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Why I Use a Theragun

Why I Use a Theragun

Allegra Paris

I was introduced to Theragun a few years ago and have been obsessed ever sense. I truly believe it is one of the most efficient recovery tools out there and I haven't found anything that compares in terms of productivity. Percussive Therapy The Theragun uses percussive therapy, a repetitive massaging movement designed to speed up recovery by applying pulses of localized pressure to the muscle at a high speed, cutting down recovery time by hours. I always say, take the effect of foam rolling and multiply it by 10. This pulsing massage loosens up the muscle, increases range of motion,...

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Food Combining For Digestion and Overall Health

Food Combining For Digestion and Overall Health

Allegra Paris

To begin, it's important to state that this topic isn't something everyone chooses to believe in because there isn't a lot of scientific data to back it up. Personally, understanding food combining has been life changing for me. I used to deal with so many digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, and inflammation. The funny thing was these problems weren't coming from junk food, they were coming from my most healthy meals. I knew there was a problem but I blamed it on having what I thought was IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), because digestive problems had run in my family. After understanding food...

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Workout Schedule: Get Inspired With This Suggested Schedule

Workout Schedule: Get Inspired With This Suggested Schedule

Allegra Paris

Working out requires planning. Not a ton, but you definitely want to create balance in your fitness routine in order to see results. Balance means adding in multiple styles of training including cardio, weight training, bodyweight toning, and recovery (stretching and yoga). I know it sounds overwhelming and you may be wondering how it's possible to incorporate all of this or what quantity is required of each. The answer is that each person is different. I know, that's not helpful. Let me break it down further. Cardio Cardio is done for two reasons: to lose weight and to maintain a healthy,...

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Why You Might Gain Weight When You Start Exercising

Why You Might Gain Weight When You Start Exercising

Allegra Paris

My clients know I am not a fan of the scale. Your weight does not tell me how much of it is fat, muscle, or water retention etc. I prefer circumference measurements when tracking progress but that's a different blog post! Anyways, at the beginning of training, a lot of people will tell me they weigh x amount and want to lose x pounds. I tell them we are going to ignore that number and worry about losing fat and gaining muscle. I tell them to stop weighing themselves for a while, here's why: When you first start exercising, you might...

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The Importance of Lymphatic Draining

The Importance of Lymphatic Draining

Allegra Paris

I get a lot of questions regarding recovery and it's one of my favorite topics. One concept often mentioned is lymphatic drainage. What is the lymphatic system? Let's first discuss the lymphatic system. It is part of the circulatory and immune system and is made up of vessels, organs, and tissues. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste products from the body, protects from foreign bacterias, and maintains fluid levels in the body by moving a fluid called lymph through the bloodstream. What is lymphatic drainage? Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that uses light pressure and long strokes across muscle groups...

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