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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! First things first, we love food! We love family and food. We love food and family and naps. There is nothing wrong indulging in a holiday feast that is lovingly prepared for you. That being said, sometimes the holiday spirit can get a little out of hand when it comes to messing up our health and nutrition routines. Don’t get off track by going overboard with the food and drinks for two straight months.   Here are some quick tips to help keep you motivated and on track through the long Thanksgiving weekend.   Encourage Active Time with Your Friends and Family It’s so easy to fall into the couch after your big delicious meal. Fight that urge for just 20 minutes and get the...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, drinking your daily recommended amount of water is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective thing you can do on a daily basis to improve your health. Drinking more water has so many positive effects on your mind and body. Let’s talk about how to get more of that high quality H2O on the daily.   Eat More Water-Loaded Foods Fruits like watermelon, oranges, strawberries, and raspberries have very high water content. You can also get a nice amount of water from lettuce, celery, spinach, cucumbers and bell peppers. Obviously, these foods need to be eaten raw to get all the watery goodness out of them.   Carry Around a Water Bottle You Like Everywhere. Most of us will mindlessly reach for...

Known as ADLs, Activities of Daily Living are the movements we'd like to see everyone hit during lifting sessions. These activities are linked to improving the longevity of muscles and joints. The older we get, the more important it becomes to work on these specific movements to combat the aging process, head to toe.   Below you’ll see each one of the five ADLs and examples of this type of exercise. These are just examples and types of the movements we’re going for, you can get really creative with the ADLs.   Bend and Lift Movements Squats are probably the most popular type of bend and life movement. However, if you struggle with back pain or injuries, you might shy away from bend and lift movements. We...

School’s back in session and life is back to full speed. Try as we might to stay out of the drive-thrus, we all know what happens. Something pops up, a game runs long, or a meeting drags out. When fast food is inevitable, be sure to make smart choices. We took a look at some of the more popular fast food chains and dug through the nutritional info for you. Here are some helpful “eat this, not that” guides from the Pinnacle team.   Go Grilled and Mind the Condiments Grilled chicken will always be a smarter choice than fried. Frying adds fat, calories, and carbs. Whenever you have the option, go grilled. Condiments can also pack the calories on really quickly. Ask for these on the...