Deepen the way you show your body love with these 6 mindful ways to honor it.

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I often think back to the joy of getting my first car. I had no idea what kind of car my dad was gifting me for my high school graduation but it didn’t matter because I knew I would love it no matter what. The excitement I had was that of a mother seeing her child for the first time. Everything about it was just right and it was mine! …

How common misunderstandings about metabolism undermine our health and fitness goals

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Young woman leaning over a rail outside and looking toward her right
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Oftentimes when we think about our metabolism, we think it’s this thing that we can change by doing things like eating the “right food,” mixing powders into our drinks, and working out more. That’s because we live in a diet culture that is constantly trying to sell us quick and convenient “solutions” for weight loss instead of promoting healthy habits. Unfortunately, many of these quick-fix weight loss strategies can actually make it harder to lose weight over time and come with unhealthy side effects like constipation, bad breath, and hair loss.

Here are 6 facts to help clear up some…

Deepen the connection between body and mind to achieve better and more meaningful results

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Young woman with her arms extended horizontally
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The idea of practicing mindfulness has been popularized by celebrities like Oprah and Ariana Grande and has attracted even more attention as people are looking for ways to alleviate stress related to the pandemic.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply the practice of increasing awareness by centering our attention on the present moment. Benefits include reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, improved concentration and brain health, and the slowing of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. …

Get loose with these 5 dynamic stretches before exercising to prevent injury

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Woman stretching along a bank
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It’s probably safe to say that we all know what stretching is. It’s the series of movements we make when we lengthen our back, arms, legs, or neck, usually right when we’re just waking up or when we’ve been sitting for a long period of time, to loosen up our muscles.

How to use exercise science to stay fit and reduce period-related discomfort

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Woman’s feminine hygiene product with rose petals
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Periods can put a cramp in our workout routines. This is the time of the month when our progesterone and estrogen levels are at their lowest, which can make us feel tired and less energetic. Some women also experience an increase in prostaglandins that cause inflammation and painful period-related symptoms, known as Dysmenorrhea, which isn’t exactly the greatest motivator for working out.

But what if I told you that exercise can actually help to alleviate these symptoms? It sounds counterintuitive but by going with the flow (of your menstrual cycle) we can both reduce discomfort and optimize our workouts. Before…

How sleep deprivation affects health and what to do about it

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According to the CDC, over a third of all adults in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night. People of color fair the worst when it comes to getting enough sleep. Just over half (51.5%) of Black adults sleep an average of 7 hours or more each night compared to two-thirds of White adults.

6 Reasons to include core training exercises in your fitness routine

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When I mention core workouts, you may think that I’m referring to exercises you should do to prepare for beach season. But there are many other reasons why you should strengthen your core all-year-round. That’s because physical strength starts in the core.

What is our “Core?”

When physical trainers refer to the core, they are talking about the chain of muscles that connect our upper and lower body. There are nearly 30 muscles that make up this chain, in total. The abdominal muscles are an important part of this chain, but we need to strengthen more than just our abs to power and control…

A radical new approach to thinking about our weight and health

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Young woman riding a bicycle
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Oftentimes when we think about exercise, we are focused on losing weight. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this approach, but when we look at exercise this way, we are undercutting many of the health benefits we get from working out. Not to mention that this view tends to be influenced by ideas that we’ve learned about an “ideal” body size from toxic diet culture. It’s time to let go of a mindset that is holding us back from reaching our true potential by reframing our relationship with exercise and weight.

Here are 5 ways that working out has an outsized…

3 tips for overcoming stigma and finding strength in the struggle.

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We all know that society inflicts many forms of injustices on people of color. As people of color, we also know that this is an ongoing issue, and has been going on long before the national discussion that arose around the tragic murder of George Floyd last spring. Disturbing events like his unjust murder are an unfortunate part of our reality, along with the many other stressors we face like doctors who don’t listen to us, bosses who don’t recognize our skills and talents, and watching everyone around us (who look like us) struggle with many of these same issues.

The science behind why it’s so hard to lose weight.

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Scale and measuring tape
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At the beginning of each year, millions of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, often through some sort of crash-course dieting plan. However, they also tend to learn that losing weight is much harder than they thought it would be. Or, more commonly, they immediately gain the weight right back once they stop dieting. Have you ever wondered why that is or are you one of the millions of people struggling with weight loss?

A lot of this can be explained by what happens to our metabolism when we lose weight, especially when we shed pounds quickly…

Brittney Rae Reese

FITness Expert and Co-Founder of FIT & NU™

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