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Today we have a guest blog post by our newest addition to the HFF Team – Coach Rachel. If you haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, find out all the fun details by clicking HERE¬†

Hint: she is so awesome that she’s the first HFF coach in history to require TWO supersheroins to adequately represent her ūüėČ

Take it away, Rachel…

When building a rocket ship–or something more basic like a house, there are key components to making sure it is sustainable and well built so it lasts a long time. If you’re building a house, you start with a solid foundation because without it, the house will certainly crumble and fall.

You build up from there, making sure each addition to the house is strong and well structured. You wouldn’t dare forget to add in the plumbing (unless you want to dig a hole out back).

In a perfect world, we should all take this same mentality towards our health and fitness journey. What seems to happen is that we pick one or two aspects that go into having a successful health and fitness journey and let the others fall behind. Your body deserves the same love, time and thoughtfulness that goes into building a home.

Many people miss out on important aspects of the journey because they simply weren’t educated on what constitutes the¬†core foundations.

Fear not… we’re trained for this, and we’re here to help.

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Meditation Tips For Peace Of Mind


Guest post from HFF Intern Stacy Shelts

Take a deep breath in through your nose. Let it out through your mouth. Close your eyes and repeat.

Pretty simple, right?

What did you hear? A gentle hissing or whooshing sound perhaps.

What did you feel? The rising of your chest and belly. Drawing cool air into your nose and the warmth of your exhale.

What did you see? Your bright computer screen with your eyes open, the room around you, and maybe black or orange when you closed your eyes.

Try a few more breaths on your own and just notice how they feel in your body.

Feels pretty good, doesn’t it?

Congratulations! You just meditated. Even just sitting and doing ‚Äúnothing‚ÄĚ can be stimulating if you pay attention to your sensations. That‚Äôs mindfulness.

In this post I’ll give you some meditation tips, so you can see what all the fuss is about ūüėČ

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The Truth About Alcohol And Body Fat

Is alcohol and body fat a match made in hell?

Do you really want to know the answer? ūüėČ

Well, in this post I’d like to share some good news; you can indeed consume alcohol and maintain or even lose body fat.

However, as you’d expect, there are a few caveats.

Caveat Number 1 – How much and often you drink

I’ll admit it, in younger and dumber years,¬†“Moderation”¬†was a term that I despised.¬†I actually lived by the motto “If you’re not living on the edge, your taking up too much space”.¬† I also sported 80’s glam rock hair, if that gives you an idea of my state of mind back then.

My natural inclination was to do everything to the extreme.  This included habits and activities that were viewed as healthy and positive, like exercise.  For a more recent example, when I started running at age 40, my goal was to complete The North Face 50 mile Trail Ultra Marathon Championships.  I was able to check that off my bucket list.  But was it healthy?  Hell no.

But I digress.  Back to moderation in terms of alcohol consumption.

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Chasing Fatigue And MED

When many people start on a new health and fitness program, they approach it as an all-or-nothing endeavor.¬† Because you might have been in a “nothing” phase for awhile, the tendency can be to swing the pendulum over to the “all” side of the equation.

First, let me say that all the coaches here at HFF certainly commend the enthusiasm and willingness to work hard toward your new goals.

However, the “shadow side” for many of¬†you can be a Obsessive-Compulsive attitude towards working out and nutrition, along with other aspects of the journey.¬† That mindset and the level of activity (physical and mental) it generates is usually counterproductive to your specific goals, such as weight loss or completing your first marathon, as well as to your overall, long-term health.

Put simply, more is NOT always better, and can actually create the exact opposite of¬†the¬†results that you’re seeking.

Minimum Effective Dose (MED)

The term Minimum Effective Dose (MED) refers to the idea of only doing the amount of work (in regards to training, nutrition, supplementation etc.) that will trigger the desired results.

In terms of strength training, keep in mind that you’re actually doing damage to your muscle tissues. This is on purpose, of course, in order to force the adaptation response i.e. getting stronger, in preparation for the next anticipated workout.

This system works beautifully, IF you respect the MED principle.

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Hypnosis For Weight Loss… Really?

The first time that we mention the possibility of incorporating hypnosis for weight loss, we often get looks that convey the reaction of “Really, are you serious?”

The answer is yes.

Just give me a minute to explain; I promise it will be worth it.

Or if you’d rather jump right in, check out the link below:

HFF Hypnosis For Weight Loss & Stress Reduction Systems – Free Gift

Now for those who might need a bit more info, here we go…

Let’s be clear about one thing from the start; this is NOT entertainment stage hypnosis.¬† You know, the kind where your friends get hypnotized into thinking they’re a chicken, and cluck around while everyone laughs at them.

Sure, that’s fun for an evening, especially since it’s now so easy to record said event on our phones.

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Constipation – Are You Full Of It?

The title of this blog post is not one that you’ll see on other fitness related websites.

But then again, if this isn’t your first “HFF Rodeo”,¬† you’ve certainly come to expect more than just a re-hash of all the same stuff you see in the fitness mainstream magazines and blogs month after month.

So when I ask, “Are you full of crap?”, I mean it quite literally.

Your next question might well be “How does this have anything to do with my health and fitness?”

Glad you asked!

Some experts predict that up to 20% of the US population (some 63 million people!) suffers from chronic constipation.  And in the US alone, laxative sales reach upwards of 1.5 Million dollars A DAY!

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