Spooky Squats for Squatober

Squats don't need to be spooky, and they definitely don't need to be boring! Squats are some of the best exercises we can do to work our legs (quads, glutes, hamstrings, etc.), and with some variations in how we squat, we can work other areas of our body, too! Some fun variations of squats are: Plie Squat + Heel Raises Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing outward. Squat down nice and low. Lift your right heel up and down, and then your left heel. Now, push through the heels to come back up to start. Give the booty an extra squeeze at the top. Squat Kickback Begin with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Perform a squat and as you come up, kick your right leg

Diabetes and Exercise: What Role Does Nutrition Play?

Having Type I Diabetes is like constantly walking on a tightrope. From a nutritional standpoint and knowing someone who is affected by diabetes, I can understand why this is such a struggle. Balancing insulin administration and carbohydrate consumption becomes very challenging; throwing in physical activity adds another hurdle. Physical activity has an impact on your blood glucose levels – also known as your blood sugar – which may be beneficial or detrimental. There is no one-size-fits-all nutrition plan for an athlete with diabetes. The most common forms of diabetes are Type I Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) or Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). T1DM is an autoimmune disease where insulin-producin

My Least Favorite Thing on the Internet: “Never” Food Lists

When it comes to food and nutrition, the Internet can be a fantastic resource. Endless pages of easily prepped meals and cooking tips can help even the most inexperienced home cook put a balanced and Instagram-friendly meal on the table. Of course, there’s always a darker flip-side online, and there are plenty of examples in the realm of food. From food extremism (like the carnivore diet) to every fad diet you can think of, there’s a lot of wrong turns to take. One of my least favorite things on the Internet are “never” food lists. If you’ve spent any time online at all (and if you’re reading a blog, you have), then I’m certain you’ve seen examples of this. Some examples of these headlines i

What is Aerobic Exercise?

Do you ever wonder if you're getting enough aerobic exercise or even what aerobic exercise is? Have you ever been out of breath going up a flight of stairs? It could be an indication that you may need more aerobic exercise in your routine! Aerobic exercise is commonly referred to as "cardio" (short for "cardiovascular"), which refers to our heart and all of our blood vessels. Aerobic exercise is great for keeping our heart healthy and strong, not to mention it boosts endorphins (makes us feel good), reduces stress, helps us sleep better at night, helps prevent or manage high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Our body's aerobic capacity is how well it uses the oxygen we breathe in.

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