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At Muscle Activation Schaumburg, we believe your health is your most valuable asset. Join hosts Charlie and Julie Cates as they discuss how to utilize exercise to help improve and maintain your health, as well as interviews with health and wellness experts from various fields including chiropractic, accupuncture, psychology, nutrition, and functional medicine. Both Charlie and Julie are certified personal trainers and Muscle Activation Techniques® practitioners in Schaumburg, IL.
 
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This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie rehash a unique activity they introduced during the One Workout Away Challenge. Every Wednesday during the OWA Challenge they would ask the participants to answer one question with the first thing that came to mind. The answers were both fun and insightful, showcasing common themes that…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with meditation expert Josephine Atluri to discuss some of the most common barriers that people face when they first try meditating and how to break those barriers down. Josephine discusses her personal journey with mediation, what she found to help herself meditate consistentl…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss some simple yet often overlooked concepts that you can utilize to help you recover faster from your workouts. Workout recovery is typically thought to happen from the activities that occur once you finish exercising, but there are a some important things you can do before and du…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss the idea of exercising every day and how much volume actually needs to be done when first starting out. If you are new to exercising and want to be able to do so consistently, listen up! Julie and Charlie will share insights and ideas to help you make sure you are able to contin…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie look at the topic of "how do I begin exercising" and discuss how a woman over 50 years of age should start. There are many considerations to keep in mind if you want to exercise consistently, and they break down their top tips for helping you do just that. Check out the details in this …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss three things that you can start doing now to improve the health of your muscles. Having healthy muscles is a key to being able to exercise consistently, which is the key to your health overall. If you are wanting to be able to exercise consistently and make sure your muscles sta…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with world-renowned sleep expert Dr. Kirk Parsley. Dr. Parsley dives into why we need to sleep, how it helps us to be healthy and live longer, and what simple things we can all do to improve our sleep. Check out all of the details in this week's episode! To connect with Dr. Par…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a commonly-held belief that there isn't a reason to exercise if you don't have an exercise goal. However, this could not be further from the truth. Julie and Charlie discuss why most exercise goals actually make you less likely to exercise long-term, how you have a greater chanc…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss one of the more controversial exercise machines - the leg press - and dive into why you should be using it. From the belief that the leg press is "not functional" to the idea that using it is a complete waste of time, they confront these stigmas head on and explain why not only …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Jenn Malecha, who specializes in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Transformational Coaching, to discuss fatigue, weight gain, and the connection between the thyroid, gut, liver, and HPA axis. If you are constantly feeling like you are in a fog or are unable to drop weig…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a huge event that is taking place this weekend (Saturday, April 17, 2021) - the Schaumburg Health Summit 2021! Back in 2019, Julie and Charlie ran the first-ever Schaumburg Health Summit, but this year's event is going to look a bit different for two main reasons: 1. It is 100% …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie dive into the science of exercising every day. What changes do people often see with their health when they start exercising more consistently? This is the third installment of this three-part series, so to get more the full story of exercising every day, be sure to listen to Part 1 and…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie continue their discussion on exercising every day; whether it is something you should consider doing; and, if so, how you should go about doing it. They build off of last week's episode, which introduced the idea of exercise that uses your body versus exercise that (re)builds your body.…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss exercising every day, whether it is something you should consider doing, and if it could actually be bad for you. This is the first of a three-part series where they break down some different ways to be thinking about exercising to build your health. Check out the details in thi…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Dr. Shawn Baker of MeatRx and author of The Carnivore Diet to discuss the Carnivore Diet. What is the Carnivore Diet? Won't eating meat increase your risk of disease? Are we as humans actually designed to eat meat? All of these questions and more are answered in this excit…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss some popular exercises for your chest and shoulder muscles, the similarities and differences between them, and why you might strategically choose to do one exercise versus another. If you have ever thought that all pressing exercises are the same, think again! This conversation …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf to discuss her new book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess. Dr. Leaf discusses what is meant by "mental mess", why we all have thoughts that seem beyond our control, and what we can do about it. Check out all of the deta…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie answer a listener-submitted question about the potential that a workout may do more harm than good. If you are a cardio lover, or if you know one, then listen up! Cardio can create tremendous health benefits, but at some point it may be breaking your body down instead of building it up.…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Dr. Jody Stanislaw to discuss how nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors influence the management of type 1 diabetes. As a type 1 diabetic herself, Dr. Jody specializes in helping other type 1 diabetics navigate the natural changes that come with diabetes through…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss one of the most common reasons why people drop off from their workouts this time of year - their body doesn't feel well because it isn't tolerating their workouts. If you find yourself achy, beat up, or sore from your workouts and are not wanting to exercise because of that, lis…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss the idea of 10,000 steps - what it is good for, what it is NOT good for, why most people are doing it wrong, and why you NEED to be doing some version of it every single day in order to stay healthy. If you have ever wondered what the big deal is about doing 10,000 steps every d…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss an exercise-related question that most of the fitness industry seems to overlook. However, making this one change in your workouts that they discuss can completely transform how you experience your workouts. Check out all of the details in this week's episode! This week’s episod…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie answer a listener-submitted question about maintaining muscle with age. There are a number of myths floating around about what is actually necessary to maintain muscle as you enter and progress through middle age, and Julie and Charlie cut right through those to give you exactly what yo…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie are discussing joint degradation such as arthritis and disc issues. Are these conditions the primary issue for most people, or are they simply a symptom of a bigger underlying issue? Furthermore, is there anything that can be done to either help with or completely resolve joint degradat…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss New Year's Resolutions, why they so often fail, and some simple adjustments you can make to dramatically increase your chances of sticking to your resolutions long-term. If you have any health or exercise-related goals for 2021, this conversation is a must-listen. Check out all …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie recap an eventful 2020. While much of the fitness industry was turned upside down, there were tremendous strides made at Muscle Activation Schaumburg. They also give some insights into what is in store for 2021! Check out all of the details in this week's episode, and be sure to listen …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie share an episode they recorded for the Mammoth Health podcast back in June. The show's host, Brady Seignieous, explores a number of topics including Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®), integrating MAT® with traditional exercise, and advice for starting and running a personal training …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie are discussing one of the more popular trends in health and fitness industry as we approach the turn of the year - health and fitness challenges. The reality is that most health and fitness challenges actually leave the participants less healthy. Learn why this is and what you can do to…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie continue their discussion from last week about things you can do to improve your strength without increasing the weight you are using. While last week's episode focused on specific things you can do during your workout, this week is all about Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®). MAT® i…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie address a common concern regarding resistance training and increasing strength. If you have heard that in order to get stronger, you need to lift more weight, listen up! There are some specific things you can do during your workouts that do not involve increasing the amount of weight yo…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a listener-submitted question regarding cardio exercise, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and health. If you have ever wondered if you can swap out traditional aerobic exercise for HIIT and still receive all of the same health benefits, check this episode out! This week’…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Dave LoSavio to discuss high performance habits - habits that you can insert into your day to take your performance, efficiency, and results in life to the next level. There are very specific things that high performers do on a consistent basis, and Dave breaks it down for…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie share a live Q&A broadcast they did for the One Workout Away Challenge. The question focused on efficiency of exercise and why they believe that slow and controlled resistance training is a more efficient way to workout than high-intensity interval training (HIIT). If you have been doin…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a few of their professional opinions that are not viewed as popular within the fitness industry as a whole. If it has ever seemed like Julie and Charlie think about exercise differently than most exercise professionals, you're right! Here are some of the reasons why. Check out a…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie answer a listener-submitted question about a common belief in the fitness industry - that all workouts are good for your health. The truth is, there are many workouts out there that aren't good for your health, and Julie and Charlie break down why. Check out this week's episode for all …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Dr. Philippe Douyon of the Inle BrainFit Institute to discuss exercise, brain health, and how the former affects the latter. Dr. Douyon discusses the potency of exercise to help your brain grow new neurons and make new connections, as well as the importance of exercising t…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss some of the less-advertised benefits that they have personally experienced from Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®). If you have heard of MAT®, you likely know that it helps your muscles contract better; but what else can come from this improved neuromuscular efficiency? Check …
 
Have you ever thought, "I can't workout right now because I am trying to let an injury heal?" This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss this idea, the issues that are created by taking extended time off from exercising due to injury, and some ways to go about exercising if you are recovering from an injury. Check out al…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down to discuss foam rolling - what it is, what it may be doing, what it is unlikely to be doing despite being commonly said to do, and why you may chose to do it. If you have ever wondered what the big deal with foam rolling is, check this episode out! If you are interested in rece…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a common term in the exercise industry - modifications - and why the negative stigma that is typically associated with it is not justified. We are often told that there is a "gold standard" for how to do an exercise, and any variance of that is therefore less than "gold". Howeve…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Lyneè Urban of Operation Fix My Life to discuss stress, weight loss, and the importance of rest in the weight loss process. We are often told that you just need to eat fewer calories and move more if you want to lose weight, but there is so much more to the story than that…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss a proven way to boost the effectiveness of your workouts - Muscle Activation Techniques® - and why MAT® is where you should be starting when you begin exercising. Check out all of the details in this week's episode! For a free download on what MAT® is, click here. Want to schedu…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss what the role of a personal trainer is - a true exercise professional, not just a rah-rah cheerleader. If you think a personal trainer is only good for motivational quotes and counting reps, think again. There is so much that a personal trainer can do for you when they actually …
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie discuss the newest release from Muscle Activation Schaumburg - the One Workout Away Challenge! You are one workout away from feeling stronger, functioning better, and living healthier, and Julie and Charlie want to teach you how to do exactly this over the next 28 days. Check out all of…
 
This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie sit down with Meghan Reitz, LCPC of Meghan L. Reitz and Associates. Meghan and her team specialize in working with clients suffering from various complications and issues, and today she spoke with Julie and Charlie about the psychology of eating disorders. Check out all of the details i…
 
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