


Silueta Yoga Pose
Silueta Yoga Pose

Gaining weight can be a combination of several factors, such as increased stress, heredity, and even medical issues. Or, it could be simple lifestyle change leading to more calories consumed and fewer burned, resulting in increased fat tissue. Perhaps an increased workload, change in schedule, or an unfortunate injury has made it more difficult to work out regularly. Increased stress is another common factor which can lead to a change in diet, often with the outcome of excessive calorie consumption which usually consists of sugars, fats and carbs, known as “empty calories.”

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Benefits of Strength Training for Women: Increased Fat Loss and More!


Strength Training For Women
Strength Training For Women

Doing cardio is not the solution to increased fat loss. Yes, you read that right. For many years, cardio was the go-to advice for women seeking greater fat loss. Run longer. Walk further. Spend more time on the elliptical. Go to more aerobic classes. What was eliminated, though, was increasing strength and building muscle.

This is not to say that cardio is not important. It is! Yet, strength training and development is just as important. In the past, it was often thought that weight lifting would result in them bulking up like a linebacker. Women worried about looking too manly. Most women today have a much better understanding of the benefits of strength training. Let’s look at some of those benefits here, as well as some important tips to consider when starting (or continuing) your strength training routine.

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