Shape Up with Sherri

Should You Increase Your Protein Intake?

With the abundance of protein shakes, bars, powders and other protein products filling the shelves at grocery stores, it’s clear that there is an increased focus on assuring we’re all getting enough protein. It is true that protein is extremely important with its primary function to build and repair tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons….

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Copy and Paste for Fitness & Health

Sticking to a health, fitness and nutrition program is challenging, but it may be easier than you think. Researchers Katy Milkman and Angela Duckworth, authors of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, found through a recent study that copying healthy habits from people you’re closest to works better than researching random advice and trying…

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Tackle Nutrition Confusion

Let’s face it, nutrition is confusing.  Some experts advocate for the scientifically proven benefits of a strict vegan diet, others commit to different levels of vegetarianism, some promote the importance of a high-protein diet including meats and dairy, others preach of the benefits of a keto approach, some swear by intermittent fasting, some eat starchy…

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Hip Mobility for Health

Weak hips are associated with back and knee issues. If your hips aren’t strong and effectively able to stabilize your pelvis while walking, running or playing sports, your knees and back will often suffer. With that said, hip mobility and flexibility are just as important. If your hips are tight, that is also associated with…

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Shadow Boxing for Health

Boxing gyms focused on fitness versus getting in the ring are popping up across the country. Boxing provides numerous benefits including cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, agility, stress relief and a boost to your confidence and self-esteem. When you box you feel hard-core, invincible and better able to tackle any challenge that comes your…

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Build Your Bones

Bone density decreases at a rate of 1% per year after the age of 35 and bones can become brittle, porous and weak. For a woman, the first 5 to 10 years after menopause, annual bone loss increases further to average 2% loss per year. Although women suffer from osteoporosis to a far greater magnitude…

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Stretch to Move Better

As we get older, we tend to get tighter. Our connective tissue becomes more rigid and that affects our mobility and can increase aches and pains throughout our body. Many will then decide to take up Yoga, but if you’re exceptionally tight, Yoga can often be uncomfortable and a struggle. Those who are often very…

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Options When You Can’t Do Lunges & Squats

Most diehard gym enthusiasts resort to lunges and squats to train their lower body. However, many new exercisers may find these exercises too challenging and may even experience knee pain when attempting to perform them. Without the ability to lunge or squat though, you will lose the ability to climb stairs, get out of a…

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Standing Core

Most people work their core from the floor performing crunches, sit-ups, planks and other variations. The core is extremely important because it’s the foundation for all your movements. When your core is strong that strength radiates out to your extremities allowing you to perform activities of daily living better and enjoy enhanced sports performance. If…

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5-Minute Gentle Morning Routine

After sleeping all night, it’s a great idea to start your day with some gentle range of motion exercises/stretches to get your blood flowing, wake up your muscles, lubricate your joints and warm your connective tissue. Try the following 5-minute sequence in the morning and make note of how your body feels before and after:…

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