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  • Get Sparkling!  How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime We all know how important it is to rehydrate after a sweaty kickboxing or strength training workout. Research has shown that drinking around 64 ounces—or eight, eight-ounce servings—of water each day can help you lose weight and get in shape. But sometimes, plain water just doesn’t quench your thirst. This may have you wondering: Does sparkling water count toward your “eight glasses a day” goal? What is sparkling water? Simply put, sparkling water is just regular water combined with carbon dioxide. The CO2 is what gives sparkling water those addictive bubbles—just like in soda or ....

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  • Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In By Joy LeTendre, Farrell’s 2020 National Challenge Finalist At the close of 2018, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had been working the same job for 18 years, my husband and I lived in a little townhome with our two little girls, and I kept losing and gaining back the same 20 pounds. After having our two beautiful girls, I never dropped the extra baby weight. I felt like a hamster stuck in its wheel, not making any changes to truly better my life. I had tried a couple Farrell’s classes in early fall 2018, and I will never forget my first kickboxing class. What surprised me most was that even though ....

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  • My Transformation During a Global Pandemic

    My Transformation During a Global Pandemic

    My Transformation During a Global Pandemic A Year I Will Never Forget By Maria Valley “You will never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills HOW DID I GET HERE? From a young age, my weight was constantly fluctuating up and down. I’d find a diet/fitness program, follow it to the tee, and lose some weight, but every time without fail, I would gain the weight back again because I didn’t commit to a lifestyle change. I didn’t have a plan or the proper support, guidance, and accountability to lose the weight and keep it off. I would let whatever was going on in my life at the ....

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  • The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    Vitamin D is getting a lot of time in the spotlight lately—and for a good reason. Best known for promoting bone health, this nutrient has also been linked to improving muscle strength , fighting depression , and preventing heart disease . Some studies have even shown vitamin D boosts immune system function , which helps your body fight off illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. There was also a study that showed people with high levels of vitamin D get a boost in their workout routines at the gym and people who go to the gym regularly are more likely to have high vitamin D levels. Getting enough vitamin D can keep your hormone levels in check ....

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  • Don't Watch Your Weight - Why the scale is not a friend of your progress

    Don't Watch Your Weight - Why the scale is not a friend of your progress

    We have all been here before. The end of the year marks the beginning of new opportunities, goals, and resolutions. Health, fitness, and weight loss are at the top of many people’s list. Inevitably, most of us hit the gym hard to get in shape and lose the weight we gained over the holiday season. Eventually, we step on the dusty scale that has been pushed to the back corner of our bathroom to see what progress we have made. We deem our success based on the number that is revealed as though this is the only deciding factor in how far we have come. But our weight is only one small piece of the puzzle. So many other things factor into our progress than the number on ....

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  • Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    If you ' ve attended a Farrell ’ s FXB Kickboxing or FXB Strength Training class, odds are good you ’ ve heard your instructor answer this question. But if you haven’t or are new to the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program, let me give you the short answer … yes, you do. While it may seem a little counterintuitive, eating shortly after exercise can have a big impact on your performance and recovery. When is the best time to eat after a workout? While there ’ s no optimal timeframe, studies have shown that eating sooner is definitely better than later. That ’ s because your body uses glycogen (aka: energy stored in your muscles) to power ....

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  • How Exercise Boosts Your Immune System

    How Exercise Boosts Your Immune System

    Did you know that one of the most effective ways to boost your immune system is through exercise? That’s right. Exercising regularly helps your body stay healthy to fight viruses and infections. At Farrell’s, we teach our members how to take care of their bodies and minds through positive habits like regular strength training and healthy nutrition. How you take care of yourself today is how your immune system will take care of you tomorrow. Exercise Lowers Your Risk of Health Problems When we engage in regular exercise, we strengthen our body and support many physiological and biological functions. That’s partly why studies show that individuals who regularly ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Colorado Springs, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Colorado Springs, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in Colorado Springs is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits ....

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