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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.

Stretch Properly for Improved Workouts and Fewer Injuries


Street Yoga For warm up
Street Yoga For warm up

Squeezing in time for a workout can be challenging, so much so that your warm-up or cool-down may be left out completely. This is not as uncommon as one may think. Unfortunately, many just skip the warm-up or cool-down and never stretch their muscles. Whether running, weight lifting, or your favorite dance aerobics class, giving your muscles the opportunity to stretch before and, especially, after your workout is worth the time.

The benefits to such stretching is that it improves blood flow, increases flexibility, and helps to decrease risk of injury. To gain the benefits of stretching, it is important that your stretching and warm-up be done properly and at the appropriate time. Here are some guidelines to follow.

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9 Foods to Boost Your Mood and Energy Without Caffeine


Here it is again. The mid-afternoon slump has hit, and the thought of finishing the next few hours of work—without falling asleep at your desk—seems like an impossible task. Even more daunting is knowing that the end to your work day is the start to what is, often, just the beginning of a busy, tiring evening. Whether running kids from activity to activity, walking the dog, or catching up on some long-overdue errands, you are tired even before you get started. What do many do to conquer this dreadful mid-day slump? Yes, we reach for caffeine for an instant pick-me up, only to find that the very short relief is soon followed by a crash. Reach for another cup of coffee, or sugary soda, and you find yourself tossing and turning all night, leaving you tired and feeling even worse the next day.

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Stop Wasting Time Strength Training the Wrong Way


Wrong Exercise
Wrong Exercise

There was a time when strength training and women would never have been thought to go together. That is no longer the case, as more and more women are reaping the fantastic benefits of strength training. However, most women still do not strength train correctly (and likely many men as well). If you were to spend just a few minutes in a busy gym, you would likely find many women who are performing rep and rep with the lightest dumbbell, afraid to lift anything heavier. A popular myth is that lifting anything heavier will leave them looking like big and bulky, like a body builder or a linebacker. That is simply not true and, definitely, a myth.

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