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Be careful that you are not over-exercising. There is a fine line between working out too much and working out too little. If you are exercising excessively, your body goes into starvation mode and holds on to everything you put in your body. The body fears it will not have enough energy to maintain the workouts so it stores the food as fat. This goes against the whole point of being in the gym. Finding the perfect balance is hard but once you find it, it is easy to lose weight and create the body you want!

It’s here! The time to wear skirts and shorts, sleeveless and short sleeved tops. Time when we are baring much more skin than we did during the winter. This sudden skin exposure can be a little ‘jarring’ – with white legs blaring out from under those skirts, and dry skin needing a re-birth of its own after being subjected to the indoor winter dry air. With summer here, we want to have skin that is glowing, fresh and smooth. To achieve this there are a few skin care steps we can do immediately to shed dead skin. Jackie Washington, licensed esthetician at DC Ranch Village Spa gave us a few quick-fix tips to get our skin looking fantastic and ready for a summer of putting our best face forward!

Since we live in the Sonoran Desert where our gams and arms are exposed 8 months out of the year, it’s important to pay attention to these areas as well as our face. Jackie recommended two quick fixes for these areas;

Heat exhaustion is a condition causing heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body’s core temperature overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures with high humidity usually during strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.

“I’d like to go to the gym but I am too afraid” Gymphobia is a phobia, inexplicable and illogical - so how do we face and beat this fear? Facing our fears for most of us is challenging and mostly psychological. So where do we start?

The first thing to realize is that you are important and no one will take care of your health but yourself.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in every 400 children and adolescents have diabetes, with 25.6 million people aged 20 or over living with diabetes! In the age group of 65 and older 10.9 million people are affected by diabetes. Yes, it’s true, diabetes has become a national epidemic. Surprisingly, there are an estimated 7 million people that have diabetes and don’t know it, and an astonishing 79 million people have prediabetes – meaning if they continue living the way they do, they will most likely be living with the disease in the future, due to blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

What can we do to stop this in America? The first step to prevention and elimination is education, to learn exactly what the signs and symptoms are, and knowing what to do if you are experiencing the warning signs. Remember, you don’t have to be elderly to be a candidate for diabetes.

The holidays can be a time for a nutritional break for many people, indulging in heavy dishes, alcohol and desserts that they other times may not enjoy as frequently. But now, you might be seeing the result of consuming those calories—extra pounds on your body.

We consulted Brittney Utke, Registered Dietician at Camelback Village Health Club, for recommendations on how to do a 10 or 21 day cleanse to refresh your body.

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