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Managing Your Gut Health: Controlling Your Digestive Problems With Diet And Exercise

  Editor’s note: With Thanksgiving just behind us, and Christmas and the rest of the holiday season ahead, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. We’ve also got a lot to look out for, especially when it comes to our diets. The surplus of rich holiday food and drink is a recipe for gut trouble, especially for those with already-sensitive stomachs. This timely guest article is your guide for dealing with tummy trouble, and it’s especially relevant this time of year! Please read on and enjoy this article on keeping your gut healthy!  
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Improving Your Mental Health

  Did you know? October is National Depression Awareness Month, as well as the month that hosts Mental Illness Awareness Week. Although October is almost over, this important issue should be kept on the forefront. Exercise, especially exercise that also includes mental strengthening components (like martial arts!), can help, and many martial artists are already helping fight against mental illnesses like PTSD and depression.
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10 Ways to Make Exercise Enjoyable

  It happens to everyone. You hit the gym with the best intentions, but 10 minutes into your treadmill run – yawn! – you’re already bored enough to leave. Props to you for getting in to the gym at all, but if you’re not engaged in your workout, you’re not going to see the best results! It’s not your fault, though – in a world filled with chores, work, traffic, bills and (ugh) DMV lines, is it any wonder you don’t want to work out if it feels like just one more ho-hum obligation?  
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Two Months Without Sugar: Part 3

  Stop!   Before you go any further, read part one of this blog here, and part two here.   All caught up? Okay!  
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Why Better Sleep = Better Mental Health

  We spend so much time focusing on the active aspects of our health – what we put into our bodies (or what we don’t), and the exercise we get – that we sometimes forget one of the most important pieces of our health: taking a break. Specifically, to sleep.  
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5 Meaningful Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

  As a gym owner, there are a lot of things to manage and be on top of. If your gym, like so many others, offers a group fitness curriculum, there can be additional frustrations. Maybe you’re offering a ton of great group classes… but no one is showing up. Perhaps you aren’t sure how to promote your group fitness classes. Education is power, so to help increase participation, make sure your members know about the following benefits of a group fitness class!  
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Why There’s No Such Thing as “Too Old” for Martial Arts

  In one of last week’s blog posts, we discussed some of the common myths surrounding martial arts. However, there was one BIG one we didn’t get to. It deserves special attention because it dissuades an entire demographic, who could potentially reap huge benefits from training, from joining martial arts. This is the myth that there is an age that’s “too old” for martial arts training.  
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Fight the Funk: The Importance of Cleaning Your Martial Arts Gear

  Training in martial arts is one of the best decisions you can make to improve yourself. Not only are martial arts a great way to get in better shape, learn new skills and improve your self-defense abilities, they’re also a ton of fun. Unfortunately, with a great workout comes an inevitable side effect – sweating.
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Two Months Without Sugar: Part 2

  Well, folks. I’m going to give you something you don’t normally see in these “I did such-and-such diet for a week/month/insert-time-period-here” blogs: failure.   Normally you’d get to read about how hard it was at first, but ultimately how rewarding, how I feel like I’ve improved myself as a person, etc. The truth is, I crashed and burned. I failed myself; I failed this blog; I failed you, the readers. But it’s time to wipe the tears (and Oreo crumbs) off my face – I learned a few lessons, and I still have one month left of the challenge I set for myself to try and get this right.  
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Staph: The Nasty Little Bacteria Hiding in Your Gym

  Go to a gym long enough, and you’re bound to overhear someone talking about staph infections. No, it doesn’t mean all the employees are sick (staph infection/staff infection; get it?) – ‘staph’ is a shortened term for staphylococcus, a common bacteria that causes infections in the body. There are many strains, but staphylococcus aureus is most commonly the cause of problems. The infections this form of staph causes can range from mild (you’ll have to skip training for a while, mostly out of politeness to avoid smearing your diseased skin on other people/the equipment) to severe (requiring hospitalization).  
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