Category Archives: Nutrition

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Thanksgiving By The Numbers

It’s that time of year again, the holiday when we have a celebratory feast to share our thanks that ends up becoming an opportunity for us to gorge ourselves on one GIGANTIC meal. So, what’s the big deal?

The main issues reside in the excess of fat, sodium and calories. However, it isn’t all bad; there is some good nutritional value in a few of the foods that we traditionally serve at Thanksgiving!


Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

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How to do a Wall Calf Stretch

How to stretch at LA Fitness.

Wall Calf Stretch

This stretch is designed to help release tension built up in your calves.

Stand facing the wall, a bit less than arms-length away, in case you need to use the wall for stability. Start by stepping forward with one leg, while keeping the other leg back and extended with your heel and foot flat on the floor. Bend your front knee and press down through the back of your heel. Then, switch legs and repeat the stretch on the other side.

Top Tips

  • Gradually and incrementally increase the duration of the stretch, holding the stretch for 20 seconds or more.
  • Keep your feet parallel with your toes pointing forward at all times throughout the stretch.
  • Focus on lengthening your calf muscle by keeping your back heel flat on the ground.
  • Always remember to breathe throughout the stretch, relax, and avoid the impulse to tense up.

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The Great Soda Controversy


Debbie J., MS, RD contributed this article –

Soda has been around in one form or another for almost 200 years. First developed as a medicine but later enjoyed as a beverage, soda is one of the all-time favorite drinks of Americans that can now be found in over 30 flavors. One 12-ounce serving of regular soda contains about 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar (37 grams). Unlike some other soft drinks (such as lemonade), soda is carbonated. With home carbonation systems, concocting your own sodas on demand may seem like an appealing option. However, have you ever wondered what’s really in that refreshing glass of fizz?


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3 Tips & Articles to Help You Tighten the Back of Your Arms and Eliminate ‘Bat Wings’


Loose and saggy arms are a common concern among gym goers. After all, it’s not fun to feel self-conscious every time you wave “hello” or “goodbye”. Luckily, there are several ways that you can take action to avoid the dreaded “bat wings”.


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Should I limit the number of starchy foods and high-sugar fruits I eat if I want to lose weight?

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Why You Should be SCARED this Halloween…for Your Waistline


Debbie M., MS, RD contributed to this article –

You know the scene…

A bowl of goodies lurking at the reception desk in the office, at the salon, at the dry cleaners. Candy for the taking is everywhere. It’s almost too much for the eyes to bear and for your hand to resist reaching for a treat. Ahhh, the horror!


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