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Latest Posts By Jessica Matthews

Jessica is an exercise physiologist and Senior Health and Fitness Editor for the American Council on Exercise, a fitness blogger for Weight Watchers, Fitbie and Shape magazine, and a regular contributor to numerous publications including CNN, USA Today, and Oprah.com. She also serves as an adjunct professor at MiraCosta College, where she leads courses in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education from Coastal Carolina University, a master’s degree in physical education from Canisius College, as well as three ACE certifications (Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach). A long-time lover of yoga, she is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Follow her on Twitter at @fitexpertjess.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Do's and Don'ts of Flexibility Training

Do you skimp on your flexibility training? You’re not alone, as flexibility training continues to be one of the most overlooked aspects of most people’s fitness programs. While there is much debate regarding the impact of stretching on sports performance, particularly running, current research suggests there are some crucial do’s and don’t when it comes to this essential component of a well-rounded workout routine.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

4 Yoga Poses That Should Be Part of Your Cool-Down

It can be so tempting to skip the stretching and cool-down portion of a workout, especially when time is tight, but a regular routine of static stretching can help increase flexibility, enhance joint range of motion and even improve posture. Here are four yoga poses that will help breathe new life—and bring added benefits—to your client’s conditioning program.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 Upper-body Exercises to Sculpt Sexy Arms for Summer

The days are getting warmer, which means we get to finally peel away the heavy winter layers in favor of t-shirts and tank tops. If the winter has left you feeling less than toned, especially in the upper body, these six exercises will help you sport sexy, sculpted arms all season long.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

6 No-Equipment Moves for a Bikini Body

With clients interested in kicking their workouts into high gear to prepare for summer, check out these 6 no-equipment moves that can easily be incorporated into an interval-style workout, complete with regression options that tailor the intensity to various fitness levels.

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Friday, September 09, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

One Thing Leads to Another: Intelligent Sequencing for Yoga Classes

While there are an abundance of asanas (commonly referred to as postures or poses) in yoga, the foundation for a physical practice should focus on practicing postures progressively in order to enhance steadiness, alertness and overall comfort — qualities referred to as sthira and sukha in the Yoga Sutras. Learn important factors to consider when sequencing your next yoga class.

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