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The Answer to a Looming Question

What should I do with my life?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself over and over and the more time passes the more I feel pressure to have an answer, but the truth is until two summers ago I didn’t really know. I had ideas of things that seemed interesting to me, but I lacked real experience […]

I Have to Admit I like FUN

Not “fun” the concept (although I do like having fun); I mean FUN. the group.  I especially like their song Some Nights.  Although I don’t understand what the song has to do with the Civil War (see the Youtube video) I really find meaning in the line “Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand […]

Giving Your Memory a Good Workout

You hear it all the time and it sounds like a cliché – you know the famous quote by Arthur Fletcher that says, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Well, it’s true! We have mastered looking at You Tube videos and have likely memorized the lyrics to all of our favorite songs. But, […]

This Vacation was a Work-Out!

Getting in Shape to Live Life to the Fullest

Vacation is for relaxing and recovering, right? Vacation is supposed to be lying down on a lounge chair on the beach basking in the sun, right? If that would have happened this past week, I would have been in-shape to succeed!

Last week, however, I was vacationing with […]

Spine Center Video #2

Hey #bfitnation, Kim Alexander and the Rockford Spine Center have another amazing video to share with you.  This video focuses on mobility exercises.  Kim and his assistant demonstrate easy, at-home exercises to enhance your mobility.

Check it out for yourself:

A special shout out to Michael Kaufman and Yunpeng Hou for filming and editing this video.  

Yoga – For Health, Relaxation and Strength

Hey #bfitnation!! Last time you heard from me, I promised to share with you some more about practicing yoga, so here we go!

Yoga, though a great source for exercise, is for sure a practice rather than a sport. Keep in mind that this may not necessarily be your thing… and that is totally okay! But […]

#LetsRoll

Written by Bridget Krysztopa

Hello #bfitnation! 

I have been thinking about what to write about and this person keeps popping-up in my head. At Keith Country Day School, juniors are required to take a leadership class where business professionals and community leaders come and speak about leadership, life experiences, goal setting and how to make a difference […]

Good Fortune Doesn’t Come from Luck

At this point in life, you know that money doesn’t grow on trees.  After all, you have probably heard your parents tell you that numerous times during your life.

But, did you ever have a real, honest conversation about money with your parents?  In most households, there are not open discussions about money and household finances, […]

Heart and Mind- a Balancing Act

 

Imagine the sound of your parents’ voices in the morning, “Wake up, time to get ready…did you hear me?!”  Or, “If I have to wake you up one more time!” Familiar words? We all have heard this at some point or another. Getting up in the morning is a gruesome task, along with staying focused […]

Red Flags go Beyond the Blues

“It’s like I’m lying in my bed looking out the window watching life go by, and I can’t even muster the energy to get off the bed.”

This quote has stuck with me over the years; it was from someone who struggled with major depressive disorder for decades. It was both eye-opening and terrifying to me: […]

Stop Posting and Start Living

As posted in the Rockford Register Star, 11-17-15

Stop posting and start living your life. That was the message Lady GaGa shared to 200 teens last week at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation Summit at Yale University last week. She encouraged teens to stop counting their Facebook friends and Instagram […]

An Easy Way to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Hey, #bfitnation! With the New Year comes a perfect opportunity to work on your health, and an incredibly easy (and fun) way to do this is by improving the way you eat on a daily basis. Over my winter break from school, I read a fantastic book called Yoga Girl, written by Rachel Brathen. In […]

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Hello #bfitnation.  This will be the first of many posts about mental health and how it relates to teens. Trying to pick a topic for our first post wasn’t easy because there is so much to discuss. So let’s just start off with the very basic need for addressing mental health. We need to talk […]

Rethink Your Drink for the New Year

Many of us do not realize how many calories that are consumed by drinking our favorite beverage.  Most of the time the beverage choice provides us enough calories and carbohydrates for the meal before we even start eating!  Crazy I know but here is how you can help manage your intake with a few bits […]

Easy Exercises to Stay Fit

Hey #Bfitnation!  Looking for easy exercises to kick-start your New Year’s resolution?  Check out the Rockford Spine Center’s first of many video blogs!   Physical Therapist Kim Alexander walks you through five exercises to help increase body strength.  

The Video includes instruction of these five exercises:

TRX rows/inverted row
Push ups
Squats
Deadlift
Lateral squats

Stay tuned for the second video of the series!

 

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How to Stay Fit During the New Year

Happy New Year Bfit followers! As the craziness of the holidays comes to a close, finding time to exercise may be a little easier. However, with the weather getting cold(er), more sedentary activities can set in, leading to less energy burned. Here are some tips and suggestions to get you burning calories, getting active and […]

Creating Healthy Habits

When it comes to health, habits will get you there. Habits lead to a lifestyle. If you are forming unhealthy habits they will lead you down an unhealthy path. If you are building healthy habits, they will become a part of your everyday routine. There are some great things you can decide for yourself today […]

Holiday Eating for a Vegetarian

Hey, #BFitNation! It’s officially my favorite time of the year: the Holiday Season! Something about the weather, seeing all of my family, and the food puts a big ol’ jolly smile on my face. However, the holidays can be a rather difficult time to eat healthily; especially as a vegan or vegetarian.

So, let’s talk […]

Fall Into Activity

The fall season is one of the best times of the year to get outside and be active. The weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor sports including hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.

If you are not feeling ambitious enough for a hike through Rock Cut State Park, walking around your neighborhood with a friend […]

Holiday Gifts: What to Ask For

As the holidays approach, you are bombarded with the question, “What kind of presents do you want.” As you get older, that question becomes more difficult to answer. When you are a kid, it’s easy to say you want the latest and greatest toys, clothes or games. But, you realize as you reach your teen […]

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