Find Your Fitness Tribe

It is challenging finding a balance in our busy lives and fitting in a consistent exercise + fitness routine.  Some weeks we get to squeeze in 3 or 4 times a week and some weeks nothing. I understand that everyone’s situation is unique, but there is one amazingly helpful life-hack that is proven to help increase your chances of creating that balanced fitness plan.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
FITNESS 101 : Understanding the Terminology

So, you’ve been going to fitness studios for a while. Maybe you are a regular at the gym. Perhaps you’re just getting started. Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey you have most likely heard some new terms, acronyms or jargon that sound cool but you still don’t understand what they mean. (AMRAP, HIIT or TABATA to name a few). It’s easy enough, you follow the instruction of the trainer or coach, but aren’t you a little curious? Have you been afraid to ask?

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan with Zoodles

Can you tell how much we are loving zoodles at the moment?! This dish is no joke. It is the perfect dinner meal to your table in 20-25 minutes. Juicy, crispy chicken that is packed full of flavor with that zoodle flare. And remember, there is NO deep frying involved here. We are talking about pan-searing and baking the chicken, so it remains moist and oh-so healthy.

Let’s get cookin’!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Summer Citrus Grilled Chicken

Summer is here, and for most of us this is the season that brings the heat. I don’t know about you, but when those hot summer days come rolling in I get a craving for those beautiful citrus flavors in my food. Something about citrus makes me feel refreshed and perhaps a couple of degrees cooler

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Natalie Oboodiyat
The Best Banana Oat Muffins you will ever try!

When someone made these for me I was super skeptical I would ever like them. Advertised as having no processed sugar, no flour and almost no fat.. I was thinking it wouldn’t be something I would enjoy... Boy was I wrong. This recipe is so easy and healthy and is truly a perfect snack or light breakfast option.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Recipe: Avocado, Lemon & Dill Zoodles

As a resident of Los Angeles, I have an automatic need to eat avocados every way I possibly can. I’ve mastered the avocado toast (and it is offered in every café worth visiting) so now it’s time to get creative and make some dishes with an avocado flair!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
3 Quick & Healthy Snack-Hacks

We’ve all been there...Running out the door with no time to spare (or better yet, about 10 minutes late) and we realize too late that we have packed nothing to eat. With nothing prepared, we often resort to poor choices. Snacks should only be a stepping stone between meals, helping you get over the hunger hurdle while smoothing out your blood sugar levels. Keep what you eat under 200 calories and avoid adding more sugar into your system.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
5 Mindful Eating Tips from Nutrition Coach Rachel Bocchino

We asked nutrition consultant and personal trainer Rachel Bocchino to share some of her favorite tips for mindful and healthful eating. Rachel is a health and fitness professional based out of Los Angeles, with over 10 years of experience in the industry. This spring, she has partnered with STRIDE as our nutrition consultant as part of our Stride Into Summer 10-Week Transformation Challenge.

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Leanne Pedante
Everything You Want To Know About Calories & Max Heart Rate

Are you using your Stride workout data to maximize your fitness? Or do your eyes glaze over when you hear the words "Heart Rate Max"? The information you collect from each workout can be a terrific training tool, but only if you understand it and use it. Read on to have some of your most frequently-asked questions answered. 

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Leanne Pedante
So, you want to run your BEST 5k EVER?

Despite its relatively short distance (3.12 miles) the 5k race presents a unique challenge for runners of any level. For beginners, it’s a great first-race to attempt, or a great race to try to complete without a walking break. For advanced runners, its short distance means a chance to test your speed more than in longer events.

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Leanne PedanteSTRIDE