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Christine VanDoren
Christine VanDoren

Christine is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist with an undergraduate degree from Missouri State University. Her passion is helping others learn how strong and healthy they can become by transforming their daily habits. Christine spends most of her time in the gym and learning how she can influence others through positivity!

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Man walking.

Yes, there are real benefits of walking fast — an experts’ guide

Wondering how impactful walking really is? Read on to learn more!
Gut-healthy meal.

5 essential rules for gut health, according to the experts

Looking to improve your gut health? Follow these five rules recommended by experts in the health and fitness field!
Older man and woman using resistance bands.

Over 40? Don’t make these bodyweight workout mistakes

Over 40 but still want to stay in shape? Avoid these mistakes!
Man using a massage gun on shoulder.

Everything you need to know about massage guns

Everything you need to know about massage guns

Need help with your post-workout recovery routine? Read on to learn about massage guns!

How to make kombucha and its 6 amazing benefits

Kombucha is a fermented green or black tea with numerous health benefits. Much like a sourdough bread starter, kombucha uses a starter culture called a scoby.
Man lifting dumbbells.

The optimal weightlifting guide for beginners, according to a certified personal trainer

This beginner workout guide will help familiarize you with the basic exercise techniques in weight training in order to get the results you're looking for.
lifting weights with spotter.

Burn fat while gaining muscle: Weight training for weight loss

You don't always have to do cardio to lose weight. Learn about weight training for weight loss here.
Shirtless man exercising on a trail outdoors.

How to get in shape in 30 days: The ultimate guide

How to get in shape in 30 days: The ultimate guide

Wanting to see how you can transform your physique in only 30 days? Read on to discover our recommended tips!

Protein for muscle gain: Personal trainers reveal their top tips

Utilize these 11 tips from certified personal trainers to optimize your protein intake
Stationary exercising Bicycles.

Are stationary bikes or spin bikes better for reaching your goals?

Stationary bikes and spin bikes are both popular cardio equipment, but which is a better workout? Find out here as we examine spin bikes vs. stationary bikes.
box jump exercise.

9 benefits of doing plyometrics workouts no matter how fit you are

There are many fitness benefits of plyometrics. Find out why you should start plyometric training today.
Man using a jump rope.

These are the best HIIT workouts for beginners

These are the best HIIT workouts for beginners

Wanting to try HIIT? Check out these three effective workouts for beginners
A man using a massager on his leg on a yoga mat in the living room.

The best fitness gear to maximize your post-workout recovery

Whatever your fitness goals are, you need the best gear for post-workout recovery to ensure that your body gets the rest and recuperation it needs.
man doing cable exercise.

5 effective cable workouts to help you get those boulder shoulders

Want to switch up your shoulder routine? Try these effective cable exercises!
Jake Lott performing pallof press using a resistance band in a gym.

Expert reveals the best way to build muscle with resistance bands

A personal trainer explains how to build muscle with resistance bands.
A man in helmet riding a bike on a road with railings with a view of a mountain and forest in the background.

How much weight can you lose riding a bike?

Cycling can be an affordable and efficient way to exercise and lose weight. Learn how to reach your fitness goals through bicycling with this guide.
Three flavors of Buchi

Buchi review: Should this brand be your go-to kombucha?

Learn about Buchi in this review to see if it should be your go-to kombucha brand!
Seafood that is high in vitamin B12.

Need an energy boost? Try these 11 foods high in vitamin B12

Foods high in vitamin B12 provide essential energy-producing nutrients.
Fresh blueberries.

7 incredible reasons to load up on blueberries this summer

Discover why blueberries are a superfood and the different ways you can enjoy them!
Streets of London.

Your guide to the perfect London vacation

Learn about where to stay, what to do, and how to save money on your next trip to London.
A man sitting on the bleachers holding a water bottle while wiping his brow with a white towel.

Rest days are essential: 6 excellent ways to up your recovery game

Regularly implementing rest and recovery practices, such as meditation and foam rolling, can help your body experience relaxation both mentally and physically.
Man doing dumbbell overhead press.

Worried about a rotator cuff injury? The exercises to avoid (and what you should do instead)

Worried about rotator cuff stability? Try these four alternative exercises instead!
Man doing lat pulldowns.

7 cable exercises you need to get a bigger, more muscular back

Include these 7 cable exercises in your back day routine to see gains!
Side view of a man doing up-down planks at a beach.

5 plank variations you should add to your abs routine

Planks are beloved exercises because they strengthen the entire core. Learn how to perform five different plank exercises here.
A man's strong legs from rowing.

These incredible leg workouts don’t include any squats or lunges

Squats and lunges aren't for everyone. Try these seven exercises instead to get stronger legs.
Foam rolling legs.

6 benefits of foam rolling and why it hurts so good

Learn about the different types of foam rollers and why you should use one!
Black man doing alternating forward lunges in front of a laptop at home.

8 best at-home HIIT exercises to help you get ripped

Kick into shape and/or get ripped with these eight easy-to-do, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises.
Salmon shakshuka.

Try these fantastic healthy recipes for a low-cholesterol diet

Try these two tasty low-cholesterol recipes to boost your heart health!
Man doing battle ropes workout.

What is the best workout schedule for me?

There's no simple answer to how often you should work out, as it depends on your fitness goals, age, health, and even the exercises you plan to do.
A man bending down on one knee in the middle of a workout.

The benefits of creatine supplements for HIIT workouts (and how to take them)

Creatine supplements can improve power, speed, strength, and athletic performance. Here's how.
A bowl of kale on blue table.

7 great reasons to make kale a regular part of your diet

Eating a few servings of kale a week can lower your LDL cholesterol levels, help with inflammation, provide your body with numerous nutrients, and more!
punching bag.

The 3 best punching bag workouts to transform your fitness routine

These are the best punching bag workouts to help you improve your boxing technique and boost your fitness.
A man stretching his leg on a mat in a room.

Should you exercise before bed to improve sleep?

The key to working out before bed is to be mindful of the exact timing and the specific type of exercise that you want to do.
A group of people hiking outside.

How to train for hiking: The 10 best exercises you can do

Training for hiking involves strengthening your legs and core. Here are only some great workouts for hikers to try.
Strong man doing pull-ups.

7 essential exercises you need to include in your calisthenics routine

Looking to create a calisthenics workout? Try these seven exercises!
An overhead shot of grilled chicken with rice and vegetables beside a metal fork and a glass of wine on a table.

5 ways a high-protein diet benefits your health

While eating a high-protein diet may be different from what you are used to, it can help with muscle growth, a higher metabolism, and more!
Person showing their elbow

What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfers can get random, weird injuries, too! Here's everything you need to know about golfer's elbow, including how to treat it at home.
Flybird Fitness weight bench and dumbbells.

Flybird Fitness review: How does this weight bench set measure up to Bowflex?

Compare Flybird's and Bowflex's adjustable benches and dumbbells!
A person hitting a shot on the golf course

How to get in ‘golf shape’ in 30 days (or less!)

You might be out of "golf shape" from sitting around all winter. We're here to get you back into the swing of things (pun intended) quickly!
Coconut Secret.

Our honest review of Nutiva’s product line: Should you buy it?

Learn all the important nutrition facts about Nutiva's oils and sauces!
A man bending down on one knee in the middle of a workout.

The secret to at-home workouts: Everything you need to do to get buff

Exercises to do at home with no weights and no need for the gym.
TB12 foam roller

TB12 vibrating pliability roller review: Is this upgraded roller worth the money?

Looking for a foam roller to boost recovery? See if the TB12 is right for you!
A tired man with towel sitting on a bench in a gym.

How to prevent burnout in your workout routine

If you're not seeing the workout results you want, you might be experiencing burnout. Learn about seven symptoms of burnout here and how to fix them!
A balanced Mediterranean-style breakfast with eggs

11 fantastic foods that are high in fat and low in carbs to support your health

Finding high-fat, low-carb, healthy foods doesn't have to be difficult or boring. Here are 11 food items you can use to make healthier and tastier meals!
Fast food.

The 5 worst foods for building muscle, according to a doctor

If you're looking to bulk up, check out these tips to learn more about how alcohol, high-sodium foods, and other foods could hinder muscle growth.
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Review: Do these quick ramen noodles serve up a tasty (and healthy) meal?

Interested in figuring out whether Kinjabang Noodles should be added to your shopping cart? Learn everything you need to know here!
Body recomposition man with abs.

The 8 best lower ab exercises to help you achieve V-cut abs

Lower ab exercises help build a strong core, which is critical for overall athletic performance and looking even better in the mirror.
EVR-Fit Edge protein powder.

EVR-Fit Edge protein powder review: The pros and cons of this vegan supplement

Learn about the benefits and downsides of EVR-Fit Edge's plant-based protein powder!
sliced raw sweet potato.

10 benefits of sweet potatoes that prove you should eat more of them

Sweet potatoes are as good for you as they are delicious. Read on to find out why you should add more sweet potato recipes to your meal plan.
squats are one of the best glute exercises.

Fitness tips: 10 bad habits you need to ditch for a better workout routine

Not seeing the progress you want with your workouts? Make sure you don't have any of these 10 bad habits!