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Overcoming Depression One Exercise at a Time

By: Chelsey Peterson, Fitness Specialist 

Depression used to be something that no one talked about; “the elephant in the room,” if you will. That makes the illness even harder to go through, because it seemedthere wasno one to open up to. Luckily, this stigma of depressive disorders is slowly being lifted by celebrities and peers alike.

Unplug for the Summer

By: Angela Olson, Fitness Center Intern

Technology is great and has so many wonderful benefits. I cannot imagine not having everything I need in the palm of my hand. All the information I want is fast and right there in an instant. With that being said, it is easy to become too invested in technology that we forget about what is happening around us. Life, at its best, is happening right in front of us. If we are too busy looking down at our screen, we are going to miss it all. 

Perks of being a Vegetarian


(Above photo is a black bean burger Molly made while being vegetarian)

By: Molly James, Fitness Specialist/Program Coordinator

As a test to my willpower I decided to stop eating meat for 4 months. I originally decided to cut out meat for Lent, which is 40 days long. After40 days I wanted to see how long I could go with this lifestyle. This lasted until the end of May and holy cow did I learn a lot! The following are some perks and some downsides I experienced while being a vegetarian.

Yoga - Not Just for Yogis

By: Julie Broberg

I am very new to yoga.  I had taken a few classes in the past and didn’t really like it.  Not sure why I didn’t like it, but decided at the time that it wasn’t for me.

Recently I was asked to start teaching a yoga class at work.  I have taught other classes in the past, so I thought why not.  I didn’t expect that just by teaching a few classes and being mentored by fellow coworkers, that I would enjoy it as much as I do. I have to say I look forward to it every week!

Get Your Move On


By Jill Duevel, Director of Business Development

Seven months ago, I lost a parent to type II Diabetes. Loved ones and I witnessed firsthand the negative effects of being sedentary had on my Dad: his body, muscles, endurance, internal organs, body mass index, and his overall happiness. Going through this process has forever impacted my life in many ways.  I would like to share one specific example in hopes that I will help to make a positive impact on your quality of life.  

Detoxing From Negativity


By Abby Jacobs, HealthSource Solutions intern

Detoxing doesn’t just have to be the kind where your goal is to lose so many in pounds in a certain amount of time.

When we think of the word detox, we usually think about a diet, but there are many other toxins to cut out. Detox from the negativity. These toxins may be people, things, thoughts, behaviors, etc. It can help move you forward towards that positive healthy lifestyle you need. For starters, think about the things in your life that can either help you or the things that can hurt you.

2 Reasons Why the Weight Room Should be Explored


By: Sydney Burch

Instead of trudging to the gym in an effort to blast out 60 minutes on a cardio machine, why not venture into new terrain? Although possibly intimidating at first, this new terrain wants you to come explore. It welcomes you with open benches! It offers you benefits for your body and mind, creative ways to sweat, other explorers who share similar goals and finally, a solution to your gym boredom. The weight room and all of its free weights, cable machines and squat racks offers you effective and challenging ways to get your best workout. Let’s see how!

The Power of Positive Thinking

By Paige Holtan
Every once and a while we all have a day that seems down in the dumps, but how do we bounce back to feeling happy, productive, and successful?  This is where I truly believe in the power of positive thinking. There is one quote that has stuck with me over the years, “I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.” (Unknown) This one repeats in my mind throughout each day because although we may not be able to control the weather, our workload, or the traffic around us, we can always choose how we react to each situation.  Some of you may be more familiar with another common quote, “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” (Dennis P. Kimbro)

What I Learned from A Three Day Juice Cleanse

By: Jacqui Bosquez

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I eat a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, complete proteins, the whole nine-grain yards. I don’t believe in quick fixes or loading up on one super food to reach optimal health. When a friend of mine mentioned doing a juice cleanse to detox, maybe shed a few pounds and feel better overall, I surprised myself by saying “yes” and following her to Whole Foods to stock up on the fluid fuel.

Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

By: Crystal Miller, Director or Fitness Center Services 

As a student in college, I had the opportunity to conduct exercise metabolic assessments on students and faculty, but never did one myself. I now am the director of the Exercise Metabolic Assessment services we offer to our clients at HealthSource Solutions and when learning to administer them several years ago, I was fortunate enough to go through one myself. I found it to be a huge benefit in reaching my goals! Being in the fitness industry, I feel confident instructing clients on a proper workout plan, allowing for a variety of exercises and intensity levels. However, after going through the assessment, I realized I needed to start practicing what I was preaching. As much as I was doing outside of my classes at work, I soon realized it’s not the intensity at which I exercise; it’s how efficient I can be doing it. Not only was I doing too much above and beyond my exercise at work, I was working out at a very high intensity each time…burning more carbohydrates for fuel, rather than fats.