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Alcohol and Fitness

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Enjoying a glass or two is fine in moderation, but it’s important to understand how alcohol can affect your sporting and exercise efforts, so we’ve got the lowdown:

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Reasons to drink more water today!

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We’ve all heard how we should drink more water. The main reason for drinking water daily is to replace fluid loss from activities, especially when you’re working out. Our bodies lose a lot of fluid through sweat, which is great, but this water needs to be replaced.

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Best Foods to Eat for Radiant Skin

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There are tons of moisturizing products available, but nourishing skin starts from the inside. Add these essential ingredients to your diet and enjoy more radiant skin.

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5 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

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The foods we eat can dramatically affect how much and how well we sleep. Some foods and beverages calm and relax, while some stimulate the nervous system, keeping you up all night.

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Enhancing Your Daily Walk

 Enhancing Your Daily Walk

Health experts are always tell us that walking is the simplest way to get fit and they're right. Based on research, a 20 minute walk every day will induce anti-aging benefits that could add an extra 3 to 7 years.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

Healthy Lunch Ideas

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Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money and calories since you can control exactly what goes in.

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How Many Points Do You Have?

How Many Points Do You Have?

We’ve added another reason to work out consistently: points redeemed for free swag, free membership, free personal training sessions and free shakes. Rack up your points just by checking into the club, purchasing recovery shakes & protein bars, getting a much needed (and much deserved) massage, and now, through April 15th you will earn 100 bonus points just for meeting with our fitness director Jose.

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Six Healthy Snacks You’ll Like

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You eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinners, but finding a healthy snack may prove more difficult than you thought. Here is a list of some options:

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Make Your Life Easier

Make Your Life EasierDo you have a thousand things to do? Can’t remember where you left your keys? Balancing work, home and a healthy lifestyle can be difficult.

By concentrating on managing to simplify a few things in your life can help decrease stress and increase attentiveness. Here are a few simple ways to get started.

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Eight Techniques to Cope with Headaches Naturally

Eight Techniques to Cope with Headaches Naturally

Nobody enjoys having a headache, and you constantly have them you know the negative effect they have on your ability to function. Try these natural solutions before taking a pain reliever.

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5 Signs You're Overtraining

5 Signs You're Overtraining

Believe it or not, exercise can be unhealthy if overdone. It’s known as overtraining.

When we exercise, we push our body, and this is normal. The exertion stimulates our muscles and cardiovascular system, which makes us fitter. But when we increase the frequency of our training, or up the intensity level, our bodies struggle to recover which can bring progress to a standstill, or even send it backwards.

Everyone is different so there’s no exact formula for how much exercise is the right amount. How quickly your body recovers is affected by experience, intensity, how often you train, nutrition, sleep and other lifestyle factors. But there are a few tell-tale signs it might be time to pull it back a little.

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Diet Mistakes that Slow Your Metabolism

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Whether it’s your heart beating, nerves communicating or muscles pumping – your metabolism works 24/7 and is the source of your energy. To carry out these bodily functions, we require energy that ultimately comes from our food. Metabolic rate is affected by many factors, including our age, weight and genetics.

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Your Quality of Sleep Matters

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QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

For an ideal sleep you need to go through several stages. Two of these phases are particularly important: Deep sleep is the most restorative stage of sleep when the body repairs itself, and studies suggest the most damaging effects of sleep deprivation are from inadequate deep sleep.

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Improving your balance

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While usually overlooked, good balance is an important factor for your overall health and injury prevention.  Poor balance can lead to falls and injury, especially for older people. By developing greater balance, you’ll improve your coordination and postural stability.

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Extreme Workout Fatigue and Dry Eyes

Extreme Workout Fatigue and Dry Eyes

Many people worldwide suffer from the condition called dry eyes. It is a syndrome which occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or simply when the tears evaporate too fast. This usually causes the eyes to dry out completely and become swollen, irritated and that is the moment when the discomfort hits, followed by pain and occasional blurry vision. It is like something is stuck in your eye all the time, every day. If you are a person who enjoys running or cycling, this syndrome can cause severe problems for you.

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Massage for Muscle Recovery - Enhance Your Fitness

Massage for Muscle Recovery - Enhance Your Fitness

There are various types of massage therapy – deep tissue, Swedish, sports and many more. The type of session you have should be discussed with your massage therapist and based upon your specific therapeutic goals. While massage therapy is often both seen and advertised as a means of relaxation, which has health benefits all its own, there are other physiological benefits that we should not ignore.

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The Importance of Antioxidants in Fitness

The Importance of Antioxidants in Fitness

When we think of athletes and active people, we certainly don’t think of exercise being dangerous to their health. It makes sense that active people would be healthier than sedentary ones. The truth is, exercise and strenuous physical activity can increase our oxygen consumption in order to meet our energy demands.

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Queenax on Matrix Fitness Club

Queenax on Matrix Fitness Club

Matrix Fitness Club is always improving, keeping up with current exercise science philosophies and training techniques and adding top of the line equipment to ensure our members and clients have limitless possibilities when working toward their fitness goals.

We are very excited to introduce our custom functional training solution, Queenax™ by Precor. Queenax was designed to provide our members with a safer and more convenient full-body, HIIT, and group functional fitness program experience.

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Popular Nutrition & Diet Myths

Popular Nutrition and Diet Myths

1) “Bread is the devil” – Bread is only the devil if you eat too much of it and smoother it in lashings of butter (because you’ll simply be eating too many calories!). Granary bread is a great source of whole-grain goodness, which reduces our risk of certain cancers, and it has a low GI, meaning that it releases its energy slowly. Having a couple of slices of bread with an olive-oil based spread plus a healthy filling such as tuna and salad is an ideal lunch option!

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Where did the nutrition go?

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Here’s a nifty infographic that looks at the phytonutrients in food — those miraculous plant chemicals that protect plants while they’re growing, and in turn benefit human health. Get the most nutrition out of your food by eating a rainbow of deep, rich colors. Most of all, enjoy!

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